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jwill275

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just purchased a2012 Chevy Cruze after checking with the dealer to make sure I can tow it flat. The dealer told me it was capable, so I purchased the car. Two days later I find a supplement to the owners manual that tells me the car can NOT be towed four wheels down. I return to the dealer, they are dumb founded and they offer to buy me a tow dolly.

My question is, Will my Brake Buddy work using a tow dolly? The Cruze weighs about 3100lbs and I'm not sure they are going to get me a dolly with breaks.

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See the duplicate post and replies at:

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25757440.cfm


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Wrong path.
Have them take the car back !!


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Take the car back to the dealer and tell them to make it flat towable as-is or you want your money back. When they make excuses, call your state attorney general office and file a complaint against the dealer and GM.


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My understanding is they offer $1500 to purchase a dolly and I doubt you can get one with brakes for that. . Pain in the a$$ compared to flat tow. Other offers have been made such as an upgrade car that is flat towable. You pay the differernce and they pay for any mods to you paid for to have it towable. The faster you omplain, the better off you are. Call GM and open a case.


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Friends that work in GM dealerships tell me that vehicles sold after the warranty insert was issued are not subject to any special consideration for towing related issues. Meaning if you bought your Cruze after the insert was issued and the dealer told you it was towable, GM is not going to offer any assistance. It's between you and the dealer.

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Thanks for the information, I spoke with the dealer and told them I needed to have a dolly with breaks! As I indicated the dealer has been VERY nice and from what I can tell they appear to be speaking with GM. If GM won't assist them because the inseert was in the manual then I may run into some resistance. We will see.

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I'm pretty sure my Master Tow 80THD with electric brakes was 1599 plus tax and of course I had to buy a brake controller and wire it in myself. If they would add a couple hundred and wire the controller for you, this would work (and I love mine by the way)


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Once again the dealers/sales people do not know squat.

However here is another thought. If you were going to flat tow it, you were going to have to buy a base plate and either install it or have it installed. The money you get from them will make a big dent in the price you would have paid for the base plate.

I would be more interested in returning the car, but I doubt that will happen.

Just my thoughts on this.





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Best you get the tow dolly with surge brakes,then you need only a pig tail for the lights.
This arguement about 4 down is better is just that,an arguement,I have both set up's in my yard and I find no diff. Sometimes I like the dolly best,adjusting my seat after towing 4 down is a pain.The reason I have two set-ups is my 2011 GMC won't go between the fenders on the Demco dolly.and the cost is about a wash I think.I already owned the dolly before the truck,so I am keeping it to tow whatever I need.I can put the tie downs and safty chains on in about the same time I can put that brake hookup on the brake peddle and my rear end don't get more wet either way.
Don't count on any help,I feel you are on your own.

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* This post was edited 01/29/12 08:09pm by Charles2222 *

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