Originally Posted by Geosman
This is worth checking into. In an earlier post "Monroe" cited pulling his BMW and with no adverse effect. I do not know if his is a 5 or 6 speed perhaps he can answer if still following this post.
The M Coupe is a 5-speed. It has 150,000 miles on it, plus the ~60,000 towing. We go through a lot of tires.
There's a solid rock guard (Ultraguard) on the back of the coach and I'm honestly not sure if it helps or hurts the toad. It was on there when we bought the coach, so we just left it. Claims on whether rock guards help or harm are all over the map.
The nose of the car, especially way down low, has tons of rock chips, and some extend farther up the hood. But this car also sticks out on the side, over the rear wheel wells, and there are lots of chips on that, which I don't think are caused by normal driving.
That said, you have to get close to see them, which I do when I wax it. But most people don't notice them.
If the car wasn't already beat up by rocks, I'd get one of those vinyl shield things that goes over the V shape of the tow bar, figuring it can't hurt. But it's so low to the ground that I think there's going to be consequences no matter what.
The only towing parts that are permanent are the two receivers at the front, and they're not really noticeable, but if you do notice them, they look like rocket launchers so I kind of like them. Adds a sinister flair. But the car gets a LOT of looks when the tow bar is attached.