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VW GTI towing capability?

I'm in the market for a new vehicle and today I drove the VW GTI. I like it, the price is good but I question if it can tow my 929 and my single bike trailer. The saleman says it can, but he is a car salesman. What do you guys think? Here's a picture of the trailer so you can have an idea of the weight.

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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

Couldn't find it on their website, but I can tell you that it has a 1032 lb payload.

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Should be in the owners manual

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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

I wouldn't even tow Noodles on a skateboard with a small displacement turbo vehicle, let alone a VW.
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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

Ya you're kind of asking for your transmission to pile up. Sure you don't want a small truck?

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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

Would most likely want a transmission cooler then.
I was looking for the same thing with my IS300 but I don't think I will do it.

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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

How heavy is the trailer and bike combination? I'm assuming manual transmission. If so, then transmission loads/heat should not be an issue after moving assuming you aren't trying to go too fast with it. Check to see if the salesman can give you a towing capability ... maybe for the standard (non-GTI) version. That should give you an idea if it is reasonable.

For reference, I've been towing with my Ford Contour (low-torque 2.5L V6, manual transmission) for some years now. Both heavy (1500lb+) and light trailers (bike and single rail) with no issues. I have 115k miles on the original clutch and no issues related to towing. Just take it easy on the launch and drive at reasonable trailer speeds.

Durability really depends on how far, how often, and if there are any major hills in the route.
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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

A WRX has a 1,750lb towing capacity, so I don't see why a GTI wouldn't be able to tow a bike on a small trailer.
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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

It'll tow it. Almost every vehicle in Germany has a tow hitch on it. Don't sweat it.

What kind of trailer is that?
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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

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What kind of trailer is that?
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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

I tow two bikes (04 1000RR and an 05 GSX-R) on the back of a 2000 Honda prelude wih a 5 speed. I have trailered to the gap a couple of times and back through Penn and NY there are some pretty good sized hills through there.

Works great, you should have no problems.
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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

isnt towing 500lbs like sticking a 500 lbs fat guy in your car?

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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

I would check to see what it would do to your warranty. some of the tow setups for the unibody compact cars are permanent. if the sales person says it is ok get something in writing if it is forbidden in the manual. The GTI is a nice cage.
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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

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isnt towing 500lbs like sticking a 500 lbs fat guy in your car?
Thats what I would think, but then I'm the guy who started the thread so what does that really say
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Re: VW GTI towing capability?

It is more like dragging a 500 pound guy behind your car but... lets not split hairs.

It will have a lot more of an effect on your cars handling and braking than simply putting some one of the heavier persuasion in your car. It changes the cars center of gravity and increases braking and acceleration distances

You will also have to look at your tongue weights on a smaller car as you don't want too much weight on the tongue(Mind you you also don't want to little)
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