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Old 10-20-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Need more TOAD opinions

I have read quite a few threads on towing 4 down with Automatics. I would like to hear from any that are towing Toyotas (Automatics), either with the engine running or not, and the ways they keep the transmission healthy.

I am willing to try some creative means to tow 4 down so that I can use the vehicle I want. Of course, the vehicle would be used, and probably out of warranty.

I have a good Tow Dolly (ACME) that I plan to sell, and I want to try the towbar route. We are taking a trip soon from California to Arizona and Colorado, and would like to decide soon!

Some cars I might want to tow 4 down are:(we like a little more room than compacts)

Toyota Highlander
Chevy or GMC Traverse, Acadia (they can go four down already)
Accord
Buick
Infiniti
Lexus

Anyone using the above?
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:25 PM   #3
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Check remcotowing.com. It shows that Toyota Highlander MAY have lube pump kit available from Remco. I think it depends on which automatic transmission you have. I checked both 2011 and 2013 and both had same message.

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:37 PM   #4
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My neighbor is pulling his 08 Chevy 2500 4x4 pickup with all 4 down. He said just put the transfer case in neutral and go.
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You don't have the Chevy Malibu listed but the 2008-2012 with the 4 cylinder and either 4 or 6 speed automatic can be towed 4-down with only a fuse removed (or fuse switch installed). We've towed ours 30,000 miles so far.
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When I checked Highlander last they were not towable and no kit, but that was a year ago. The Cadillac SRX is flat towable and very easy to configure for towing.
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We tow 2013 crv AWD four down with falcon 2 tow system and brake buddy. Works ok as long as vehicle guidelines for towing are followed and the emergency brake doesn't get left on.hope you find what you like.
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Not on your list, but with LOTS of room... we tow a 2012 Ford Flex!
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The first time I towed my 2010 ford escape this past weekend, the transmission blew. I went to dealer and double checked with their mechanic. Said I could tow on all fours if kept under 60 mph, after 6 hr of towing you have to cool it down, and run it for 5 min. before towing. Did it all correctly but didn't even make it 100 miles from home. Need to know best vehicle to tow on all 4's.
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The gas only Ford Escapes are known to have a problem towing 4 down even though Ford says they can be towed 4 down. The Hybrid does NOT have that problem. We towed a Escape Hybrid around 40,000 miles and never had a problem.

They do have new recommendations for towing the gas version which requires you to take the vehicle to Ford and have them lower the level of transmission fluid. I also believe there is a service bullentin about a baffle being installed.

There are many post on the issue with the Escape.
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The first time I towed my 2010 ford escape this past weekend, the transmission blew. I went to dealer and double checked with their mechanic. Said I could tow on all fours if kept under 60 mph, after 6 hr of towing you have to cool it down, and run it for 5 min. before towing. Did it all correctly but didn't even make it 100 miles from home. Need to know best vehicle to tow on all 4's.
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The first time I towed my 2010 ford escape this past weekend, the transmission blew. I went to dealer and double checked with their mechanic. Said I could tow on all fours if kept under 60 mph, after 6 hr of towing you have to cool it down, and run it for 5 min. before towing. Did it all correctly but didn't even make it 100 miles from home. Need to know best vehicle to tow on all 4's.
Wrangler Jeeps and Honda CRV are the most popular.
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We really like our Chevy Captiva Sport, previously known as the Saturn Vue. Good leg and head room, 4 doors, automatic transmission.
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Love my 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Tows great no need for key in ignition and tow miles don't register.
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