Re: sidekick tow vehicle
My opinion-don't even try. The Sidekick is a great vehicle, but it's not designed to pull that much weight. I think that Suzuki rated it for 1000 lbs tow...possibly 2000lbs. The problem is that for safety's sake you always want some margin UNDER what the manufacturer tells you.
It MIGHT do it...but it's very risky. In addition to the concerns mentioned above about stopping, not many vehicles can safely and comfortably tow much weight when motivated by a 4-cylinder themselves. My opinion is that in fact it MIGHT be able to get up to speed, but it would be so hard ont the engine and transmission that there would be great opportunity for troubles. Keep in mind, too, that the world isn't flat. If you can get the Sami down your block, it still doesn't represent being able to go up a 5 or 6% grade you may encounter on the highway.
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