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Old 10-10-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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Question Towing 2006 GX470 ??

We are purchasing our first coach, 2006 Country Coach and we want to toad our daily driver which is a 2006 Lexus GX470. I have read so many conflicting posts whether it should be flat towed or trailered and whether it should be in park or neutral.

We purposely purchased this car because we understood that 2007 and prior could be flat towed because it has a 4WD manual shift on the floor. Can someone with experience flat towing a GX470 give me some input on how they tow? I'm getting nervous spending all this money to get it ready to tow and burning up my transmission.
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Old 10-10-2014, 11:34 PM   #2
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Hello LadyBaker, I researched an old copy of Motorhome Magazine's Dinghy Towing Guide for 2006 and found no Lexus' listed as being able to be towed 4 down. I have not checked the Remco web sight. They my have information regarding towing a Lexus 4 down.

You should look at the owners manual that should have information regarding towing or recreational towing 4 down or on a dolly.
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Unfortunately Remco states it is NOT towable without a drive shaft disconnect.
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:37 AM   #4
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Thanks everyone, Stretch contacted me and cleared it up. He also tows a Lexus. The answer was In Park with the transfer case in Neutral. Lexus & Toyota 4WD products can be towed as long as they have the manual shift on the floor type transfer case. The push button 4WD system put in after 2007 is not towable.
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Towing the GX470

My owners manual for my '07 GX has a big red "X" thru the moho towing picture. That said I have seen reports from several that do tow without trouble.
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Neither Toyota nor its Lexus subsidiary approves of 4-down towing any of their models, but the warranty is long past on that car anyway. Some people do it, though. Good luck.
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:28 PM   #7
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Towing 2006 GX470

We have had our '06 Lexus GX470 hitch and brake buddy installed. Yes, it towed awesome for our first time.

Note #1: Big reminder....you must have the key turned on, transmission in park and transfer case in neutral but MOST important...Have a spare key in your pocket. Lexus' automatically lock the doors when vehicle reaches 5mph. RV shop didn't realize that and locked the key inside.

Note #2: Which we are VERY bummed about....we were told that it would be in our best interest to have the tranny flushed and make sure synthetic fluid was in it since this vehicle doesn't have a pump to recirculate the fluid to keep it cool. This Was a Great Idea! PROBLEM...ALL MOST ALL Lexus' now have a Sealed Transmission. (We didn't know that when we bought it) Which means you can't check the level, can't check if it's getting to hot, can't flush it, can't add a recirculating pump....can't do anything to it. So if you tow it and it does get too hot....too bad. It's $5,000+ for a new transmission.

We are going to keep it running for now while we tow it and decide whether we are going to do a quick-disconnect or buy a different car.
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If you have the transfer case in N and the trans in park there is no earthly reason to Change trans fluid. Nothing is turning in the transmission. Just set it and forget it, as they say.


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My husband actually layed under the Lexus for a moment while I towed it a couple feet last weekend. Unfortunately there are moving parts attached to the transmission, therefore there is a concern of overheating. We already know that our car has towed, probably a boat. That in itself reduces transmission fluid life. Currently we only take it on short trips and leave it running until we decide how to address this issue. We have found a way to change the fluid, so now to see if we can get a pump with a cooler installed.

Lexus changed the transmission they used in 2003, and went to the sealed transmission in 2004 so we don't have the same model used in 2002 series vehicles.
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Lady baker. Don't be so timid. Remember when transfer case is in neutral NOTHING is moving in the transmission. Doesn't matter what fluid or what the fluid level is. It is not effected . Tow it and enjoy sitting beside your hubby in your nice comfortable Country Coach. We have put another 30,000 miles on our Lexus since we last talked.


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