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Old 07-30-2019, 02:57 PM   #1
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Subaru 5,000 pd towing capacity

I am waiting for my cat to be serviced and looking at some new models. The 2019 Ascent with a 2.4 DOHC Turbo Boxer engine with Trailer Stability Assist can tow 5,000 pds. I just started don't see this thing pulling a trailer up a 8 % grade out west.

Am I wrong ? And no I have not talked to salesperson cause if I wanted to be lied to I would go see my ex-wife.
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Old 07-30-2019, 03:01 PM   #2
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I am waiting for my cat to be serviced and looking at some new models. The 2019 Ascent with a 2.4 DOHC Turbo Boxer engine with Trailer Stability Assist can tow 5,000 pds. I just started don't see this thing pulling a trailer up a 8 % grade out west.

Am I wrong ? And no I have not talked to salesperson cause if I wanted to be lied to I would go see my ex-wife.
What's the cargo capacity on the Ascent?
It will pull it but can it carry it?
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What's the cargo capacity on the Ascent?
It will pull it but can it carry it?
Lol don't cars are locked. I will have to ask a trust worthy sales associate
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There are several postings on subaru forums on towing with the Ascent. I was also looking at it, but bought a Traverse. I don't like 1st year models.
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Lol don't cars are locked. I will have to ask a trust worthy sales associate
1158 pds
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Just keep a savings account open for the money to replace the blown head gaskets in that boxer motor that will eventually happen.
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A 5000 lb single axle trailer will put between 500 and 750 lbs on the tongue. Add up your people and gear and add that to tongue weight.
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Just keep a savings account open for the money to replace the blown head gaskets in that boxer motor that will eventually happen.
The earlier EJ (1999-2002)engines had HG problems but the FB engines used by Subaru since 2013 are not having HG problems.
Some of the FB engines had an oil consumption problem.
My 75,000 mile EJ powered 2012 Outback has been trouble free.
I would never attempt to tow with my Outback, not enough power.
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1158 pds
Not great once you add the weights of occupants, cargo, loaded tongue and WDH.
Figure 13% of the trailer GVWR, for a ballpark loaded tongue weight.
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The earlier EJ (1999-2002)engines had HG problems but the FB engines used by Subaru since 2013 are not having HG problems.
Some of the FB engines had an oil consumption problem.
My 75,000 mile EJ powered 2012 Outback has been trouble free.
I would never attempt to tow with my Outback, not enough power.
Yeah...tell that to my friend who just lost the head gaskets in his 2015 with around 60K miles on it. The independent Subaru mechanic he uses says its still a major problem. Fortunately, Subaru footed around 75% of the cost.

If you own a Subaru, better watch your coolant level religiously and use the Subaru coolant that comes with stop leak in it...of course they don't call it stop leak...they call it conditioner!
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The earlier EJ (1999-2002)engines had HG problems but the FB engines used by Subaru since 2013 are not having HG problems.
Some of the FB engines had an oil consumption problem.
My 75,000 mile EJ powered 2012 Outback has been trouble free.
I would never attempt to tow with my Outback, not enough power.
Well the models from 1999-2002 didn't usually have problems until they hit about 100,000 miles, mine made it to 160,000 on it's original gaskets. Still it is a problem as it basically costs more to fix at that point then the car is worth. I did them myself along with the timing components, water pump and clutch. Which was really the thing that cause me to have to finally tear into it as the gaskets had been "bad" according to the dealer for 3 years and 40,000 miles. It was only $400 in parts but a ton of work to do. I'll believe Subaru has fixed their HG problem when you have 10 year old Subarus not all lined up waiting on a $2000+ repair. It is the boxer design that is just always going to be prone to HG problems. Those gaskets are just under too much constant attack IMO basically living 24/7/365 in their own vomit. The turbo motors really don't seem effected though, so Subaru probably could have avoided most of the problem with $100 worth of better parts from the get go. Then again they seldom failed under warranty so it would have "robbed" the service centers (mainly the dealerships) of millions of dollars in repairs all these years. I love Subarus but generally they aren't a good at cost per mile, from the maintenance, the repairs, the higher initial purchase, and the poor fuel economy. They are great in the snow.

Just as a side note, on my 2002 Forester made in Japan. If it had been delivered to South Africa rather then the US, the identical car would have had a 4400 pound tow rating. Mine was 2000 pounds. 2000 pounds was no problem for the Fozzie (they are geared really low) although I was glad to have the manual.
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The Ascent has a CVT, and they are not really designed for towing. I would never tow a travel trailer with a CVT.
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The earlier EJ (1999-2002)engines had HG problems but the FB engines used by Subaru since 2013 are not having HG problems.
Some of the FB engines had an oil consumption problem.
My 75,000 mile EJ powered 2012 Outback has been trouble free.
I would never attempt to tow with my Outback, not enough power.
Can't say that for the 2011 SuckerRoo Outback, that we once owned, in 2014 head gaskets went at 117K. Was trouble free until 100K. After the timing chain was changed at 100K the troubles started. Sat at the dealer for 2-3 months. I would sell before 100K. The dealer had numerous fairly new Outbacks with blown head gaskets, warped heads putting new motors in them. We traded with it still sitting in the shop bay with the engine tore apart for a Honda.

Just a side note after we traded and the dealer fixed it, the engine "blew up" again on the new owner.

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