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Old 05-09-2009, 12:07 PM   #1
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towing Camry manual transmission 4 down?

Am considering towing a Toyota Camry or a Toyota Corolla/Matrix with manual transmission four down...

Anyone have experience towing either of these??

Comments will be appreciated.

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Check REMCO TOWING for the requirements on Toyota. Toyotas are pretty limited in what you can tow. They do not show the Camray as towable except on a dolly.

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Ken I talked to the Service Manager at the local Toyota Dealer today and he told me the manual shift Camry, Matrix, and Yaris are all towable 4 down without voiding the warranty... Don't mind the manual shift, but wanted to hear from someone that has actually towed one before I lay down my hard earned cash...

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According to Motorhome Magazine's towing guide, both models are towable with a manual transmission.
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"The service manager said"...I would want to see it in writing in the Toyota manual or on Toyota letterhead. My nickels worth.

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Not wanting to start anything here, but why don't you take a look at the Camry owner's manual before you get serious about laying down some major bucks. That will be the bible, not something a service may have said when they are trying to sell a car.
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Not wanting to start anything here, but why don't you take a look at the Camry owner's manual before you get serious about laying down some major bucks. That will be the bible, not something a service may have said when they are trying to sell a car.
I agree.

I buy my toads only after reading the towing procedures in the owners manual.
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RE: Toyota towing...

While I do not have a Camry, I do have a 4WD 2001 Toyota RAV4 with the 5-sp manual trans. We have flat-towed this car behind our MH for ~10K miles, up to 70mph or so, following the instructions in the provided Toyota owners manual, without incident. Blue-Ox makes a specific baseplate for this [& generally for other flat-towable vehicles] which I installed 3-yrs ago & it does its job well. The manual also specifically says that automatic transmission versions [of the RAV4] are NOT flat towable.

Per the manual, the car engine needs to be run ~every 200 miles of towing [which often corresponds to our gas stops or driver changes] & there is no need to pull any fuses while towing. The manual does say to limit the speed to 55 mph [a bit unrealistic on the interstates these days] but we have found no problems exceeding that number up to the posted road speed limit whenever safe to do so. The car has ~120,000 miles on the odometer & we've owned it from new.
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