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Mohawk's comments makes perfect sense about a larger autobox cooler, does any one know if they are available and how complicated to fit.
After the last few days you don't need to be on the continent for it to be hot if towing.
 

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Towing a normal caravan say upto 1.5t you shouldn’t need extra cooling, on a long hill it’s always best to change down manually to stop the transmission changing gear frequently. If you are towing the maximum weight regularly eg: a car on a trailer you may need more cooling
 

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Deltasierra comments are welcome but I am very suspicious/concerned about towing my new caravan now 1800kg which I know is very heavy.
I want to buy a new car as my Freelander_2 2014 manual bought new is now getting old, however it tows the 1800kg van without a problem in 6th gear easy on most roads, 29mpg, but on about 95% car / caravan ratio it dances about a bit so need a heavier car.
I tow long distance to Spain with some big long hill climbs at times sometimes up to 40 degree's C so I need to get it right, don't want hassle when towing,I have a friend who tows with a Merc 250glc (only done 30k)and sometimes the auto gearbox won't change gears as it should.
Don't know weather to stick to manual, but the manual is a 163ps and states towing limit only 1600kg the 180ps auto is 2400kg.
I want to worry about cooking gearbox oil, but auto would be so much easier
 

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I think they fit a bigger auto trans cooler & some other stuff like the reverse sensor disconnect & trailer aiming software etc.
No, no differing cooling equipment is fitted when a towbar is fitted. Check the parts catalogue, nothing with a differing part number is specified for tow equipped vehicles, nor is there any additional cooling parts in any of the tow packs, aside from the tow bar, brackets etc. Yes software is altered, but that is essentially programming the car so it is now tow equipped so the towing programs become available. The trans cooler is an intercooler, integrated into the engine cooling system.
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We have been towing our 1800+ kg caravan for 2 years now (Coachman Laser XL 875), over some 14000+ miles on all sorts of roads and inclines and have never experienced any issues whatsoever with engine or auto transmission.
In fact it is a superb towing car...
 

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Hi Richard (again),
You mentioned your outfit started "dancing about a bit"?
With a 1800 kg caravan, I assume it is a twin axle?
From my experience, ours is very stable in all but the most extreme sidewinds, etc. but we have found that a noseweight of 100- 105 kg gives the best towing stability.
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Hi Tim
We have a Coachman Laser XL 575 1800kg on single wheels, just bought (used to have 575 VIP 1700kg) chose single wheels as we go to Spain twice a year and sometimes you get refused entry on sites with twin wheelers.
I am looking at 2.0d 180ps auto about 2 years old.
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Hi Rich,
If you're running a single axle van, you need to pay a bit more attention to the noseweight.
Basically, the FPace has excellent rear suspension, and the nose weight is dictated more by the car than the van.
Our last van was a heavy (1500kg) 2005 Bessacar, and was difficult to get the nose weight right.
Saying that, we usually got it stable by moving chunks of load back and forth INSIDE the van.
We typically set off, and if it didn't feel right, we stopped at the next stop/layby and moved a few bits around (forward or back) inside the van.
Once sorted, you can go anywhere, at any pace you choose...
It's not the cars fault, it's down to towing experience and skills - only something you pick up with time, and by listening to others...
I'm more than happy to help, as we've been there, done that, and don't want anyone else to go through that again !
Cheers pal, if you want chat, PM me 😉
 

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Rich - yes! We've a 300 bhp diesel, but it's just gorgeous overkill 😊
We used to tow with a Volvo S60 D5 chipped to 230bhp, and it was more than capable - in fact, embarrassing for many ordinary car drivers ?
I've met a few FP owners who've towed and they were all happy, bar one, who worried about his gearbox shifting up/down on hills ?
But isn't that what it's supposed to do ?
An old (now departed) close friend of mine was an Alfa DET, and when he went to work for an independent, he generated alot of business by working out a way of changing auto gearbox oil in Mercs as they are supposedly "sealed for life", but with a small sump.
The gearbox oil gets chewed up and old in Mercs, but if you get it changed regularly, it's not an issue.
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The gearbox is stated by Jaguar to be sealed for life, as is the transfer box, but is still better for the fluids and filter to be changed, ZF suggest at 60k miles. Jaguar do not however state what the lifetime is! Find a specialist for this job, not a franchised Jaguar dealer, even more so if you are towing. If the specialist suggests a fluid flush, ensure this is low pressure only. ZF do not recommend a high pressure flush and indeed I have encountered owners with transmission issues after a high pressure flush on a high mileage transmission.
 

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Rich - yes! We've a 300 bhp diesel, but it's just gorgeous overkill 😊
We used to tow with a Volvo S60 D5 chipped to 230bhp, and it was more than capable - in fact, embarrassing for many ordinary car drivers ?
I've met a few FP owners who've towed and they were all happy, bar one, who worried about his gearbox shifting up/down on hills ?
But isn't that what it's supposed to do ?
An old (now departed) close friend of mine was an Alfa DET, and when he went to work for an independent, he generated alot of business by working out a way of changing auto gearbox oil in Mercs as they are supposedly "sealed for life", but with a small sump.
The gearbox oil gets chewed up and old in Mercs, but if you get it changed regularly, it's not an issue.
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Tim
Modern automatic transmissions including ZF have a torque converter lock up clutch that stops the T/C slipping above certain RPM. My 3.0D seemed to lock up around 2000RPM, if you tow at low revs the transmission oil will heat up quickly, so keep revs up and nothing will slip
 
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