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Old 09-12-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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I have a 2008 Scion xD which I tow with no problems and has been a great car. We want to give it to one of our kids and were going to buy a 2014 but it doesn't appear that the new Scion are towable. Anyone know why?

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Old 09-12-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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Scion decided to not endorse recreational vehicle towing of their automobiles beginning with the 2013 model year. Lawyers prevailed? I don't know. It may very well be the case that they are still towable. Same thing happened with some Honda models after 2012. In that case, Honda and Demco were on record as not endorsing towing of those models, yet baseplates were still sold for them, and tacit approval was implied.
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RJEV, do you use a supplemental brake for the Scion XD?
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I have a 2008 Scion xD which I tow with no problems and has been a great car. We want to give it to one of our kids and were going to buy a 2014 but it doesn't appear that the new Scion are towable. Anyone know why?

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The January 2014 Family Motor Coaching magazine, the FMCA publication, lists 2014 Scion FR-S, tC, xB and xD models with manual transmissions as towable.
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We use an Even Brake. No problems. Also, guess Scion are now towable?
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I spoke to the RV shop and they have set up manual transmission XD's with base plates and tow bars. Although the Scion dealer won't comment on flat towing they admitted there are plenty of them being towed.

I'm hoping to pick up the Scion which will act as double duty for a toed and my sons first car!

The reason I asked about the brake system is Camping World said we may not need one as we have a large diesel pusher. We use a car dolly now which has a hydraulic system.
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Our Scion Xd has been the best car I have ever owned. Zero problems. My Scion owners manual says towing 4 down OK. have you looked at 2014 manual.
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There are few to to no manual XD's in my area. I have found a new 2013 at my local Scion dealer which they want to get off the lot and will make some consideration to price and options. My understanding is Scion has a "no haggle" business model.
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True Scion has a fixed price but when we bought there was a 500.00 rebate in effect. If you buy please let me know what the owners manual says re flat towing. Also, I would rather have standard shift. I feel with the Scion HP at 128? It just needs stick.
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Is the XD towed in neutral with the key on, off or ACC? We are purchasing it and hope to pick up early this week.
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In neutral on ACC. I did add a toad charger. Good luck.
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Is the XD towed in neutral with the key on, off or ACC? We are purchasing it and hope to pick up early this week.
Try this:

1 Insert key turn to "ON" position.
2 Turn key to "OFF" position, DONOT remove key
3 Test steering lock, should remain disengaged untill key is removed from ignition.


I have used this procedure with my 2011 x/B for over 10,000 miles of towing.
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When you are towing do you have an aux braking system plugged in? We do and not sure if in the off position we could plug in and get power.
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When you are towing do you have an aux braking system plugged in? We do and not sure if in the off position we could plug in and get power.
I have a secondary power port installed in the console that is directly wired to the battery with an inline 15 amp fuse.
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