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 Ė I havenít seen any dinosaurs around lately and the oil there is, seems to be mostly located in countries that donít like us very much. 3) Ability to tow my 17.5 ft boat because life is not worth living if you canít 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 canít 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.
Iíve 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 Ė both good and bad.