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Looking for some "general advise/opinions"...........

I currently own and drive a truck as a daily driver. I'm thinking of buying a Subaru Forester as a second vehicle that will become my primary vehicle, and park my truck and only use it when a truck is called for or needed.

My question is could a Subaru Forester be used to pull a single sled, on a single place aluminum clam shell trailer, and do it fairly safely and efficient/effectively ?
 

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I would sure hope so. I've seen smaller vehicles (escorts, omnis, taurus) pull more weight than that...A four wheel drive forester would be the safest though.
 

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Ya I've see smaller ones pulling more weight too! lol

But, the few I was looking at had a very small receiver like maybe 1 1/4" so seeing that it left me will some doubt so I have to ask.
 

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I had a subaru impreza wagon and pulled a single sled on a single steel trailer with no issues. Couldn't even tell it was pulling anything honestly. I believe they are rated to tow 2000 lbs, and 200 lbs of tongue weight. Way more than you need.
 

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I had a subaru impreza wagon and pulled a single sled on a single steel trailer with no issues. Couldn't even tell it was pulling anything honestly. I believe they are rated to tow 2000 lbs, and 200 lbs of tongue weight. Way more than you need.
Thanks axeman. That's the kinda info I was looking for. One based on actual experience.
What did your impreza wagon have for a powerplant? The Forester is a 2.5L. I was also looking at an automatic although I've never owned one before. It seems to me they'd be better for a daily driver with stop 'n' go traffic?

Thoughts on that?
 

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not sure why you are looking at that as your 2nd vehicle, but they aren't good on gas for 1, expensive and you will look like a granola eater...

they will tow a single no problem, but its still a little 2.5L motor, which is what almost all the Subarus have.

I had an outback with the 5spd.

there are a number of vehicles I'd rather own in this segment.

the new Jeep GC Laredo is one of them, although it compares more to the larger Subaru. Rav4, CRV, equinox, escape, all worth competitors.
 

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I once saw a fella heading up through Turnagain Pass to go riding in his Subaru GL... He had the back gate open with the skis propped up in there, with the track resting on a refrigerator dolly as a trailer, all lashed up with rope and ratchet straps!

If the trailer gig doesn't work out there are always other options!
 

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Bark a lounger - have you considered the 3.6R which comes in the Outback? I believe the towing capacity is 3000 pounds and I was impressed with the power of the 6-cyl.
 

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No, never considered the 3.6R and honestly was unaware of it.

As far as looking like a granola eater I'm not even sure I know what that is. I know I do eat granola sometimes though on my oatmeal as it stores better than fresh strawberries. Not everyone I believe buy's a vehicle with the image it will give them in mind. Some people I believe buy with what they will be able to do with it after they buy it.

I'm looking actually for a used vehicle that is smaller in size than a truck. Not totally stuck on that it has to be all wheel drive Subaru. But, instead smaller for parking at work as the lot fills up fast. Also a versatile all in one, out of the weather, with good cargo space. I was looking at the Forester and thought I wonder if it will tow a sled as that would be a plus.

I also have been looking at Rav4, and a Yaris. Neither of which I would think would tow but both are small with a decent cargo area. I have not looked at the Escape but that's another idea so thanks so far for all the opinions.
 

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My 2.5 Outback pulled two heavy 2S yammies just fine, up to 75 mph, easily. The weight isn't a problem, neither is the wind resistance. I screwed 4x8 plywood sheets together to turn the sled trailer into a loose hay hauler. Now THAT pulled hard at 75mph! As above, the Forester (& Impreza & Outback) are rated 2000 lb loads. If you get the manual tranny, first gear is TALL, so you'll need to know how to clutch. 1500 rpm, and let the clutch out fast. The heavy flywheel will get you going. You can get nice Blizzak/wheel combos from The Tire Rack, balanced and shipped right to your front door....
 

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So as small as a Outback is, it will still pull then huh?

What is your opinion on Subaru automatics?

I would like to go smaller than the Forrester if I could but was told small vehicles with an automatic transmission are very under powered and is always up/down shifting even under normal driving.
 

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So as small as a Outback is, it will still pull then huh?

What is your opinion on Subaru automatics?

I would like to go smaller than the Forrester if I could but was told small vehicles with an automatic transmission are very under powered and is always up/down shifting even under normal driving.
My next car will probably be the 2012 Impreza. It's only a 2.0L, with 149 HP. I'll get the CVT tranny. I don't expect any towing problems. I used to tow my 16' aluminum hull/25HP side-console boat with a Honda *CRX* with a 1.6L four.

As long as you don't do mountains, these smaller cars should be fine.
 

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Great! Thanks!

I'm going car shopping tomorrow. I'll let you know how it went.
 

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Well I'm pretty much torn between a 2004 Subaru Forrester XS with 60,000 miles in excellent condition for $8,500

Or a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser with 26 miles for $42,000

Since I don't really like the color white (of which the toyota is) and hate the idea of payments. I think I'm going with the Subaru. I'll find out more Monday when I can get to the bank and check my financial situation.

The Forrester is black.


I did however really like the FJ Cruiser but TO ME it was just too much of an overkill as a daily driver, and grocery getter. To some it maybe not be. But, I'm not too much ran an wrapped up all in the image thing.
 

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pick the subaru, if you have such a wide price range look for something newer, you can get a brand new impreza for 20,000. I had the 2.5 in my impreza wagon, no issues with being underpowered and constant shifting.
 

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We are on our second Subaru. Cant comment on towing with them. Never did that, had a truck for that but they are good vehicles. 04 Subaru Forester with only ~60,000 miles for $8500 is a good deal around here. They hold their value real well around here. Sold my 98 Outback with ~180,000 miles on it. Wife drove it once in the winter and fell in love with it. She wanted a new one when we replaced her car, so now we got an 09 Outback. The only thing I will warn you is around 130,000 miles, plan on putting a head gasket in. Other than that, normal maintenance things for the 98.
 

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Thanks for the info. Was aware of the head gasket's but didn't have an idea on what approximate mileage it would occur. However was told about a frequent coolant flush to prolong it.

More than happy with the Forrester. Never seen so many bells, and whistles, along with fancy storage compartments built into a vehicle. Mine is fully equip with EVERYTHING but leather and a moon roof. Even got a phone number for the previous owner (retired couple) who traded it in for a 2011. Now I know why it looks still new, has a faint dog smell, but looks amazingly new!
 

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My core support on my 97 Ford let go so today I finally put a hitch on my Subaru........

Anyway I asked if it could effectively pull a single place enclosed trailer but what about a two place clamshell?
 

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My core support on my 97 Ford let go so today I finally put a hitch on my Subaru........

Anyway I asked if it could effectively pull a single place enclosed trailer but what about a two place clamshell?
you could get it rolling but when you need to be defensive you might underhanded.Just guessing,from a truck drivers pov.I drive a semi and pull doubles.Using a Subie just sounds crazy to me.I've seen many 'o yard sales along the popular sledding roads.
 
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