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#1 OFFLINE   fish lipps

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:01 PM

gday all, i'm in the market for a ford territory and i'm wondering if any other raiders are towing with a territory. I'm looking at the models that are 6speed, the boat is a 5.1m allycraft (not really a heavy boat).Just wondering if there is anything i should be aware of..
cheers.

Mark

#2 OFFLINE   AlexK

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:35 PM

If you are buying a new vehicle, then make sure its AWD. Some ramps are just too slippery for RWD.

My boat is light and on low tide, without AWD (or 4WD is what I have, different car) the rear wheels always skid until the front ones engage.

And get the heavy duty tow pack.

Apart from that, it should tow your boat fine. I personally prefer owning a diesel motor for towing, but it will do...

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:53 PM

gday all, i'm in the market for a ford territory and i'm wondering if any other raiders are towing with a territory. I'm looking at the models that are 6speed, the boat is a 5.1m allycraft (not really a heavy boat).Just wondering if there is anything i should be aware of..
cheers.

Mark


Hi Mark,

You should send Offtap1 a pm - He has one and his boat is bloody huge!!!

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:59 PM

yeah i've seen offtap at the ramp acouple of times, it seemed to be fine. The one i drove today was AWD, i can't imagine that there would be a drama with the ford but it doesn't hurt to ask around.

#5 OFFLINE   Croydon

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 07:25 PM

yeah i've seen offtap at the ramp acouple of times, it seemed to be fine. The one i drove today was AWD, i can't imagine that there would be a drama with the ford but it doesn't hurt to ask around.


G'day Fish lipps,

Can't speak for their towing ability, but a few months ago I was at a local panel shop after being rear ended and was talking to the owner. He showed me a near new Territory that he was repairing for rust in the base of the rear door. He says he does a lot of this 'warranty' work for Ford and it is a common problem with the Territory. Other than that one experience I can't comment on the cars. Thought you might like to know. all the best......

Dave

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 08:42 PM

james 1990 used his rwd territory to tow a 6m fibreglass boat which would have weighed close to 2 ton loaded , and it had no trouble going up the ramp. plenty of power on the freeway and no trouble going up hill even with a 4 big blokes in the car, and the boat full of gear and fuel

a very nice car..the turbo territory is also a nice choice :biggrin2:

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 08:51 PM

Stumpy tows his Berty (23') with one , plenty of power , but , like Stumpy , it likes a drink !! :074:



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Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:17 PM

I have a 05 Territory Ghia RWD with traction control and tow my boat no problems.

It is only a 3.75m tinnie with a 20hp but mate i can tell ya i dont even feel its there.

Great car to tow and i have had not one problem with the car. Got it as a demonstrator with leather 6 air bags running boards alloys DVD player blah blah blah. Its got the full shebang but it is only the 4 speed. Mate i dont know the difference.

I put in the tow pack but mines is only to 1600kgs. My advice is go the heavy duty and you can tow the mothership with it.

Best of luck

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 09:25 PM

Mate as you have seen i have a AWD 6 speed Auto Territory, pulls boat weighing inexcess of 2500kgs, have transported up and down coast several times like a dream, the 6 speed just nails it, would highly recomend this vehicle for towing ability, i did fit tow bar self leveling kit due to weight but tow weight under 1500kgs should not be a problem , like all towing weight ensure tow ball weight is close to 10% of total weight , mine has 230kgs on tow ball but self leveler transfers weight back to front leveling out ride and making it as good as it gets. Cheers Dave

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 10:45 PM

We used to tow a 6 meter haines hunter fibreglass center console with twin 90hp yammys loaded with 220liters of fuel, fishing gear, 4 blokes and all the other bits and peices..towed fine
When we went on holidays up to portstephons she would be loaded with fishing gear, bikes, clothes, food, esky's, furniture for our caravan HEAPS of stuff.....would have weighed in excess of 2400kg and the territory towed like a dream

FISHLIPPS...myself and my dad met you back at the ramp a few months back when we took our tabs seascape 602 alloy with a 150hp yammy 4stroke out for her first run on the bay...we approached you as we saw your sticker.
We used a 5 speed tiptronic territory ts to tow that 4liter inline 6 cylinder rear wheel drive, same veichal used to tow the 6 meter haines.

Weather highway driving, driving around streets/city...on boat ramps the territory performed great.

It even performed better than our old nissan patrol 3 liter turbo deisal, automatic 2003 model.....we used that for the same work as the territory...sluggish as hell, always having problems with the turbo overboosting or underboosting,,, overheating...suspension in the rear was $#!t...i hated being in this veichal when towing.

Territory definatly the go.
My dad works in the automotive industry for ford.
If you would like any information PM me and i will get back to you as soon as possible.

cheers james

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 07:19 PM

gents, thank you all for your comments very helpful.

cheers
Mark

#12 OFFLINE   IWANNAJEWY

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 10:40 AM

they have a bad rust problem apparently, a new mechanic at my work came from sinclair ford and said they rust out badly, and cracked floors around front seats prematuraly, hope that helps.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 07:41 PM

Have seen a few at work with rust under the tailgate seal and minor rust around the front suspension towers but not a bad drive for the bucks.
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 08:16 PM

I haven't heard anything positive about the Territorys' since they first came out. :(
Personally I'd steer clear of them, but that's just my opinion.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 08:29 PM

Everyone has there own opinion on each car out there.
Only from personal experience i know they are a good car.......also a tip ...don't use the reverse camera as your eyes behind you....only check to see if there is anything there...use your mirrors.

cheers james

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 11:57 AM

Territory's guzzle fuel, nice car anyway check this site out. www.fordforums.com.au

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 06:47 AM

I believe the manufacturers recommended max tow weight is 1,500KG (braked).
In NSW at least, towing anything heavier than that would invalidate your insurance.
I'd think long and hard before towing 6m+ boats.....

Always reckon on having the tow vehicle heavier than the boat, that way the boat is far less likely to "push" the vehicle around. Also make sure you have good brakes on the trailer when you start towing a couple of tonnes!

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 10:12 AM

No that is no correct, you can specify 1600 or i think 2100 kg, tha was for my falcon anyway. They recommend load levelling kit over 1600. Over 2 tonne i think you need the assisted braking for the trailer.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 11:15 AM

Ive heard that both the ford and holden 4WD's are a bit sketchy. Stick with toyota or nissan and you cant go wrong. A pathfinder would be a good sized car for the boat you are towing....or upsize to a cruiser or a patrol if you want to go off road or get a bigger boat in the future. Good luck anyway with what ever you choose.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 12:31 PM

No that is no correct, you can specify 1600 or i think 2100 kg, tha was for my falcon anyway. They recommend load levelling kit over 1600. Over 2 tonne i think you need the assisted braking for the trailer.


Correct! See here for full spec:

http://www.ford.com....v...e&c=DFYPage