I believe your Dealer Lied to you, I'm sure they have a financial reason.
I went to Jeep.com and clicked on Owners tab top right of page, on drop down menu click on owners manual, click on year 2015, click on, Model Patriot, click download.
Now go to page 82, A Manual transmission can be towed Four down. An Automatic Transmission Can Not be towed four down.
Seems You have had a similar experience as I with Suburu. The dealer did not carry in stock a manual (they are not produced in the numbers as a automatic)
, But Subaru does make them.
Subaru Dealer said "We Contacted The Factory And No Subaru Models Can Be Towed FOUR DOWN".
My advice is this, "Any vehicle you wish to purchase, If on the lot, open the owners manual and read Recreational Towing. If unavailable, or just easier download from internet. (I have found the majority of Manufactures require manual transmissions).
IF WE RV'ers RELY ON THE DEALERS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO GET INCORRECT INFORMATION. I am glad I was corrected by people in the know,
Thank You IRV2!
What I did was, contact the Dealership Owner (General Manager) and question him about the information received. He apologized when he realized I was willing to purchase a FLAT TOWED vehicle anywhere from Maryland to California. My terms were clear; Buy New, Tow Four Down, Must Have A/C, No Voiding Warranty!!!
I now have a Dealership which will work with me,
My other bit of advice is look hard at "What Equipment You Will Use For Towing/Braking".
Good Luck, I have owned Jeeps for almost 40 years,
I have loved every single one.
my problem is, "I Just Want A Damn Subaru"!!!
Bilgerat: Chuck, Kassie, Freddie, Lady, Prince, Smokey, Merlin
2000 Pace Arrow Vision 36', V-10, Banks, Onan 5500, Blue Ox, 2014 Forester, SKP 130599, FT'ing 2+Yrs.