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Hi, I'm a new member of Swedespeed, but not to Volvo Community. I've got a 2005 V50 T5 FWD w/ 115K miles on it and just picked up an 05 XC90 V8 AWD for the wifey. 7-Passenger and fully loaded w/ DVD headrests, Nav, Tubular side steps, etc etc. I chose the V8 for it's capability of towing, but was wondering what the towing capacity is of these trucks. I don't have a tow hitch on it currently, but am interested in installing one soon. I'm interested in towing a 996 C4S (probably around 3500 lbs approximately), plus the weight of a trailer (help me with which one I should get). Could this truck haul this much weight (seeing that it's already almost 6000lbs itself I believe). Also, would I need to get a BBK, etc. Not looking to spend much more money then invested in the purchase price. Any guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.<br>
 

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Re: Towing Capacity of 2005 V8 XC90 AWD (V50-T5)

Use your wife's Volvo. The towing capacity is 5,000 pounds for the XC90 V8.<p>William
 

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Re: Towing Capacity of 2005 V8 XC90 AWD (William)

The porsche is worth $50K more or less?<p>Safe to assume you're towing it to the track?
 

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Hi Rob, yeah, this is going to be to tow the car back and forth to the track, as well as tow it when I travel up and down the eastern seaboard when I attend rallies and such......So, can it handle the weight?
 

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Re: Towing Capacity of 2005 V8 XC90 AWD (William)

Thanks William, so I guess it can handle the weight so long as I get a lightweight trailer.
 

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Re: Towing Capacity of 2005 V8 XC90 AWD (V50-T5)

See if you can find a heavy duty used trailer with trailer brakes. Recessions are great for finding used things cheap. Just make sure the trailer you get can handle the weight. Our M&M flat bed has bent axles because we've overloaded it with our 12K lb. JLG.<p>If it were me, I'd pick up a used F250 SD diesel. The used up towing capacity for the Ford will be 4 tenths. I think you won't be happy with the XC90 towing at 9 tenths. This way you won't burn up the Volvo, you can STOP when you need to, and the tail won't wag the dog.<p>I guess my point is, don't take towing lightly.<p>
 

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Re: Towing Capacity of 2005 V8 XC90 AWD (robtr8)

Get a lightweight aluminum trailer. Combined, you should come close to the 5000-pound limit. <p>The Volvo's weakness isn't the V8 engine, it is the brakes (as is most often the case with towing capacities). <p>- Mike
 

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Re: Towing Capacity of 2005 V8 XC90 AWD (William)

<br>All XC90s have the same towing limit, if you bought the V8 for towing limit then you wasted<br>some money. Also that 5k limit is for everything other than the driver. So if you fill the car<br>with 1500lbs of people and gear, your limit is now 3500lbs for the trailer.<p>Also remember the XC90 is CAR based, it isnt a truck by any imaginary means. Treat it like<br>a car when towing, take it easy. If you wanted a truck, then you should have bought<br>a truck designed for towing. You can see my towing choice below.
 

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Re: Towing Capacity of 2005 V8 XC90 AWD (dmd)

...Says the man with the stump-pulling F350! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Emission</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...Says the man with the stump-pulling F350! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>You bet!! F350 has a few useful power mods also. Has a much higher tow limit, Hensley<br>hitch helps too. XC90 will not tow my 10,000lb travel trailer, it will tow lighter loads.<p>The XC90 does real well up to around 3500 combined, then it really starts feeling the<br>weight. We pull our jetskis and family at about that weight and it is fine. I pulled<br>heavier thinking it would be fine, it wasent. I dropped the trailer and came home<br>to get the F350 to go back and get the load. Dont let the tail wag the dog, real easy<br>to do when the wheel base is shorter. Do not run overloaded in a car based tow<br>vehicle, you could end up with sway and a very bad day. With the distance you plan to<br>tow, you should really check into a real tow vehicle. Half ton, crew cab truck would be<br>much better (F150, Chevy 1500, or Dodge 1500), 3/4 ton would probably be overkill but<br>would tow even better. There are great deals (used and new) right now.<p>Also... With the XC90, dont forget the subtract the weight of the hitch you will be<br>attaching from the overall towing weight.
 

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I just came across this post so sorry for the late reply. I think you advice is good in general but I have to <I>respectfully </I>disagree regarding the XC90.<p>You definitely should never tow more than rated capacity and in general you want to be below 80-90% max rated capacity however, in my experience, the XC90 easily handles 90% or more of rated capacity. Volvo brakes are pretty good to start with which helps and frankly while you will feel 5k behind the XC90 it's not over-taxed like VW Touareg, Audi Q7, etc. with 7,000+ lb tow ratings (I think even the BMW X5 is rated around 6,500.) <p>With common sense and good trailer brakes I've found the XC90 (V8 in my case) handles 4,500+ lbs quite well. It stops in a predictable and controlled manner, accelerates strongly if desired, and in a panic stop the XC90 is just heavy enough to maintain control (you will definitely feel it though and may need a new pair of shorts.)<p>From summer '07 to summer '08 we towed our 23' twin engined Yamaha boat on a twin-axle trailer using the XC90 and I was very surprised at how capable the mommy-mobile was. We could still use it in a pinch but I bought a new F250 diesel last year anticipating buying a larger boat (this was just before the financing market disappeared early last year) and use it as our primary tow rig. You bet it tows easier but oddly I think the fuel economy towing the boat is worse on the SuperDuty than it was on the XC90 and there's no doubt that AWD is better on a slippery ramp than 4x4 (which I can always get to work even after some initial wheel slip.)<p>I would recommend that if anybody is planning to do long range hauling of heavy weight with the XC90 that they should get the transmission cooler installed.
 

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Re: Towing Capacity of 2005 V8 XC90 AWD (V50-T5)

If your trailer tows well, is loaded correctly, and you are towing on mostly level ground, then I think you will be fine. I would not use the XC90 to tow this load anywhere with steeps grades (PA, TN, CO), or even hilly roads (MO). I tow a 3,700 lb. boat, and find that the XC90 tows very well on level ground. I am lacking in power (2.5T), and am worried about the tranny exploding under the stress, only get 11 MPG towing on level ground in good weather, but the suspension and brakes do a great job. <p>Keep in mind that there is much more to the equation than just the weight of the trailer and cargo. Tandem vs. single axles, tongue weight, center of gravity, how much wind the trailer catches, trailer brakes, etc. My boat trailer has tandem axles with surge brakes, is perfectly loaded, and tows very well. I have towed similar size boats, on crappy trailers, and have experience some very scary moments. I have also towed with too much and too little tongue weight, and have learned the hard way that the trailer must be loaded properly. <p>I am not saying that the XC90 is a great tow vehicle, but it is better than you would expect for a car based cross over. If you want a family cross-over style SUV that tows really well, get the Mercedes ML 320 diesel - great tow vehicle, 7K tow rating.<p><br><A HREF="http://www.boatingabc.com/photos/showphoto.php/photo/722" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://www.boatingabc.com/photos/data/500/medium/08-30-08_1829.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by ChicagoT5 at 5:54 PM 4-17-2009</i>
 

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Re: Towing Capacity of 2005 V8 XC90 AWD (rollie)

<p>Towing in the VI's is nothing like towing up and down the east coast.<p>The XC will be maxed out, just be cause it can pull it doesnt mean it is the safe thing to do. That<br>is why I choose the correct tow vehicle that leaves some safety room.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dmd</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Towing in the VI's is nothing like towing up and down the east coast.<p>The XC will be maxed out, just be cause it can pull it doesnt mean it is the safe thing to do. That<br>is why I choose the correct tow vehicle that leaves some safety room.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Let me see if I am understanding you correctly: You purchased an F350 to tow a pair of jet skis?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dmd</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>All XC90s have the same towing limit, if you bought the V8 for towing limit then you wasted some money.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually only XC90 AWD models have the same towing limit. XC90 FWD models are rated at 3500 lbs towing.<p>William
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ChicagoT5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Let me see if I am understanding you correctly: You purchased an F350 to tow a pair of jet skis? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>And a 10,000 travel trailer too... All at the same time, at 70mph with ease... Hensley hitch<br>helps too.<p>The original poster is going to pull a 3500lb vehicle on a trailer (what 1500lbs..?).. Max out the<br>towing on a car based vehicle.... He bought a V8 with no research in to capacity.. (Very correct<br>that the FWD is 3500lbs... So not all XC90's have the same capacity).. So if the had a FWD and<br>bought a v8 AWD, it does have better towing capacity, but still not enough for what he wants<br>to do. That is if he doesnt want to tow completely maxed out, most dont like the hassle.<p>I would suggest getting a proper tow vehicle for the weight. He plans on doing a lot of miles, not<br>a fun trip being loaded like that.<p>For the poster that bought a Ford diesel and getting poor milage, did ya get a 6.4L?? That particulate<br>filter is a milage killer. Gut the filter and chip it to ignore the filter. You will gain 5-mpg easy.<p>
 

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Re: Towing Capacity of 2005 V8 XC90 AWD (dmd)

You're right - it's much hillier here than any of the East Coast locations I've lived (New York, Boston, Virginia) or my West Coast locations (California and where our house still is in Seattle.) Seattle itself is probably closest as it is very hilly like the U.S. VI.<p>After driving in Sweden and seeing all manner of small econoboxes pulling holiday trailers I know the Swedes put a lot of thought into towing capabilities of the XC90. Our first XC90 was Vic Doolan's company car (bought it from Volvo Irvine) and it came with a factory hitch you wouldn't believe - a very beef class IV hitch that Volvo obviously decided not to sell in the U.S. (had a nifty bumper hitch cover they should have sold though.)<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dmd</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Towing in the VI's is nothing like towing up and down the east coast.<p>The XC will be maxed out, just be cause it can pull it doesnt mean it is the safe thing to do. That<br>is why I choose the correct tow vehicle that leaves some safety room.</TD></TR></TABLE>
 
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