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Old September 23rd, 2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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Default 2010 Taurus....Can I tow with this?

Has anyone towed with a newer 08+ Taurus? Im looking to tow about 1500 lbs. Possibly tow my clam shell snowmobile trailer. My car is an AWD with the Duratec 3.5L V6. I dont care to hear peoples opinions on how gay it will look.....I know I always made fun of people that towed with cars. Im trying to shave some cost for the upcoming season and not drive my truck and instead use the company car
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check the owners manual, all tow ratings will be in there
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Old October 30th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #3
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check the owners manual, all tow ratings will be in there
not true, unless a tow package was available from the oem. which in his case it wasn't....
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http://www.fordvehicles.com/assets/p...AURUSsep09.pdf

Car Line Taurus
Towing Class Light-Duty I
Max. Gross Trailer Wt. (Lbs.) 1,000
Max. Tongue Load (Lbs.) 100
Minimum Engine 3.5L V6
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not true, unless a tow package was available from the oem. which in his case it wasn't....
if the manufacturer does not recomend towing with a certain vehicle, then it will say so in the owners manual, meaning a towing capacity of 0.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 10:18 AM   #6
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"08+" is not the same as the 10MY you quote.
especially if his 08 has a CVT transmission.
at any rate- appears as though there is literature regarding MAX towed trailer weights. No specifics on what this does to your warranty though. seeing that his is a company car, the warranty may not be an issue....
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if the manufacturer does not recomend towing with a certain vehicle, then it will say so in the owners manual, meaning a towing capacity of 0.

maybe so- yet if that were true; then the manufacturer would test ALL vehicles with trailers to assess if they can tow anything; and that is not the case.

Further, you can tow with a VW bug if you want. The point i'm trying to make is what towing may do to your warranty if you drive a car that is within its valid warranty period, because the OP mentioned his car was a company car..
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"08+" is not the same as the 10MY you quote.
especially if his 08 has a CVT transmission.
at any rate- appears as though there is literature regarding MAX towed trailer weights. No specifics on what this does to your warranty though. seeing that his is a company car, the warranty may not be an issue....
his is a 2010.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 10:31 AM   #9
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his is a 2010.
then i wouldn't be as worried as if it had a CVT.

that AWD does great in the snow....

make sure though that if you get a hitch installed; they also install a trans oil cooler (it has one from the factory; but again- you can't be too cautious when adding extra protection to the tranny if you're gonna tow with it.)- and this it may STILL affect the warranty..

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then i wouldn't be as worried as if it had a CVT.
if it was a company car i probably wouldn't be worried about it all.
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ask specialk he owns and tows with his taurus to top hes a ford freak
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maybe so- yet if that were true; then the manufacturer would test ALL vehicles with trailers to assess if they can tow anything; and that is not the case.

Further, you can tow with a VW bug if you want. The point i'm trying to make is what towing may do to your warranty if you drive a car that is within its valid warranty period, because the OP mentioned his car was a company car..
:facepalm:

if towing will void the warrenty, they would say so in the owners manual. Dont read it or disregard it, and do it anyway, its your problem, not thiers. If it does have a tow rating, it will say it in the manual, and again, if you exceed it, your on your own.

they do not need to test it to determine if it can tow, or how much. its called math
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i googled around and found the 2010 taurus has a tow ratings of 1000lbs or 454kg.
yours may or may not be rated to tow. id haul one sled on a one place trailer behind almost any car. i have towed one sled behind a 93 taurus with about 150 k for a long time. if you have a 102 wide coverd trailer forget it!
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"08+" is not the same as the 10MY you quote.
especially if his 08 has a CVT transmission.
at any rate- appears as though there is literature regarding MAX towed trailer weights. No specifics on what this does to your warranty though. seeing that his is a company car, the warranty may not be an issue....
08+ is identical drivetrain as 2010my. I have owned both.
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i googled around and found the 2010 taurus has a tow ratings of 1000lbs or 454kg.
yours may or may not be rated to tow. id haul one sled on a one place trailer behind almost any car. i have towed one sled behind a 93 taurus with about 150 k for a long time. if you have a 102 wide coverd trailer forget it!
Ya I do have 101 width covered trailer. Thought it was worth the thought
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This is my tow rig. Its works pretty well in 4 low. Not much top end but its hard to stop so its all good.
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I know a guy that put a gooseneck hitch in tha back of a Geo Tracker...its a somewhat small trailer used to haul his 2 pulling lawn tractors, or his old, somewhat small, farm tractor....I thought he meant he used it to manuever the trailer around to park it behind his barn, until he drove it in to work one day...loaded...
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I know a guy that put a gooseneck hitch in tha back of a Geo Tracker...its a somewhat small trailer used to haul his 2 pulling lawn tractors, or his old, somewhat small, farm tractor....I thought he meant he used it to manuever the trailer around to park it behind his barn, until he drove it in to work one day...loaded...

I just use that to move it around every now and then instead of the truck. Oh, and the trailer is empty or maybe one sled in it when I do that.


Back on topic though I would be eary about pulling a clam shell with a Taurus if the weather got nasty. Nice dry roads you would probably ok.
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we have towed the inlaw's 19' ski boat with our 2008 Ford Taurus X Cross over. not quite the same as the sedan of course, but it too has the 3.5L and the 6 speed automatic.

factory shows a towing capacity at 2,000lbs gross, which we are probably exceeding - but we only tow the boat from the ramp, to the marina 5 minutes down the road.

honestly don't know how it would do on longer distances, but it doesn't struggle to pull or stop it at all (keeping in mind that the boat has surge brakes on the trailer, and that a boat hull is a bit more aerodynamic than a slabsided wide snowmobile trailer)

*shrug*
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My buddy pulled his two place sled trailer all over Michigan and Canada for years, it was a Taurus company car as well, his was an open trailer with fairing but it pulled it fine, better at faster speeds...never smoked a trans....if it is a company car, go for it....I used to tow my Landcruiser to Canada behind a Company ranger...tongue wt. is your friend. Have fun!

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