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st posted 08-21-2006 11:25 AM ET (US)   Profile for st   Send Email to st  
Is a 1994 BMW 525i (wife's car) adequate to pull a Montauk? As you may already know, it's a 2.5 liter 6 cylinder rear wheel drive w/auto transmission. I am thinking of using it just to tow a few miles to the boat ram; but I am a bit worry about pulling the boat out of the water at the rams.

Anybody has some experience pulling a boat of Montauk's size with smaller vehicle? Thanks!


Mako posted 08-21-2006 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mako  Send Email to Mako     
I had that car. You'll shorten the 4L30-E transmission's already brief lifespan towing a Montauk (over 2000lbs on a trailer). You can probably do it safely as the BMW is a heavy car with good brakes, but you won't be breaking any speed records.

In the long run it would be cheaper for you to buy an old truck than to replace the tranny--BMW doesn't rebuild those. Probably not what you wanted to hear, but I hope it helps.


surfkast posted 08-21-2006 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for surfkast    
I tow my Montauk 170 with a 4cyl Toyota 4-runner rated at 3500 pounds. It has no problem pulling the boat out of the water, but hills are a different story. Slippery ramps at low tide and street tires might not be so good with your Bmw. What's the tow rating on your car?

My next vehicle will be at least a V6 with 5000 lb. rating, since when I tow the boat with all the gear, and have 2 or 3 passengers in the car, I can barely get up some hills over 50 mph on the freeway.

Treypescatorie posted 08-21-2006 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Treypescatorie  Send Email to Treypescatorie     
I used to tow a 17 ft bayliner with a 1984 honda accord 4 cylinder. I did go through 2 clutches but car had 270000 miles when I retired it!
Tom W Clark posted 08-21-2006 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
No problem at all:

billsa posted 08-21-2006 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for billsa  Send Email to billsa     
Hey Tom - cool Kayak. It looks like a Pygmy "Coho” kit. I put one together several years ago and love it.

I tow my 2003 150 sport (comparable weight to Montauk 17) with my 4 cylinder Volvo 240 wagon and have no problems at all.

st posted 08-22-2006 12:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for st  Send Email to st     
Thank you gentlemen for all the valueble inputs! (I originally posted this tread here at Post-Classic, then realized right away that it should go to General section. I thought I advised Jimh to delete this one since I was going to repost this same tread at the other section.
Well, from the responses here I now think this tread is also applicable to posted at this section after all!).


whalerdude posted 08-23-2006 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
I just towed my 170 Montauk on a 700 mile round trip vacation. My tow vehicle is a 2006 Subaru Outback wagon with the 2.5L 170hp four cylinder.

I cruised at 70 mph without any trouble!

My car should be about the same HP as your BMW as I had a 325 once and remember it to be about 170hp.

The Montauk is really easy to tow. I like not having to have a big gas guzzler in the HH just for the few towing days per year that we do.

swist posted 08-24-2006 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
I tow my Montauk with a 2004 Ford Escape w/towing package and 3.0L 6 cyl engine. It's like there's nothing back there. You don't need a Ford Expigdition (or even an Explorer) to tow 2000 lbs!
where2 posted 08-29-2006 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Does your BMW have traction control? The traction control I am thinking of is the version that recognizes a spinning drive wheel and clamps the brake on the spinning wheel to provide traction to the other wheel.

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