I tow with a 1.8 petrol at close to the max limt of 1200 kg. Overall it pulls well, in fact due to its lower gearing it seems better than my previous 2.0 lit mondeo. Averages 24 mpg towing. at 55-60 mph.
Both the caravan club and camping and caravan club offer the advice of only tow at 85% kerbweight of the tow car. However cars are rated diferently ie. 2.0 tdci 1500kgs max tow. This car has a kerbweight of approx 1536 to 1576 kg depending on options. In reality you can tow up to this weight as long as the max train weight is not broken. This includes legal limits for your axles. Sorry for the longwinded post but 85% is only a guide. I personally think that lessons should be given on loading the van as this has massive effects on the handling characteristics. This car differs from my last 2 by needing a lot of nose weight at least 60kgs otherwise it needs care when driving and top speed of 50. Load it correctly and 60mph in crosswinds is no problem. Hope this helps somebody if your still confused i apologise and if you pm me with a phone number i will try to explain better over the phone.
ps Roy spot on with the torque and 85% if your starting is right mate Edited by: lazyb
I do think the clubs are cautious about weights extra, and I know a lot of the towing comes down to common sense and just being sensible, especially as you can can pass your test one day and the same afternoon hitch up a van and trundle off on your merry way.
Your car is rated at 1200KG max braked towing weight, so it should tow this OK. I have done a fair bit of research over the last few weeks as I wanted to make sure that our 1.6TDCI would be OK towing our 1200 KG caravan. From what I understand our car is rated at 1300KG and that means that Ford say it will tow 1300KG from standstill up a 1 in 8 slope providing car has enough grip.
We have so far pulled our 1200KG up several big hills with out any problems.
As mentioned before, the Caravan club (and others) strongly advise that the towed trailer weighs no more than 85% of the towing vehicle.
We have towed our caravan 5 times with our car and when the outfit is moving all is good and 1.6TDCI can cope with the steapest of hills, no probs.
However, when you have to move off from standstill up a steep hill you can get the dreaded hot clutch smell. I thought, never mind, if clutch goes we will just get a new one. But I found out that they cost near on £700 inc vat from a non Ford dealer as you tend to need to change the dual mass fly wheel as well
So as we are enjoying the caravan we decided to part company with our C-Max. As I work for all the local VW dealers it made sense to buy a VW. So we now have a Passat estate 130 TDI Highline on a 54 plate. This is rated at 1600KG towing and I have been advised by many that it will tow the 1200KG caravan with ease and due to bigger engine the clutch does not need to be slipped to get moving on steep hills
The Passat is very very nice car, but we will still miss the C-Max for it's ability to do a lot of things very well. It has been a super car, a fact that is shown by being the longest car we have owned at 4 years. Edited by: Trim Wizard
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I have a howling sound from the back (think the bearings are fine cause there is no clicking and the wheels are firm if you try to shake them),
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I have a mk1 2006 2ltr petrol automatic.
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