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Old 06-23-2001, 10:56 PM   #1
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Question Here's one for ya: Towing Capacity of the STX

Does anybody know what is going to be the towing capacity of the STX? Maybe I'll email Subaru and find out.
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Old 06-23-2001, 11:00 PM   #2
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Dollars to donuts the same as the Outback - 2000 lbs.
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Old 06-23-2001, 11:05 PM   #3
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That sucks! I was hoping to tow my RS with it. Just kidding, but ONLY 2000 pounds and they call it a "TRUCK" as in Subaru Truck Experimental?? Give us all a break SOA, might as well call it a legacy with a built in bed!

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Old 06-24-2001, 12:24 AM   #4
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Dunno - you might win some donuts on it - not sure what the reason for the 2000 lb limit is on the Outback wagon - it isn't the motor, because it is the same for the 2.5 and the VDC H6. I don't think it is clearance, because it is also the same for the GT Wagon.

But, umm, the STX is an Outback with a bed - you have seen pictures, haven't you?

Besides, that's 1000 lbs more than a CRV and Ford Escape, 500 more than a RAV4, and the same as a Mazda Tribute (weird, since the Tribute and Escape are essentially the same vehicle.)
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Old 06-24-2001, 12:49 AM   #5
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Subaru doesn't make trucks. Even the Brat wasn't really a truck. If you want to tow something, buy a Chevy or Ford or some other damn truck that has a lot of torque and a full frame. The bed of the STX is for light, long things that wouldn't fit in a car's trunk. It's a lifestyle vehicle for those who have to transport things that won't fit in a trunk. It would be great for taking stuff home from Home Depot and that's about it. Damn I sometimes miss my Ranger! Great little truck!

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Old 06-24-2001, 01:23 AM   #6
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If the engine bay is the same size as the Legacy, I would say that the towing capacity would be the same. The problem is certainly not the engine. It's the cooling system. There's not enough room to put oversized equipment in there because the H6 (or even the 2.5l H4) takes up almost all the space.

I think it was Ryan Plum that told me that...so I didn't just pull it out of thin air.
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Old 06-24-2001, 11:53 AM   #7
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Towing capacity (among all vehicles) is usually dictated by the constrution of the vehicle. Subarus use a Unibody construction and are therefore limited to how much external force they can withstand. If you want a real tow vehicle, you have to get something with a frame underneath it.
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Old 06-25-2001, 11:12 AM   #8
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There's an ST-X towing pool over at the Edmunds Townhall forum (Future Forum under Subaru Crew). I think they might try for a hair more than the OB but yeah, any way they slice it - it's still a Legacy. Some of the car-based cute utes can tow a bit more, IIRC.
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