A lot depends on the year and transmission type. I have a 2011 Malibu LTZ, 4 cylinder with the six speed automatic. I purchased the car in January 2011 and on the first trip being towed over 150 miles the transmission failed the next day, after arriving at our destination, while out sightseeing. I had it towed to the local Chevy dealer and they replaced the transmission under warranty.
Chevy had the service manager tell me that they were not sure towing caused the problem but when towing I needed to make sure I stayed at 65 mph or less when towing. They told me basically what the manual states and I informed them that's the process I follow. Since the repair 1-1/2 years ago I have towed it over 5,000 miles without issue.
A friend of mine likes our set-up and wanted to buy a new 2013 Malibu to tow behind their MH and apparently Chevy now states that the 2013 Malibu is not dingy tow-able. Not sure when this all changed but in the little research I did it looks like Chevy is covering their back side on warranty transmission work on cars being towed. I found information that Chevy sent out an update to the 2012 & 2013 owners manual stating that the Malibu was not dingy tow-able. The folks who bought the Malibu to use for Dingy towing are understandably upset.
Marc & Jan
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