Actually the owners manual states the auto trans subaru should not be towed 4 down for more than 30 miles and less than 20 mph, but does not state whether the stick models could be towed down or not. That ommision perhaps drives the confusion. The Guide says yes, 2 dealers say no. I would like to hear from actual RVers that have and if no problems have been encountered. I'm looking to replace my 04 Outback soon with a new/near new Forester and would like to use it for our future toad if possible.
OK in your previous post you did not specify stick or auto. from your quote of the owner's manual it "seems" to indicate that only an auto is not but does not state positively on the stick. when those 2 dealer's gave their opinion was it respect to stick/auto/or undetermined?
you can't even trust the US VW dealers to put in the proper motor oil for meeting the TDI specs and warranty!!! If I were to buy a new VW TDI I would change my own oil and mailorder it like I do for my 2002 VW TDI. No way would I trust a VW dealer to give me proper information concerning a VW. But there are a number of VW TDI techs over on the www.tdiclub.com site who know their way around the VW TDI and the VW transmissions. Them I'd trust!
By the way, you need a laptop and the proper program (VAG-COM) to set the timing on a TDI engine. Much like a Cummins diesel and their computer controled engine.
This one works for us. The CDI version is not listed on any towing guide in North America but they routinely tow them 4 down in Europe. We have run into a few folks towing them down on this side of the pond, all from Canada. We actually tow ours on a trailer mostly becasue we like to be able to back up. We get low 50's for MPG in the city, low to mid 60's on the interstates and low 70's if we keep it at 55 mph. All numbers in US mpg. The trailer stores mostly under the rear of the coach. You won't be able to buy a used one in the US but there are a bunch of used ones that have been imported from Canada floating around.
2003 Revolution 40C Class A. 2002 Vanguard 22 foot Class C. Diesel smart car Toad or pulling a 2009 Timeout Tent Trailer.
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