Pixie Susan wrote:I just recently started towing with a 1st gen xB. Have you installed a transmission cooler? Toying with the idea before I make a 2k mi trip in July.
Oops I'm a little late..
Manual transmission. No cooler needed. Gives an extra gear, less parasitic loss and it's final drive is much lower than the auto for some reason... engine rpms are about 500rpm higher in top gear at highway speeds with the manual vs auto (even after TC lock).
IMO I would only tow very light loads with that 1.5l automatic. The drivetrain is already a little small for the size/shape of the vehicle. Definitely install a cooler.