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Mk 4 Mondeo For Towing
Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:46 PM
Heres the story.
Used to have a MK3 mondeo last year, sold after 3yrs ownership and took it to around 100k miles. Bought a yr old Mazda 3 MPS (2.3 turbo petrol, 260BHP rocket ship). Fully intended on keeping Mazda for a good while but other half is now pregnant and going back part time so the Mazda has went the journey (plus I was doing more miles than anticipated due to increased workload at work).
Now driving a 1992 J reg Mercedes 190e 2.0 petrol auto with 150k miles on the clock. Solid little car and no doubt will go on forever but its a temporary car whilst I work out where I'm at.
We will probably be getting a caravan next year (I know, my life has changed so much!!) so i'll need something good for towing a caravan. Looking at the MK4 mondeo.
Now, which is best for towing (hatch or estate?). I know the mk3 estate was better than the hatch as it has self leveling suspension, is the mk4 the same?
What is reliability like petrol/diesel wise? Mileage will probs be around 60-70k on anything I buy with the view to doubling that whilst I have it, including towing a caravan.
Any advice much appreciated
Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:03 PM
The weight capability varies on the MK4 and I do remember a member on here returning his MK4 because the data in the sales brochure was incorrect and he couldn't tow his caravan legally.
Now on my 4th Mondeo...
Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:17 PM
The estate has a slightly higher kerbweight than the hatchback and this is in your favour when towing. It's also considerably easier to reverse with or without parking sensors. The diesel has a slightly higher kerbweight than the petrol and a lot more low down grunt so is the preferred choice for caravanners. Reliability wise there probably isn't much in it except repair costs for common rail diesels can be very high when they're getting a bit leggy.
Towing mpg is about 27 overall with my 1250kg MTPLM single axle caravan,
Overall I'm very pleased with my Mondeo - it's quiet, smooth, well equipped and reasonably economical.
Like Malford says, you do need to carefully research the weights / towing limits and double check your driving license is appropriate (some newer licenses aren't suitable). Happy caravanning!
Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:25 PM
I also set the cruise control at 100kph or 62 mph and fifth gear was the best option. I have towed caravans for years and the MK4 Mondeo is an excellent tow car, one of the best. Same comment too regarding rear suspension. On my last MK3 estate I ordered the self levelling system, but on this car you do not need it as the blade suspension is quite resilient.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:10 PM
. Travelling with a full boot, 3 bikes on the roof & the caravan, I get around 27 mpg on a run with the cruise control set to 60mph gps (about 63 on the speedo).
As a towcar it is very difficult to fault & is actually better than the Peugeot 4007 (Mitsubishi Oulander clone) 2.2HDi I had before.
My car now has 44000 miles on it with no issues.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:30 PM
Maybe worth checking whether it's worth getting your licence upgraded from category B to category B+E, if need be.
Mondeo Mk4 2008 (BA7) saloon 2.0 TDCi 130 PS (well, 152 PS with the Bluefin installed) Zetec Auto (TF-80/81SC)
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:02 PM
I tow a 2 year old Elddis Avante 505 miro 1322kg no bother with my 57 plate 2.0tdci hatchback, with 108,000 miles on the clock,using 6th gear on the motorway easily at 60mph,average mph around 30ish on the dashboard readout,not sure how accurate this is though.
I fitted rubber spring helpers to the rear springs which helped.
Really pleased with the performance overall.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 07:38 PM
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 09:34 PM
Caravan is a Bailey at MTPLM of ~1100kg.
Tows excellent, I get around 30mpg on the motorway, in 5th at 60mph
Kerbside weight is 1550kg BUT can legally tow 1800kg if you believe the data plate on the car!!
Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:33 AM
Here is a picture of my Mondeo 2.0 TDCI 140bhp Titanium with 90k on the clock. I tow a bailey caravan at 1375kg and it tows amazing i really cant fault it. i also get around the 27 - 31mpg while towing.
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