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Old 07-18-2021, 04:24 PM   #1
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2007 Smart Car TOAD?

Can a US 2007 Smart Car be flat towed, I am finding a lot of mixed information, even Blue Ox lists base plates for 2008+ though from all information I can find the 07 is on the same chassis as the 08.


I ask because there is an 07 in good shape for same locally for a low price.
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Can a US 2007 Smart Car be flat towed, I am finding a lot of mixed information, even Blue Ox lists base plates for 2008+ though from all information I can find the 07 is on the same chassis as the 08.


I ask because there is an 07 in good shape for same locally for a low price.
Instead of towing it why don't you just pick it up and put it in one of your storage compartments?

I've seen them going down the road. The best one however was a guy with a Hot Shot Freightliner towing a 5th wheel. Had enough room between the front of the trailer and the back of the cab to put it on sideways. He built ramps for it and just drove it up there. Said it helped if he could park along side a hill so the ramps weren't so steep to drive up.
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Can a US 2007 Smart Car be flat towed, I am finding a lot of mixed information, even Blue Ox lists base plates for 2008+ though from all information I can find the 07 is on the same chassis as the 08.


I ask because there is an 07 in good shape for same locally for a low price.
The 2007 model was a "grey market" vehicle, and parts and qualified mechanics are hard to come by. They are a completely different car - slightly shorter, different engine and transmission than the 2008+ models and I don't think they were towable 4-down.
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They didn't import them to the U.S. until 2008.
An 07 probably is a Canadian car.
I own a 08.
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They didn't import them to the U.S. until 2008.
An 07 probably is a Canadian car.
I own a 08.
Prior to the 2008 models, there was a company in Santa Rosa, Ca that imported the older models, then added the required stuff to make them road-legal and sold them for about $30K. They were what is called "grey market" cars and were sold with NO warranty or support of any kind. You COULD find a few independent mechanics who would work on them, but Mercedes dealers would not touch them, even though the car itself win Europe.as built by them
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Thanks for the information
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Why don't you just consult the OWNERS MANUAL? It's the bible when it comes time for the REAL AUTHORITY for towing, not any of us. If you don't find what you're looking for in an owners manual, I might, I say MIGHT consult a dealership although, there are so many times where dealers and or service reps are completely CLUELESS about their own products when it comes time for towing them. It certainly doesn't hurt to ask on here since, there might be a few on here that actually tow the same model year and have done the research to find out pertinent information regarding towing. But, again, it's the owners manual that typically spells out each and every step for towing, if it is in fact, flat towable.

I've got a buddy that has had (and still has his later one) two Smarts and one was completely flat towable from the factory and they never, ever had any issues but, the second, newer one, received damage to the trans because the dealer authorized it to be towed. They had to have a new trans installed and the dealer footed the bill.
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