Originally Posted by cllecr
Is anything in the dinghy guide believable???!!!
Based on your experience, a guy has to wonder huh.
It's unfortunate that the "authorities" on weather or not a vehicle is flat towable will never tell you why. They just have a rubber stamp and they don't know what it means or why. IMO, there is simply no added value in a manufacturer to say that their vehicle is flat towable and thereby taking on some level of liability for that action.
It's really too bad that we have to rely on sales people for information about new cars. In my experience they either flat out don't know or are just full of BS. IMO I never put any degree of faith in what any sales person has to say about anything. Their purpose is to sell stuff, that's it.
I digress...it is unfortunate that so many manufacturers either don't produce flat towable vehicles or if they do, they don't even know they do it seems because they won't tell you it's ok to do so. As with so many other things, a person has to become the expert on the subject and make his own choice. VW tells me not to tow my 5 speed Jetta (1996) with four down. I tow it all over the countryside with no issues what-so-ever! IMO, they just want to wash their hands of the issue, possible because of what some people will read into as being THEIR responsibility when they leave the car in gear and blow up the engine or leave the steering locked and blow off the tires...I can't so much blame them really. The number of cars they would sell BECAUSE they are certified flat towable compared to their liability isn't worth the risk. If this is the case, I guess, in a way, we, as the consuming public, have done it to ourselves.