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Posted: 02/09/12 07:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"its dingy time"


the writer said there are more towable dingies then ever, i disagree. i see less and less available to tow unless you want to drive a manual tranny , or an oversize or heavy vehicle. some manufactures are even eliminating standard trannies now. now gm has fewer and ford is having fewer. anyone agree


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There was a time period I saw less Ford products being towed. But I am seeing more Fords now and most all are automatic. I'm looking into getting a 2012 or 2013 model if the model I want can be towed 4 down. I tow a manual Focus now and thinking of a new Focus automatic.

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A lot less GM vehicles without the Saturn, Malibu, Cobalt, HHR etc. The new automatic transmission has taken away most of these.


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Some Ford's seem to work OK when towed flat with a automatic like the Edge. The Fusion and Escape have had many issues. I have a 2011 Fusion that has gone through 3 transmissions Ford paid to have a Remco pump put on the car and it failed the first time out. My dealer ordered a new one to replace, but I hadn't had time to replace. Last week I met with two people from Remco at a RV show and they informed that if I could wait about 60 days they would have a new pump that they and Ford designed together and that Ford would be offering it through its dealers. He said they were also talking to GM as the Cruz uses the same transmission.

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If it can't be towed without ANY modification, I don't want it.
Therefore, I tow an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited.
No problems.


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Even Toyota and Nissan no longer list a 4x4 that can be towed 4 down. I always thought any vehicle with a transfer case with a Neutral could be towed flat down. Don't know what has happened. Thus as stated above, I tow a Jeep Wrangler but would love to have a good small size 4x4 auto PU to tow. Right now I think GM is the only one with a smaller size.

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okgc wrote:

A lot less GM vehicles without the Saturn, Malibu, Cobalt, HHR etc. The new automatic transmission has taken away most of these.
and ford is using the same tranny as gm in a lot of their vehicles as they both went together to come up with the newer trannies

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I agree that there seems to be less towable cars. New cars are all moving towards more efficient 6 gear transmissions. The 2012 Honda CR-V is still stuck on 5 gears, making it less efficient, but still towable. Jeeps are towable but Consumer Reports hates them.


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We tow a 2006 Saturn Vue and have had no problems. Then, GM decided to drop the Saturn line. I suppose when the time comes to replace the Saturn I will seriously look at either the Jeep or the CRV. Hope that will be a good ways down the road, though.


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Anyone towing a Dodge Dakota 4x4 quad cab. I'm thinking about selling the wrangler and getting one of these. Any thoughts?

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