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Old 01-23-2011, 05:37 PM   #1
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My old Suzuki is getting old, it's a '99 with 170K on it, so, I've been looking for a new toad to tow 4 wheels on the ground. The only one under 2000# is the Smart Car which isn't my first (2nd, 3rd, 4th,... 10th) choose. My first choose would be a VW Golf Diesel 6 speed standard. My local VW dealer tells me it can't be towed. Couldn't tell my why, just it can't. I hate can't s so, anyone know anything about why?
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:44 PM   #2
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You can keep a 1986 MH going, you should be able to make that 1999 Suzuki last a bit longer.

Is that a Sidekick or a sedan?
Keep us informed, what you find size and weight size, as I probably will want to upgrade in the next couple years. We have not AC on our soft topTracker.

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Old 01-23-2011, 06:06 PM   #3
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It's the 4 door with a 4 cylinder. It's still a good car.
I'm thinking of retiring the old Dodge diesel and getting another car. The clutch in that Dodge is killing my knee. Would like the next car to be tow-able. Really hoping CNG (.75 per gallon) fueling stations will become common place before I buy something, but I like diesel VW as things are now.
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:18 PM   #4
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We have a 2001 VW Beetle, diesel, auto, and although it is a very nice car, you are tied to the dealer for parts and code reader, etc. I hate every visit being over $500. You sure need a trusted dealer, or good shop that has the tools to work on them.
Probably the same for any newer brand nowadays.
We don't tow it but have considered getting a dolly if the right deal came along.
I like the 91 Tracker for a toad, but it will not last forever.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:10 AM   #5
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We had a 96 4WD automatic Tracker we towed for 3 1/2 years, till I went from 45 to 0 in about 3 feet...in the aftermath, we ended up with a 95 Nissan Maxima(2WD, standard), both were flat-tows...I really liked the Geo, and miss her a lot...if you can stay with your Suz, I would recommend it...they were basically the same package, just a different engine configuration. The Geo had a sturdier motor, and it has a better road life, given proper care, but if you start noting the older Trackers and Suzukis down the road, you'll find a LOT of them still being toads...m
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We have towed our 1976 Porsche 912E behind our 1986 345 for the last 3 years. Works great with the 5 speed manual in the Porsche. The Airstream does not even know it's there.
We have just bought a 1999 Saturn SL1 as our new toad. My wife does not like driving the Porsche in the Florida winter traffic, so....
The Saturn is one of the few automatics that can be towed 4 down with no mod needed to the transmission. The only limit is keep it below 65 mph while towing. No problem.
4 door, automatic, A/C, Sun roof, etc. Just a few more creature comforts than the Porsche.
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The Saturn works for us :)

Our toad is a 98 SL2 and the stream don't even know its there! Does not effect the mileage at all. Got to keep in mind that is is there!

When we made these cars, it was one of the most preferred toads out there! And for me, still is today!

Oh well, the little car big GM could not handle!
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Our toad is a 98 SL2 and the stream don't even know its there! Does not effect the mileage at all. Got to keep in mind that is is there!

When we made these cars, it was one of the most preferred toads out there! And for me, still is today!

Oh well, the little car big GM could not handle!
The Saturn is on my list. I almost bought a Sky once, still might. The union killed Saturn.
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We tow a 2000 manual tranny Toyota Echo - weighs in around 2030 lbs. Great car, great mileage - 35 city, 50 hwy if driven around 60 mph. Fantastic trunk space.
Used Echoes are hard to come by.
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Now, I can't tell you if it can be towed 4 wheels down, but if you want a lightweight car, yet one that is surprisingly roomy and bulletproof in terms of reliability, look at a used Toyota Echo.

I bought my 2005 new and have never owned a car as nice to drive, and yet only sees the service department for routine stuff.

Because they aren't the most beautiful car on the road, the used ones go for a very reasonable price, IMHO.
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The Scion(Toyota offspring) is a flat tow, it's light, and I'm seeing more of them...kinda boxy, but 4 door with actual leg room in the back seat, and storage space behind...I'd still rather have my Tracker...
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2013 4 wheels down cars

This is an old thread and I wanted to update the selections to 2013. I am looking at a 2013 Chevy Sonic, automatic transmission front wheel drive with the 1.8L engine . According to the 2013 Dinghy Guides this is towable 4 wheels down and only requires that fuse 32 be removed while towing. The turbo charged engine which is an option for the Sonic is not towable 4 wheels down.

Anyone towing a Chevy Sonic.

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When I was shopping for a new daily driver that would double as a toad, I considered a Chevy Sonic. But ended up getting a Honda Fit instead. I believe I made the right call.
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