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Unread 07-15-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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Hi, I have a 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage DE sedan which is rated to tow up to 1,000 pounds. The trailer hitch on the car is rated to 2000 pounds. I plan on towing some appliances, which combined with the trailer weight will equal about 1600 to 1800 pounds, which is 600 to 800 pounds over the rated limit. obviously this will affect the performance of the vehicle negatively, but what other ill effects could it have that are stressful to the vehicle?

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The towing limit is not just in respect to the power to pull a load, it also considers the braking ability and how the vehicle can handle the weight in corners.

Also exceeding the recommended towing capacity can bring up legal issues.

I would advise against it.
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Precisely what Car Guy said... the braking ability of the car is a pretty critical element of this that you may have overseen.

When trailers get large enough, they even have their own braking system.
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Most truck GVWRs are set by the brakes and the suspension, not the engine. My '85 is only rated for 5,500 pounds, but it has towed 7,000 before. The engine didn't care. But the stopping distance was abysmal and it was dragging its arse on the ground the entire time. The handling went to hell as well. It had nearly no control over which way the nose was pointed because there was no weight on the nose at that point. Understeer city.


Don't overload your truck. upgrade the suspension and the brakes.
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I wouldnt do it, its probably easy to get moving but when it comes to being able to stop, thats where your issue would be.
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If you were to try and perform an emergency stop not only would you probably slam into whatever you were trying to miss, but you would either snap the hitch off and the trailer would go, or the hitch will stay and take you and the car with it. Sedan's are not designed to tow, and should not be used as such. Rent a pick up, it might save your life.
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I blew the transmission in my 98 Altima towing a 5x8 trailer. :\
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On a hefty car you'd be fine. On little Mirage, no way dude. Much towing could warp the unibody. It would also absolutely flog your tranny, nevermind the fact that it would be completely powerless and have the stopping distance of a train.
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I agree with everyone above.

I would like to add the amount of risk and damage would be directly related to distance and terrain. If your pulling them for 500 miles though the mountains of Colorado, that's a whole lot worse than 10 minutes across town. With that said as cheap as it is to rent a truck I would just do that. I know most of the home repair places here rent trucks even by the hour for like $17...or you can pay like $35 and get one for the whole day from a rental car place.

You might even search Craigslist and see if you can find someone willing to do the hauling for you for $20 or something in your area.
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Yet another point -- would insurance tell you to go **** yourself if anything happened? Not that they wouldn't try to regardless of what the incident is, but especially if you're towing well over capacity.
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