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    Default Towing capacity of Scenic RX4

    Just wondering if anyone knows the legal tow limit for these cars.

    Because of there weak gearboxes I'm just suggesting towing with them but the accasional tow might be useful.

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    My daughter spent a few hours over the weekend teaching her youngest horse how to float. She borrowed a neighbours float and with it hooked up to my RX4 had the horse walking in and out in no time, then we thought we'd go for a drive around the block and I was surprised how easily the car pulled it.
    Horse weighs about 400kg, float probably the same or a little more so the car had 8 or 900kg hanging off the tow bar and it sat perfectly level and it had no problems towing, even up some fairly steep hills, we never exceeded 80kph but I was impressed how good it was.

    The horse liked it too and didn't complain once, very good for its first time.
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    G'day David, the Scenic RX4 from 05/01 to 01/04 in manual should have a towing capacity of 750 kg's with out trailer brakes and 1300 kg's with trailer brakes and a max. ball mass of 75 kg's.
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    Hi David,

    Here is the weights page from the RX4 handbook.

    I have a single axle braked car trailer (about 350Kg) on which I tow a 4CV. All up weight is about 1000Kg.

    I have used the RX4 and also a manual Scenic II and they both handle it OK.

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    Change the oil in the transmission! They were allegedly "sealed for life" (until they go bang), which means a) they're no longer sealed 7 b) they're also dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKEEE View Post
    Change the oil in the transmission! They were allegedly "sealed for life" (until they go bang), which means a) they're no longer sealed 7 b) they're also dead.
    Yeah we know all about dead RX4 gearboxes. Apparently its that hole in the back of the diff when the gearbox shatters that makes then so longer sealed for life.

    If you keep the oil clean and keep an eye on the inner boot they should be alright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post
    The horse liked it too and didn't complain once, very good for its first time.
    Have you ever watched a horse in a trailer??
    I dont know if they all do this, but some of the ones I've seen in the more open styled single trailers surf the trailer like dogs do in a ute, and lean into the corners.
    Pretty cool to watch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post
    If you keep the oil clean and keep an eye on the inner boot they should be alright.
    Yep you seem to be all over the foibles of that GB, as long as the LH driveshaft boot and the center prop shaft bearing were good I'd be happy to do it.

    On one proviso, go VERY easy on the take off from stopped.

    Towed a heavy car trailer ( with the Pug on it ) for yonks with one and as long as you don't try and lug the motor and go easy on the GB loading it can cope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandgroper View Post
    Yep you seem to be all over the foibles of that GB, as long as the LH driveshaft boot and the center prop shaft bearing were good I'd be happy to do it.

    On one proviso, go VERY easy on the take off from stopped.

    Towed a heavy car trailer ( with the Pug on it ) for yonks with one and as long as you don't try and lug the motor and go easy on the GB loading it can cope.

    Yes I drive like that anyway, thats why I get such long runs out of my cars.
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