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Old 07-06-2001, 02:31 AM   #1
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Question Anyone tow with their Legacy?

Just curious what kind of real-world loads they can handle (as opposed to those stated in owners manuals). If any H6 owners are out there, i'd like to know...
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Old 07-06-2001, 07:45 PM   #2
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I have the Outback H4, so I 'm sure you can pull more. I towed a 5x8 uhaul trailer packed completely full + inside my car I had about 900 cd's in cases and a large computer and some miscelaneous junk + a big thule adventurer cargo box packed completely full on top of my car from slc, utah to pdx, or with no problems at all. Drove 60-80 mph most of the time (does anyone really drive 45 mph towing a uhaul trailer cross country?). The 2.5 really suprised me on that trip with it's ability to pull - I'm sure I was 500-1000 over the recommended limits .
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Old 07-06-2001, 10:27 PM   #3
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Likewise, I've exceeded the 2000 lb limit several times, though mostly on level ground. The car (auto trans) pulls like a champ, and an empty 900-lb trailer feels like no load at all. And talk about traction, wet and dry... also, handles quite predictably in emergency stops.
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Old 07-07-2001, 03:39 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. The reason i was asking is cause sometime in the future i'll need a tow vehicle for my semi-rally 323 GTX. Its a relatively light car, but i don't think i want to push the load limits on the 2.5. It looks like the H6 isn't rated any better (by SOA anyway), so i was hoping to hear from an H6 owner or two
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Old 07-08-2001, 12:42 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. The reason i was asking is cause sometime in the future i'll need a tow vehicle for my semi-rally 323 GTX. Its a relatively light car, but i don't think i want to push the load limits on the 2.5. It looks like the H6 isn't rated any better (by SOA anyway), so i was hoping to hear from an H6 owner or two
It's not so much the engine but the weight of the vehicle, the size of the brakes, and the strength of the hitch attachments. Plus the appetite for legal abuse that SOA can stomach. The identical OB is rated for 1900KG towing in Europe with only minor differences in the hitch mounting area. However, to tow something that heavy you need a special license - hence you know what you're doing. Over here, anyone can tow or over-tow, and there's nothing to keep you from suing SOA if something goes wrong, so they are VERY conservative on their ratings. You'll notice that 2000 lbs is the top of class I - strangely coincidental, eh? Of course, go too much heavier, and you start overpowering the 3600lb car - not something you want to happen on a wet road on a mountain... and by all means, get a trailer with electric brakes if you're going to tow a heavy car trailer.

You won't overwork the engine, but you might want to add a transmission cooler if you run an auto.
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