Originally Posted by speedymatt
when you compare towing it doesnt make sence to compare the chassis of a 2003 and a 2009
there is no comparision how many improvments did the car go through when it was redesigned in 2005? so yes i used the outback that most closely matched our chassis.
and how much over a ton did you tow? the designed factor of safety will cover you to a point but if for any reason something went wrong you would be liable for not following the factory limits.
Well, some internet searching seems to suggest you can't reliably use the Outback specs even in the appropriate years either.
2004 Outback Towing Capacities
4-cyl - 2000 lbs
6-cyl - 2400 lbs
2005 appears to be the redesign
4-cyl - 2700 lbs
6-cyl - 3000 lbs
Meanwhile the 03-06 Baja based on that Outback/Legacy chassis through 04 is listed as 2400 lbs even with the 4-cyl.
My scientific conclusion is that Subaru NA pulls these numbers out of their lawyer's asses
As for my experience, I was towing with a 2000 lbs capacity trailer which was overloaded to the point of wheels rubbing on the fenders so that had to be at least 2200-2400 lbs of stone, on top of a couple hundred pounds of trailer. Baja handled it no problem from a stop, turn, go standpoint AS LONG AS it wasn't a start from a dead stop up a steep hill, then the clutch complained.