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Old 03-31-2008, 07:59 AM   #1
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Saw a VW Beetle pulling a 13 ft Scamp going onto I-80 in Iowa City Iowa on Sat afternoon. Was suprised it would tow.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:08 AM   #2
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You mean like this blue combo?
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:32 AM   #3
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Hi all first time posting. I have 2006 VW Jetta towing a 13' scamp. IT runs go good drown the road, I have tow 1000 mi so far and avage about 35 mi pg. Kind of nice on fixed income. Bob
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:45 AM   #4
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Hi all first time posting. I have 2006 VW Jetta towing a 13' scamp. IT runs go good drown the road, I have tow 1000 mi so far and avage about 35 mi pg. Kind of nice on fixed income. Bob
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Yes, Donna, very similar.
Actually saw it coming back into Iowa City on Sunday morning also.
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:08 AM   #6
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We were looking at a VW Jetta Wagon TDI as a possible new TV for our Trillium 13. However, it's hard to find real numbers on what it will pull here as it's not stated on the VW website (not a good sign in itself). A thread I found on a VW forum was that it's only rated for 1000lbs here in North America.

In Europe they are rated to pull far more but as many members have pointed out if you are pulling more then the vehicle manual states and you are in an accident it could really cause you grief.
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I've noticed over the years that some kinds of vehicles seem to have owners who swear they can do anything; VW and Chevy Blazer (orig) come to mind first! Never had either one so I can't speak from experience.
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:21 PM   #8
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I know that the Jetta TDI is rated at 1000 pd but it's the best thing in this country for traveling. You can't find one in a used cat lot. I have pulled My scamp all over MN Wis ND and SD. with no trouble. I thought when I brought the car I would get 5 sp manl trans. So wen I get in the the hills could drop back to 4th but to car has enuff power to pull in 5th. As soon as I can get a 08 or a 09 I will have one the car is fantastic. After two year and 44k mi I still love that car. I have had GM Ford IH TV and the Jetta is for the a near further Bob
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Wow what a cute combo that VW and scamp were. We saw them in Iowa City on Friday afternoon while in City Park, and we were telling our daughter about it on Saturday afternoon and like magic they appeared again! Maybe they were just cruising Iowa City!
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:46 PM   #10
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A British used car website lists the VW Beetle's tow capacity as 600 kilos without brakes, 1000 kilos with (1320 lbs without/2400 lbs with).

It is worth noting, however, that there are no Rocky Mountains in England. One can hike up and back down most of their "mountains" in a day

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Old 04-01-2008, 06:02 AM   #11
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Here's an article about a Jetta diesel towing an airstream



http://www.rvlifemag.com/file363/hitchhints363.html
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Thanks Phil I always new the Jetta TDI was up for the task!!! Bob
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We have 4 VW choices. We tow with the Eurovan. Now, according to this thread, we can tow with my '99 Beetle (They sell towbars, but all I have found is information that towing is not recommended.). We have a '69 Beetle like the one in the previous posting picture, but we are hoping to eventually have the projected picture below, our '68 pickup towing our UHaul.

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Now, according to this thread, we can tow with my '99 Beetle (They sell towbars, but all I have found is information that towing is not recommended.). We have a '69 Beetle like the one in the previous posting picture,
Umm, you might want to look into this very carefully -- There's a big difference between a UK spec with actual weights and "not recommended", as well as a difference in model years. Photo of something hooked to something is not a guarantee...

http://www.autobytel.co.uk/NewCars/NewCarD...mp;Model=BEETLE

http://www.vw.com/newbeetlecon/completespecs/en/us/

http://newcarbuyingguide.com/index.php/new...ent=view/page=4

http://www.automotive.com/2005/43/volkswag...ions/index.html
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Jetta Diesel 1.9l TDI with 5 speeds manual can pull:

- Trailer with brakes at 12 % slope 1400 kg, and at 8% slope 1700 kg.

- Trailer without brakes 720 kg.

My 06 Jetta TDI gets in average 44 mpg. Pulling the trailer could be 30-50% less.

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I think we have all seen that video of the bigger trailer dragging the smaller tow car back down the hill to disaster in Europe.
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I think we have all seen that video of the bigger trailer dragging the smaller tow car back down the hill to disaster in Europe.
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Jetta curb weight is 3230 lb. Towing a trailer at the same weight as a towing vehicle is common. 3230lb (~1465 kg) is pretty close to some of European towing specs for a Jetta. A lot of folks in countries with smaller cars tow with Jetta size cars without problems. I tow my boat which is 30% heavier than my Ford 350 and never was pulled into the sea. This discussion started with questions of small travel trailer (I think 2500lb) being towed by VW.

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I went hunting for some information on VW's diesel engines last night and today, and came back with some interesting finds.

First, VW's TDI diesels sold in recent years are rated at 100 horsepower, but VW has a new 1.9 liter diesel they currently sell overseas that's coming to the US market this summer and it's rated at 148 horsepower and getting 50+ mpg. That's the same horsepower my 3.0 liter Ford Ranger uses to haul our 3000lbs 5th wheel around! Better yet, because it's a diesel, the engine will have better torque at lower engine speeds than a regular gas engine does, translating to more pulling power on less fuel.

VW also announced a diesel hybrid Golf hatchback that gets 70 mpg using the same 1.9 liter diesel that's expected to reach European markets in 2009 and reduces CO2 output by 20% as compared to the Toyota Prius. No word on towing abilities, but if it'll tow a trailer I already want one.

Things get more interesting from there. Subaru also has a diesel they're selling in the European market that does 150hp, gets 50mpg and will come out in their Outback and Legacy line in the US in 2010.

Indian automaker Mahindra plans to enter the US market with a Toyota Tacoma-sized 150hp diesel-hybrid pickup estimated to get 40 mpg for the 2010 model year, too.

So it seems that "good things come to those who wait." Lynne and I have been sitting on the fence, keeping our current vehicles (which are in good shape and get pretty reasonable gas mileage by today's standards) and wait for more energy-efficient options to arrive. It's not happening today, but it looks like our patience will pay off in two or three years time.
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Peter, great research. I think BMW is also bringing their European diesels here. With low US$ I can imagine their prices.



My Jetta is consistently getting 44 mpg which is about is 37.5% better than 2.5 l gas Jetta (assuming 32 mpg). With diesel fuel at $4/gal and regular at $3.3/gal I am paying 21.2% more for diesel. I think this is worse scenario for costs. In the rest of our World diesel is at most at the same prices as regular gas. At this worse scenario I am still ahead 11.9%. A few month ago with diesel cost at mid grade gas I was ahead 22.8%

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