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Old 06-05-2009, 08:34 AM   #11
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pay for gas and I'll tow the trailer for you. you can put stuff in the truck too :-p prolly get 20 mpg even with that if i run the old axle.
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:07 AM   #12
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1000lbs?
Are you sure that is the rating?
Sounds reasonable-ish if the trailer doesn't have brakes, but...

I mean...the vw golf t1/rabbit could tow that!?
Not that I am familiar with the new gm stuff...
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:07 AM   #13
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It has been the trend in the past couple decades for cars to have really lame tow ratings, and for trucks to get more and more.

To address the specified VW: A 2008 VW Rabbit, which weighs 1100 pounds more than a 1st gen and has way more than twice as much power, is rated for 1000 pounds if automatic or 2000 pounds if manual...and I would only expect that from a European vehicle, since in Europe, tow ratings for what we call a small car are important. They tow big stuff with little cars there. In the US, drivers aren't trained as well and lawyers are always looking for the next big liability suit, so it's necessary to de-rate cars.

Trucks would be de-rated too but the marketing is worth the risk. Instead, trucks are being designed specifically with towing in mind (like European cars), rather than as an afterthought.
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:55 AM   #14
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Hmmm, interesting, and kinda sad, in a way.
Ok, I had to look it up.
The -09 gold 1.9tdi wagon can tow 1700kg/3 748 pounds, with trailer brakes, and 710kg/1565pounds without brakes.

Now... We don't get the chevys over here, just rebadged daewos, so I couldn't find anything on those.
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Where is "over here"? In addition to how the vehicle is built, I bet ratings are higher in Europe than in the US for the same model with the same equipment...and maybe in other places with less of the liability problem.
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:39 AM   #16
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Oh, I live in Norway...Which use the same rules as the EU.
I will find the profile, and try to fix that.
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I did two things for my Jeep to better it's towing abilities.

Install a transmission temp gauge (I got mine from Jegs)

Install a transmission cooler (also from Jegs).

Each one of these was about $100, and well worth it. Heat will kill your tranny in no time.
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