L200 auto for towing

What are peoples' views?

Specific thread please on the auto box for towing loaded livestock trailer. Think they are only 5 speed, are they up to the job with only 5 cogs.

Feel free to compare with auto version of dmax or hilux.

The 2009 defender 90 hardtop has been good, but time to upgrade. Landy got 80k on now, will be for sale after April.

Thanks.
 

Bill dog

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
I guess you know that Mitsubishi are pulling out of the uk?
Once the current new stock is sold , that’s it, au revoir!
I’d be buying a make that will still be available to look after you. I have an L200, but manual, so no idea about the automatic towing ability!
 
Thank you @Bill dog

I didn't know that. That might change my way of thinking, although not a disaster if only owning for 4-5 years.

I'd like a hilux or vw, but £££

L200 look reasonable value, just wasn't sure about the 5 speed auto.
 
What are peoples' views?

Specific thread please on the auto box for towing loaded livestock trailer. Think they are only 5 speed, are they up to the job with only 5 cogs.

Feel free to compare with auto version of dmax or hilux.

The 2009 defender 90 hardtop has been good, but time to upgrade. Landy got 80k on now, will be for sale after April.

Thanks.
Well my rodeo is a 4 speed auto and pull the 12ft ifor fine
 

Drillman

Member
Mixed Farmer
Have another friend with a 3yr old Ranger. His dashboard is lit up like our christmas tree. But then, they can all have issues.
This one I have has been as good as gold so far. It’s predecessor however.....

but to keep it on topic the 6 speed auto in mine is excellent for towing heavy loads and as you know it’s not exactly flat round here.
 
Rangers are nice vehicles, and drillman likes his, and newer ones are probably better. Think my neighbours is a 19 plate, and something has gone wrong - haven't heard if it is a mechanical problem, or just a sensor.
 

dannewhouse

Member
Location
huddersfield
Something to consider, I'm running an auto Navara and it's only getting 16/17 mpg with trailer empty or full.
Had a manual as a courtesy car and it's getting 24+ with trailer on.
I've always run pickups my old nav averaged 29mpg manual, this one is nearer 25! I expected it to be better than the old!
 

JLTate

Member
Dad has a Ranger, 4 years old - bought new. Spent most of its time ether towing the flatbed or cattle trailer. Needed an air con pump but otherwise been a good truck.

It is just a shame that the Ford dealerships are p**s poor
 

Michael S

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Matching Green
I used to have 14 plate L200 auto. It towed fine but drunk like a fish with or without a trailer, 22-23 mpg solo and below well 20 mpg towing, although I expect the more modern ones are better? Best thing about the L200 was the ability to use 4WD on road. I changed it for a manual 67 plate Hilux which always returns over 30 mpg solo and mid 20s towing.
 

Sunbeam Alpine

Member
Trade
Thinking about this more, I’d keep the Landy. You have the 3500kg, proven good off road and a ladder chassis. Even at 11 years old and 80k miles, it will probably outlast a new pickup.
This^^^. At 80k it's just nicely run-in. I miss mine (hit and written off by drunk driver when parked). We also have a DMax which has been great and a Hilux which has been a disaster - injector problems which Toyota can't seem to fix (it's probably spent more time off the road than on it in the last 6 months). Both pickups are great for towing (although they are manuals.

I was talking with a mate last week and he's got an 8-speed auto and doesn't like it - says it's constantly swapping gears.
 

Drillman

Member
Mixed Farmer
Thinking about this more, I’d keep the Landy. You have the 3500kg, proven good off road and a ladder chassis. Even at 11 years old and 80k miles, it will probably outlast a new pickup.
I do believe @Grass And Grain is like myself and has an inbuilt hate for the makework gearbox fitted to vehicles designed in the last century!

after all does anyone still make cars with manual gears?
 

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