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NONACK
NONACK HalfDork
10/27/14 2:25 p.m.

No not Town Car, TOW car. What interesting, fun cars actually have a rated towing capacity in the US? So far, the best I've found is that the 3rd gen Supra is rated for 2k lbs, Turbo K-cars are rated the same, and many Saabs and rwd Volvos are rated at 3k lbs. Some of the large American barges are rated for 5k+, but those really aren't that much fun. This would be for towing a small trailer with either a motorcycle, FSAE/F500 car, or shifter kart on it.

Now, before we get 15 people saying it: I know any car will do it. I know I could tow 2k lbs with a Metro if I wanted to. But in today's absurdly litigious society, I want the numbers on my side when some dumbass plows into me while twittering about the crazy old sportscar towing a trailer.

Ian F
Ian F UltimaDork
10/27/14 2:29 p.m.

Hmm... WRX? I only say that because that's what one of the Philly guys used his to haul around his F-Mod when he first got it. It's a wagon, so he carried spares in the WRX. The car was prepped for STX, so it had some power adders and stiffer suspension. He causally mentioned the car being for sale, but IIRC, he's still using it.

NONACK
NONACK HalfDork
10/27/14 2:33 p.m.

To my knowledge, the WRX has no manufacturer rating. Some Legacies are rated as high as 3500lbs though.

EDIT: seeing 2k lbs listed in some places now... that would be an interesting option.

KyAllroad
KyAllroad HalfDork
10/27/14 2:36 p.m.

The Allroad is good for 3500 lbs.

alfadriver
alfadriver UltimaDork
10/27/14 2:40 p.m.

A friend of mine used to tow with a late Fox Mustang. Pulled his Alfa around with it.

Kinda interesting car.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
10/27/14 2:40 p.m.

you need to ask lucy and ricky.

mtn
mtn UltimaDork
10/27/14 2:42 p.m.

Last generation Celica had a 1500 or 2000 towing capacity, IIRC.

captdownshift
captdownshift Dork
10/27/14 2:44 p.m.

Volvo 240, JVAB rally suspension, 230F+T, a hot cam, oil cooler and 4.56 rear end

tpwalsh
tpwalsh HalfDork
10/27/14 2:55 p.m.

Armitage
Armitage HalfDork
10/27/14 3:05 p.m.

There's an '05 GTO for sale in the open classifieds. The GM manual says don't tow with it. From what I've read on the Internet, the Holden manual says up to 3500 lbs. Chocking that one up to the lawyers. 'murica!

NONACK
NONACK HalfDork
10/28/14 8:14 a.m.

I know all about the GTO tow rating annoyance- I even went so far as to call my insurance company and ask if there was any way I could get them to support the Australian rating (of course not).

Nobody else? I expected more from you guys

fidelity101
fidelity101 SuperDork
10/28/14 8:16 a.m.

boat is Chrysler too lol

mazdeuce
mazdeuce UberDork
10/28/14 8:17 a.m.

The Magnum was rated up to 3800lbs when equipped with the tow package says the internet.

Jeff
Jeff SuperDork
10/28/14 8:32 a.m.

My Canadian Saab 9-3 is rated to 3500 LBS per the manual. I don't know if that covers the US spec. I don't think it was the lawyers btw. I blame the marketing guys and the love of selling high profit trucks.

Ian F
Ian F UltimaDork
10/28/14 8:32 a.m.
NONACK wrote: Nobody else? I expected more from you guys

Well, as soon as you want a "legal" tow rating, the options become limited. My TDI wagon would easily tow a 2000 lb trailer (it's rated for over 3000 in Europe with trailer brakes), but the US rating is between "not recommended" and 1500 lbs (with no "with brakes" rating).

NONACK
NONACK HalfDork
10/28/14 8:35 a.m.

I know, and that's what sucks. I'm not even sure what the penalties for "unrated towing" are, but I'm pretty sure at the very least it would make me the at fault party in any accident

Ian F
Ian F UltimaDork
10/28/14 8:58 a.m.

In reply to NONACK:

Yeah, I think that's the big issue. As along as it doesn't "look" too out of the ordinary, you probably wouldn't get hassled. However, should something go wrong - even if it's not your fault - you may very well be F'd.

Klayfish
Klayfish UltraDork
10/28/14 9:01 a.m.

If you really need to tow anything more than a tire trailer on a regular basis, a car isn't your answer.

fornetti14
fornetti14 Dork
10/28/14 9:08 a.m.

The Forester is rated at 2,000 but there are some crazies near me that pull full car trailers, sometimes with other Foresters on them. Braking would be scary.
The Curt tow hitch on my Foz is rated at 350 tongue/3,500 lbs. and I'm sure it would manage that on short in-town trips.

NONACK
NONACK HalfDork
10/28/14 9:20 a.m.

In reply to Klayfish:

I'm aware that a pickup would do all of this without a trailer, but I already made a thread for those.

The_Jed
The_Jed UltraDork
10/28/14 9:27 a.m.

My Mark VII is rated at 2k. I wouldn't tow with it, though, because Fox 4-link.

Jeff
Jeff SuperDork
10/28/14 9:43 a.m.
fornetti14 wrote: The Forester is rated at 2,000 but there are some crazies near me that pull full car trailers, sometimes with other Foresters on them. Braking would be scary.

Trailer brakes and a good controller make it a non issue.

iceracer
iceracer PowerDork
10/28/14 10:04 a.m.

I towed my gokart/trailer with my MG 1100.

Maybe that is why the clutch started slipping.

yamaha
yamaha UltimaDork
10/28/14 10:12 a.m.

Caprice/Roadmaster......such an easy button

etifosi
etifosi Reader
10/28/14 12:25 p.m.

Boxy & aero crown vics were rated for 5k

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