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Old 01-05-2013, 10:13 AM   #1
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FMCA's 2013 Towables, in January's 13,magazine

I just received yesterday FMCA's january 13 magazine. Looking in the 4 down towable lists for 2013 I noticed that the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick La Crosse current 13 models are no longer in the list of towables. Is this an oversight or mistake or are they no longer towables 4 wheels down.

I also have another question. I noticed that for Ford's Fiesta, Focus and Taurus equipped with auto transmission that before towing you have to disconnect the negative cable to the battery. What happens then with the tail lights, turn signals and brake signal. Also what about powering brakes similar to Brake Buddy.

Thanks for your help as I am looking for a new toad.

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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FYI, Chevrolet puts all their owners manuals online. They are at the bottom of the main page under "Ownership." You don't actually have to own one to view the manuals.

The following is a quote from the 2013 Malibu owners manual under the section called Dinghy Towing:

"Notice: If the vehicle is owed with all four wheels on the ground, the drivetrain components could be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Do not tow the vehicle with all four wheels on the ground.

The vehicle was not designed to be towed with all four wheels on the ground. If the vehicle must be towed, a dolly should be used. See 'Dolly Towing' later in the section."

The manual goes on to show how the vehicle should be put on the dolly.

So I would say, no, FMCA did not make a mistake - the Malibu can no longer be towed 4-down.
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