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Towing Fiat 500

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#1 wmalexander

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:27 PM

So we bought the Fiat 500C manual transmission for a 4-down tow.The dealer said the car had to be in neutral with the key in MAR (run), and they had a printout to prove it. Not happy! The basic and extended US manuals said nothing about key; just neutral. Fiat Support first said the same think N+MAR. I researched the Euro manual, and it said Neutral and no key. After a week of research inside Fiat, Support verified Neutral only and Key OFF (can be removed!). Good news!
And they were willing to document it for future reference in writing.
What an easy tow. We have put about 500 miles on it in the past week, and it's a breeze.
Just FYI in case anyone runs into the same conflicting info.
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#2 local7fisher

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:22 PM

Do you have a Braking System requiring 12volts DC ? I need the 12 volt outlet to power my Brake Buddy and the outlet is dead without the key turned to the appropriate position. I would have to wire in a seperate fused outlet directly to the battery. My question is what is the issue towing with the key turned on? I will be looking for your reply as this my first time towing. Thank You.
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#3 RVerOnTheMove

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:08 PM

Usually, the reason for the key being in an Aux position is to unlock the steering wheel. Some car/truck steering wheels don't lock when the key is off. If the Fiat does not lock when the key is off you should be OK unless you need power for something else as mentioned above.
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

This is fantastic- exactly what I've been trying to find out. I also just bought a FIAT 500- I love it, it's manual trans., and I bought it specifically to tow.

 

I have been told that in order to tow it 4 on the floor, They have to make some permanent  modification to the front end. Did you have to do that?

 

If so, then I'm looking buy a two wheel dolly

 

I'd really appreciate it if you let me know whether or not you had to modify your front end.

 

thanks in advance,

 

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#5 hermanmullins

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

Just remember that when the key is on for power to the Accessorie outlet you will be racking up miles on the Toad. I always recommend that auxilary power be run fom the coach to power the brake. This way you never have a dead battery and you will not be racking up miles.

 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:05 PM

Anybody FLAT TOWING the Fiat Abarth?
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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:03 PM

Hello,

 

I left a message on the board but I thought I would try this. 

 

I also have a FIAT 500 and I bought it specifically to tow. I have been told that the front end has to be permanently modified in order to get it ready to tow. Did you find this to be the case?

 

Thanks,

 

Gerard

So we bought the Fiat 500C manual transmission for a 4-down tow.The dealer said the car had to be in neutral with the key in MAR (run), and they had a printout to prove it. Not happy! The basic and extended US manuals said nothing about key; just neutral. Fiat Support first said the same think N+MAR. I researched the Euro manual, and it said Neutral and no key. After a week of research inside Fiat, Support verified Neutral only and Key OFF (can be removed!). Good news!
And they were willing to document it for future reference in writing.
What an easy tow. We have put about 500 miles on it in the past week, and it's a breeze.
Just FYI in case anyone runs into the same conflicting info.

 


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#8 sgt770

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 02:06 PM

Hello,

 

I left a message on the board but I thought I would try this. 

 

I also have a FIAT 500 and I bought it specifically to tow. I have been told that the front end has to be permanently modified in order to get it ready to tow. Did you find this to be the case?

 

Thanks,

 

Gerard

As with any tow bracket attached to the front of a vehicle, there will be some modifications, which you could consider permanent, but not really noticeable other than the electrical receptacle. Recently talked to a a Fiat owner, who has had two different model Fiats. The POP model and the ABARTH model. Each one takes a different bracket due to the ABARTH is a turbo. He told me both tow beautifully without any modifications other than the bracket. They are standard shifts. (Fiat automatics cannot be flat towed.) Either one put in nuetral, leave ignition off remove key and go.


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