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Old 06-27-2013, 06:22 PM   #29
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A Subaru would be another vehicle to consider but it also requires brakes on a trailer over 1000lbs.
Subarus are tough to wire 7 pin connectors for. Not impossible, but they do not make it easy!

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Not if you take it to a place where they know what they are doing. Had no problem getting one installed in short order complete with brakes. Lots of people here towing with Subarus complete with brakes. The car comes with everything but the brake wire pre wired into it.
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I think a small AWD or FWD w/selectable AWD (do they make those any more?) would be better for the stated intent to use BLM lands out west. The Santa Fe sounds like it will have the power but the brakes may be over taxed when towing.

The Jetta TDI I would stay away for a couple reasons. They are notorious for sitting low and banging the engine, even in parking lots. You don't want to have a busted oil pan way out on BLM lands. The tow bill is huge! And the TDI, along with rest of the car, is an expensive animal to feed if you aren't doing a big portion of the repairs yourself. It also helps to know some TDI and VW guru mechanics. Now don't get me wrong, I love mine but also I work for VW. As such I get the "hook up" on parts and have all the special tools.

If it was me I would find an older CRV or Sportage, have a mechanic (like myself) inspect it Then over maintain it a little. Both are tried and true designs and can be had in AWD/4WD versions if you want it. One member full times the CRV and I know another uses the KIA with success.

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Sort of. Nothing current or recent that I know of is pure 2WD until manually selected, but some systems allow degrees of control, such as locking the rear diff or the rear drive clutch.
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I don't know why the brakes on this particular tug would be an issue, but then I would have trailer brakes...
Hey Brian B-P!

Is this all you have to say about Jason's suggestions, or would you care to weigh in on his suggested alternatives before those of us who own them do? ( See red highlights above.)

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I don't know why the brakes on this particular tug would be an issue, but then I would have trailer brakes...
I don't have personal experience on the Santa Fe, but the other, older Japanese cars I have experience on had just adequate front brakes and tiny little rear drums. A couple hard stops would overheat and warp the front rotors. And the rear would rarely lock up (did not have ABS).

And reading the towing guide lines of 2700lbs w/brakes and 1000lbs w/o brakes leads me to think brakes are a big part of the equation.

Just my guess based on what I read

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I don't have personal experience on the Santa Fe, but the other, older Japanese cars I have experience on had just adequate front brakes and tiny little rear drums. A couple hard stops would overheat and warp the front rotors. And the rear would rarely lock up (did not have ABS).
Okay, but this isn't a Japanese car.

I've never had such brake issues with any of the several Japanese cars I've had, or heard of then with anybody else's cars. Descending Rocky Mountain highway grades is no problem. Friends of mine used to race stock Honda Civics, where hard braking occurred a few times in each two-minute lap, and I don't recall brake issues... although the Camaros in a series running at the same time had to use upgraded brakes and still had brake hose failures because the calipers were running so hot. My own CRX wore out pads pretty fast on the track, but had no rotor issues.

In my own informal observations, rear brake lockup is about as frequent as front brake lockup, although of course it depends on surface traction, vehicle loading, and proportioning valve behaviour. The rears seem to do their share. This doesn't seem different to me from my current and first non-Japanese car, my Ford Focus.

I wouldn't be concerned about a vehicle's brakes just because it comes from the other side of the Pacific.

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... reading the towing guide lines of 2700lbs w/brakes and 1000lbs w/o brakes leads me to think brakes are a big part of the equation.

Just my guess based on what I read
I understand the reasoning, but the same kind of limits, including the specific 1000 lb unbraked trailer limit, is very common among just about everything other than pickup trucks, including the GM cars that I have checked. Brakes are important, but I don't see any weakness indicated here.
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Most warped rotors result from overtightened wheel bolts!

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Old 06-28-2013, 10:09 PM   #35
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My buddy didn't have any problem with his '85 CRX. But I had problems with warped rotors on my '97 Civic. When I asked around I found other owners with similar complaints. That was the only car that I had to turn the rotors a couple times before replacing the brake pads. There were other issues with that car so maybe I just got "Monday" car.....

Working at dealership we get to drive a variety of used cars that get traded in. A lot of brands, but Koreans by a larger margin, have improved a lot in the last few years. But even still I have seen some Asian SUVs with smaller brakes than my German hatchback.

Sorry if I bench race and look at spec too much. I'm a car guy first and just got into FGRVS.

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Sorry if I bench race and look at spec too much. I'm a car guy first and just got into FGRVS.
That makes two of us.
More information is always good; I get concerned by stuff that is likely to lead people astray if they accept it without question. Some of us, of course, always question...
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I understand the reasoning, but the same kind of limits, including the specific 1000 lb unbraked trailer limit, is very common among just about everything other than pickup trucks, including the GM cars that I have checked. Brakes are important, but I don't see any weakness indicated here.
That the towing limit without brakes is so similar across brands and types of vehicles make me doubt the methodology in determining tow ratings. If a lawyer or accountant is determining tow rating instead of an engineer, then what are they using to make this decision? Or better yet a marketing consultant that wants to one up the competition?

BTW I heard from a former ford employee about how the F100 got killed because the F series had to have the biggest tow rating. Egos had more to do with the tow rating than actual capability.

We both had different experiences with different cars from Asian manufactures. We are all on here to pool info to help each other make informed decisions. Hopefully when we have these discussions we discover the answer to help the OP chose the correct answer for their personal situation.

Sorry, I wandered off topic and got lost. What were we talking about? . You are probably right that the brakes are just fine for what the OP wants to do. And newer models are getting even better (and more worried about liability) so probably even more likely to be just fine.

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I have a good friend who's very happy towing his 1000-lbs + rafting trailer with a TDI sportswagen. He reports mid-20s fuel mileage. The latest VWs aren't as low-slung as the factory-slammed models from the early 2000s, but they're no SUVs, either. You must select a manual transmission-- the DSG automatic has a 1000 lbs listed towing capacity.
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I have a good friend who's very happy towing his 1000-lbs + rafting trailer with a TDI sportswagen. He reports mid-20s fuel mileage. The latest VWs aren't as low-slung as the factory-slammed models from the early 2000s, but they're no SUVs, either. You must select a manual transmission-- the DSG automatic has a 1000 lbs listed towing capacity.
And most of the GTI owners complained they weren't low enough (compared to the Euro version)

The 1000lb limit is not just DSG - VW does not recommend towing with its cars, only it's SUVs.

I can say though, with the proper hitch, that they tow far more than 1000lb easily.

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Angela,

Since you're from NS I suggest you go the Baddeck Vintage Fiberglass Rally, July 19-21. The last one I attended had about 20 Bolers among other small trailers. On Saturday they have an open house and you can talk to actual owners.

To me a Boler can be towed by just about anything if you are conscious of how to load your Boler.

The people at the rally were, like most of these events, very friendly.
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And most of the GTI owners complained they weren't low enough (compared to the Euro version)

The 1000lb limit is not just DSG - VW does not recommend towing with its cars, only it's SUVs.

I can say though, with the proper hitch, that they tow far more than 1000lb easily.

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As you will soon see, any mention of exceeding mfgs. tow ratings (did I say CanAm?) with over engineered hitches, only opens the gate to significant liability and warrantee issues. Such suggestions, unless one is a authorized representative of that manufacturer, are usually best kept to ones self hereabouts.

And now..... back to the original topic(s)
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I can say though, with the proper hitch, that they tow far more than 1000lb easily.

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I tend to agree. With the proper attention to hitching and set up they can be safer than some of the basic corporate offerings.
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