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Hi everybody - I own a 2005 Santa Fe 2.7L w/just about 100,000 miles. It's been a great vehicle, but I'm considering getting a new 2010 Santa Fe w/the 3.5L engine and a towing package. As many of you know, the mountains in Colorado are BIG and I'm wondering how the 3.5L would do hauling an ATV or two on a trailer. Hope this is the right section to post this question. Thx! :liebe011:
 

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welcome :thumbsup: .........l am moving your post over to the santa fe forum for a better response
 

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Should be fine..

According to the 2010 owners manual:

Towing capacity:
Without trailer brakes:
1653 lbs (750 kg)

With trailer brakes:
- Without trailer package
2000 lbs (907 kg)

- With trailer package
• 2.4 Engine : 2800 lbs (1270 kg)
• 3.5 Engine : 3500 lbs (1588 kg)
Towing capacity is the maximum trailer
weight including its cargo weight, your
vehicle can tow.

Note the last line, _includes trailer weight_, a lot of people forget to include the weight of the trailer itself.
 

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I am not sure if the Australian spec is different, but the auto SF here is rated to tow 2000 kgs (approx 2 tons) with braked trailer.

My need is to tow building materials and I have occasionally (cough, cough) had 2000 kgs payload plus trailer. My 2.7 SF is fine although it will be in low gear up steep and prolonged hills.

I am sure that the 3.5 SF would be at least as good.

Previously I had a Isuzu Trooper 3.5 (Holden Jackaroo) that was a better tow vehicle than my current 2.7 SF.
 

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I should add two qualifications to my previous post.

Be aware that there are transmission problems with the 2010 model.

Choose an AWD for towing. A FWD can be useless in slippery conditions. A heavy trailer load on the hitch will reduce load on the front wheels and you will get wheel spin.
 
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