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Old 12-30-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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Geo Tracker to be Towed

Considering a 1996 Tracker 2wd, 5 speed, 2 door for our 4 wheel down tow vehicle. The manual states that vehicle can not be towed 4 down. The first owner towed behind his motorhome, so claims the 3rd. owner & I would be the forth. If any out there have towed the same setup would like to know how it worked out.

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Old 12-30-2014, 05:35 PM   #2
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I towed a '90 4WD Tracker all over the country. The instructions were to put it in low gear and the transfer case in neutral. A friend borrowed it and left it in low and low range one morning out around Jackson Hole. He told me he heard the engine explode somewhere around 68 mph. Fortunately, the Chevy dealer in JH had a new engine.

Seeing as you don't have 4WD transfer case, I think you could leave it in neutral while towing. However, the OM warned not to do that.

I know folks who have VW Bugs that they tow. Thats what they do.

All three of the Toads that I have had were 4WD, manual trans. All the OM said to do the same thing; gear shift in 1st gear, transfer case in neutral.
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Old 12-31-2014, 01:12 AM   #3
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I am unfamiliar with trackers and towing, but if you are looking for other options...

I would recommend an S Class Saturn from 96-2003 for this purpose. They can be easily purchased from around $1,500-$4,000 depending on condition. They get 30+ miles per gallon, and only thing that makes them temperamental is not changing the oil at regular intervals. Most importantly Saturn designed them to be towed 4 down. Road master makes a hidden hitch setup to tow them. if you do not have a road master hook up you can get adapters to suit your needs. The saturn wagon is the heaviest and roomiest of the bunch, and it weighs in at a whopping 2,500lbs curb weight. The Sedan is approximately 2,200lbs.
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:00 AM   #4
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Is that 4 down with a manual trans, automatic or both?
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:12 AM   #5
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Funny story....shortly after geo tracker became the Chevrolet tracker (still not made in USA), I saw one driving down the road with two guys wearing flannel and sporting long beards with a bumper sticker stating "Buy American".
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:52 AM   #6
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My Father in law towed one four down. I still got the hitch.
It was an automatic though.
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:22 AM   #7
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IIRC, they were made in Ingersoll, Ontario.....Still not close enough for "Buy American", I suppose.
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:15 PM   #9
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"1996 Tracker 2wd, 5 speed, 2 door for our 4 wheel down tow vehicle" I'll add the word manual to clarify. Sorry for the confusion.

Seems like it should be key in ACC. position and transmission in nuteral.

Thanks for the responses and if anyone has done this setup please respond.
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We towed a Chevy Tracker behind our 34' Land Yacht in low gear with the transfer case in neutral for several years with no problem at all, except for the night that I turned onto a very narrow street that dead ended in Ketchum. Had to back out in the dark several hundred feet...lol
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Saturn "S" series with automatics were designed to to be towed four down with key in the ignition on acc, p-brake off, and transmission in neutral.
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We flat tow our 2006 Saturn Vue, automatic in neutral with the key in the "ACC" position but with the Ignition fuse removed. The Saturn Vue V6 was Honda powered in 2005, 2006 & 2007. Awsome to tow and tow with, it tows 3500#'s. 255 HP and 246 Ft. lbs, of torque.
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