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Old 05-24-2015, 08:48 PM   #15
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Are there any convertible automatics that are towable 4 down?? Have a black lab that will going along with us in the toad.
my smart has a sequential 5 speed tranny with an automatic clutch. there is no clutch pedal. it can shift itself or the gears can be manually selected.
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my smart has a sequential 5 speed tranny with an automatic clutch. there is no clutch pedal. it can shift itself or the gears can be manually selected.
I just bought a 2009 Cabriolet Passion Limited Edition, very nice and very well finished with leather steering and gear knob, leather and fabric material seats and even half the dash board is covered with leather so are the inner part of the doors.
I've ordered a "battery kill switch" to tow it and what else is there to do to tow that "Smart car" ?
I call my Smart my "little frog" since it is a light green melon colour with that large silver base stripe going to the roll bar.
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normandlegra,
Napa has a good battery disconnect device. you unscrew a knob to disconnect the battery.
you must follow the checklists on pages 49 and 204 of the owners manual. this checklist will tell you when to disconnect the battery.
you will notice that you must leave a key in the ignition switch with it in the off position. it is not possible to remove the key or lock the doors with the battery disconnected.
we use uhaul tow lights mounted under the top rear hatch.
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which do you disconnect the negative or the positive side of the battery ?
I hate to bother a dealer for that simple question.
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The Chrysler convertibles had been listed as towable, 4 down (with automatic) but they do take some modification (will need to add a transmission "lube pump")
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The Chrysler convertibles had been listed as towable, 4 down (with automatic) but they do take some modification (will need to add a transmission "lube pump")
Do you need one ? I got one for sale $500. ! It fits on a PT Cruiser 2005-2012 and probably other Chrysler products.
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which do you disconnect the negative or the positive side of the battery ?
I hate to bother a dealer for that simple question.
negative side.
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which do you disconnect the negative or the positive side of the battery ?
I hate to bother a dealer for that simple question.
Always disconnect the negative battery cable first, when working on batteries. If your installing a disconnect switch , install it in the negative cable.


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We toad a Mini Cooper convertible. It great to enjoy a sunny day when exploring an area where we are camping.

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The Chrysler convertibles had been listed as towable, 4 down (with automatic) but they do take some modification (will need to add a transmission "lube pump")
I find the term "towable" in that case a bit broad, if it requires a +$600 pump! Many more cars could be qualified as "towable" if you crawl under and disconnect the drive shaft, or add a disconnect coupler. I thought "towable" meant without any modification, except of course adding a base plate.
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Buy what you want and load it on a car hauler trailer. That's what I do with my DW Mustang GT convertible.
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I find the term "towable" in that case a bit broad, if it requires a +$600 pump! Many more cars could be qualified as "towable" if you crawl under and disconnect the drive shaft, or add a disconnect coupler. I thought "towable" meant without any modification, except of course adding a base plate.
While I understand your thoughts, fact is every toad needs some modification to be flat towable, I include that base plate as one of them, of course some kind of connection to the tail lights and a supplemental brake. I expand my definition to include a one time installation of something like a lube pump, or even a drive shaft disconnect that facilitates fast and easy hook up there after. These products are available in the aftermarket and widely used.

I doubt any would include having to crawl under the vehicle to manually disconnect and later again to reconnect the driveshaft as either practical or desirable, although I have seen it out on the road.
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Thanks Skip426, that and some tail lights arrangement are the modifications required to tow our Smart for two cars except having to install a baseplate, I don't think that people would use "tie wraps" to tow it.
I don't even think that we need some additional braking system fro a car that weights 1800 lbs !
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