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Old 03 October 2007, 06:10   #11
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Regardless of what the font of all knowledge (Codprawn) says, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TOW WITH AN AUTOMATIC SUBARU!!! The gearbox oil cooling simply isn't up to it and you will fry it very quickly indeed if you try! Manual is fine however.

Don't forget you're looking at the 2.5l version which has significantly better lower end torque than the old 2l. 2.5l in a lightweight estate car is plenty!!!!
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Old 03 October 2007, 13:56   #12
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Regardless of what the font of all knowledge (Codprawn) says, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TOW WITH AN AUTOMATIC SUBARU!!! The gearbox oil cooling simply isn't up to it and you will fry it very quickly indeed if you try! Manual is fine however.

Don't forget you're looking at the 2.5l version which has significantly better lower end torque than the old 2l. 2.5l in a lightweight estate car is plenty!!!!

And there was me thinking Jap cars were so reliable........

Actually I was referring to the Mazda!!!
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Old 03 October 2007, 16:11   #13
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I have a manual forrester turbo, which uses the same engine as a wrx. It is really good once it is up and running but the clutch takes a hammering on steep slips. I got stuck once on a really steep one. But saying that it is better than most standard estates in these situations and has good power all the way through the rev range. Best advice if you want a good tow car make sure it has a low ratio and avoid automatics if possible.

Ps I am just about to book my car in for a new clutch and subaru parts are not cheap, think it costs 380 plus 6hrs labor.

I have yet to find my ideal towcar that has low a low ratio, good fuel economy does 60 in under 7 seconds. Any suggestions?
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Old 03 October 2007, 17:12   #14
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As I said the Mazda 6 turbo 4wd is very impressive - doubt they do low range but a GOOD auto box should help - or all Jap cars really crap? All this talk of changing clutches etc - I have never had to do that on any car I have ever owned - not even my Alfa!!!
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Mazda 6 mps looks good but the tow weight is quite low. When it comes to cars it is always has to be made in japan for me.
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I currently use a 1999 Impreza Turbo 2000, this is basically an older version of the current WRX.

It is defeinitely reliable and makes a fine tow car. I used it for my old 5m no problem, I currently use it on a 6.5 but it is getting to the limit of what it can do. It is fine on the move, but struggles to get this sort of weight up a steep slip due to lack of low down torque.

As for mpg, 24 is typical, 28 motorway, 15 towing and 6 on the track!
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Old 06 October 2007, 13:19   #17
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It is defeinitely reliable and makes a fine tow car. I used it for my old 5m no problem

As for mpg, 24 is typical, 28 motorway, 15 towing and 6 on the track!

Good to hear, as my boat is only a 5m anyway (although I'll probably move up to a 6m over the next year or so).

I test drove it today and liked it a lot. Less toys than my current car but the build quality and power are great. Just got to find one with Leather now!
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Good to hear, as my boat is only a 5m anyway (although I'll probably move up to a 6m over the next year or so).

I test drove it today and liked it a lot. Less toys than my current car but the build quality and power are great. Just got to find one with Leather now!
You're looking to buy secondhand right? There are alot for sale here...
http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/list.asp?s=179
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As I said the Mazda 6 turbo 4wd is very impressive - doubt they do low range but a GOOD auto box should help - or all Jap cars really crap? All this talk of changing clutches etc - I have never had to do that on any car I have ever owned - not even my Alfa!!!
If you like the old school of turbo, itīs a nice car. Like the old saab 9000 turbo when the turbo starts work at 3500rpm.
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I am not a lover of cars like that - I remember driving an Imprezza up a steep hill through a quiet little village - either 1st gear and the engine screaming or 2nd gear but you had to be doing about 50mph - not funny on such tiny roads!!!
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