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Old 10-23-2009, 05:20 PM   #15
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Subaru's with manual transmissions are flat towable without modification or limitations. We tow an Outback with no problems, to tow put transmission in neutral, emergency brake off and the key to position 1--it unlocks the steering wheel. All in all pretty simple, full time 4WD and it gets 27 mpg around town.
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:08 AM   #16
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2010 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain owners manuals list details on how to flat tow these small SUVs. Demco lists base plates for both and has detailed installation instructions on the Demco web site. I have a GMC Terrain on order.
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One responder says All Escapes are towable, another says Only the All Wheel Drive. The current 2010 Ford tow booklet seem slightly confusing and most dealars have no clue so I remain confused.

So, any one know for sure whether or not a non-hybrid 2WD and or the AWD is really towable four wheels down this model year? It is time to replace the Tracker.
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:30 AM   #18
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One responder says All Escapes are towable, another says Only the All Wheel Drive. The current 2010 Ford tow booklet seem slightly confusing and most dealars have no clue so I remain confused.

So, any one know for sure whether or not a non-hybrid 2WD and or the AWD is really towable four wheels down this model year? It is time to replace the Tracker.
Here is your answer on the Ford web site.
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:56 PM   #19
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Post Ford Flat towing Escape

Very nice, Ford has it spelled out the way it should have done a long time ago. If you are looking at an older version of the Ford Escape, look at the owners manual that comes with it. I tried before I bought my 2008 Escape, to get info from all the Ford dealers and got so many answers or passed from one department to another, to no avail. Sales answer is yes to anything you ask and service managers really don't know much about the flat towing issue. The mechanics may know but you can never get time with them. I was finally told by Ford in an e-mail if the owners manual says you can, you can. If their are conditions they will spell it out. In 2008 the all wheel drive non hybrid could not be flat towed, but the hybrid could. It has a completely different transmission. We have had no trouble flat towing our 2008 Escape Hybrid, and have towed about 8,000 miles. I have only added a Toad-charge to the car. By the way a hybrid has an active brake system, so the brake system is not dead when you are towing so it may discharge your battery on longer trips and normal braking systems will not work. The explanation of a dead brake system is when you have power on, the power brakes work by just tapping them normally, but when you shut the power off you must force the brake down to apply them. On an active brake system they have power all the time. I do not have a new brake system for this car yet and I am trying to find the best one for a hybrid. I am going to create a new post to find out other owners experiences on the active brake system that they have.
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Click here for Ford towing guides from 2002 to 2010. The Ford towing guides are excellent.

4 wheel down towing and trailer towing info is available on this site.
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My 2005 Saturn Vue owner's manual states that any AWD or FWD with VTi transaxle should not be towed 4 down - use a dolly
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Here is the Ford 2012 4 down tow guide: https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...wdtow_Sep6.pdf
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Honda CRV All Wheel Drive is flat towable with no mods.
All CR-V's are towable including the two wheel drive only model.
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