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Old 10-28-2014, 03:52 PM   #155
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We flat tow a manual 2003 Mini Cooper and love it..... Works great and would definitely do it again....Click image for larger version

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is that enclave a AWD?
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:14 AM   #157
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We flat tow a manual 2003 Mini Cooper and love it..... Works great and would definitely do it again....Attachment 77713
I've been a pretty happy Ford guy since the 2009 GM gov't bailout but those Mini Coopers are intriguing. Anything special you have to do to tow one?
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Not a thing...... Simply put in neutral, start engine, turn off engine and leave key in ignition.... Release emergency brake and away you go.....
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Towing a toad with a manual transmission 4 down

Not good news when you blow your transmission on Interstate 40 on the big hill down to the Colorado River at Needles, CA. When you pull off the road a million big rigs zipping by almost out of control is pretty scary and here your car is smoking big time. In this case it was my 2011 Ford Fusion, the manual says you can pull it 4 down as long as you stop every couple hundred miles and start the car and run it through the gears. Did that but still no cigar, the transmission cooked big time. We had to get it towed to Bull Head City, AZ and leave it there for about a month while they ordered a transmission and installed it. It worked fine but we certainly did not pull it back. The problem? When towing an automatic transmission (the Ford Fusion uses a Mazda transmission) the transmission dries out. OK so we did what Ford recommended but going down that steep grade must have dried all the ATF in the tranny. So what to do, you have three choices, get another car, get a tow dolly or pay two thousand plus for a transmission pump to keep it lubricated. For some reason, I'm not quiet sure I trust it, you know, the old saying twice bitten. I bought a used tow dolly for six hundred dollars but it's a real hassle compared to the Blue Ox I have been using. Has anyone used the transmission pump? I would pay the money if I knew it would work.
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You will see more Jeep's than most other vehicles. Put 4WD transfer case in neutral and on your way. We found a great used Jeep at Car Max.
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Not good news when you blow your transmission on Interstate 40 on the big hill down to the Colorado River at Needles, CA. When you pull off the road a million big rigs zipping by almost out of control is pretty scary and here your car is smoking big time. In this case it was my 2011 Ford Fusion, the manual says you can pull it 4 down as long as you stop every couple hundred miles and start the car and run it through the gears. Did that but still no cigar, the transmission cooked big time. We had to get it towed to Bull Head City, AZ and leave it there for about a month while they ordered a transmission and installed it. It worked fine but we certainly did not pull it back. The problem? When towing an automatic transmission (the Ford Fusion uses a Mazda transmission) the transmission dries out. OK so we did what Ford recommended but going down that steep grade must have dried all the ATF in the tranny. So what to do, you have three choices, get another car, get a tow dolly or pay two thousand plus for a transmission pump to keep it lubricated. For some reason, I'm not quiet sure I trust it, you know, the old saying twice bitten. I bought a used tow dolly for six hundred dollars but it's a real hassle compared to the Blue Ox I have been using. Has anyone used the transmission pump? I would pay the money if I knew it would work.
I'm confused. You 1st stated a manual tranny, then referred to an automatic?
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Wife loves Ford Explorers! We've towed my Wrangler and two 4x4 Explorers. The Explorers needed a Neutral Shift kit installed ($200) but they have been flawless for nearly 100,000 miles of towing. However, that being said I am having a little trouble getting the it to shift into Neutral. Having to shift thru the 4x4 gears, first. I'm thinking its time for a Transfer Case oil change.

We love the spaciousness of the Explorer and will seriously consider the new Explorer when it's time to trade!
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Wife loves Ford Explorers! We've towed my Wrangler and two 4x4 Explorers. The Explorers needed a Neutral Shift kit installed ($200) but they have been flawless for nearly 100,000 miles of towing. However, that being said I am having a little trouble getting the it to shift into Neutral. Having to shift thru the 4x4 gears, first. I'm thinking its time for a Transfer Case oil change.

We love the spaciousness of the Explorer and will seriously consider the new Explorer when it's time to trade!
We've been Jonesing for a new Explorer. Sure is one nice looking ride...
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We tow a 1999 Jeep Wrangler. Very easy to hook and unhook. Never had a problem.
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Have been towing a 2009 Smart Car for 3 years. Don't even know you are towing it. 45+ MPG No problems at all, have towed it for over 20,00 miles.
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Not good news when you blow your transmission on Interstate 40 on the big hill down to the Colorado River at Needles, CA. When you pull off the road a million big rigs zipping by almost out of control is pretty scary and here your car is smoking big time. In this case it was my 2011 Ford Fusion, the manual says you can pull it 4 down as long as you stop every couple hundred miles and start the car and run it through the gears. Did that but still no cigar, the transmission cooked big time. We had to get it towed to Bull Head City, AZ and leave it there for about a month while they ordered a transmission and installed it. It worked fine but we certainly did not pull it back. The problem? When towing an automatic transmission (the Ford Fusion uses a Mazda transmission) the transmission dries out. OK so we did what Ford recommended but going down that steep grade must have dried all the ATF in the tranny. So what to do, you have three choices, get another car, get a tow dolly or pay two thousand plus for a transmission pump to keep it lubricated. For some reason, I'm not quiet sure I trust it, you know, the old saying twice bitten. I bought a used tow dolly for six hundred dollars but it's a real hassle compared to the Blue Ox I have been using. Has anyone used the transmission pump? I would pay the money if I knew it would work.
sorry for the pain... if you go with a honda crv or fit (2014 and prior), you should be fine. i towed mine 4 down with no issues.
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I've towed the MKZ four down for 10,000 miles now. Super easy to engage .... select Neutral Tow, automatically unlocks the steering, stops odometer, disengages the parking brake and shuts all the power drain issues. Then apply brake pedal and hit neutral button. Only weighs 3900 lbs and can be towed up to 70 mph. I did have some problems with the MKZ frame cracking from the baseplate, but spent some time at Blue Ox factory and they replaced it with a new, much sturdier connection.

We get a lot of complements on the car. Very luxurious ride but still corners like a go-cart. One of the quietest cars on the road. With the hybrid, we get same mileage in town as on the road, about 36-38. Not the epa 45/45 advertised, but still twice what my '99 Suzuki Grand Vitara was giving me. I pulled the Suz over 80,000 miles and not one once of trouble.
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We have been towing our 1994 Honda Accord for about 4 years, I guess. It has a manual transmission. Real easy, jut put it in neutral and go. It's getting kinda tired so we just bought a 2014 Honda CRV. It's not set up to tow yet, but not much traveling this time of year anyway. Really like driving the CRV even without towing it.


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