Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby lewy71 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:03 pm

Yep they go to floor level. You loose the wet storage area under the floor though.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby Ken » Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:11 pm

From 06 on they deleted the flaps that covered the gap between the third row & second row, when the seats were folded. This won't worry you as long as the second row head rests are off when folded flat.
I really rate the territory as a tow car. It easily tows my 210. We launch at a really steep ramp & it pulls out with ease.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby coody » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:59 pm

after a bit of searching I managed to find an 07 sy ghia turbo that fitted into the price range... :D

150,000kms on it, full leather interior, integrated factory reverse camera and rear dvd player, side steps, towbar, bonnet protector and reasonable tyres all for only $18,500...

Stoked or what!!!!

For the same money i was looking at a few other sy's but only tx'models and some have a few ore km's on them, winner I say..

Can't really hide my excitement, 1st nice, big dollar car I've ever bought so its all good :) :D :D
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby SmileyBill » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:23 pm

Enjoy,

Had one for a while a few years ago for work. Had to sell once i left. Turbo 6 speed auto the best engine / gearbox combo. Great car.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby coody » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:53 pm

Does anyone know what year /model the ball joint recall affects??
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby Ken » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:34 am

Coody - I think yours will be recalled.
Phone your local dealer with the VIN - it's a free repair so you may as well get it done.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby Astro » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:25 pm

I think it is the TX series (2004), later models had a redesigned ball joint where the forces in the joint push the joint together instead of trying to pull it apart.
We have had our SX TX 2wd since 2005 (2004 model) and tow a 2000kg load with ease using around 16-17 litres per 100km at 100km/h, it is a five seater, you can fit a double mattress in the back.
It is the four speed model.
We have had our ball joints replaced under warranty.
The front disc rotors are , we replaced ours with slotted DBA and Bendix ultimate pads after they warped the second time, a huge improvement in braking power.
I sprayed internally all the doors and tail gate with fish oil just after we bought it.
They are a good car, plenty of room, drive like a station wagon.
Watch out for the centre diff bush that are prone to failing, we went the nothalene bush route which increases noise from the drive line at certain speeds.
Have just bought a 05 4wd Hilux and was amazed how easy it was to retrieve the boat from the water, basically idled out compared with the Territory struggling with traction.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby Ken » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:59 am

Astro, SX & SY models are both included in the recall.
My wife's '05 SY has had the control arms done on recall.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby lewy71 » Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:29 pm

Had my 06 AWD front ball joints done twice original they would replace any ball joint that showed wear as long as the car was under 150K. They released a full recall earlier this year with a revised ball joint.

The AWD is a great tow vehicle have had no traction problems at ramp.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby coody » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:24 pm

So I rang up the nearest ford dealer with my vin number, apparently there's no recalls on the system to be done to my car....???? :? :?
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby lewy71 » Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:08 am

Speak to the Service Manager in the Workshop,
and get them to check if your car needs to go in for the R1101 ball joint recall
and get them to check on the [b]Goasis site [b] if your VIN is listed as needing the recall replacement LCA's (lower control arms)
these are fitted free of charge, regardless of KM's travelled.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby coody » Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:32 am

Yeah rodgey, will give that a go.. free of charge is good in my books! :D

Where about is the compliance plate on these cars?
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby fluffy » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:23 am

Do any of you lads use the load distribution hitch for towing bigger boats with the territory? I have a 210 and am wondering if this would be a must??
i usually tow it with a landcruiser ute, but am looking at a territory for the fiance.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby Ken » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:15 pm

Hey Fluffy - I have a 210 also & do not use a weight distribution hitch.
On the double axle trailer there is no need IMO.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby fluffy » Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:28 pm

Thanks Ken, do you think insurance would knock you back if there was no load dist. Hitch in an accident?

I'll tow the 210 with my ute mostly but it would be nice to have the option there to use the territory if need be.
Thanks mate
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby Ken » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:14 pm

fluffy wrote:Thanks Ken, do you think insurance would knock you back if there was no load dist. Hitch in an accident?


Who knows - I don't plan on having an accident..... :roll:
Given that these things can tow 1600Kg with 160Kg towball weight on a standard towpack, I feel that I can argue a case as my trailer has less than 100Kg of towball weight.
There is nothing to distribute.....
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby coops1989 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:37 pm

partner and i bought a new territory last yr and ford told us that unless you have the weight distrubution system hooked up that its not to tow over 1600kg but with it on it can tow 2700kg. they told us without it and a big boat on the back insurance wont look at us
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby coody » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:20 pm

Took our turbo ghia for its first road trip last weekend.. got 12.2 litres/hundred... thaught that was pretty good...

What are you guys getting??
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby lewy71 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:40 am

06 SR AWD 11.2 if staying close to speed limits. Once I drove it below 100kph on a trip and seen 10.8 on trip meter mid 11's is more common on cruise set at 110kph.
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Re: ford territory... good tow vehicle???

Postby fluffy » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:10 am

coody wrote:Took our turbo ghia for its first road trip last weekend.. got 12.2 litres/hundred... thaught that was pretty good...

What are you guys getting??


I've got no experience with them, but that sounds very reasonable for a turbo car of its size! How does it go?? :mrgreen:
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