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i bought a 96 seadoo speedster very light boat trailer and boat wieght 1300lbs the boat launch i put in at is perfect no to steep and the concrete is grated so there is no traction issues at all my question is whats the most wieght any you guys have towed
and if the cruze struggles a lil i would prolly get the trifecta tune get a lil more power out
my trip is only lik 10 miles all high way so its not stop and go

i dont need u guys tellin me how its unsafe i cant stop it i just want to kno if any1 has towed allot of wieght and if it can handle it short
distances i have the ltz with larger brakes and turbo engine

and is there enough hitch clearance on the rs package
 

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500lbs max tow, wouldn't recommend it. RS bumper makes it almost impossible. Most didn't buy a Cruze to tow lol. I know you don't care to hear this, but 1300lbs is very unsafe. The tune wont really help, youre just going to chew your clutches up quicker that way, if not worse
 
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the manual say 1000lbs im lookn at it this way a jeep has 190hp at 200lb torque and can tow like 2500lbs a cruze has
138hp 148 tq and the trq is achived at 1850 rpms so i cant see an issue with towing it
trifecta tune bumps it to 172hp 200 tq thats **** the same as a 4.0l jeep and the cruze wieghs less just food for thought
im not worried bout clutches 5/100,000 i work at the dealer so mine will be covered
 

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Most didn't buy a Cruze to tow lol. I know you don't care to hear this, but 1300lbs is very unsafe.
I completely agree, this car is not designed to tow. Think the cruze can only have about 900lb of payload including passengers(see sticker on door of car). Just asking for early wear out of rear suspension & transmission not to mention risking others lives when driving on public roads(what happens when a spring breaks at highway speed?)
 

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Spacedout is right. This is an economical car were talking here.. GM really didn't have towing in mind when they manufactured this car. The suspension in the LTZ's are sport tuned, but for cornering mainly and still weak when it comes to hauling something behind it over 500lbs.

Do what you want though.. you wanted opinions/suggestions, you got them. Just looking out for the safety of you, and others.

FWIW, the new taurus's can actually haul alot more than the Cruzes. They're a beefy midsized sedan now, not what they were in the 90's.
 

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yea no doubt the new taurus are sick but im talkin late 90 early 2000s with the broken spring i have a 2001 sable i would put a hitch on but its a work car 160,000 miles and i dont trust it i kno i will be keepin the cruze till at least the 3yr/36k runs out
but i ordered the trifecta tune and hitch this morning hope fully i will have it all installed by 15 which will be the 1st time i take the bout out with the cruze ill take pics, gas milage, and how it does pullin it mayb the week after ill take the tune off and see how it does with out it if the cruze doesnt end up at the bottom of the lake lol
 

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Yeah if this works post it, i'm sure many will want to see proof. Good luck though man, I'd be extra careful. I'm sure you already know
 

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It's just fine. The Australian Cruze has a 695 kg tow rating without trailer brakes, and a 1200 kg rating with trailer brakes. And, it's the same 1.4T engine and same transmissions we get here!!! Holden Cruze Series II

To the OP: You're fine, enjoy the jetboat!
 

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its very light boat and its takes in no water when i pull the plug on the boat launch barely any water pours out i could see a problem if i had a large amount of water in the bilge but i dont plus i dont believe i will put gas in the boat till a block from the marina to reduce wieght when towing
 

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I can't wait to see this on the Darwin awards. No one gives a rats ass whether the car can tow it. It's stopping the sob. Towing a 1300 pound anything with an economy car is retarded. You're going to kill yourself or someone else.


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FWIW, power has next to nothing to do with towing. In fact, more power makes it more likely that you'll lunch a transmission or half shaft or something. Tow ratings are all about brakes, weight/stability, and powertrain durability. Some good metrics of tow ratings on cars can be found by looking at US and other countries' tow ratings on the same car/package. The US is pretty lawyered up, so the US ratings are usually "this is what you can tow and still drive it like you're not towing anything, without knowing a whole lot about towing" and euro tow ratings are usually "this is the outside maximum that this vehicle can physically drag/handle/stop, if all is right in the world, you are very experienced at towing, AND you hold your mouth right."

Having done a lot of towing WAY outside the manufacturer's ratings since before I had a drivers license (grandparents were farmers. Think tandom 16,000# grain wagons (32k# total) behind a big block 3/4 ton pickup, with 2 pallets of seed in the bed, for traction), and continually doing a lot of towing, I wouldn't have a problem with me towing a 1300# GROSS boat trailer (meaning boat+trailer+fuel+skis+fly droppings. i.e. NOT a 1300# (dry) boat on a 500# trailer, with 100# of fuel in the boat) with a non-ECO, automatic transmission Cruze. The sport suspension is 1/2" lower, but it's also got higher spring rates, so that should be better for towing.

I'll say that boat trailers, being that they know where the boat is going to be, and how much is weighs, tow about the best of any trailers going. pretty aerodynamic, light-medium tongue weight, etc.

Having said that, I don't know you, and I don't know how much experience you have; so that being the case I wouldn't tell YOU that it would be OK to tow anything over the mfg. rated towing specifications in this country.

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I can't wait to see this on the Darwin awards. No one gives a rats ass whether the car can tow it. It's stopping the sob. Towing a 1300 pound anything with an economy car is retarded. You're going to kill yourself or someone else.


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Same exact car in Australia can tow 695 kg, or about 1500 lbs. Of course, that's counting the driver and any cargo in addition to whatever it's towing.

If the boat/trailer weigh 1300 lbs and the driver weighs 200 or less, and assuming the other passengers/cargo are following in another car.
 

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I dont see it still. The Eco brakes are ok for the car. I wouldnt trust towing anything with it.
 

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I dont see it still. The Eco brakes are ok for the car. I wouldnt trust towing anything with it.
The Eco brakes are the same as the setup on the LS and 1LT with drums in the back and discs up front. The body structure of an Eco is a little different, but not too drastically different.

I wouldn't go nuts trying to tow, but a small trailer is definitely not out of the question!
 

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This guy has said that he is not going to listen to us. I'm going to sit back with a bag of popcorn and watch the show.
 

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What he said ^^
 

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