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Old 11-05-2012, 08:11 AM   #1
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Towing a 2010 Subaru Outback

I saw a nice rig yesterday, he was towing a 2009 or 2010 Subaru Outback 4 down. For some reason, I thought that wasn't a car you could tow 4 down due to it being an automatic and AWD. I would have some interest in towing one of those, any more data on those or any experiences anyone can share? Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:21 AM   #2
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I tow a 2010 Outback 4 down with no problem in more than 10,000 miles.

MANUAL transmission.

Subaru owner's manual says manual is OK. Not so with the automatic transmission.

We really like our Outback as a toad.

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Old 11-05-2012, 11:17 AM   #3
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Interesting, I swear that car was an auto when I looked inside. Anyhow, good to know, manual would be fin to drive, worth a look.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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Agreed, no Subaru automatics can be towed 4-down.

We've towed several Subarus. Our current '06 Outback has never had any mechanical issues. Just routine maintenance so far. We're considering purchasing a new 2012 Outback but are backing off because our '06 is in such good condition and has never given us any problems at all.

We like Subarus as toads because of the simplicity. No fuses to pull, no lube pumps, no disconnects, no having to start the engine periodically, no speed or mileage restrictions, no dead batteries, etc., etc.

If you don't mind a manual transmission, Subarus make excellent and reliable toads. If it's been decades since you've driven a manual, Subarus --along with a lot of cars nowadays-- have very light clutches and silky smooth shifters.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:13 PM   #5
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I bought a 2012 Impreza last April and before I closed the deal I emailed the company about whether it could be towed 4 down. (it's a manual) I have an official reply from the company stating that all Subies with manual transmissions are towable 4 down.
You CAN NOT however, tow one on a dolly, manual or automatic. Towing on two wheels will destroy the trans and/or AWD system. All 4 wheels must be on the ground.
BTW, the Impreza is a great car!
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interesting i am in looking out for a baja (only made in 03-06). it's a combination of car + pickup very useful. of course 5spd is the way to go for 4 down.

by the way, where did you buy the mounting brackets for it? i have a towmaster 5000 tow bar.
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interesting i am in looking out for a baja (only made in 03-06). it's a combination of car + pickup very useful. of course 5spd is the way to go for 4 down.

by the way, where did you buy the mounting brackets for it? i have a towmaster 5000 tow bar.

We'd recommend going with Roadmaster brackets. It will be kit number 915-1. Attached is the fitment guide that specifies the kit number for each vehicle they make brackets for and another attachment is for the installation instructions. They are a west coast company in the Portland area (Vancouver WA) so if you ever need factory support, they are located in a very RV friendly area.

For the three dealers in the San Diego area, click here.

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thank you amanda, that is awesome! i'll talk to the local dealers...
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:13 PM   #9
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We tow our 09 Forseter that has manual transmission. We purchased it last year used with 42,000 miles on it. Gas milage is 25-28. This past year has been great with having a car with us.

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