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Old 09-09-2020, 11:29 AM   #1
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Flat tow 2020 Nissan Versa

OK, so I did my research, used the Dinghy Towing Guide and even see that base plates are available for the Nissan Versa. Checking the owner's manual online I see this:

FLAT TOWING
Towing your vehicle with all four wheels on the
ground is sometimes called flat towing. This
method is sometimes used when towing a vehicle
behind a recreational vehicle, such as a motor
home.
CAUTION
● Failure to follow these guidelines can
result in severe transmission damage.
● Whenever flat towing your vehicle, always tow forward, never backward.
● Never tow your front wheel drive vehicle
with the front tires on the ground. Doing
so may cause serious and expensive
damage to the powertrain.
● DO NOT tow any continuously variable
transmission vehicle with all four
wheels on the ground (flat towing). Doing so WILL DAMAGE internal transmission parts due to lack of transmission
lubrication.
● For emergency towing procedures refer
to “Towing recommended by NISSAN”
in the “In case of emergency” section of
this manual.

Manual Transmission (if so equipped)
● Always tow with the manual transmission in
N (Neutral).
● After towing 500 miles (805 km), start and
idle the engine with the transmission in N
(Neutral) for two minutes. Failure to idle the
engine after every 500 miles (805 km) of
towing may cause damage to internal transmission parts.

So it seem to indicate that you both can and cannot do this? The section that is confusing me is as follows, as there is no rear wheel drive Versa. This goes back years in their owners manuals so I am guessing it is a CYA for automatic transmission folk? I have seen Versa flat towed, and everything seems to indicate that it is possible. Am I crazy?

● Never tow your front wheel drive vehicle
with the front tires on the ground. Doing
so may cause serious and expensive
damage to the powertrain.
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Old 09-09-2020, 12:30 PM   #2
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The "never tow your vehicle with the front tires on the ground" applies to automatic transmission equipped vehicles. Manual transmission vehicles can be towed 4down with a 500 mile stop and run limitation.
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Thanks I was pretty sure that was what they meant, but that wording is awfully ambiguous.
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Well, bought the car... here's hoping I don't leave the drive train out on the highway somewhere. Got the parts on order to start installing in a few weeks. Figured I would at least get some break in done on it first.
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Old 11-23-2020, 06:23 PM   #5
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This is the reply I received from my Nissan dealer

Nissan does not make a vehicle that they recommend for flat towing, even the Manual Trans Versa. You technically COULD flat tow the vehicle but it does void part of the transmission warranty.

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Please let me know if your towing your Versa S
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This is the reply I received from my Nissan dealer

Nissan does not make a vehicle that they recommend for flat towing, even the Manual Trans Versa. You technically COULD flat tow the vehicle but it does void part of the transmission warranty.

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Please let me know if your towing your Versa S
Did you ask if Nissan recommends any vehicles for flat towing?

The question is: Does Nissan endorse flat towing any of their vehicles.

If they tell you HOW to do it in the Owners Manual then they endorse it.

Never rely on an auto dealer to tell you the truth/facts about anything, including the "voiding the transmission warranty" statement.

If the Owners Manual gives you the procedure to flat tow a vehicle and you follow that procedure they can not void the warranty.
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I don't have specific knowledge of a manual-tranny Versa, but not all FWD manual trannies are 4-down towable. It's still a transaxle and they are complicated beasts. Some transaxles need more-or-less constant lubrication and cooling; that's why the stipulation of the 500 mile stop & run.

Is Nissan being ultra-conservative about the manual tranny? Probably, most likely because they know there is some potential for overheating and they haven't tested it under a wide variety of conditions. Thus the CYA about voiding the warranty.
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Please let me know if your towing your Versa S
We bought it and took it on a couple of trips with no problems so far.
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I’m buying a versa what equipment did you purchase

Please include all you purchased. Does the versa tow nice?
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2020 Nissan Versa S, 5-spd manual.
Blue Ox Baseplate w/ light and battery kit.
Patriot 3 Braking System
Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar (over kill for the Versa, but seems well built)

We only got to tow it on one long trip and I took it on a couple of smaller trips around the area to get used to it and so far have not had any problems with the tow setup or with the braking system.

Took it about 300 miles one-way and really didn't notice it back there. Felt better than when towing on a tow dolly.
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Thank you for your reply. I purchased this system8700 Invisibrake Hidden Power Braking System with a base plate. I’m having it installed next week. We can’t wait to try everything out. Our last tow was a 95 wrangler soft top. Very stiff no AC and loud inside. Looking forward to AC QUITE inside and fantastic gas mileage. Do you use the Versa as a city driver also?
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