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Old 12-20-2007, 06:40 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a 08' VUE, and have you towed it? My manual has little to no information on how to set the car to be towed.
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:40 PM   #2
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Does anyone have a 08' VUE, and have you towed it? My manual has little to no information on how to set the car to be towed.
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Old 12-21-2007, 06:48 AM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RLS:
Does anyone have a 08' VUE, and have you towed it? My manual has little to no information on how to set the car to be towed. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hmm. We're about to (possibly) buy an '08 Vue. What model do you have? XE? XR? Green/Red Line?

I'm pretty sure the Vue was in the 2008 Motorhome Dinghy guide, but I don't have it handy right now.

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Old 12-21-2007, 07:38 AM   #4
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It depends on which model you have. Specifically which transmission. We currently tow a '06 VUE and were looking at the '08. One Tranny requires several "pretow" steps which when done allows you 7 hours before you have to preform the steps again. The other model has no such requirements. The Model we are considering is the XR AWD.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:49 AM   #5
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<span class="ev_code_PURPLE">We just bought an '08 Vue XE because it is flat towable and was featured in the Motorhome dingy guide. As far as I know, there isn't anything unusual about towing it. Since we are in Mi and have about 8 inches of snow on the ground, we aren't too worried about hitching it up right now, lol We will get it all figured out by March when we are heading to FL for spring break </span>
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:13 AM   #6
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We have an 05 Vue 4 cyl and tow it with all the usual steps. Tranny in neutral, igition in accy. position. and pull one fuse to keep battery from going dead. No limits on speed or distance. Use a blue ox tow bar and Brake Buddy to stop it. Great car. It's our 4th Saturn and the best one yet.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:29 AM   #7
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I sent email to Saturn and asked about this. Here's the response I got.

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Thank you for contacting Saturn and for your interest in the 2008 VUE XR! We appreciate the time you have taken to write us.

Our resources show that the 2008 VUE XR can be towed with all for wheels on the ground. The 2008 VUE owner's manual on pages 4-40 to 4-41 states the following:

Front-wheel-drive vehicles may be dinghy towed from the front. These vehicles may also be towed by putting the front wheels on a dolly. See Dolly Towing.

All-wheel-drive vehicles with a six-speed automatic transmission can be dinghy towed from the front. You can also tow these vehicles by placing them on a platform trailer with all four wheels off the ground. These vehicles cannot be towed using a dolly. For vehicles being dinghy towed, the vehicle should be run at the beginning of each day and at each RV fuel stop for about five minutes. This will ensure proper lubrication of transmission components.

To tow your vehicle from the front with all four wheels on the ground:

1. Position and attach the vehicle to tow it behind the recreational vehicle.

2. Turn the ignition key to ACC/ACCESSORY.

3. Turn fog lamps and all accessories off.

Notice: If you tow your vehicle without performing each of the steps listed under Dinghy Towing, you could damage the automatic transmission. Be sure to follow all steps of the dinghy towing procedure prior to and after towing your vehicle.

Notice: If your vehicle has a four-speed automatic transmission, it can be dinghy towed from the front for unlimited miles at 65 mph (105 km/h). If you exceed 65 mph (105 km/h) while towing your vehicle, it could be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Never exceed 65 mph (105 km/h) while towing your vehicle.

Once you have reached your destination:

1. Set the parking brake.

2. Shift the transmission to PARK (P).

3. Turn the ignition key to LOCK/OFF and remove the key from the ignition.

Notice: Too much or too little fluid can damage the transmission. Be sure that the transmission fluid is at the proper level before towing with all four wheels on the ground.

Notice: Dont tow a vehicle with the front drive wheels on the ground if one of the front tires is a compact spare tire. Towing with two different tire sizes on the front of the vehicle can cause severe damage to the transmission.

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Old 12-21-2007, 12:56 PM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Reno-NY </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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We have the same vue except 06, blue ox, and brake buddy. We had a local rv service setup everything. On the one and only test drive (about 50 miles), I was never quite sure the brake buddy actually worked...I would hit the brakes hard but felt nothing special. We are towing with a 2002 36 foot holiday rambler vacationeer...towing felt good; again, my question is whether the brake buddy is working. One approach would be to put my wife in the sat (passenger side)...we have walkie talkies, she could tell me if the brake is being pushed.

I appreciate any experiences you have had, HEMI
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Old 12-21-2007, 05:55 PM   #9
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Hemi, you should have an inside antenna and light that comes on when the Brake Buddy is activated.
Most new units come with this kit, but if yours is older this was an option. Contact Brake Buddy and they can tell you all about it.1-800-470-2287.
No matter how tempting it would be, DO NOT put the wife in the car while being towed! Highly Illeagle.
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Babybear, thanks...will not put my wife in the car....I think I have a little black portable item that came with the unit....I will find it, thanks, IWD
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Hey... big change with the '08 VUE, not only from the style, fit and finish standpoint, but the sales people said they had so much static from potential customers, they rescinded their dictate. We bought an '05 Jeep Liberty after they changed from a "hitch and go" philisophy like Jeep to having requirements to stop and run the vehicle every number of hours (what a hassle with an auxiliary brake system!). But bought a new Saturn a couple of months ago and just love it. Only change from the Jeep is to pull a fuse to keep from discharging the battery because of the key in accessory.
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