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Old 04-29-2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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I've googled this but I keep finding "if properly equipped"
My wife wants a small economical vehicle with automatic transmission and I want to be able to tow it. I really don't want a driveshaft disconnect and I don't want to add mileage while it's being toad.
What are my options?
I was thinking about a Suzuki Crossover but they don't say it can be towed with automatic.
Can Saturns be towed simply with automatic transmission?
A little receiver hitchable would definitly be a plus for a bike rack too.
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:48 PM   #2
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My preference is Honda, the CRV.

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FMCA dinghy edition.I think it was Januarys, try the website. Saturn, 1 fuse, Cheve Malibu, Chevy Cavalier, no fuse 07,08 CRV, don't have to pull the fuse. Suzuki Vitara, tows' I'm trying to talk hubby into a CRV to replace our 99 Cavilier which hurts my back, the Saturn Vue is nice and they have a lot of neat ideas incorporated in it, but darn it hurt my back today when I drove it. Good Luck
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Try this:

http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/dinghytowingguide/
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Once you find a candidate vehicle from the a source such as the Motorhome Magazine towing guide in the link in the post above, check the owner's manual. The owner's manual is the best place to confirm that the particular model with the equipment you are interested in is indeed towable 4 down. A number of people have bought vehicles they thought was towable based on a salesman's statements or based on something they read only to find out when they got the vehicle home it was not towable.
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Paz makes an excellent point.

See it in writing in the owners manual to be sure.

There can be production changes, or someone else's toad may be a little different than the one you are considering.

A written policy always overrides a verbal statement.
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http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/dinghytowingguide/
I second wthomas1's suggestion. The MotorHome Magazine Dingy Towing Guide gives an extremely comprehensive list of what vehicles are towable 4 down. This is how we first decided on a Toad.
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FMCA also issues a towing guide. If you're a FMCA member you can access the guides from 2001 to 2008.

http://www.fmca.com/fmcmag/towing/

BTW, my new 2008 Honda Odyssey has 4 down towing instructions in my manual. It is not listed in either FMCA's or Motorhomes's towing guide. I'll be towing it since the manual lists the proper Honda procedure.

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2008 Honda Odyssey manual. Manual states tow for 50 miles. I'll be towing to Florida in October, 50+50+50, etc.

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Honda has many cars that can be towed. But only approve the CRV.
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The Honda FIT is supposedly rated for flat four towing. Thought I read that in MH or FMCA magazine...
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I see folks towing all kind of stuff four down that makes me shutter....unbelievable. What I worry most about is the poor guy who is going to get it when it is traded in with "low mileage"..........
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Are you towing your Odyssey? How is it going?
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2008 Honda Odyssey manual. Manual states tow for 50 miles. I'll be towing to Florida in October, 50+50+50, etc.

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Tom N,

How did the tow with the 2008 Odyssey to Florida go? We have a 2007 Odyssey and want to tow it.
We are also going to purchase the roadmaster sterling tow bar.
Thanks for any input.
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