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Old 11-30-2014, 11:14 AM   #57
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You might also want to check out the UK specifications for towing here:

http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/new/golf...gines/overview

The rating for the manual Golf 2.0 150 hp Golf is 1600 KG and for the DSG is ....... 1600 KG as well

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswa...lkswagen-jetta
I've always wondered why in Europe the tongue weight specifications are so much lower than in the USA. That VW is rated to tow 3500 lbs, but is restricted to a 175 lb tongue weight, which is only 5% of the maximum towing weight. Seems in the USA we always hear that 10-15% is required, although my Subaru recommends 8-11% tongue weight.
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Old 11-30-2014, 11:15 AM   #58
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My dash doesn't show mpg, only if I am in "ECO" mode. Personally I don't care for the cylinder cut out feature, I'm an "old school" type person, I want all 8 cylinders firing all the time. I also like having a heavy enough vehicle that gives me the "don't even know it's back there" towing experience. Obviously this truck is not going to be our every day driver. It was not exactly what I was looking for, but with buying the Casita hinging on finding a suitable tow vehicle and only a few weeks left before heading south, it was the best option available. So far it is working out very good, both truck and trailer.
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Old 11-30-2014, 12:57 PM   #60
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Jim,

We never did a tune up on the CRV and only replaced the plugs after a single misfire reported by our Ultraguage (and not the Honda's OBD system) making me realize the plugs needed replacement.

I believe the spark plug change interval for the Odyssey is 105,000 miles the same as the CRV. The CRV went to 150,000 miles before changing or once in more than 225,000 miles.

There are only 6 spark plugs on the Odyssey so I expect the price will be well less than $350, 6 plugs are less than $50 and could be a DIY.

The big maintenance item on the Odyssey is the timing belt at 105,000 miles.
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The big maintenance item on the Odyssey is the timing belt at 105,000 miles.
It is such a surprise to me that they are still using a belt while most other engine builders have moved on to a low maintenance chain. I am aware that Honda is telling customers it is because the belts are quieter than chains but to my ears the difference is not there.
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Bob,

On the Odyssey as far as I know ECO is not a choice. It just happens and you can not even tell it's happened. When you're driving about, at least in FL, it's almost always in ECO except when accelerating. Driving around the state on FL's two lane roads we're consistently in the 30+ range.



When towing ECO mode is much rarer and usually all 6 cylinders are firing, yet we manage better than 19 mpg. The Odyssey six provides plenty of power and like your setup the trailer doesn't seem to influence the Odyssey at all. As usually we're towing with 7-8% tongue weight.
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Wayne, I agree about cloth versus chain belts. I'll agree even more when I spend a $1000 to change it.
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As usually we're towing with 7-8% tongue weight.
I'm going to stick my neck out Norm and suggest you try moving up to a 10/11% tongue weight. Considering the size and weight of your new vehicle my thoughts are it would improve an already nice stable rig.
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Norm; try a DIY on the 3 plugs on the back side of that engine !! I've only worked on a couple vans with the V6 engine, and did not like it at all. Too used to working on big truck diesel engines where the hood flips up and you stand next to the engine.
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Increase Tongue Weight?

Wayne,

You may be right, maybe it would tow better. I've now towed for 7 years with 7-8% tongue weight and always felt the trailers tracked beautifully. Generally my rule in life has been if it works, let it be. There's so much in life that doesn't work that needs fixing.....

The only way I can see to increase the tongue weight is to go to dual batteries.

The present organization of our trailer has weighty items over or near the axle for best stability. I certainly wouldn't move any heavy items away from the axle.

Of course more tongue weight lightens the Odyssey's front axle, certainly a negative effect.
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Bob, I DIY the simple things like brakes. I did not do the plugs on the CRV, probably due to it's one time nature, that may also be the case on the Odyssey. If I have goof off time I'm usually willing to do things I might otherwise not do.

I'm beginning to read about the different methods of cylinder control, they all shut off cylinders but not all the same way.
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I'm a retired truck mechanic, and have replaced countless starters in them, but when the CRV starter went bad and I read online how much of the engine had to be disassembled to replace it I took it to Honda and let them do it. Reason being they do it enough to know just what to take off and what to leave alone. Plus some vehicles require special tools unique to them, and the big factor being 3 bad discs in my back making bending over a car fender quite difficult. The electronics and computer controls in all modern vehicles, diesel trucks included have made repairing them much more difficult. As for the cylinder cut out, we looked at a Chevy pickup that had that feature but online discussions debate that for that engine it has caused excess oil consumption and GM won't do anything about it. And supposedly the Ford 5.4 engine was prone to blowing out spark plugs so I ruled out buying one of those. Then I quit reading reviews and bought the Dodge, don't want to know.
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Plus some vehicles require special tools unique to them, and the big factor being 3 bad discs in my back making bending over a car fender quite difficult.
Bob, I know the feeling. After the 80lb grandson jumped up on me I too had 3 bad discs and went through 5 months of sciatic pain. Not so bad now and back at getting things done. Installed the winter tires on our vehicles last week.

I have always serviced our own vehicles but lately rely on a good shop to do the tougher jobs.
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I have always serviced our own vehicles but lately rely on a good shop to do the tougher jobs.
Everything has become so specialized now, requiring special tools and training. When I was working it was all company owned lease or rental equipment so if we screwed up it didn't affect the customer. But I don't want to screw up my own stuff so some repairs go to the dealer. I'm much more comfortable working on my vintage vehicles.
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