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I am considering getting a caravan. (Yes I know this will make me very unpopular to many !!)

Does anyone out there have any experience of towing with a IS200 SE ?

Is it a good tow car or should I forget it.

I see Lexus state it can pull 1200kg's but I would like as much feedback as poss before I take the plunge and get an ugly towbar fitted.

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IMHO the 1G-FE would not be very well suited to towing as it likes to be revved and has little torque low to mid revs.

Could be shot down by peeps who have actually towed with an IS200 though :tomato:

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Sorry forgot to mention it is a manual so as I understand an oil cooler is not needed.

Alright....but put it this way: "highly recommended"

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Sorry forgot to mention it is a manual so as I understand an oil cooler is not needed.

Alright....but put it this way: "highly recommended"

engine or gearbox ??

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Sorry forgot to mention it is a manual so as I understand an oil cooler is not needed.

Alright....but put it this way: "highly recommended"

engine or gearbox ??

Transmission (gearbox oil)

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I would have thought the is200 wouldnt be great for towing a caravan, need a deseil something with lots of torque

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I am considering getting a caravan. (Yes I know this will make me very unpopular to many !!)

Does anyone out there have any experience of towing with a IS200 SE ?

Is it a good tow car or should I forget it.

I see Lexus state it can pull 1200kg's but I would like as much feedback as poss before I take the plunge and get an ugly towbar fitted.

Personally i suggest before thinking about changing car you suggest changing hobby! Caravaning!

LOL :lol:

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I would have said exactly the same as you a couple of years ago, but having a young familyand seeing new caravans I have become enlightned.

I would still like to hear from anyone who has towed a caravan or even seen one being towed by a Is200

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I am considering getting a caravan. (Yes I know this will make me very unpopular to many !!)

Does anyone out there have any experience of towing with a IS200 SE ?

I have experience of towing but nothing as heavy as a caravan. The boats I've towed have been barely noticeable behind the IS200 but they are very light in comparison to a caravan.

I do have full caravan-style electrics fitted so there's no problem there.

Is it a good tow car or should I forget it.

In comparison to other cars I guess the rear-wheel drive should be a big advantage but the poor torque at low revs a disadvantage.

I see Lexus state it can pull 1200kg's but I would like as much feedback as poss before I take the plunge and get an ugly towbar fitted.

Brink do a detachable tow-bar for the IS200 so you don't have to put up with the "ugly" tow-bar permanently.

A tow-bar is also a useful fitting to have if you want to use certain types of cycle carriers :)

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