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#1 swhite87

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 11:18 PM

having just inherited a caravan from the in-laws i am going to be changing to a bigger car to tow with,

 

i currently have a mk1 focus tddi which used to tow my trailer just fine full of camping gear (plus the entire contents of the wardrobe for the better half lol) that was until the shaft decided to break up and chew half the gearbox at the same time  :angry:

 

thinking of going for a mk3 2.o tdci mondeo salloon or estate but can't seem to find out what they are like to tow with,

 

 

any knowledge would be very much appreciated



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#2 alexp999

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:50 AM

AFAIK the 2.0 tdci is a great engine to tow with.

I have never done any personally but found loads of praise from caravan sites when looking for reviews on my 2.0 tdci focus before I bought it.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:37 AM

Certainly from what I have read the 2.0 mondeo is an excellent choice of towing vehicle, its got the grunt and the torque to offer a pleasant towing experience!



#4 stef123

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:45 AM

It's also a heavy car which provides you with a safer towing combination

From what I've heard the 2.0 tdci is a good engine for it as the other guys have suggested.

It's only slightly less powerful than my 2.2 really (25bhp ish), although I dont know what the difference in torque will be. I towed a mk2 focus with the handbrake on and didn't notice.

I'd say go for it

#5 swhite87

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 10:11 PM

a massive thanks for all the advice guys,

 

i finally bit the bullet yesterday and bought a 2004 Mondeo MK3 tdci 130, 6 speed hatchback,  and so far have driven about 150 miles and cannot fault it atall,  the towbar is on order and judging by how it pulls uphill in 6th i should have no problems.

 

thanks again



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 07:39 AM

which i would have seen this sooner. 

 

I have a ford mondeo 2.0 estate. 

 

Its 10 years old. 

 

Towed trailers and caravans at least 5 days a week. 

 

done over 170,000 miles. 

 

cracking car. 

 

good choice. 



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 07:41 AM

it towes like a dream. 

 

Just dont do what i did and smash the trailer into the car whilst trying to do a 3 point turn  :rolleyes:



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