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Old 01-01-2017, 11:56 PM   #71
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Not our first rodeo. We downshifted early and often
And we ended up doing 15 Mph in second gear more than once.

In Our Humble Opinion the four cylinder Subi is a great car.
It is not a tow vehicle if you have long uphill grades in your travel plans

Again, if we had known how poorly it would perform, we would have taken alternate routes.

My point in commenting is to forewarn others that the small engine is not the best choice for a tow vehicle . Subaru offers a larger engine which i think would make the problem disappear. We chose fuel economy over performance. And that is exactly what we got.


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Not arguing. Just saying that you don't have to manually downshift. You can leave it in 4 and stomp on the gas, and it will downshift.
I wouldn't tow much more than a tent with a Subaru myself. Did tow a tent-trailer with a Subaru and it was costly in terms of brake jobs. But, that was a long time ago.

My concern is not climbing the hill at 15mph, it's coming down at 120mph.
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I can pull and go up hills? Coz.....15mph = terrifying!

I thought the older ones could pull more - but maybe 2011 is still 'old'. Hari
A lot of going back and forth with "tow figures" and such here but the only way you're going to really know what your Suby is rated at is to have the dealer run your VIN # for the build stats. Then decide if you need to get a tug with a bit better tow ratings. I don't like hearing of the tail wagging the dog....
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A lot of going back and forth with "tow figures" and such here but the only way you're going to really know what your Suby is rated at is to have the dealer run your VIN # for the build stats. Then decide if you need to get a tug with a bit better tow ratings. I don't like hearing of the tail wagging the dog....
Or just look at your owner's manual. Mine has a nice section on towing.
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Or just look at your owner's manual. Mine has a nice section on towing.
That's true but manuals tend to disappear from the car over time and give you all ratings available. Then it's up to you to figure out if it's really equipped like you think/want. The VIN or window sticker ends the guessing game. I do believe there have been a couple members that had their VINs run and found out their tug was less then what they thought.
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Have to agree with Bobbie that the owner's manual is the place to start. Most are an easy look-up online, so you can read it even before you purchase a vehicle.

If the manual specifies different ratings based on specific options, a VIN look-up can verify whether the required options were installed by the factory on a particular vehicle you own or are considering.

One thing a VIN look-up won't do is spell out all the fine-print towing caveats: the 200 pound tongue weight limit, the brake requirement over 1000 pounds, and the reduced rating for long grades in high ambient temperatures, all of which apply to some Foresters. Or frontal area limits for some other vehicles.

For all those things you need to consult the owner's manual.
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