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Old 10-19-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Mini Cooper

Can a mini cooper be towed flat without any modifications, if not which cars can be flat towed without modifications?
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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A Mini with a manual transmission can be flat towed, but not the automatic. Check your manual for info, but if it's still under warranty, it will void it, I believe. If you do a Google search for "list of cars that can be flat towed" you will find lots of resources. Still, even if internet says so, I wouldn't buy anything without checking the manual. Don't take the word of a salesman, they're trying to sell a car.
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We tow our Mini Cooper S Convertible 4 down. It is a manual transmission. Like Bob said, you can not tow an automatic and Mini does not warranty towing 4 down (It's a BMW corporate choice).

If your Mini is manual transmission, give us the year etc. and we'll try to let you know what you need to tow.
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Some 'mini coopers' would almost fit in a basement storage compartment. Why TOAD when it could be in protected storage?
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We tow a 2007 Mini Cooper S manual transmission 4 down. We use a Blue Ox Base Plate, a Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar with a Blue Ox Patriot Braking system.

The Mini Cooper John Cooper Works models are not towable because there is no base plate available for those models.
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What do some of you tow 4 down? We are trying to decide what is the best to buy.
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What do some of you tow 4 down? We are trying to decide what is the best to buy.
Multiple threads here discussing toad selection, a search will find them.
You will find 4x4 Jeeps are a popular toad.
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I tow either a 2006 Mini or a 2011 Honda CRV. Both are good tow vehicles. Both are towed four down with no apparent problems.
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We tow a Jeep Liberty 4 down without difficulty. Just have to be very careful when preparing it for tow. You have very specific sequence to follow but not difficult to do.
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I have been towing a 2003 Mini manual four down for a couple of years now and it has worked perfectly.... Actually towed it abt 4K miles on our vacation this past Summer....

I use Roadmaster tow plates with a Roadmaster Falcon tow bar .... I had diodes placed in rear tail lights and get all my tow lights (brake, turn and running) from those (that way I didn't mess with Mini elec system). I simply hook up Mini, start her up then turn her off leaving key in ignition. (That unlocks steering wheel.). Then off we go... No auxiliary brake needed due to weight of
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To the OP, I would advise auxilliary braking if you toad with your 32 ft Mirada MH.
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It's a 40' diesel pusher....
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I'd still have auxiliary brakes on anything I tow. How about break-away emergency brakes? Your Mini is at least 2,500 pounds. In a flat parking lot push it until it's rolling along, then run around to the front and try stopping it. You might not be breaking the law in some states, but the law of physics is pretty much in effect in all states.
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