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    Passenger weight capacity questions

    I have a 2011 4 door that I bought new in Jan of 2011. Today I drove 3 co-workers to lunch. I'm 175 lbs. The front seat passenger weighs about 200 lbs, I'm guessing. 6'2", slight beer gut. One of guys in the back seat is 275 lbs, and the other guy is 325 lbs.

    We drove about a mile away. On the way there I could feel the rear suspension hitting the bumpstops. The only thing I have in my trunk is about 15 lbs of tools. Once we got to our destination, no more than a mile away, three warning lights came on: the traction control off light, the hill assist off warning light, and a 3rd light to the left of the hill assist warning light. I can't remember what the 3rd light was.

    I let the guys out as soon as I could. I then drove around the store (Cracker Barrel, I hate that place, not sure why I went) and parked. I took the key out and reinserted it and the dash was fine, no warning lights at all.

    I did a half-ass search on here for passenger weight and load capacity, but I didn't find anything. I did find this via google:

    Load Capacity, Personal Experience Only Please. - Subaru Impreza WRX STI Forums: IWSTI.com

    They're talking about hauling 700 lbs worth of equipment, and one guy said he hauled that weight in mulch. I had 600 lbs of sweaty man ass in my back seat and I was bottoming out. That part didn't concern me too much, but the fact that all of those warning lights came on did concern me.

    Ok so, I just checked the manual, (which I should have done before I wrote all of that) and the car has a 900 lb load capacity for passengers and cargo. I calculate that the 4 of us and my tool bag made for a total of about 1000 lbs. So, 100 lbs over the rated weight capacity will potentially cause the car to bottom out and will cause enough strain to bring up a bunch of warning lights on the dash.

    I say potentially because on the way back we put the 325 lb guy in the front passenger seat and the ride back to the office wasn't too bad. I wasn't bottoming out and no lights popped up. The car felt fine on the way home too.

    I guess this is my ultimate point: The manual says the combined passenger and cargo capacity is 900 lbs. It really is 900 lbs. That, and I have some fat ass co-workers.
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    It is true. Mine is only 800 I believe.

    I'm trying to figure out how they fit in there.
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    Been there done that. The bottom of my exhaust is flat due to backing on to a curb. Normally wouldn't

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    This thread made me chuckle...that's actually good to know
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    Mine is only 800 I believe.
    Just checked the sticker on my bugeye, it said 830lbs. That's good to know, not that I ever haul anything other than my 200lb self in the car...
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    Snopes says this is an actual 1.5 ton load.





    http://www.snopes.com/photos/automobiles/lumber.asp

    The one many people don't realize is how easy it is to overload a half or even 3/4 ton pickup.
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    And this is one of the reasons why I'd like to upgrade my springs/struts (aside of better performance) I cannot haul the amount of weight in the car I'd like to. Not that its a truck or anything..or that I know that many large people.. but if I wanted to move say.. a shop press that I had purchased or some heavier but smaller Items from Home depot.. the car is all kinds of soggy and unstable. Welcome do 3G suspension lol

    I figure uprated springs even though a little lower will help greatly as will better dampers. Unfortunately it'll be a while before I can pony up the cash for a suspension upgrade.
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    Re: Passenger weight capacity questions

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