Apologies if this has already been answered, but a quick search didn't find anything. I'm looking at another one, but I sure appreciate all the information provided so far. We are reliant upon outside agencies for our data, which you resolve to access at your own risk. Also, not that it matters, but what were you running on the track? Seems like Volkswagen of America does not want north Americans towing, as I searched around there were many posts about the manuals not having tow specs listed, and dealers saying its a no go. For those models of Volkswagen Golf where towing is allowed, we have detailed the Volkswagen Golf towing capacity for a braked trailer this is when the trailer being towed has its own breaking system.
Your vehicle is longer and heavier and all your load is anchored to your vehicle at one small point. Towing capacity describes max weight of a trailer a vehicle can tow. My gut tells me towing of any kind will overtax the transmission and drivetrain. If it says in the manual and almost everywhere I looked seems to suggest not towing with it. Ok but I can go to the dealer here and ask. Here is a full list of the Unbraked and Braked Towing Capacity for the Volkswagen Golf.
That would be way too much. But that was using the loop and a chain, not the hitch, and only at 5mph in first gear. The main difference after is that with the added wind resistance at higher speeds. I'd like to be able to tow my track motorcycle trailer and bike totaling about 800 lbs up to the track and back 100 miles each way maybe 5 times a year. While trying to navigate this very frustrating and pointless incongruity in numbers, I'm left trying to guess what combination of year, engine, and gearbox might be safely used to move my boat 50 feet across a parking lot.
I have a Draw-tite off of e-trailer selected it because it has more mounting points then the hidden hitch although both will work well. Extra transmission radiator or something like that? I have pulled a trailer for short distances a few miles on flatland loaded to 2000 lbs. This is to give you a better experience, analyse how you and other visitors use this website and show you relevant, tailored advertisements. Me, I would not put a trailer hitch on this car, no to towing with a 10 year old Jetta. We don't know what the limiting factor is: I think you're right that it's brakes. Does anyone have any experience towing with the Golf R? Mountain or flatland driving can make a difference.
No one seems to know why. Does anybody have any thoughts on that? Towing trashed my rear shock absorbers. Over 11k miles towing this trailer behind my Golf with 1200 -3k load. Potentially you could run into an issue with the transmission and not having a warranty cover it if they see a tow bar. In other words, I could have 1,129 lbs inside the car and tow 1,000 lbs.
I'm assuming these two numbers are exclusive of each other. You blow up the golf r and you're out the cost of the hitch plus your car repairs. Always drive 10 below when towing and leave plenty of braking distance. Plus these transmissions simply are not very robust to start with. Don't forget it's more about stopping than pulling. The lowness of the back end in the car was from the books in the car, the trailer was extremely well balanced and we simply reached our weight limit before we reached the volume capacity. I didn't use one, but I was told it wouldn't be a bad idea to install one.
Select a model: Volkswagen Golf 2. Will it have surge brakes, electric brakes, or no brakes at all? Edit: You also need to be concerned with the suspension being thrown off as well. It will tow 1500 as safely as the F350 will tow 10k and get over twice the fuel mileage doing it. My other car is a 2015 Subaru Forester. A bike rack or something would be a good excuse. I'm thinking my tongue weight will be less than 100 lbs, and most of the driving is flat highway. Just don't out-tow your brakes as started on earlier threads.
I want to put a hitch on it to pull a small trailer to haul my scooters Honda Elite 110 and Honda Helix 250 and also to haul a few goats now and then. I didn't even get 50% of the life expectancy for the rear shocks. If so, maybe I could do to the car what the tow package consists of. I guess you should have something like a CoC or other document with your car that contains the spec´s. Either way, do you know why I would potentially ruin the transmission? Any car can pull a trailer but the weight of the trailer and the load is the deciding factor and that is subject to your own experience. None of the bolt-on hitches need to do that, but a good shop could do it. There is a lot of misconception going on about dealing with the weight in trailer pulling.
How did I modify the Draw-Tite install? I'd like to know how much I could really tow without destroying my car. As mentioned above, there is no towing package available for the Passat. You could put brakes on the trailer. And I've got a 2005 600rr. The 1000lb is max weight of the trailer.
That's exactly what I'm trying to figure out - what the manufacturer says and what is reality. Or, is he asking if pulling the trailer will do mechanical damage to the car? Does anyone have experience with this? Based on a small sample, it appears that towing weights are declining, at least in North America. Like you said its only 5 times a year, not worth ruining your R for that. It managed no problem, engine and dsg transmission wise a tranny oil cooler wouldn't be a bad idea. And if I had maybe 500 lbs inside the car, can I add the extra 629 that I don't have inside the car to the towing capacity, giving a total towing capacity of 1,629? It could be that the new braking requirements in the U.