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Old 06-07-2009, 09:08 AM   #1
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Subaru as a TOAD

Hi am considering purchasing a Subaru Outback or Forester with MT as a TOAD, would appreciate any feedback on this choice. My primary criteria is something I can tow four down, no additional modifications (tranny lube pump or drive shaft disconnect) and I'd like to avoid GM or Chrysler products.

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We have a 2007 Forester and it works great. I fitted the Blue Ox baseplate myself which wasn't too big a job. I also use the EvenBrake unit so I didn't have to modify the brake system.
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I tow a 00 Outback with a 5sp trany. It tows fine, no complaints. We have run the battery down a few times usualy towing at nite. The car tracks nice and rides good behind the RV. No special needs to tow flat 4.

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Old 08-24-2009, 05:59 AM   #4
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Just a question- Skier : Why did the battery run down? My toad lights are powered by the m/h voltage; the same as a boat trailer would be from the tow vehicle. Not a problem - just wondering.
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Old 08-24-2009, 04:38 PM   #5
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We have a 2007 Forester and it works great. I fitted the Blue Ox baseplate myself which wasn't too big a job. I also use the EvenBrake unit so I didn't have to modify the brake system.

Hey John, Do you have a auto tranny or manual??

IE: Is a manual tranny necessary

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You can't tow the automatic you have to have a manual.
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Does your Forester add miles to the odometer when being towed? I have
a new Subaru I have been setting up as a Toad and hate the idea of using up my warranty towing it.

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No. Like all modern cars the odometer is electronic and only registers when the engine is running.
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I'd love to get a Forester but don't want to drive a manual transmission. You can't pull any of the Subaru's four down with auto transmissions.
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Here is the definitive answer.

https://www.subaru.com/my-subaru/faq.html
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Well I purchased an Outback with manual transmission, tows great and no worries about periodically starting it up to run fluid through the transmission. Besides it's a fun car to drive.
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