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Towing a VW Beetle Manual Transmission
Posted 18 March 2010 - 04:17 PM
Posted 18 March 2010 - 05:03 PM
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What year? One of the old air cooled beetles or one of the new front wheel drive water cooled ones?
VERY different drivetrains.
Dianne and Brett Wolfe
1997 Safari Sahara 3540
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 06:12 PM
Posted 19 March 2010 - 07:10 PM
Posted 20 March 2010 - 10:34 PM
Charles & Sheila Pennington
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'03 Jeep Liberty
Posted 22 March 2010 - 12:43 PM
I have also learned there is no reason to keep the key in the on position to prevent the steering wheel from locking. On this model if you turn the key to off but DO NOT remove it the steering wheel will not lock.
If you have an automatic transmission you must us a tow dolly and keep the front wheels off the ground. Our previous VW was an Jetta TDI with automatic and we had to use a tow dolly. We towed that car for about 10k miles with no problems.
Mandalay 08 40G
Posted 23 March 2010 - 06:10 PM
Posted 14 July 2010 - 11:27 PM
Jim I know I'm late in replying but thought I post anyway.
I had been considering an older air-cooled VW, thinking it would probably be OK, but wonder about the light weight of the front axle, whether there might be problems with the wheels turning and tracking properly during moderate to sharp turns. Anyone have experience with this? We used to add bricks or sandbags in the front trunk to improve stability in crosswinds!
We towed a Standard 1972 VW Beetle for about a year until it was rear-ended & totaled.
In that year it was towed close to 7000 miles with no problem. We used the standard VW Beetle tow bar that can be bought for $100 or less.
Here are pics of the 72 Beetle before & after it was totaled.
Now we tow a 1973 standard VW Beetle and so far we have owed it about 3000 miles.
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2004 Winnebago Sightseer - Toad 1973 VW Beetle
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Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:03 PM
Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:59 PM
1997 Safari Serengeti M-4040
2002 VW Jetta TDI Toad & 2004 Ford Explorer Limited
Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:58 PM
Do you know if I can Flat Tow this Vehicle, it is not listed under 2007 Towable in FCMA.
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