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Old 09-18-2016, 08:17 PM   #1
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Sports-car-ish Toad; A/T & 4down?

Looking for any recommendation for a toad option that is sports-car-ish (think Mazda Miata, Nissan 350Z, etc). Must have auto tranny for DW and towed 4 down. Minor modifications required to tranny OK.

Thank you for your recommendations.

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For a sports car I would use a trailer for the car. Sports car tires aren't cheap and I would think it will be difficult finding one that can be towed. Not just with the trans issues but also with mounting tow bar etc.

With a Miata the trailer can be quite small
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Sports-car-ish Toad; A/T & 4down

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For a sports car I would use a trailer for the car. Sports car tires aren't cheap and I would think it will be difficult finding one that can be towed. Not just with the trans issues but also with mounting tow bar etc.

With a Miata the trailer can be quite small
Thank you the recommendation. I was able to find a publication that shows all the vehicles and their 4 down capabilities and few, if any, are towable w/o a trailer. Was hoping not to go the trailer route due to limited space at the house.

Thank you again.
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:23 PM   #4
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Looking for any recommendation for a toad option that is sports-car-ish (think Mazda Miata, Nissan 350Z, etc). Must have auto tranny for DW and towed 4 down. Minor modifications required to tranny OK.

Thank you for your recommendations.

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1) 2008 - 2011 Honda Fit. They can be pretty darn fast, handle very well, are lightweight to tow, and are a blast to drive. As a side benefit, you can haul quite a bit in them, considering how light weight and compact they are. My youngest daughter has a 2009 with auto and Nav. It is really a nice car and is holding up well after 7 years of a 'learning driver' and high school / college dorm parking lots. I know automatics up through 2011 could be 'towed' legitimately according to the Owners Manual. I don't think the later models have it in the Owners Manual as being OK, but they are probably no different until maybe this year.

2) Ford Fiesta. Same comments as above, except that even new ones can be 'towed'.

So...look in older FMCA Guide to Towables. Also try out any idea on Remco website. They have a look-up chart if a vehicle can be 'towed' 4-down and/or they tell you what mods need to be made.
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Your problem is going to be the auto trans. Neither of the two you listed is towable four down unless it has a stick. The alternative would be a driveshaft disconnect.
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Here's "THE" best sports car set up for a coach I've seen recently, and since you didn't mention any sort of budget.....

King Aire with matching stacker, and a Lambo (under the car cover behind the trailer).

The Lambo paddle shifters can be a bit notchy compared to Porsche PDK or even a Ferarri 458 (but much smoother than a 430 Scud.) , but she'll get used to it, and it's not a manual.
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Your problem is going to be the auto trans. Neither of the two you listed is towable four down unless it has a stick. The alternative would be a driveshaft disconnect.
Au contraire, mon ami. Both Honda Fit (up thru 2011) and Ford Fiesta can be towed with automatic tranny...
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There are some sport-ish cars that you can flat tow, but I don't know of any with an auto trans.

Good luck with your search.

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I think my jeep Wrangler is pretty sporty. (-:
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I had in mind the Wiki Definition of "Sports Car" =

A sports car (sportscar) is a small, usually two seater, two door automobile designed for spirited performance and nimble handling.

Sports cars may be spartan or luxurious, but high maneuverability and minimum weight are requisite.

They may be equipped for racing, "especially an aerodynamically shaped one-passenger or two-passenger vehicle having a low center of gravity and steering and suspension designed for precise control at high speeds."

HERE is MY Classic Sports Car..... My supercharged Miata (above) is a close second.

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