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Towing issues?

Hi, new to this forum, not yet an owner of a Subaru, just started looking around for an Outback Manual, up to $20K.

Hi have heard towing is not recommended for these vehicles.
Is this correct?
(Friend of mine has a 2005 Auto, got massive "slap on wrist" by her mechanic for towing a caravan & scouts trailer. She had "the towing kit" whatever that is. Her repair bill was in the $K's.)

I won't be towing a caravan, but might be towing an 8'x5' scout trailer with camping gear, canoes, etc etc.

Thanks for any advise.

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I haven't towed a lot with mine, but not had any issues. Make sure you don't exceed the weigh limits (750kg unbraked, or 1500kg + depending on the model).

The towing kit, is basically the tow bar, and if you have an auto it is also a gearbox oil cooler.

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Hi, new to this forum, not yet an owner of a Subaru, just started looking around for an Outback Manual, up to $20K.

Hi have heard towing is not recommended for these vehicles.
Is this correct?
(Friend of mine has a 2005 Auto, got massive "slap on wrist" by her mechanic for towing a caravan & scouts trailer. She had "the towing kit" whatever that is. Her repair bill was in the $K's.)

I won't be towing a caravan, but might be towing an 8'x5' scout trailer with camping gear, canoes, etc etc.

Thanks for any advise.

Peter
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Subaru's are rated for towing, but they are not rated for being towed. If you are towing, as in having a trailer follow the vehicle, stay within the rated limits. If your Subaru is being towed, all wheels must be off the ground, as in on a flat bed, or with wheel dollies or there will be damage to the Subaru.
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I towed with mine when I had it, towed a 1300kg caravan. Did it ok but lacked torque (had the 3.0R 6cyl), and used 20-22 l/100 km. Changed to a V8 BF Falcon and averaged 16 with same van. You'd want to make sure all tyre pressures are even or it could damage the transmission I'd imagine.

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Based on the input I've received, I'd have to say no issue with towing within the vehicle's design limits..

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Based on the input I've received, I'd have to say no issue with towing within the vehicle's design limits..
The major issue is that most people have no idea what weight they are hauling by the time the trailer is hooked up, packed and rolling down the road. The the empty trailer weight is over 1000lbs you need to learn how to pack light and leave the kitchen sink at home per say. And with the AT do not use the over drive keep it in the lower gears. A giant box behind the car with the profile of a building + a head wind will dramatically impact your cars ability to tow.
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I have a 2011 Subaru Outback, Premium, with manual tranny on order--should have it by the end of February. We ordered it not only for our main vehicle, but for FLAT towing behind our motor home. My understanding is the manual transmission is rated for flat towing. Sue
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I have a 2011 Subaru Outback, Premium, with manual tranny on order--should have it by the end of February. We ordered it not only for our main vehicle, but for FLAT towing behind our motor home. My understanding is the manual transmission is rated for flat towing. Sue
When you say flat towing, do you mean that it will be towed with all four wheels on the ground behind the motorhome?

If so you really need to check, I have an '08 and from memory the only way it can be towed is on a flat bed truck.
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I have had a 2004 Subaru Outback for almost 10 years now and have towed an A Van Cruiseliner (1250kg) loaded for around 50,000k with no problems. Even been around Australia almost twice. The best car I have ever owned. Got an average of 11.2 L/100k's for the 20,000k trip around australia. On flat roads at 95k/hr was getting 9L/100K. The car now has 175,000K on the clock and runs as good as ever. Love it! March 2014.
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Hi I'm new here.
Downgrading from Patrol\3+ton caravan to Subaru and Boat. 1.4ish ton on trailer.

'09\'10 model 2.5ltr petrol or 2 ltr diesel. manual\auto.
Which would be the better unit.
Only occasional towing.

Regards all. ( Oh Queensland here.)
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