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Old 10-28-2010, 09:13 AM   #11
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My manual said to put the transfer case into neutral and the auto transmission into Park. That way the towing cannot affect your automatic transmission. I could only affect your transfer case and I have put synthetic gear lube in the transfer case just in case that helps reduce any wear. As I said I've got over 250 milesa on my toad and the transmission performs splendidly.
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You must have the 4 wheel drive option in your car. Ours is the 2 wheel drive version. We have no transfer case.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:49 AM   #12
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easiest option is a car trailer. they dont loose value very easy either.
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:19 AM   #13
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I did not realize that you could tow the 2-WD Suzuki. When I bought my 1994 sidekick they were saying that you could not tow the 2WD four wheels on the ground. That is why I bought the 4WD.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:47 AM   #14
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Also key word is a transfer case. even more key is that you need one with a manual transfer case that you can put the transfer case into neutral!

hehe parents have a 96 geo tracker 2 door convertible hard top with 4x4 5 speed that would be awesome as a frog.
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Old 10-30-2010, 03:45 PM   #15
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I own A Honda CRV It is A 2wd automatic and is flat towed. My manual instructs you to start up, go through all the gears, let it run for 3 min.then shut down and now you can tow it with A max speed of 65 for 8 hours.
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:13 AM   #16
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I know this thread is 6 years old. But let's see if anyone is listening.

I recently picked up a 2001 GV 4x4 and proceeded to make it toad-worthy. I saw an expert review on Edmunds giving 65 mph as a top tow speed. I also saw the manual which says 55 mph top tow speed. Both list 200 miles as the stop-and-rev distance. Reading your posts it seems like 55 mph should be the norm but wandering above that a little for a short while is not going to ruin the transmission. How about the loose steering wheel? Is there any problem with the front wheels jerking to one side or another over a bump or a hole? Does the steering wheel need to be moderately restrained with rope or bungie cords?
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:55 AM   #17
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The steering damper (shock) should take up sudden jerks.
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:46 AM   #18
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We just towed our Suzuki Grand Vitara from Dallas to Mesa Verde. Most of the way we kept the speed at or just below 65 mph with no ill effects. Occassionally, on severe down-hill slopes we hit 70 mph with no ill effects. I think the 55 mph limit is because the steering wheel, and therefore the front wheels, is loose and can turn freely. The steering is fairly tight on our Grand Vitara and seems to "want" to maintain a straight course. The steering also seems to follow the turns of the RV fairly closely as we make the tight turns through gas stations. However, we have not driven, towing, over large holes and/or large obstacles which might turn the wheels and put a strain on the towing linkages. Also, at higher speeds I noticed that side winds seem to have a greater effect on the toad which translates to more RV steering corrections - not many, not much, but some. As for the 200 mile limit . . . we did not hold to that strictly. We were close, but not exact . . . maybe as far as 250 miles or as few as 180. I have come to believe that part of the reason for the 200 mile limit is not only to circulate the fluids but to be certain to keep the battery charged. I say this for two reasons. First, the key is in the "on" position which causes a slight battery drain. And second, I accidentally left the key in the ignition overnight which did indeed drain the battery low enough to need a jump. HOWEVER, all in all we were planning to stop every approximately 200 miles anyway to stretch, eat a meal, do the necessary stuff, etc . . . So, it has worked out just fine so far. Those folks that drive on and on forever without rest - stay off of my highway. I don't want to encounter your tired selves coming or going.
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Sounds like it is working out well for you. As long as their are no worn parts on the Zuk (balljoints, tie rod ends, ect.) it should track fine. Thanks for the update.
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Small added benifit to 4-down over tow dolly

We had one small but satisfactory benifit to towing the 3500 pounds of GV over towing a 500 pound tow dolly with a 2800 pound Nissan Versa aboard. Our gas mileage went up ever so slightly from 6.48 mpg to 6.87 mpg. I know that doesn't sound like much but on a 3000 mile trip that amounts to almost a 27 gallon savings = almost a whole 30 gallon top-off OR a bit nicer dinner out on the road.

Or, another way to think of it, might be that after about 37 of those 3000 mile trips the $2500 toad investment will be paid . . . hmmm . . . better get busy planning more trips before that GV falls apart from old age.

Yeah, I know - peanuts. But you can feed peanuts to an elephant and he/she is your best friend for a moment.

Hey! I just made that up! Pretty good for a Texican!
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