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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010-2014) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010-2014) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old June 4th, 2010, 14:58   #1
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I've had my JSW TDI for a couple of weeks now and I'm just loving this car. It's perfect for me!

One of the things that drew me to it in the first place is that VW doesn't seem to get all bent out of shape if you use the car to tow a small trailer. Someone please correct me if I'm mistaken here.

Anyhoo, assuming that it is OK to tow, what has been the experience of others who have pulled a trailer with their TDI? If you have an auto (as I do), did you have to add a tranny cooler? How about any special operating techniques, such as not using OD (6th gear)?

I have a very lightweight single-rail motorcycle trailer that I occasionally load up with a sport bike and head to the track or the mountains. The entire loaded rig is probably less than 700 lbs. Just want to satisfy myself that it will be OK to tow it with the TDI auto.

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Old June 4th, 2010, 15:25   #2
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time to hit that search button cause there has been lots of towing discussion already...
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Old June 4th, 2010, 17:35   #3
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time to hit that search button cause there has been lots of towing discussion already...
I looked at the 3 pages of threads for my particular model and didn't see anything that might apply. Perhaps you could enlighten me?
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Old June 4th, 2010, 18:52   #4
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Look at this recent threads that I posted this week. Hope this help

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=283670
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Old June 4th, 2010, 19:01   #5
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Look at this recent threads that I posted this week. Hope this help

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=283670
Now that's more like what I'm looking for! Thank you!

Still don't know if they're discussing the auto or manual though. Sigh...
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Old June 4th, 2010, 19:38   #6
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Since the DSG is not a slush box it should be fine as long as you're not lugging the engine and are on flat ground. However I keep mine in sport mode to keep the rpm up around town.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 09:16   #7
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The DSG doesn't work like an automatic. It works more like a manual. They shouldn't heat up under towing loads like an automatic.

VW actually rates the DSG for a higher towing load than the manual trans!

As a side note: I have never given a crap about what a car company thinks about towing. I have towed with every car I have owned. I have NEVER experienced any type of damage or premature wear associated with towing. A car company can't void your warranty just because you tow. They can try to deny warranty coverage if they show that the damage was a result of towing too high of a load.

You have to realize that the US tow rating for nearly all cars is dumbed down. I have been told that this is because Americans tend to be "lawsuit happy," and our legal system tends to favor this.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 09:56   #8
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I have been told that this is because Americans tend to be "lawsuit happy," and our legal system tends to favor this.
Amen brother.
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The DSG doesn't work like an automatic. It works more like a manual. They shouldn't heat up under towing loads like an automatic.

VW actually rates the DSG for a higher towing load than the manual trans!
Wrong, in the owner manual (2010), it is exactly the same on the TDI model (1000 lbs).

On the 2.5L, with the manual transmission, the towing capaticy is 1650 lbs and with the automatic transmission (DSG), it's 1000 lbs.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 16:59   #10
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Wrong, in the owner manual (2010), it is exactly the same on the TDI model (1000 lbs).

On the 2.5L, with the manual transmission, the towing capaticy is 1650 lbs and with the automatic transmission (DSG), it's 1000 lbs.
I don't know about the gasser, since I am getting my numbers from England, not North America, where we are apparently too stupid to know how to tow a trailer. In England, for instance (since I can read English and not German), the ratings for the current generation Jetta TDI 2.0 (140ps) are:

Manual Trans:
Tongue -- 75kg (165 pounds)
Trailer weight -- 1,420kg (3,124 pounds)

DSG
Tongue -- 75kg (165 pounds)
Trailer weight -- 1,461kg (3,214 pounds)

Not a big difference, but it is more.

They don't offer the 2.5L gasser in the UK, but ALL engine options that offer both manual and DGS give a slightly higher rating for the DSG equipped model, including the 2.0 TSI gasser. The difference is not exact for each model, but it is approximately 20kg. Maybe it just has to do with the curb weight of the car, depending on the transmission.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 17:09   #11
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And, just to prove that VW is not the only company who does this...

My Scion is rated to tow ZERO pounds in the US. The owner's manual even says I can't put a bike rack on the back. In England, the same car (with a smaller engine) is rated to tow about 1,900 pounds.

The Subaru Imprexa 2.0 manual trans is rated to tow 1,600kg (3,520 pounds) in the UK. I can't even find a rating on the US Subaru site.

A Honda Civic 3-door is rated to tow 1,200kg (2,640 pounds) in the UK. I'm having a hard time finding that rating here in the US, too. I bet it ain't 2,640 pounds, though!
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Old June 12th, 2010, 18:00   #12
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I have a Drawtite hitch set-up on my 2010 JSW (6M) and pull a landscaping trailer for all of my larger cargo needs. I hauled 2300# of concrete the other day and the car pulled and handled great. My JSW is the silver bullet of cars - I get great gas mileage, sporty ride and when I hook up my trailer I have a pick-up truck...

As recommended by the others check out the other topics on hitch installation in the forum - they helped me with my decision and install.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 20:48   #13
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... Drawtite hitch ... hauled 2300# of concrete ...
Well that is just retarded! Your pulling about 2800 pounds on a hitch rated for 2000.... very risky and putting other motorists at serious risk....

What is your trailers axle rating? Sure hope is was 3500 and not 2000....
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Old June 13th, 2010, 07:14   #14
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My Pickup truck option.
Lets Go Aero Gearwagon 125. ~460lbs. Holds 1000 lbs.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 07:33   #15
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What Draw-tite hitch do you have ? I want to tow a couple of jet skis, very short distances, basically just to launch and sounds like this hitch might work. Let me know when you get a chance.
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