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Old 03-08-2016, 01:35 PM   #11
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The payload of the 2015 subi outbaks show up to 1100#s and about a 6900# gcwr. A smaller tent trailer maybe.....

What are you trying or thinking of towing?
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Old 03-08-2016, 01:52 PM   #12
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I have an Outback and love it, however I would never tow at TT with it. The dealer option hitch is a 1 1/4 " receiver. You can buy aftermarket 2" hitches, but that dos not mean vehicle can handle load. I installed a 2" hitch on mine for a bike rack and the mounting will not support a 2400 lb TT. I know on mine that I can feel the difference with two additional adults especially on hills.
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Old 03-08-2016, 02:25 PM   #13
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small pop up..haven't started shopping yet.

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The payload of the 2015 subi outbaks show up to 1100#s and about a 6900# gcwr. A smaller tent trailer maybe.....

What are you trying or thinking of towing?
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Old 03-08-2016, 03:22 PM   #14
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I used to tow my 2014 Outback (4 cyl.) several trips at 325 miles or so w/ a full U-Haul & going up the mtn. home at 7,000 ft. elev. I never had a problem- it did fine.
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Old 03-08-2016, 03:52 PM   #15
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Ya Subarus are junk....... Sorry towing a 5x8 utility trailer empty (less than 1000 lbs) blew the head gaskets. It was a 2011 just over 100K just had the timing belt and water pump replaced 6 months prior........... Both head gaskets and the radiator went.......... Subaru Customer Service gave us a bunch of lip service and they said it was normal for the head gaskets on any car to go at 100K. We traded it ...The dealer fixed it and it blew up again on the new owner..........

Sorry can ya tell I do not recommend towing anything with a Subaru..... I do recommend if you keep it over a 100K when you replace the water pump & timing belt do the head gaskets too.
I have to agree with you. had several subarus and they somehow are misrepresented as being a good car. Head gaskets, oil leaks, and constant wheel bearing replacements are in your future if you buy a Subaru. I'm just sayin'.
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Where I live in the mtns., there are loads of Subarus-about 1 in 4 ratio. They are well loved here.
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Old 03-08-2016, 06:58 PM   #17
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Where I live in the mtns., there are loads of Subarus-about 1 in 4 ratio. They are well loved here.
yea, they are really popular in the NW, but i don't see them towing anything.
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At 25,000 miles my transmission was replaced in a 2014 Subaru Outback.

It was rated for 2700 lbs towing and had trailer brakes installed. My trailer was a Flagstaff Mac trailer that had a trailer weight of around 1900 lbs. I towed at reasonable speeds, didn't floor it but did have a couple of long towing days as well as towing over mountains in the West. We don't carry much gear so we were under "towing capacity" I asked the Subaru people often about towing this and perhaps adding a transmission cooler and they seemed to think it wasn't a problem. When the warning lights came on and I pulled the Subaru with the trailer hooked up into the service area everyone suddenly told me it was too much to be towed.

There is not a gauge to record transmission temperature to even know if the transmission temp is getting too hot. My Outback seemed to tow fine and the oil temp gauge never showed a problem.

My opinion is Subaru Outback's are not made for towing the majority of popup's. My transmission repair was under warranty but buying the Outback expecting to tow a normal sized tent trailer was a costly mistake. I've learned a lot about towing weights from this forum and now know that the vehicle towing ratings are only one factor.
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Old 03-09-2016, 04:46 PM   #19
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Where I live in the mtns., there are loads of Subarus-about 1 in 4 ratio. They are well loved here.
No doubt because all wheel drive. How many of those tow?
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Old 03-10-2016, 08:51 AM   #20
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Had numerous Subies and never a single problem, from Forester, to Legacy, Wrx Sti, and now 3.6L tribeca. I also own a chevy pickup that tows my 23' boat and 27' TT. Never had issues with berings, head gaskets etc. All, and i mean all smoked little blue at startup for around 15-20 seconds - boxers are common for that. All my subies got to 200k without doing anything. No timing belts etc. There is a reason why subies are popular in snow infested areas. They're the best at that. As for towing with one, i would never tow with a Awd vehicle. Too much wear on awd power train, not efficient.

As for the post about transmission not having a gauge, i call it BS. Every subaru has red AT Temp light on dash, turn your keys to light up dash lights and you will see.

Also, if towing a small utility trailer, or going on long trips with your Subie, you can pull AWD labeled fuse, that will disable awd, and make your Subie FWD only saving you some money on mpgs
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