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« on: February 24, 2008, 08:44:35 PM »

Hi folks,
My first posting as a new member! Does anyone have experience of towing a boat with a Galaxy? My current car (a Shogun) has just died and I'm considering buying a Galaxy because a) years ago I used to have a Mk1 and it was great, and b) the max towing weight of a Mk 2 is 2000Kg - more than enough to pull a boat of 1500Kg.

However, I'm a bit concerned that the pulling that weight up a slipway might be problematic! Can anyone advise please?

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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008, 09:01:31 PM »

Hi Dave and Welcome to FGOC I find my Mk2 1.9 tdi will spin the front wheels very easily, my advise would be if you are looking at a car with a tow bar already fitted hitch the boat up and give it a try... a good dealer should not have a problem, when we looked for our Mk2 the kids climbed all over the thing.... You buy a car to do a job and if they want to sell..... they should bend over backward

or you could go down the Mk1 4x4 route..
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2008, 08:23:54 AM »

There is a company that makes towbars for the front of cars.  They are detachable, so wont look daft and you'd only need it on when lowering, pulling the boat on the slip way.  http://www.watling-towbars.co.uk/front_towbars.html
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2008, 06:26:41 AM »

Many Thanks for the replies  - the front towbar idea sounds ideal, I'd never come across that before. I can now continue my hunt for a Galaxy!

Any tips on specific things to check gratefully received. I'll probably look for an 04 plate 1.9 Tdi 115 or 130ps.

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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2008, 08:07:11 AM »

Hi glad you got sorted with bar, I have a Mk2 115 bhp. but if i was to change i would go for a 130 bhp,I'm not tech minded but as a owner i would say the things to check are:

HPI CHECK
SERVICE HISTORY
WHEN CAM BELT WAS CHANGED (EVERY 40,000 MILES) check deal at Stafford Audi through Daz and use to neg price if it needs doing

AUX HEATER ( near the nearside back wheel and sounds like a jet engine..used to help heating when cold)

TYRES ARE EXTRA LOAD OR REINFORCED (must be fitted)

INTERIOR (many we looked at had a hardlife but look for a good one)

hope this helps...we have a zetec but again if i was to change i would go for a GHIA more bells and whistles, climate control...cruise control etc

good luck and post some pics when you get one

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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2008, 12:09:36 PM »

Hi Dave - I think the other Dave has covered most common things to look out for on the Gal. If going for a Ghia, make sure EVERYTHING works - push every button, try every feature as they can fall foul to electrical gremilins usually caused by broken wiring in the door rubber boots. Might be difficult in this weather, but make sure the climate control blows ice cold air and that the climate pannel doesn't flash when you first switch on - flashing represents a fault with the system somewhere.

If you are towing then I'd reccommend the 130. Torque is the same for both, but the extra 15 horses will make a difference. If you can stretch to it, then in 2005 they also did a 150 version, but these are like hens teeth to find on the used market.

Good luck with your search and Welcome to FGOC
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2008, 01:47:41 PM »

Also check that all speeds work on the front wipers, and they dont make a noise when working.

Make sure it has an engine under tray fitted.

Ask what type of oil has been used at service time cos the PD engine needs specific stuff.

Give it a proper thrashing on the test drive to make sure there are no vacum / turbo probs, and if its an auto that the box goes up and down smoothly under heavy load.
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