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:57: Hi, I currently own a Freelander 1.8 petrol, a big caravan, small boat and a trailer. Have towed the caravan down to the south coast (UK) twice and got sick of the clutch fumes at every roundabout, not to mention 60MPH being the absolute max speed.
Don't get me wrong, I don't want to go at 70+MPH with the caravan, I just object to it taking an age to get there.
I looked around at many of the 4x4's available in the UK and have settled on a 2003 Sorento XS 2.5 diesel. I now have 7 days before the exchange, have test driven it twice, once round town and then motorway. I was extremely impressed with performance (and looks !!) on both runs, but have no towing experience.
Come on Sorento lovers, tell me I'm doing the right thing buying a Sorento given my towaholic tendancies
I appreciate all inputs and will give you all my own opinion in a week's time
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Hi there

I'm still waiting for my new Sorento but have driven both the Freelander and Sorento and there's no way you're going to be dissapointed, the Sorento diesel has HUGE torque in comparison with the Freelander (particularly the petrol Freelander). Frankly I don't know how you managed to tow anything bigger than a trailer with a petrol Freelander, they're about the most gutless vehicle I've tried. I'm sure you'll be completely blown away with the Sorento, as bang for your buck go they're awesome.

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I have a 2005 2.5 diesel XS (5 speed auto). I tow a Swift Charisma caravan and the only problem I have is remembering that it is on the car. The auto change is smooth, the engine has plenty of torque and the brakes are well up to the job. Even fully loaded (both Sorento and van) it is no problem.

I note you are getting a 4 speed auto, I wouldn't expect any appreciable difference as I test drove a 4 speed as well.

Consumption, if you are a reasonable tower, I don't think is bad, probably around 25mpg. Do keep an eye on the engine oil as diesels do, as you know, drink a little every now and then.

Buy it. If you have any views on towing mirrors I would be glad to hear what type you choose, I haven't really found anything satisfactory.
 

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I chopped my crappy 1.8 Freelander in for a brand new 2.5 XS diesel sorento this time last year & it was the best thing I have ever done !
The Sorento is everything the Freelander isn't. It has power, significantly better fuel consumption, better build quality & like you towing with a Freelander...well, you just have to carry a sick bag around with you because of the constant smell of the clutch burn.
Do it without thinking - you will not regret it. It's a different class altogether...
 

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Yo Spud.... I have owned my Sorento from new since March 04.
I tow an Avondale Argente 650 - 6 twin axle .... heavy beast ! I have had no probs what so ever, many a mile has dissapeared without knowing it is on the back. I drive artics for a living so I know a wee bit about towing with weight !

Further to the comment on the 4 speed box, the only slight prob is when you go up a long incline. The box keeps wanting to change down all the time. The way I stop this is to press the overdrive button to hold the box in 4th, once up the top of the hill press the overdrive button again .... jobs done !! :thumbsup:
I assure you you will not be dissapointed with her,as are many of us fellow Sorento owners B) ..... just can't wait til the end of '06 when the completely new Sorento appears :grin: . Yep .... they will have my order straight away ...............
B)

Let us know how you get on ....Oh! & try to stop grinning once you get her !!
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Mark

SORENTOMAN : Best mirrors by far are the 'Milenco' ones. I have no probs with fitting them ( my mate owns an X5, listened to me re mirrors & is very happy ) they give a very good rear view, & are stable all the time ..... no wobble at all. Not expensive either. Come in 2 types, my advice is choose the normal mirror not the 'convex' one. :thumbsup:
 

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Cheers for the comments Derek. Unfortunately I had the Freelander before the caravan. As you obviously know the 1.8 is gutless and to be honest our trips away have been getting shorter and shorter simply because it aint fun.
I can now look forward to Friday (when we get the new car :D ) and the run we are planning to the south coast again this year.
I'll let you know how we get on
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Sorentoman and Mark,
It always feels good to get firsthand experience before you spend the cash. I have a Bailey Ranger 550/6 so though it's quite long, its a light weight compared to the Swift and Avondale. We'll have to go for a shake down run next wekend, with the Sorento it sounds like the fun will be back. If you're passing through south west Scotland on Saturday, just keep your eyes out for a silver Sorento, Ranger and 5 cheesy grins inside!!!!
I take your advice on the Milenco mirrors. I'll test out the cheapies I have got first, but must admit they vibrated badly on the Freelander (could be more to do with the Freelander rather than the mirrors ;))
Cant wait to get going
Thanks for the comments
 

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DavidC,
My wife couldn't stop laughing when she read your reply. She never liked the Freelander anyway.
Thanks for making her day!!
 

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Doesnt really matter what you buy after the Freelander- nothing else could be that bad.............. Howerver consider the following points..

1. The Sorento has probably one of the best build qulities for a midsize SUV- irrespective of price. It is as good as , if not better than the Lexus. It is perhaps even better than BMW.

2. The CRDI 2.5 engine is again one of the best around. It is not over stressed

3. Seemingly - there are no hidden vices with the Sorento They do hold hold their
prices whether diesel or petrol.

4. They tow exceptionally well . Mines a 3.5 v6 and tows boat+ trailer ( 2700 kgs) easily legally, and easily to 90 MPH.

5. There is the old saying ''you pay for what you get"/ Take it from me , as regards the Sorento- even if you paid twice as much- you would not have paid enough.

My comments refer to my own experiences with MY Sorento. it is a Dec. 2004 v6 LX running on LPG. I really wanted the diesel but dont regret the v6.
Incidently, welcom to the board. People here are prety good but suffer from writers cramp alot. Most people are Americans, and note the CRDI does not exist in the states.They are a very demanding lot ( the Americans)- and KIA have been very successful in selling the Sorento there- and that in itself speaks volumes. My only gripe is that the price in the USA is signficantly lower than Europe.. Post your experiences at a later date and if anybody starts slanging you off - just tell them..... "I can buy lots of other things with the money I saved with my sorento. I am also on www.rib.net which is a rib boat site. Look at the following equation. Am also writing under "eupa"

(purchase new Sorento)+ 2 x ( new) OB Yamaha 250 hp hpdi engines)= one new LR discovery. Incidently, traded in my Audi A6 for the Sorento.

Sincerely

Jonathan
 
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