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post #21 of 23 Old 09-08-2016
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post #22 of 23 Old 11-28-2016
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I'll give my two cents on this. I bought a 2009 V6 gas to tow our 18' Springdale trailer that weighs out at approximately 4500#. The car is wonderful but it does lack in the power department in my opinion. We have done two road trips in excess of 4000 miles hitting many national parks which involved lots of steep mountainous roads. I also just finished a trip from Seattle to Jasper to Banff than back to Seattle. Absolutely beautiful but very steep hills. My rule was to never go over 65 mph an never exceed 4000 rpm when towing. On a flat hwy it would go between 2000 - 2500 rpm, on any kind of incline it would pop up to 3000 - 3500 rpm. On a mountain pass it would hit 4000 rpm and I would be going about 45 mph. Fuel mileage is pretty bad too. I would average 11.5 mpg, on the mountain passes the instantaneous mpg would be as low as 5 mpg. Long story short, it does the job, it is stable, comfortable, but it does work hard. If you are towing once in a while it is fine, but if you tow often and/or long distances the frequent shifting can be annoying. I tow a fair amount so I solved my problem by purchasing a 2004 V10, good thing one of my best friends has been a VW mechanic at a local dealership for the past 14 years.
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post #23 of 23 Old 12-20-2016
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Peegeez, our towing experience is very similar to yours. It's reassuring to hear. We bought a 2013 V6 in September to tow a Micro Minnie 2106FBS. Dry weight of 3700#. We've only been out twice, both times in the lowlands: Olympic NP ocean and Hood Canal. Towing on the flats the Treg does about 2700 doing 60mph. Any significant hill at highway speed and it'll downshift and push the RPM to 3500 or so. I just drop the speed and, like you, try to keep the RPM lower. We averaged 12 - 13 MPG. We're planning to do Glacier NP, Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP this spring. We'll just expect low MPG and enjoy the trip. Glad to read other posts here about the reliability of the V6.
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