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Old 11-18-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
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Subaru Forester towing

Anybody towing a manual Subaru Forester? I have a good possibility for a 2001 5 speed manual shift AWD (all wheel drive) vehicle. The owner has a manual that says AWD vehicles must be limited to 20mph and 31 miles maximum distance. Other forums and Remco and manufacturers list the unit as towable, 4 on the ground, key in accessory position. Would like to get a confirmation from someone who is or has had success with the manual Subaru's.
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After a lot of digging and time I have an answer. Subaru changed their policy several years back and the manual transmission Forester is a go for 4 on the ground towing. I finally found a Forester forum and it answered the questions I had. Guess I will now have an 01 to tow, as soon as I rob a bank or win the lottery. Good luck and safe travels to all!
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
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Good luck to you, I just set up my subaru to tow. Got a ReadyBrute tow bar/brake and a blue ox base plate. Installed them myself, pretty staight forward.
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From an engieer's perspective, I would expect that a driveshaft disconnect to the rear wheels and the front wheels on a dolly would work, even on an auto-trans Subaru.
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Any Subaru with a standard tranny can be towed. I tow my Baja ove 20000 miles with no issues. Get the stuff you need from Roadmaster and have a good tow
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I am currently looking at a new forester for a toad because it can be towed flat and can tow up to 2500 lbs itself. Manual transmission only but needs no pump or disconnect. Right now, it is a choice between the Forester and the Equinox (see thread above), both sound like they work for me. May be a decision about the best deal.
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Thanks for all the replies. FWIW; I stumbled onto a website dedicated to the Forester at Subaru Forester Owners Forum. Lots of info there, everything from old to new. Good luck and safe travels!
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