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I'm a Passat driver (have participated at VWVortex for several years) but with two growing kids, the need for cargo room on occasion, and now our in-laws who have a pop-up which we can use anytime if we can tow it, I'm in the market for a used vehicle. I was very impressed with the XC when I test drove it a couple years ago. My neighbors are an all-Volvo family so they rave and rave. I've only been leaning toward a used Touareg because 1) I've liked my Passat, 2) new ones are too expensive for me, 3) the ones I've test drove have been well equipped, including towing packages, and 4) our not-quite-local-but-the-closest-I-have Volvo dealer was totally unhelpful to help me know what a XC can or can't tow and how much it's gonna cost me to outfit a used XC. <p>I like how the Volvo is a good all around hauler. It's not quite as luxurious as the Touaregs I've seen but I still like is blend of performance with an attractive package. I just have no answers to knowing whether I can pull a pop-up with this and how I'm gonna know how and at how much cost to equip an XC. An '04 V8 Touareg I called on today had already been traded in by the owner. She complained of the many service issues she had with it, and ultimately traded it in. (I was the first caller in 6 weeks.) She couldn't say enough good about Volvos while steering me at length to reconsider my Touareg shopping. But alas did not know anything about their hauling limitations.<p>Can anyone help me to know what I can and can't do with an XC70? What power it has or doesn't have for towing? This former Touareg owner recommended I come visit this site. . .<p>Thanks!
 

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Re: The XC or the Touareg?? can the XC70 tow? (Bryan!)

Do <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Passat drivers require an explanation mark after their screen name?
 

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Re: The XC or the Touareg?? can the XC70 tow? (JRL)

No--it's an identity that I use at multiple forae. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: The XC or the Touareg?? can the XC70 tow? (Bryan!)

I'm a passat fan as well, had a 2003 GLS wagon with 1.8T and 5 speed--helluva lot of car for the money. I believe the XC is rated at 3300 lbs, no doubt less than the Touareg. (check <A HREF="http://www.trailerlife.com/towratings/2006/TowingRatings_p20_33.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://www.trailerlife.com/tow...3.pdf</A>)<p>I'd go to your local U-Haul dealer and have them put the tow bar/hitch/etc on. That's what my dealer suggested to me, said it would be cheaper and just as good a setup (I haven't installed one, was just inquiring.)<p>Touareg's aren't too reliable from what I understand, so FWIW even though the XC is no Accord, it would likely be less hassle than the Touareg.<p>I'd guess you'd be ok pulling a lighter popup with an XC, but maybe somebody who has actually done this will chime in...<p>If you want a little more luxury and alot more sportiness, consider looking at a V70R; maybe a little pricier used than an XC though not much, and they have 300 hp and 295 torque, same tow capacity...but lower ground clearance. There is a separate "R" forum here where you could see if owners there have anything to say about towing experience. <p>good luck, and welcome to the Swedespeed<p>ps, also see this thread on the XC forum: <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=62978" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=62978</A><br>
 

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Re: The XC or the Touareg?? can the XC70 tow? (Bryan!)

Dear Bryan,<p>Please forget the Touareg if you are planning to drive with the car.<p>My history, Volvo Polar 940, XC70, V70R, Touareg V6 and since December 2005 the XC70 D5.<br>The Touareg I had for 1.5 years and 35.000 miles. Always something wrong, electrical but also a lot mechanical. Furthermore, the car is too heavy and will only drive comfortable with a big V8 meaning big petrol consumption.<br>In relation to space, the only good thing of the Touareg is that you can "open" the glass in the back so you can fill it up very nicely. <br>After 20.000 miles with the XC70 and can only say "Sorry Volvo that I left you 2 years ago, HAPPY TO BE BACK"<p>Pedro<p>Ps. I have two boys of 9 and 13 years old
 

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Re: The XC or the Touareg?? can the XC70 tow? (Bryan!)

Some friends of mine recently traded their Subaru Forester to for a 2002 XC70 for towing their pop-up camper trailer. <p>The Subaru had a rated towing capacity of 2500 lbs; the XC has I believe 3500 or 3700 lbs rating. <p>They took a trip from WA to UT and back with their car-seated son, crated dog, and the trailer and had a great time, said the XC was much, much better suited to towing the trailer than their Forester. They've really talked up the XC70 for towing their camper trailer.<br>
 

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Re: The XC or the Touareg?? can the XC70 tow? (Bryan!)

I love my 2002 XC, it hausl our dirt bikes, tool boxes gas and gear for 3 riders (about 2600 lbs) and still hauls! Doesn't seem to bother it at all. It will drink up some fuel, but that's the beauty of the Turbo power plant. Gets 24-26 unloaded, but it can get as low as 16 when towing the bikes fast. I've had 4 XC's since they introduced them in '98 and loved them everyone!<br>
 

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Re: The XC or the Touareg?? can the XC70 tow? (kr900)

My in-laws pop-up is 2500-3000 lbs loaded with 10-13% of that weight on the tongue. From what I can find XC70 tow package weak link is a low tongue weight--about 170lbs. It sounds like maybe the XC90 is the better vehicle, no?
 

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Re: The XC or the Touareg?? can the XC70 tow? (Bryan!)

One of the problems w/ the XC I believe, is that you can't get a 2" receiver for it. This limits what you can tow. I'll have to look in the book for the tow capacity of mine. If you want to tow w/ a Toureg, get a V10 TDI <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: The XC or the Touareg?? can the XC70 tow? (Mk1Racer)

The OEM Volvo hitch ($$$) is a 2" but it doesn't increase the towing capacity of the vehicle.
 
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