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Old 06-06-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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Towing rear wheel drive sport car on a dolly

DW would like me to buy her a BMW Z3. Everything I read says it can not be towed flat or even with the rear wheels down on a dolly. Has anyone ever towed a car like that backwards (rear wheels on the dolly)? I know I could get a trailer but already have a dolly.

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Old 06-06-2013, 06:56 PM   #2
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you are relying on a small pin that locks the steering. If that pin snaps, the front wheel can "steer" and can cause swaying. "Real" sports car are not meant to be towed flat.

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Old 06-06-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:59 PM   #4
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I don't know the Z3, but I would assume that like towing many 4x4s, if you really want to tow that thing rear down, you could remove the rear drive shaft... Again the Z3 differential may be different.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:10 PM   #5
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A 4x4 Z3? ...is there such a thing? Maybe cb1000rider is thinking of an X3?

But anyway, for me, I wouldn't chance it for long trips. For emergency towing and/or for short distances, it might be worth chancing it but not to be normally towed behind the motorhome for recreational purposes. Three things that come to my mind why I would not want to do it.

As Redridge mentioned, the pin that locks the steering column is pretty fragile when it comes to forces from the exterior conditions. It's meant to hold the steering wheel in a locked position when the car is stationary, not when the car is moving down the road so the exterior forces on that pin when turning corners, etc. can break it pretty easily.

Being a sports car, it's built pretty close to the ground. So when towing it backwards, the front end will especially have close clearance. You'll always have to be aware when going over bumps, dips, driveways, steeper inclines, etc. that you'll scrape the front end.

And finally, as has been mentioned many times before by those against towing backwards, a vehicle's suspension, especially a sports car like a Z3, are made to focus on going forward so the toe-in, camber, and all other related suspension and alignment specifications are geared to the assumption that the car will be going forward. Therefore long-term damage could occur if you plan on putting thousands of miles towing backwards. Not saying that it would but there would be a pretty good chance or at least be putting a lot of unnatural forces on the front suspension. Also, tires on a sports car could be unidirectional (but may not be either) and the constant changing of direction could possibly mess up the belts.

So I agree, probably not the best idea.

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Old 06-07-2013, 06:25 AM   #6
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My Z3 is for sale. My home is for sale. I decided that rather than pull a trailer w/the Z3, it would be more practical to tow my Ford Ranger flat. The Z is a great car and the most fun I ever had driving, but the Ranger is more practical. With it I can go more places, like the south entrance to Chaco Canyon. Tried that in my Z3, 2010, only went 100 yards before turning around.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:55 PM   #7
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I guess my Mazda Miata wasn't a "real sports car" since I towed it 4 down.


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