LTDANMAN44 said:Is this true? I am 200lbs and most of my friends are of the same weight. i can easy go over that limit by 50-75lbs easy. What is the risk of going over the limit? will it damage the car? make handling bad? Why do they have this so called limit?
Say's close to the same thing for the miata. No big deal is what was said by forum members that had miatas. It wouldn't harm anything.glider rider said:I was thinking about the weight thing also. We (200 lb'ers) may just have to keep the gas tank 1/2 full as apposed to 1/2 empty depending on the passenger.
Actually it's the passengers X 150 lbs, plus the maximum trunk capacity in cu. ft. X about 10-15 lbs or something like that.Bonzo said:I'm bringing this thread back around again because I got to thinking about this. Just my opinion, but I think this 350 pound thing is just legal BS. I'd like to know otherwise though, so if anyone knows for sure please chime in.
I took a look at my Murano today, and it says 860 pounds. So using 3 cars I know (and please add more if you know yours):
Solstice = 350 / 2 people = 175 per person
Miata = 340 / 2 people = 170 per person
Murano = 860 / 5 people = 172 per person
I'm thinking the car companies use an "official" average weight per person of around 170 pounds and claim this as the maximum capacity for 2 reasons. This way they can use a lower maximum weight in the car when doing governmental testing and reporting, and it covers their butts when/if legal action ever insues. But they would be stupid not to design their vehicles to be able to handle more than that rating. If it was such a big deal in a car like the Solstice, then you would think it would be made blatently obvious at the time of the sale.
I frequently used to go to lunch with 3 large guys at work in my Murano. I'm guessing at the actual weights, but one was about 200, one was about 280, one told me he weighed 460 (BIG BOY!), and I'm about 230. That's 1170 pounds, or 310 pounds over maximum! Now I will say that the engine did have to pull harder and it road a little rougher, but it still went just fine and I didn't notice any handling issues.
To make a long story short, in my opinion, going over the maximum weight rating (within reason) is not going to break your car or even hurt it, it's just going to hamper it's performance somewhat.
Like I said in the beginning, anyone else have some hard facts on this topic?
fizzer said:This whole weight limit thing is a total trip. I think it may have more to do with affecting the gas millage estimates on the window sticker more than anything else, as well as maybe performance (0-60 times).
I wonder if you had an issue with the car under warranty and it was determined that too much weight had something to do with the cause, that they would not honor the warranty?
Sounds like some crazy stuff to me.
I mean a guy weighing 200 lbs is very common and a super model can weigh 120. Allow 12 lbs for the clothes on their backs that's like 332. That basically means the 2 of you could forget about bringing your own bowling balls to the alley. But then again if I had a Supermodel, I wouldn't go bowling
Just crazy I tell ya.
In the owner's manual will be a reference to total load, or you can take the GVWR and subtract the actual car weight and that will give you what is legal.. And that is mostly what it is. My son had a honda Element, a 4 passenger utilitarian vehicle that is supposed to be able to haul people and stuff. Well, he likes to read and discovered that the total cap[acity of teh element was 590#. He is 185, one friend is 225, his cousin is 250, witgh no room for gear even he was "overlimit" and decided to trade for a Civic which actually has a higher capacity.johnsilvernb said:I have a '99 Miata. I have found no weight limit stickers on it other than the standard GVWR sticker. However, the new Miata's apparantly have a weight limit of ~340 lbs. I weigh about 280. With me and another adult in the car, depending on the weight of that other person, I think the handling becomes a bit scarier at the limit. The car seems more tail-happy, IMO, which I attribute to the seats being relatively close to the rear of the car, and adding weight shifting the weight bias towards the rear.