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Old 10-13-2011, 12:57 PM   #15
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I don't want to hijack this excellent thread, but why do you suppose my 2010 Malibu with 253 HP is not rated to tow ANYTHING? (Not that I need it to, with a truck rated at 8200 lbs.) Perhaps it doesn't even have a frame in the rear where a hitch could tie in?
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I don't want to hijack this excellent thread, but why do you suppose my 2010 Malibu with 253 HP is not rated to tow ANYTHING? (Not that I need it to, with a truck rated at 8200 lbs.) Perhaps it doesn't even have a frame in the rear where a hitch could tie in?
I think you already knew the answer!
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:31 PM   #17
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I'm guessing that it's unibody construction. But don't many vehicles of this type have a tow rating? It just seems strange that there's NO tow rating at all.
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Okay, for the first time I actually just looked under the vehicle and the sheet metal back there does form a type of box shape along the edges, making, I guess, the unibody equivalent to a frame. I also just checked etrailer and they sell a class II hitch for it and say that most models have a towing capacity of 3500 lbs. So, even though the car manufacturer doesn't rate it to tow anything at all, It seems that others think it can - go figure.
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Now who do you believe? The people that built the car or the people that want to sell you a hitch?
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:43 AM   #20
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Always check your manual. There are many reason, usually legal that would keep a company from providing a tow rating.

The biggest reason are, adequacy of the brakes, the transmission and drive line components. risking getting flamed here, but most FWD drive trains are shared across many models and lines with in the same brand, even between engines.

Stresses on the subframes could also be a reason a the built in fail points for collisions. A class 2 is light duty hitch for things like bike racks and cargo carriers.
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I don't want to hijack this excellent thread, but why do you suppose my 2010 Malibu with 253 HP is not rated to tow ANYTHING? (Not that I need it to, with a truck rated at 8200 lbs.) Perhaps it doesn't even have a frame in the rear where a hitch could tie in?
Hard to say. Only Chevy can provide that answer. There are some trucks that are not rated for towing also.
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A class 2 is light duty hitch for things like bike racks and cargo carriers.
And trailers 3500 lbs or less.
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Okay, for the first time I actually just looked under the vehicle and the sheet metal back there does form a type of box shape along the edges, making, I guess, the unibody equivalent to a frame. I also just checked etrailer and they sell a class II hitch for it and say that most models have a towing capacity of 3500 lbs. So, even though the car manufacturer doesn't rate it to tow anything at all, It seems that others think it can - go figure.
The class II hitch they sell has a tow capacity of 3500 lbs. What the car's body will support is unlikely to be specified by the hitch manufacturers. But the fact that they sell such a receiver is a somewhat positive sign, I guess.
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Now who do you believe? The people that built the car or the people that want to sell you a hitch?
It isn't the manufacturers who set the tow ratings. It is their attorneys!!
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