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Old 09-01-2012, 10:18 PM   #1
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Default Can my 2.5i tow a jetski occasionally?

Hey everyone I have a 2010 2.5i. I was wondering if I could tow my jetski with it, I only go out a few times every summer. I know the manual and the dealer say no but I've read otherwise on dirty impreza and was wondering what anyone else thought of this issue? I'd only be pulling it 10 minutes across town.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:00 PM   #2
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Yep and so can my riding mower. Is it a good idea? Not if the manual says no.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:19 AM   #3
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Hey everyone I have a 2010 2.5i. I was wondering if I could tow my jetski with it, I only go out a few times every summer. I know the manual and the dealer say no but I've read otherwise on dirty impreza and was wondering what anyone else thought of this issue? I'd only be pulling it 10 minutes across town.

Where does the manual say NO towing?

You can tow up to 1000 lbs safely with 10% of that weight forward of the trailer axle.

Before we can answer your question, what is the weight of your trailer (usually on a sticker on the frame) and what is the weight of the jet ski?

These are not towing vehicles by any means, but within the specs in the manual for 10 minutes it should be fine.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:26 AM   #4
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Modern tow ratings are incredibly over-conservative, and Subaru has been pretty inconsistent over the years. (You can see here that tow ratings have generally gone down over the years, despite the cars being equipped with bigger brakes, stronger engines, stronger chassis, and the same or better transmisions.) Unless your Jet Ski trailer is made of cast iron I can't imagine you'll hurt the car towing it.
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:07 PM   #5
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I towed a 91 Legacy wagon across town with my Impreza

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Just use your brain, accelerate/brake/shift smoother than usual, don't shock load, and pay attention to how the car feels.

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Old 09-02-2012, 04:09 PM   #6
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Thanks for that link there was a lot of good info on there. My jet ski weighs 576lbs. I looked on the trailer but the weight wasn't listed. It just said it cans hold a maximum of 1,499lbs.
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If your trailer looks like the cal_look pictures it probably weights 300 or so lbs.

You'll be fine. Just drive conservatively and as has been said - pay attention!
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10 years ago, my friend had an old stand up jetski and an 80's gl wagon. He just put the back seats down and put it in the back. When we got to the lake, he would back it into the water till the water was coming in the back and pull it out. We got the funniest looks from everyone. An old wagon with no trailer backing up to the water was always a good start to hilariousness...
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:37 PM   #9
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bugeye that made me laugh man. I can't even imagine witnessing that haha.. thanks for the info everyone. Next spring I am going to throw one on my car.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:22 PM   #10
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10 years ago, my friend had an old stand up jetski and an 80's gl wagon. He just put the back seats down and put it in the back. When we got to the lake, he would back it into the water till the water was coming in the back and pull it out. We got the funniest looks from everyone. An old wagon with no trailer backing up to the water was always a good start to hilariousness...
What!!?!?? Hahahahaha that's awesome!
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:50 PM   #11
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Yeah you can do the jetski no problem. Keep in mind back in the day everyone towed their RV's, boats, toys, etc with their cars. The idea that you need a huge truck is largely due to the automotive industry trying to sell big expensive trucks.

A good example is a lot of people are towing airstreams with their TDi VW's. The VW's in the states are rated half of the towing capacity of their european counterparts– and they are essentially identical.

So tow away. If you want to be extremely safe about it then get a trailer with brakes.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:09 AM   #12
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I spy with my little eye a Kawaski Ultra 150 2000 model year. VERY NICE I had one too.

As for the towing yeah I wouldn't sweat it. Often times the European towing rating on a car is higher than the north american towing rating and in the case of my 04 TDI the suspension and brakes were no different.
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