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    Thread: Cars that can tow 3000 lbs?

    1. Member kaljer's Avatar
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      12-29-2005 12:16 AM #1
      Hey guys,
      I am looking for a car that can tow my Jetskis. Yes I said car, I would much prefer not to get an SUV as I can only afford to have one vehicle and 95% of the time when I care about gas mileage over pulling a trailer.
      Is there anything out there that can tow 3000lbs or so? Realistically its slight overkill as the skis total to 1600 and the aluminum trailer that tows 2 of them is probably not very heavy...
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    2. 12-29-2005 12:18 AM #2
      as odd as it is, the hyundai elantra is rated to tow 3000 lbs

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      12-29-2005 12:19 AM #3
      Are you serious? I was nervous about it pulling its own weight....haha
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    4. 12-29-2005 12:23 AM #4
      it soviet russia, car tows YOU!!

      oops

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      12-29-2005 12:26 AM #5
      Quote, originally posted by kaljer »
      Is there anything out there that can tow 3000lbs or so? Realistically its slight overkill as the skis total to 1600 and the aluminum trailer that tows 2 of them is probably not very heavy...

      Hyundai Elantra has a listed 3086 pound towing capacity for a trailer with brakes. Rather odd that it would have such a high towing capacity, when larger Hyundai cars have 2000 pounds or less.
      However, most cars, even big ones, have spec limits of 2000 pounds or less these days.
      Some vans have towing limits of 3000 pounds or more. The Dodge Sprinter has a 5000 pound towing limit.

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      12-29-2005 12:29 AM #6
      Yea, interesting, but my trailer obviously doesn't have brakes...dont really want to go the van route.
      One would think there would be SOMETHING out there!
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      12-29-2005 12:33 AM #7
      magnum/300c and presumably charger will do 3800lbs with the towing package.
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      12-29-2005 12:34 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by dj_wawa »
      it soviet russia, car tows YOU!!
      oops

      OMFG, i had to leave my desk for that one....

    9. 12-29-2005 12:37 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by Skot53 »
      OMFG, i had to leave my desk for that one....

      Bahahaha,
      Looks like even his boxers ripped.

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      12-29-2005 12:38 AM #10
      Um, yeah, can I get a Soviet Russia pic, hold the sac please!
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    11. 12-29-2005 12:38 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by crashmtb »
      magnum/300c and presumably charger will do 3800lbs with the towing package.

      Yep. These cars can tow that much. An Allroad is also rated for 3700lbs as well.
      Unfortunately, I don't think you can get the tow package with the SRT8 package - which seriously sucks. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]

    12. 12-29-2005 12:40 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by Patrick Arena »
      Um, yeah, can I get a Soviet Russia pic, hold the sac please!


      damn you for pointing that out. damn you straight to heck.

    13. 12-29-2005 12:44 AM #13
      Quote, originally posted by Patrick Arena »
      Um, yeah, can I get a Soviet Russia pic, hold the sac please!


      i hope that works...


      Modified by nourdmrolnmt1 at 9:45 PM 12-28-2005

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      12-29-2005 12:45 AM #14
      Yea I'm looking to be in the $10,000 or less range, so those won;t work
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    15. 12-29-2005 12:46 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by kaljer »
      Yea I'm looking to be in the $10,000 or less range, so those won;t work

      Saab 9-5 should be able to, especially with the 5 speed.

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      12-29-2005 12:49 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by Patrick Arena »
      Um, yeah, can I get a Soviet Russia pic, hold the sac please!


      x one million

      OMFG
      im saving this post

      LOL

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      12-29-2005 01:08 AM #17
      Honestly, for 1500 lbs, just about anything will work FINE.

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      12-29-2005 01:09 AM #18
      Sold the Jetta--to my parents ha ha ha, so I visit it sometimes, but I can't tow with it
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      12-29-2005 01:47 AM #19
      Won't I kill the clutch towing?
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    20. 12-29-2005 02:06 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by kaljer »
      Won't I kill the clutch towing?

      Ask the driver of this Peterbilt:

      If you double clutch you can extend the life of your clutch dramatically, but it isn't necessary if you are shifting properly. You get a feel of the clutch after a while. The advantage of a manual over an automatic is that there isn't any slippage when in gear - the gears are driven direct when the clutch isn't in use. In an automatic car the torque converter always provides slippage unless it is a lock up torque converter - then slippage would only occur some of the time. Manual transmissions are more durable and will last longer than an automatic. Manuals provide better fuel economy due to the direct drive of the gears.
      easy double clutching
      fancy double clutching


      Modified by Winged Nut at 2:12 AM 12-29-2005

    21. 12-29-2005 02:11 AM #21
      Audi...quattro.
      First gear is pretty short. If you get the right model (like the one pictured), you'll have a 240mm clutch disc from the factory that easily lasts 200k miles. I've towed a 2800lb car out of a 5ft. drop ditch before as well, but using a tow strap.


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      12-29-2005 02:17 AM #22
      If I were you, I would compare all of the cars you are looking at, and buy the one with the best brakes.
      Wether the trailer has brake-assist or not, you still have to stop that weight... and while trucks/SUVs typically have oversized brakes to account for this, most passenger cars do not.
      - David

    23. 12-29-2005 02:53 AM #23
      Hmm, 2wd + slippery boat ramp + 3000lbs....no.

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      12-29-2005 03:01 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by TabulaVicious »
      Hmm, 2wd + slippery boat ramp + 3000lbs....no.

      unless it's something like
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    25. 12-29-2005 03:05 AM #25
      If you want something that looks like poo and drives like a truck, you might as well buy a truck.

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