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Be careful with GM vehicles for dingy towing! After researching to find a new vehicle, we decided on a new 2012 Buick Lacrosse. Everything we found, including the dealer, the owner's manual and all info on previous models indicated we could tow this car four wheels down. Well, guess what! Buick now says you CANNOT tow this vehicle four wheels down, only on a dolly. After we purchased the car and drove it home (great car, by the way) and sat down to read the manual, we found a supplemental page just stuck loose in the back of the manual that states: "this vehicle is not designed to tow four wheels down and must be towed on a dolly" This page superscedes the manual. What a huge disappointment!


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I hope that GM will make this right by you. A similar thing happened with the Chevy Cruise and I heard GM allowed owners to trade it back with only a monthly usage charge.


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I wonder, Do these GM Vehicles suffer from "The Front Falls Off" problem , Apparently there isn't much solid material holding the Lower Front Body Work to the Rest of the Car allowing them to Break away while being towed.

The Running gear isn't the problem , just nowhere to properly attach base plates .


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Posted: 12/13/11 10:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not in the case of the Cruze: the manual trans version is still ok to tow.


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Make them take it back.


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Wonder what the new 2012 towing guides will say? But "Newly Designed LaCrosse" should have been a clue that it is different. Never believe a salesperson, and good luck getting GM to come around for you.


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I had purchased the Cruze and they took it back and I bought the Malibu. The owners manual says it is towable and a check with the area rep got the same assurance. I have it equipped with a Blue Ox baseplate but have not towed it yet. Anyone there that has towed one?


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OP, take it back - make GM do the right thing - don't assume they will - nothing wrong with being nice - but be firm!!! You bought this car to tow 4 down, not to use a dolly. It sounds like you did your pre purchase research, to after the buy, find the supplemental page. Please keep us posted.

I was in the market for a new toad, and after reading the posts on the 2012 Cruze, I shied away from GM. And, our family has owned a GM dealership since 1929!!!!!! I now have a 2012 Honda Fit, now fitted with Blue Ox baseplate. I also did my research, and read the owner manual prior to purchase. Hope Honda doesn't pull a "GM", and say "oops, sorry, never mind, no can do". First tow in about 2 weeks from NJ to FL for a winter stay.


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I am successfully towing a 2010 Chevy Traverse with no issues. Not sure what happened to the Cruz and LaCrosse.


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robatthelake wrote:

I wonder, Do these GM Vehicles suffer from "The Front Falls Off" problem , Apparently there isn't much solid material holding the Lower Front Body Work to the Rest of the Car allowing them to Break away while being towed.

The Running gear isn't the problem , just nowhere to properly attach base plates .


Where does that come from can you cite GM vehicles where the front falls off. I towed a Saturn the first 35,000 miles and now an HHR for the next 40,000. I am only familar with the Blue Ox base plates but I can't see the front comming off. I would bet it is about transmission lube.

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