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Old 07-19-2018, 11:24 AM   #1
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Flat Tow a Mini Cooper AWD?

Can anyone confirm that a Mini Cooper Countryman and/or Clubman with All Wheel Drive and Standard Transmission can be flat towed? Any best years or years to avoid? Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:30 AM   #2
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Check with Roadmaster and BlueOx to see if they make a base plate for the Mini. If yes, they will list trans requirement. If you are an FMCA member, they will have “toads” and acceptable year/trans requirements listed. If you have not purchased Mini yet, check out 14 Honda CRV. Lots out there coming of lease with low mileage
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Motorhome Magazine publishes a dinghy towing guide each year. I suggest you check out the year and model of car your interested in as a Toad and check in here. Then check the owner's manual of the car to be sure.
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Thank you for that input. However the published lists seem to differ from what the car mfgs advise. Also Mini Cooper says that none of their cars can be towed, yet lots of RVers tow them successfully.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Can't answer that!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Thank you for that input. However the published lists seem to differ from what the car mfgs advise. Also Mini Cooper says that none of their cars can be towed, yet lots of RVers tow them successfully.
If Mercedes says none can be flat towed, then make sure you buy one out of warranty. While the Mini is cute, a few friends and relatives that have owned them find parts and service to be very expensive.

Are you sure they are towing AWD versions? Perhaps they have transmission lube pumps that can add over $1000 to prep for towing?
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We towed our MINI for the 2 or 3 years we had it with the motorhome but we did so with a tow dolly. It was a Super S, 6 speed, it barely cleared the dolly so we decided to trade it. We now flat tow a Jeep Wrangler, if you are in the PA area we have a great dolly for sale! LOL!
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Can anyone confirm that a Mini Cooper Countryman and/or Clubman with All Wheel Drive and Standard Transmission can be flat towed? Any best years or years to avoid? Thanks!
From what I know and learned from Mini, you cannot tow any mini except for the Mini Cooper with FWD and a manual transmission. If I could have done a Clubman I would have;however, after learning what I did, we opted for a Cooper S, FWD with manual transmission.
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Thank you for that input. However the published lists seem to differ from what the car mfgs advise. Also Mini Cooper says that none of their cars can be towed, yet lots of RVers tow them successfully.
We successfully tow a 2010 Mini stick shift.
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We successfully tow a 2010 Mini stick shift.


Is your 2010 AWD? That was the OP's original question.
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If Mercedes says none can be flat towed, then make sure you buy one out of warranty. While the Mini is cute, a few friends and relatives that have owned them find parts and service to be very expensive.

Are you sure they are towing AWD versions? Perhaps they have transmission lube pumps that can add over $1000 to prep for towing?
Unless something odd happened while I was in Alaska and out of range, BMW owns Mini Cooper, not Mercedes. I know, I know, all those German car companies look alike.........
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Unless something odd happened while I was in Alaska and out of range, BMW owns Mini Cooper, not Mercedes. I know, I know, all those German car companies look alike.........
You are correct, I had a brain fart when I posted the Mercedes comment. I used to mess about with Mini Coopers when they were built in Britain by Morris. They were spartan but held the road like a go-cart, which they basically were. When the new Minis came out a Denver friend went to Salt Lake to get one since none were available in Denver. Fun little car, until the engine blew. $12,000 for a new engine if he had BMW do the work.
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Thanks everyone for the input. We ended up getting a 2018 Toyota Carolla iM. Reasons ... price point compared to older Minis, very little inventory in our area on anything with a manual transmission, dinghy guide lists the Carolla iM for towing all four down, and the Carolla manual confirmed it! And of course, its bright green color played into the decision.
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