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Old 01-27-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Question how to tow a ford fiesta

We have a 2005 National Tropical rv and want to tow our ford fiesta. Since it is front wheel drive I assume we need a hauler but do not know what type or what is essential for the trip. Any help is welcome. Thanks
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #2
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We tow a Toyota Camry with a 80" Master Tow tow dolly with electric brakes. It works like a champ and cost about $1500 to buy it new. This included the Brake controller and installation. We went with this so that we could change cars easily and inexpensively. I hope this helps.
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Welcome..

Do you know what year the Fiesta is? I looked up a 2011 and found that a automatic and manual transmission is towable four down (maximum speed is 70 MPH).

Look at the link below and scroll to page 15.. Also check with your Ford dealer and your particular year and model.

2011 Towing Guide Link here

2012 Towing Guide Link Here


Best of luck and ask more questions as you have them.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:04 PM   #4
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One more time - READ THE OWNER'S MANUAL. It will specifically state how your vehicle may be towed.
What the salesman said, the service manager, some guy you met somewhere, etc is just rumors. In fact, salesmen probably know less about cars than almost anyone you can think of, including your mother-in-law. Service Managers aren't much better.The Owner's Manual will clearly state the manufacturer's position on the subject. This is important, particularly in warranty matters.
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One more time - READ THE OWNER'S MANUAL. It will specifically state how your vehicle may be towed.
What the salesman said, the service manager, some guy you met somewhere, etc is just rumors. In fact, salesmen probably know less about cars than almost anyone you can think of, including your mother-in-law. Service Managers aren't much better.The Owner's Manual will clearly state the manufacturer's position on the subject. This is important, particularly in warranty matters.
And the owners manual is NOT always right!!

So call the manufacturer and get the latest info.
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Good point, the manufacturer's position changes from time to time. Good example was the new Ford Escapes with the six speed transmission. Owner's manual said OK, but later they discovered the fluid level needed to be lowered or the transmission would trash itself. But, since the manual said OK, they warranted the failures. Same thing with the Chevy Cruze. Manual said OK, then they changed their mind. People who complained got their money back.

On the other hand, some manufacturers take the conservative route and don't recommend towing as a matter of habit. Mazda doesn't approve flat towing on anything they make, even though they share some transmissions with Ford vehicles that are approved for towing by Ford.

Calling the manufacturer to be sure is always a good idea. Then check Remco, etc.
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