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Old 10-11-2007, 19:54   #1 (permalink)
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My mom is looking at the Taurus X and the Edge to purchase in a couple months. She is looking to have the capability of towing a small trailer (she will tow rarely). The trailer will be a shorter pop up style and weighing approx. 2000-2500lbs plus clothes, water, etc. She likes the size of the Taurus X but it only has an available Class I receiver (2000lbs). The Edge has a towing upgrade to a class II receiver (3500lbs). Both are the same (approx) width, height, wheelbase, engine, transmission, etc. The main difference I see is the length, adding 15” to the Taurus X. Obviously it will be a little heavier. Can we add the Class II receiver to the Taurus X and get the 3500 lbs towing capacity?
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Old 10-14-2007, 11:40   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Taurus X Towing

the taurus x is awd isnt it? most smaller vehicle awd systems can't tow because of the viscous clutch, the part that engages the front(or rear) wheels when slippage is detected. that part is fairly sensitive to the weight of the vehicle, could be due to the transmission style too. if ford puts the limit at class I then you should stick to that or if something breaks they wont warranty it.
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Old 11-12-2007, 16:15   #3 (permalink)
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I'd get the edge for the towing duty. If your trailer will be 2000lbs PLUS other equipment then the Taurus X won't be able to handle the weight. Another thing to factor in is tongue weight, the weight of the trailer that will be put on the vehicle's receiver hitch. Generally it's 10% (minimum). If you put more than 200lbs on the end of the X you may have to upgrade to higher capacity shocks to keep it from bottoming out. It probably won't as its fairly new, but as the miles start to pile on it'll show real fast. If Ford finds that you've installed a higher class hitch than what the X was designed for, they won't honour any warranty claims. If you downsize to an Escape (3.0L 200hp I know...) you can get a class II that can tow 3500lbs and still gets descent mileage.
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