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Old 02-03-2017, 03:38 PM   #1
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Flat towing a Subaru with manual transmission

I have a few questions. I saw in the dinghy guides that you can flat tow a Subaru with manual transmission. We r looking a buying a used Subaru but every time we see one the seller says you can't flat tow as it has AWD. Does anyone flat tow a Subaru with manual transmission? If so what do you have to do with it to be able to flat tow?
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Old 02-07-2017, 08:27 AM   #2
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a bit old, but have a look

Subaru Towing information page behind a motorhome

a newer thread

https://community.fmca.com/topic/550...mend-flat-tow/
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Old 02-07-2017, 09:39 PM   #3
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Flat towing a Subaru with manual transmission

I have been towing a 2014 Outback 6 speed, not CVT, manual transmission for 3 years. No issue. Just drop it into neutral, switch the key to first click to unlock steering and all is good. In fact, I made it a condition of sale so I would not void my warranty.
The Outback is listed in the 2014 Motorhome Dingy Towing Guide and the guide outlines the restrictions supplied by the manufacturer. Older guides can be downloaded. Click image for larger version

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In 2015 Subaru went to a CVT type transmission and those are NOT towable
4-down. Prior to 2015 the manual trans were towable.

I had a 2009 Forester that I towed for over 5 years and never had any issues.
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NO Subi with an AUTO tranny can be towed 4 down.
Period.
Newer CVT or older auto tranny, CANNOT be towed 4 down.

A manual tranny Subi CAN be towed 4 down, and ONLY 4 down (or on a flatbed truck/trailer)
A manual tranny Subi CANNOT be towed using a dolly, which would be "2 down".
Manual tranny Subi, 4 down, your good to go.
Currently tow a 2013 Subi Crosstrek, and have over 20,000 towing miles on it with no problems at all.
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And I was beginning to think I was the only person in the world towing a Subi. Glad to hear from other folks.
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And I was beginning to think I was the only person in the world towing a Subi. Glad to hear from other folks.
Nope, your not the only one.
Wife and I have owned 6 Subies since 1995, and never had a breakdown or problem with any of them in over 400,000 miles.
And, if something happened to my Crosstrek and it had to be replaced, another Subi would take it's place.
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NO Subi with an AUTO tranny can be towed 4 down.
Period.
Newer CVT or older auto tranny, CANNOT be towed 4 down.

A manual tranny Subi CAN be towed 4 down, and ONLY 4 down (or on a flatbed truck/trailer)
A manual tranny Subi CANNOT be towed using a dolly, which would be "2 down".
Manual tranny Subi, 4 down, your good to go.
Currently tow a 2013 Subi Crosstrek, and have over 20,000 towing miles on it with no problems at all.
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