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Posted: 10/21/10 09:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Afaik you cannot tow a Subaru automatic with 2 wheels down, or 4 wheels down. If it is an automatic it must be trailered. Maybe there is some modification available to allow this??? Manual may be towed 4 wheels down but not 2 wheels down (dolly).


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LTalbot wrote:

OK I've read what Subaru has to say -- and they say nothing about a Forester, auto, AWD, on a dolly. Would this work with the drive shaft disconnected?


In theory it should, but it would be a real hassle to crawl under a vehicle this low to the ground and disconnect the rear driveshaft.


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OK I've read what Subaru has to say -- and they say nothing about a Forester, auto, AWD, on a dolly. Would this work with the drive shaft disconnected?

IMO, this comment addresses the AWD auto Forester:

"AWD Subaru vehicles with automatic transmission can only be towed with all four wheels OFF of the ground. Therefore, if you are interested in towing a Subaru behind your motorhome, we would suggest purchasing a manual transmission Subaru."

I would guess that it would be ok on a dolly with the driveshaft disconnected. That could be a real pain. I've never dropped a Subaru driveshaft. On my Audi it's a multi-hour job. This restriction is a real bummer. We gave up a perfectly good Subaru that would have made a great dinghy, but it was, alas, an auto.


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tenbear wrote:

Afaik you cannot tow a Subaru automatic with 2 wheels down, or 4 wheels down. If it is an automatic it must be trailered. Maybe there is some modification available to allow this??? Manual may be towed 4 wheels down but not 2 wheels down (dolly).


Subaru automatics cannot be towed 4 or 2 wheels down. The center differential is a different type compared to the manual transmission Subaru. An automatic can only be carried on a trailer.

If you want an automatic you have choices with some other brands like Honda, chevy or Jeep.

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rjstractor wrote:

LTalbot wrote:

OK I've read what Subaru has to say -- and they say nothing about a Forester, auto, AWD, on a dolly. Would this work with the drive shaft disconnected?


In theory it should, but it would be a real hassle to crawl under a vehicle this low to the ground and disconnect the rear driveshaft.


When I installed the rear differential steel protector on my '98 way back when, I found it pretty close quarters to even think about working on the rear u-joints. The rear is IRS so the only thing that moves are the rear wheels.

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Posted: 10/25/10 10:01am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just checked the Remco web site, www.remcotowing.com. Remco makes many adaptors to make untowable cars towable, including drive shaft couplers. They say that all automatic Subarus since 1992 must be trailered.

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