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Offline robh

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Station Wagon recommendations?
« on: June 30, 2017, 09:52:04 am »
So been running Amarok for 2 years, thinking of ditching it as finished most heavy work around house.

Considering getting into a station wagon again for daily duties:

1. Mainly just me in car, but want to have room for family of 4 including a teenager that is getting taller all the time
2. Must be able to tow, nothing massive or weekly, but the occasional car trailer and maybe a small boat in the future, something around 2000kg rating would probably work
3. Must be slightly interesting model, and slightly interesting to drive.  Have 2 track cars so this doesn't need to be the most engaging ever
4. Auto or DCT not manual

Initial ideas:

Passat R36 wagon
Audi S4 B8 wagon

What do the brains trust think?  Any other options VAG or other brands?
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2017, 10:02:02 am »
Hard to go past one of these. Diesel/Auto would be my pick if driving engagement not in the equation.
http://www.skoda.co.nz/models/new-superb-wagon/new-superb-combi-overview/
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2017, 10:04:01 am »
Skoda Octavia vRS would be worth a look. I don't know about what its tow rating is. No 4wd system means deeper flater boot.
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2017, 10:09:48 am »
Hard to go past one of these. Diesel/Auto would be my pick if driving engagement not in the equation.
http://www.skoda.co.nz/models/new-superb-wagon/new-superb-combi-overview/

Look like they only rated to 1800kg, bit on the light side when pulling car trailer???

Feel like needs to be closer to 2000kg/2200kg.
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2017, 10:11:04 am »
Skoda Octavia vRS would be worth a look. I don't know about what its tow rating is. No 4wd system means deeper flater boot.
Whats your budget Rob?

Yeah budget, that's an interesting one. 

Don't have any spare cash, so might do the leasing option again or maybe just go el cheapo and stick around the $20-30k mark.
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2017, 10:49:50 am »
don't have any details at hand, but the Top Gear magazine guys have had a Passat Alltrack as a long termer and it has been well received

https://www.volkswagen.co.nz/media/494565/spec-opt-sheet-passat-wagon-my17-tdi.pdf specs
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2017, 10:54:16 am »
I think I saw a post somewhere that Wilco was selling his A6 3.0 TDI - that might be a good option.
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2017, 11:11:08 am »
I'm still on the fence whether you can tow heavy loads with a dsg. Particularly if you need to reverse a trailer up a hill etc. Not saying it won't work, but can't see the trans lasting long. Would be interested to hear from a dealer what they'd say on a warranty claim.

This was the deciding factor when we purchased and went for the cx5 with a proper auto box.

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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2017, 12:11:01 pm »
if you need to tow, got no cash etc.  i'd keep the amarok

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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2017, 02:17:51 pm »
I think I saw a post somewhere that Wilco was selling his A6 3.0 TDI - that might be a good option.

Maybe too large for daily, and a bit over diesel RUC.

Ideally I'd like a Golf size daily but no good for the occasional towing trip.
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2017, 02:18:20 pm »
I'm still on the fence whether you can tow heavy loads with a dsg. Particularly if you need to reverse a trailer up a hill etc. Not saying it won't work, but can't see the trans lasting long. Would be interested to hear from a dealer what they'd say on a warranty claim.

This was the deciding factor when we purchased and went for the cx5 with a proper auto box.

I have been wondering about that myself as well ????
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2017, 02:19:27 pm »
if you need to tow, got no cash etc.  i'd keep the amarok

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Towing only very occasionally.

Amarok is on lease so is costing money every month anyway.
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2017, 02:23:06 pm »
Falcon? BA or FG
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2017, 04:44:23 pm »
Falcon? BA or FG

Do BA of FG wagons meet the "slightly interesting" criteria though?

If non VAG how about an E61 550i BMW. Nice car in M Sport guise and they tow pretty well.
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Re: Station Wagon recommendations?
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2017, 04:48:05 pm »
Do BA of FG wagons meet the "slightly interesting" criteria though?


good point... my bad. how about XR6 Turbo???
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