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Old 05-19-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Honda Pilot TOADS

Anybody towing a Honda Pilot 4WD (vs 2WD). I have a 2012 4WD Pilot and I need to make a decision soon if I want to tow this vehicle. I know people have been successful towing 2WD Pilots but I'm not sure about 4WD. And I do know the Pilot is not officially approved to be towed by Honda.



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Old 05-19-2013, 07:02 PM   #2
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This is an excerpt from the 2012 Pilot owners manual which I found online:

Emergency Towing--4WD models
The only way you can safely tow your vehicle is with flat-bed equipment. The operator will load your vehicle on the back of a truck. Any other method of towing will damage the drive system. When you contact the towing agency, inform them a flat-bed is required.

If this is what your owners manual says then I don't see how you can have any doubt about what you can do. Many 4WD vehicles have restrictions about how they can be towed. We sold two AWD that couldn't be towed at all.

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Old 05-19-2013, 07:42 PM   #3
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I believe you have to have a transfer case in most instances to tow a 4wd vehicle. I p/t for a honda and a BMW dealer. Talked to the service guy about the pilot and he said 'no' on both models. Cannot see why the 2wd would not tow, but this is a honda policy according to him.
Now they maybe some being towed, but not with honda's blessings. CRV and Fit only
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