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-   -   Malibu VTX or VLX w/mid size suv? (http://www.wakeworld.com/forum/showthread.php?t=462718)

mango 06-13-2007 9:24 PM

Can you tow a Malibu VTX or Malibu VLX with a Ford Escape or a suv similar in size? It says you can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The VTX weighs 3,300 at stock and the VLX is 3,500.

05mobiuslsv 06-13-2007 10:09 PM

I wouldn't even try it. The trailer will weigh another 1200-1500 pounds depending on manufacturer. The VLX will weight about 3800-4000 when you get all your stuff in it. If your tow is like 1 mile to the ramp maybe, other than that forget it. That thing would probably have a difficult time pulling a boat up the ramp unless you get the V6.

hbguy 06-13-2007 10:16 PM

Can you actually do it? Maybe. Would anyone recommend it? No way. <BR> <BR>I tow a VLX with a '98 Expedition with the 5.4 liter engine. It tows great, but even on some short freeway onramps I am only up to 40 mph by the time I have to enter traffic. <BR> <BR>I have heard the Expedition with the 4.6 is underpowered to tow a 3000lb+ boat. You could maybe do it with an Explorer but no way with a small SUV like the Escape. Not to mention you would need a new transmission in the Escape after about a month.

javony 06-13-2007 10:22 PM

Not only is acceleration a problem, but so is stopping when you have that much weight behind you with a smaller SUV. I did it for about a month with a V6 Toyota Tacoma and had nothing but trouble accelerating, going up hills, and a few scarey moments trying to stop suddenly. I definitely would not recommend it!

_jason_ 06-14-2007 12:58 AM

Thats what we did with my boat back in the day and let me tell you. If you want to be forced to buy a new GMC sierra the same day your rig breaks down from a hole in the radiator then go for it! Other than that, wouldn't chance it. I know were not going to chance it ever again!!

auto 06-14-2007 5:09 AM

uhhhhhhh, no.

srock 06-14-2007 6:11 AM

I'll say it Shane, Merry Christmas! That's right, its time to recommend the purchase of a $45,000 diesel puller.

auto 06-14-2007 6:26 AM

^^^^^^^ <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/biggrin.gif" border=0>I didn't want to say it after all the SUV Gasser lovers justify not owning diesels. <BR> <BR>(Message edited by auto on June 14, 2007)

srock 06-14-2007 7:55 AM

Right on. I subscribe to the "rip the band-aid off" approach to get it over.

mastercraft1995 06-14-2007 10:12 AM

You need a half ton truck or SUV to pull that boat.

deltahoosier 06-14-2007 10:34 AM

I have even had my old VLX slide me a little on the luanch ramps at Orwood. Those ramps are pretty new with grooves. I have a expedition with 32 inch goodyear wrangler mud and snow's on my truck. I would be scared with a smaller truck.

mango 06-16-2007 9:22 AM

Do you think the new Jeep Wrangler 4 Door Unlimited would be able to pull a vlx?

tyboarder03 06-16-2007 10:27 AM

doesn't it have a 3.7 I'd say hell no!!! I used to have a Grand Cherokee with the 4.0l and it couldn't do it. No way.

dubguy72 06-16-2007 10:34 AM

i tow a 21.6 enzo with a v8 envoy

rallyart 06-16-2007 10:38 AM

Look at the Saab 9.7x with the V8. It drives well, seats 5 and can haul over 5000#.

dhcomp 06-16-2007 1:59 PM

No way. You need a tow rating of at LEAST 5-6000 lbs to tow that safely. I tow with a full size tahoe, and would still like a larger, more powerful truck sometimes. When it comes to tow rigs, a heavy rig will stay in way better control. That boat/trailer weights more than most small suv's.

tyboarder03 06-16-2007 4:41 PM

Problem with midsize SUV' and smaller trucks is that when you have a boat thats 21 feet at 3500 lbs plus 1500 for trailer your at 5000 already... with gear gas food you're pushing 6k. When your vehicle is that much smaller it doesn't come with brakes equipt to stop that much weight, and the boat is gonna push you around on downhills and corners. Big trucks and SUV' are nice because they pull the boat they don't get pushed.


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