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OK, IS the FX35 Really a Tow Vehicle??

Here is the problem. There are three major elements to the car you drive. 1) Great handling, i.e., fun to drive and that means a sports car. 2) Reasonable fuel economy. Oil is NEVER going to get any cheaper – I haven’t seen any dinosaurs around lately and the oil there is, seems to be mostly located in countries that don’t like us very much. 3) Ability to tow my 17.5 ft boat because life is not worth living if you can’t get out on the water every so often.

This creates a classic problem, of the three elements listed you can get, at best, any two. You can get a sports car that is fun to drive and gets good gas mileage but you can’t tow. You can get a Ford Explorer, it can tow but gets poor mileage and rolls over a lot. I could go on, but you get my point.

I drive a Chevrolet Corvette. Fun to drive, reasonable mileage and I used to tow our first, smaller boat. Now we have a Key West 176 Bay Reef which weighs in at 2,200 lbs with trailer and the usual load of gas and gear and it exceeds the tow limit for my car. We have done the research and have come up with the FX 35 as the only car to meet our needs and have all three elements. The only question remaining before we buy the car is, IS IT REALLY A TOW VECHICLE? By that I mean will the transmission survive towing the aforementioned boat 10% to 15% of the time? We tow to the Georgia Coast, the Florida Everglades, the Tennessee River, etc.

I’ve read the posts that talk about one-time towing or towing under 1000 lbs but here is my question. Will the FX 35 survive given the towing we plan to do? Any long-term towers out there want to share their experiences – both good and bad.

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I bet that 1) it will "survive" with no mechanical problems, and that 2) you will wish you'd gotten the FX45.

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The FX should easily tow that with no issues atleast the AWD will can't speak for the RWD. I have towed a 4,700lb Uhaul trailer from Atlanta to Va Beach twice with no issues driving about 80mph also.

So yes it should be fine with your boat.

Yes I know your not suppose to tow more then 3,500lbs but had to get it up here so it worked, also the second trip I was lowered on my Eibachs and still no issues.

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I don't even have a 45, and I would suggest getting a 45 over the 35. The 35 has enough power to haul a few people around and some cargo, but you're gonna want that extra torque for a 2,200 lb boat!

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Haha I remember even racing my little brother from a stoplight with the 15ft U-haul trailer half full (prob about 2500lbs) and still beat him. NOw he has a Scion xB but still with a trailer hehe glad I didn't rip off my bumper!

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We tow our 20' Seadoo Challenger 2000 without any issues (other than fuel economy)

We get about 12-14mpg when towing. Surge brakes on the boat trailer help a lot also.

Steep boat ramps are not a problem with the AWD.

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Thank You all for the Advice

Thanks folks. I appreciate the responses and we will most likely purchase the FX35.

I am still a little concerned about the transmission, however. There is no transmission fluid cooler available (that I know of). If this was a serious tow vehicle, I believe they would have a "tow package" available consisting of a transmission cooler, stiffer rear suspension and perhaps slightly lower gearing.

I'm sure there is enough torque, even with the ‘35. When towing I don't expect to participate in any drag races, etc.

Thanks again for the comments.


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We regularly use our 45 to tow a small utility trailer with about 2000 lbs of compost in it. Tows like theres nothing back there. If you plan to tow regularly, i'd opt for the 45 for the extra grunt. You will feel the difference.


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We regularly use our 45 to tow a small utility trailer with about 2000 lbs of compost in it. Tows like theres nothing back there. If you plan to tow regularly, i'd opt for the 45 for the extra grunt. You will feel the difference.
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To answer your question, NO, the FX is NOT a tow vehicle.
HOWEVER - I have a Coleman pop-up camper (about 2500 pounds) as well as a utility trailer that I have towed 3 motorcycles with. Cant he FX do it, YES. Designed as a tow vehicle - NO.

Most other SUV's / Trucks that ARE tow vehicles have tranny coolers, power steering coolers etc. As well as a stronger frame. FX does not have any additional coolers.

I still tow my camper and the bikes!


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