Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
Car Year: 2005
Car Model: XS
Towing Capacity Confusion
Can someone provide correct information on trailer towing capacity?
My 2005 Forester XS (NA, not turbo) with 4EAT is rated to tow 2,400 lbs. Some say 2,000 lbs. Which is it?
From the "Forester 05 Owner's Manual", with Issue Date of April, 2004 and printed in USA, on page 8-27 states:
MT: When towing a trailer without brakes: Max Total Trailer Weight is 1,000 lbs
MT: When towing a trailer with brakes: 2,400 lbs
AT: When towing a trailer without brakes: 1,000 lbs
AT: When towing a trailer with brakes: 2,400 lbs
AT: When towing a trailer on a long uphill grade continuously for over 5 miles (8 km) with an outside temperature of 104 deg F (40 deg C) or above: 1,000 lbs
(Not quite a true quote because I didn't create a table as is shown in the manual, but all the data match.)
Why the reply on some threads that 2,000 lbs is the max?
Why do I care? My trailer weighs 2,040 lbs. I like the bit of extra capacity with the 2,400 lb number.