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Old 04-04-2015, 02:02 PM   #1
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Any BMW or Mercedes Benz toads for flat towing

Sorry if I missed it but using search I found nothing on BMW or Mercedes suvs or cars that can be flat towed. hoping a Class A motorhome is in our future and wanting to replace our Volvo suv that can't be towed without too much mechanical changes. Looked at some other vehicles but wife likes the volvo and trying to come up with something she likes that can be flat towed. Seems like Acura, Lexus and Infinity are out. Just wondering if anyone has some info.. thanks again for all the shared knowledge on this site...
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:23 PM   #2
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Download the 2014 list of flat towables here:

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Unfortunately, no BMW or MBs are listed. You may wish to call your local dealer - they should be able to answer your question and provide options. Others may chime in with how they managed to convert a BMW or MB to allow flat towing.
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:34 PM   #3
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Old 04-04-2015, 02:48 PM   #4
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Our owners manual on both our Infiniti and Mercedes suvs state no flat towing at all. Subaru cross trek with manual transmission is going to be our choice.

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Really would like to find something that doesn't require trans pumps or drive disconnects. Just got back from Mini dealer. They said you could tow a manual trans but the official stance is minis can only be towed on a trailer. Hence according to them any coincidental damage that might occur would not be covered by their warranty. I know people tow them but that was the official word from dealer.
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Smart for 2, by MB, is towable per the owners manual. the battery must be disconnected, not an easy task. I am in the process of installing a disconnect device inside the car. The battery is under the floor on the passengers side.
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Not possible, at least not with an automatic transmission. I sold my beloved BMW with tears in my eyes when I started towing. Wife will not drive a stick shift so I am pretty much limited to US makes: Ford & GM as all the European or Asian cars are not towable with auto trans.
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Not possible, at least not with an automatic transmission. I sold my beloved BMW with tears in my eyes when I started towing. Wife will not drive a stick shift so I am pretty much limited to US makes: Ford & GM as all the European or Asian cars are not towable with auto trans.
Not sure how they do it but I have seen several BMW's in the past few years including a 3 series this winter
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Must be stick shift. I have read that they can be towed although BMW does not approve it.
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My ''Smarty'' by MB has a 5 speed sequential transmission, shifted by an electric servo. the clutch is also operated by an electric servo. it has only 2 pedals, brake and gas. the gears change automatically unless the shifter is put in manual mode.
My smarty has 2k miles and operates just fine so far.
I am setting it up for towing.
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My MB GL450 has all wheel drive and is not towable 4 down.
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