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Sicduc 07-11-2019 06:05 PM

2020 Ford Explorer
 
I'm trying to find out if the 2020 Explorer can be towed 4-down? I spoke to my local dealer and they said from what they heard it will be able to be towed so I asked to see the owners manual and it said it could not be towed by a recreational vehicle. There answer was the manual was probably printed before they had all the facts so where does that leave us? Called ford directly where I was told basically the same thing but she would check and get back to me tomorrow but that was 2 days ago now.:whistling: Has anyone else heard anything?

RandDescape 07-11-2019 07:52 PM

2020 Ford Explorer
 
For the money you are going to spend how much risk do you want to take? What will you do if the dealer is wrong? Sell it at a loss and buy something else?

I just bought a ‘19 Expedition. The dealer (salesman and floor manager) had no clue what options were needed to get one that could be towed 4 down - I had to do the homework. If I had listened to them I would have gotten the wrong options.

What if it works for 5k miles but then fails? Your warranty won’t cover you and they can point at the manual that warns you to avoid towing.

I told the dealership that I would not take delivery until I had seen the Expedition go into “Neutral Tow”. When I arrived to pick it the first thing I had them do was demonstrate the steps from the manual to get into Neutral Tow worked. Then after success I went over the rest of the vehicle looking for defects.

The ‘19 Explorer was towable - they changed it a lot to get the new drive train in the ‘20. That’s a risk.

Gary RVRoamer 07-12-2019 11:15 AM

There is certainly a possibility the owner manual is wrong, especially for the first printing on re-designed vehicle like the 2020 Explorer, but I would not buy one until there was some official statement yea or nay. If neither the sales organization or the Customer Service line can get the answer, that doesn't bode well. If somebody comes back and says the manual is wrong, get that in writing too.

docj 07-12-2019 11:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gary RVRoamer (Post 4861062)
If somebody comes back and says the manual is wrong, get that in writing too.

As I recall, that's sort of what happened with the Chevy Sonic and the Ford Escape. They were towable "until they weren't!"

Mac99 07-12-2019 11:33 AM

Buy a Grand Cherokee instead. Ford's quality has
become horrible. I would never own another one.
JMHO

Sicduc 07-12-2019 07:59 PM

Well I got the email today from Ford the 2020 Explorer will not be towable at this point. WTF does NOT AT THIS POINT mean? :banghead:

vettenuts 07-13-2019 05:55 AM

Sounds like you need to look at a different vehicle. I bought a Chevrolet Colorado because I wanted an actual transfer case to isolate the transmission and a small pickup truck. I suspect the 2020 Ford Bronco may be flat towable as the drivetrain is based on the Ranger pickup.

Sicduc 07-13-2019 07:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vettenuts (Post 4862097)
Sounds like you need to look at a different vehicle. I bought a Chevrolet Colorado because I wanted an actual transfer case to isolate the transmission and a small pickup truck. I suspect the 2020 Ford Bronco may be flat towable as the drivetrain is based on the Ranger pickup.


I'm been waiting to see some actual pictures of it.

Roadfrog 07-14-2019 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mac99 (Post 4861090)
Buy a Grand Cherokee instead. Ford's quality has
become horrible. I would never own another one.
JMHO

I realize that this is, "JMHO", but your info is misleading, as Jeep has been abysmal for reliability. for decades. Ford on the other hand, has scored only one spot below Buick for most reliable domestic brands. Jeep and Dodge near the bottom...right about where Fiat is (not coincidenlty, the same company). That's not my opinion, but that of most consumer groups including CR, etc. Lincoln (Ford) is just below Toyota. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/21/tesl...ty-survey.html


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