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Old 03-30-2004, 03:39 PM   #1
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Subaru Stars FXT's weekend as a work truck

This is just an information post. Last weekend my FXT 5M played the part of a work truck. First off was a trip to South of Carson City, NV from Sacramento moving a 1920's safe.



The trailer weighs about 1000 lbs. The safe weighs between 800 - 1000 lbs. The engine hoist is another 150. There was also a huge pry bar (6 foot long) and some C Channel steel (to act as tracks) in the trailer. I also had a passenger in the vehicle with me.

The trip starts at 200 ft. elevation, then over Donner Summit is 7000 ft. Then down to Reno (4500 ft.) then to the destination which was at about 6000 ft.

I used 4 gear most of the way up the hills to keep the strain on the tranny down. I cruised (yes, with the CC) at 61 mph according to my GPS which kept the engine at about 3600 RPM. I had plenty of power to get up to the speed of traffic to pass slower trucks. There were no trailer brakes, but the FXT had no problems getting things to stop just fine. I had filled up about 70 miles before I picked up the safe and then filled up again in Reno. I'd averaged 18.5 mpg. The trip back via US 50 was no problem. pulling only the pry bar, engine hoist, and the trailer. This was all with the factory option hitch.

My next project was a run to the dump. We filled up the same trailer with junk from my house:



At the dump, the Forester, 2 of my friends, myself, and the trailer weighed 6000 lbs. Still, I had no problem climbing the dirt hill that lead to the garbage drop off. The load in the back turned out to be 1080 lbs. This was on the same tank of gas that I used from Reno. I'd also picked up a load of about 600 lbs of stuff from Home Depot on this tank (sheetrock, insulation, mortar, etc.). I got 19 mpg.

Needless to say, the FXT is quite good at pulling a trailer in my opinion. I was surprised it got such good gas mileage too, especially in the hills. I've seen bigger SUV's get those numbers unloaded.

So, once again, my FXT puts a big smile on my face.
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Old 04-01-2004, 01:09 PM   #2
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nice! Really defines SUV, emphasizing the S.
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Old 04-01-2004, 02:47 PM   #3
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Rofl. I can't get 19MPG most days WITHOUT a trailer...maybe I'll do better taking my bike to the track this summer--and now that you've shown what the FXT can do, I can stop worrying that towing will kill it (And my bike + trailer are way less than just your safe was).
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Old 04-01-2004, 03:17 PM   #4
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Say...is that a homemade bumper on the Toyots Truck?

I got an early 90's Toy 4x4 too. No more bed and full tube frame from firewall back though.
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Old 04-01-2004, 07:38 PM   #5
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Say...is that a homemade bumper on the Toyots Truck?

I got an early 90's Toy 4x4 too. No more bed and full tube frame from firewall back though.
Yup, that is my roommate's truck, it is an 83. The rear bumper is very custom. First, it swings out. After that, you can unlatch a latch and a 2 burner stove will flip down. Also there is a fold down shelf. THere is a 1 gallon propane bottle mounted and a place to plug in a latern on a quick disconnect. It is pretty slick.
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