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Old 06-16-2010, 01:24 PM   #15
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I was wondering about this as well. I drive a 3 series for my daily driver and love it. I was looking at the M X5 but at only 5800lbs tow cap. I am not sure that it would handle my rig. But with 555hp I am sure it would be up to the challange. What do you think?
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:55 PM   #16
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I drive a 3 series for my daily driver and love it. But with 555hp I am sure it would be up to the challange. What do you think?
Keep the traction control switch engaged...LOL

PS... The 3 series is comparable to our TV but note it needs to be set up professionally.
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:54 PM   #17
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I used to have a BMW Z3 M Coupe. Now I've got an '08 Subaru STi. Love it, but need something that can pull. It seems to me a lot of people on here are towing more than the manufacturer allows. I could be wrong, but some of these V6-powered machines shouldn't be capable of pulling close to 5,000 lbs. I'm currently looking at a used VW Touareg in V8-form. The V6 is much cheaper, but I'm concerned about the strain on the engine. Thoughts?
VW provides the same 7700 lb tow rating for all three engine choices - v6, v8 and v10 TDI.

I wouldn't hesitate to tow with the v6. It's quite adequate; the extra power of the v8 is gravy.

The performance differences between a sedan or SUV like the T-reg and a traditional pickup amount to aerodynamics, weight, gear ratios, and using higher engine revs to make the power to move through the air. For example, I tow at 65 mph and about 3300 rpm, but the engine in my car is totally happy doing it. Coolant temp sits between 200 and 210 on a warm day with the a/c on.
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For example, I tow at 65 mph and about 3300 rpm, but the engine in my car is totally happy doing it. Coolant temp sits between 200 and 210 on a warm day with the a/c on.
That is good info Albert. Towing with our Nissan Van we too ran at 3300 rpm at 65MPH. It would run all day there and was happy (even at 435,000klm) the engine ran fine with trailer in tow.
The car now runs 65mph in 4th gear (not 5th) at about 2,900RPM. Never seen the temp gauge go past normal when towing and at that RPM it is very quiet. You hear some tire noise but that's it.
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All good info. Thanks, guys. I'm going to look into the V6 Touareg a little more.
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I was wondering about this as well. I drive a 3 series for my daily driver and love it. I was looking at the M X5 but at only 5800lbs tow cap. I am not sure that it would handle my rig. But with 555hp I am sure it would be up to the challange. What do you think?
I think the M package compromises the towing capacity because of the more performance-oriented suspension set up. It definitely has the brakes and the engine to tow, though.
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Lots of mountain towing (multiple mountains) I would go v8 or diesel unless you don't mind going up those hills in the granny lane.

Majority towing flats and hills - V6 no problem.
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