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Old 05-09-2005, 05:47 AM   #1
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I am looking for a used car and I need to know if it can be towed. I am looking at a Toyota Echo, but it is an automatic. I am sure I could tow a manual, but what about an auto?
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I am looking for a used car and I need to know if it can be towed. I am looking at a Toyota Echo, but it is an automatic. I am sure I could tow a manual, but what about an auto?
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Old 05-09-2005, 06:24 AM   #3
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We tow a 97 Saturn wagon, front wheel drive automatic. We just have to leave it in neutral to drive. But we found out after we bought our 2003 Saturn Ion that it CAN'T be towed because it has a planetary something or other. The 2005 is supposed to be towable. Best bet is to check with the manufacturer.
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No Toyota automatic transmission is towable.

There are a couple of excellent sources for towing information. One is the Remco web site or 800 number. 1 800 228 2481 or
http://www.remcotowing.com/

Remco makes products that convert behicles for towing and they will tell you exactly what is needed, including "nothing" if that is the right answer.

The Motorhome Magazine web site also publishes a list of towable vehicles. Take a look at www.motorhomemagazine.com
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One way I have used is to take/call in the VIN of the car to a dealer, they can look up the info on that car in no time and tell you whether it can be towed, assuming no changes have been made to the car since manufacture. Our local GM dealer did it over the phone in a matter of minutes for us, and we did not buy it from them. I also emailed Gm directly and they got back to me in less than a week. Plus there are magazines for RVers that publish this info I think usually in January of each year, or there abouts.
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When we are looking at a vehicle we call Remco whose URL and number is listed above as they will tell you if it can be towed with or without modifications and sell you the base plate and other equiptment necessary to tow the vehicle.

One caution is that if you buy a drive shaft and disconnect be sure and specify that they balance it before shipping it to you.
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Mike, be careful, not all standard shifts are towable.

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