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We purchased a new 2009 Smart car just for towing " flat four". Owners manual says "Yes"! We have towed this over15000 miles with no problems. No warming up trans. etc. Put the trans in neutral, leave key in ignition accessory position, disconnect battery and you're "Good to go"! One tip: attach a bungy cord from steering wheel to under front seat! This will eliminate a nasty steering wheel back lash on slow tight turns. The car is so lite I dont bother with a brake control. Another tip" When re-connecting the battery, hold down on brake pedal before turning key to on position! The transmission has to re learn the codes. It takes about 10 seconds. When the "P" park symbol shows on the dash the car will start and you are finished. Hope this helps! I had to learn the hard way!

You don't need to disconnect the battery.

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I flat towed a 2008 Cabriolet for two years, with no problems. Then I decided to change cars, went for a Mini Cooper, bad mistake. Went back to a 2012 Cabriolet. What I need to know is, will the Blue Ox BX8848 wiring kit work on the car without causing any problems? I ask this because I do all of my own work to set the car up for towing, and I would rather not have to take the rear off in order to do the tail lights.

I tow a 2012 read "mule mans" answer and my comment and you're good to go. I put in a wiring harness and diodes for my Roadmaster ( Don't know anything about Blue Ox which I assume is basically the same.) system. You get to the taillights from the back compartment. It's easy to run the wiring harness, but you need to take the front end and side bottom fairing off to run it if you're going to mount it permanently. Which happened to be quite easy. Good luck. Look at attached photo, Wiring adapter in the top grill, and tow bar adapters with covers, in the lower grill.

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This is what I use. You can find them cheaper on eBay. Also there is an adjustable one out there. That would of been my choice if I didn't already have this one.

I also tow a Jeep Liberty, and have towed a Chev. Colorado pickup without having to change the tow-bar setup. Works perfect and gives you about an extra foot for the car to turn around tight corners. Photo's of my setup with parts stored when not in use, this is a 6" drop.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/6-high-low-drop-hitch/21578

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In the instructions for flat towing a Smart it says after releasing the brakes with the car in neutral to remove the key. Ok, How. You can not turn the key to "0" without putting the transmission in "P".

However, I did read somewhere that there is a way to do it by removing a pin from the ignition switch which will allow the key to turned to the "0"position and be removed. Unfortunately, I don't remember (age related CRS) where I read it. I know it was on a forum but, don't know which one.

For now, it stays in position 1.I'd really prefer "0" and remove the key.

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks

Fred

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We purchased a Smart car to tow behind our motorhome. Were told it was towable. We find out that it is towable but only at 30 MPH for max of 30 miles. We are going to have to trailer it. Any suggestions for Smart car tow-ers?

First off, YOU LEAVE the ignition key in! If you want your doors locked use your spare key.

On the other subject you can tow the car at any speed. I don't know where you guys are getting your information.

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The instruction were written by the French, not Americans. First they are telling you to put the brake on.

No need, if your car is hooked up to your tow-bar as it won't roll. As far as the towing bit they are referring

to a tow truck situation- 30 mph etc.

All you have to do when you have the car hooked up to the tow bar is just

1. Put the car into neutral.

2. Turn the ignition key to the farthest left position, leaving the key in the ignition.

3. Forget everything else anyone else tells you to do.

I also use a bungee cord from the bottom of the steering wheel to the front lower seat frame. Not tight &

not too loose. This helps getting the steering wheel ,and tires back to center when you're making tight turns.

Now after you're all ready with everything else you need to do with your camper, is drive off on your trip at

any speed you desire. I pass up semi's on the highway and my smart hasn't exploded in the last 3 years

of towing it.

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I wish I had seen this a long time ago. I have been towing my SmartCar for 3 years and have never had a problem. I tow 4-wheels down. I do not use a battery disconnect and have never had problems with the batteries.

I hope you have been towing and enjoying the SmartCar.

Martha Barnes, F-003291, Merritt Island, FL 32953

yrosef3291@aol.com, 321-501-0301

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Thanks for all of your reply's.

I will be installing the tow system this weekend including the brake system (SMI Stay In Play) and the wiring harness and diodes for the tail lights.

My Tow vehicle is a 2003 Rialta.

I hope to trial tow the Toad Sunday.

Fred

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Just a follow up on my trial run. Not much to say. It went perfectly. No issues with the Smart or the Rialta. I expected that I would feel Smart back there but, didn't feel it at all. I was easy at first since I didn't know what to expect but, finally took it out on 64 and headed to Richmond running between 60 to 70 when the traffic permitted and everything was rock solid and the Rialta was able to keep the mileage up to just above 18MPG. Down just a hair.

I did as suggested here and used a couple of bungee cords to return the steering to center when in slow turns and they also worked well. My wife sat in the back for a while until we were convinced all would track well and then came up front and we just kept going for a while.

I went with the Smart Tow system www.smart-tow.com and am very pleased with it. They modify the crash bar by strengthening the tow bar and adding new longer tow points to the bar and pinning them an welding the pins at 4 areas. I've read somewhere that someone tried to tow a SC with the existing tow points and it did not work. The difference between the existing and modified crash bar is very noticeable.

The Tow bar weighs less than 20 lbs. And is easy to setup.

I also added the SMI Stay-In-Play braking system and use diodes to connect the lights up.

I'm very happy with this setup. However, a question is evident. The key in the car. Is it possible to buy just the base key, no transmitter/receiver to use to leave in the ignition switch while under tow? 300 bucks for a key to leave in the car is a little steep.

Fred

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We have a 2012 Smart Car and we tow it 4 wheels down . We do use a battery disconnect when towing, We use a RoadMaster Falcon all terrain towbar, with hidden brackets. It tows great we have no problems at all, it goes around corners like someone is driving the car. We keep the back camera on to make sure it is still there because you really don't know you are towing it. We had the tow Pkg. put on at Camping World and they did a great job.

We put a switch on the Battery disconnect so you don't have to pull up the floor to turn the battery on and off.

Also Camping World had a special on installing the pkg. $210. and it took 7 hours to install, taking the front off the car was scary to watch.

Tom & Kathy Manoff

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I have towed my 2011 Smart for two Passion Cabriolet many miles. No problems until today. Hit a Major HUGE pothole. Now with battery disconnected it swishes left and right, loud clunking noise. Battery connected does not swish. Pulled it back home still not right. Will ck more tomorrow. Too disgusted today to think about. 

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Last reply was 3 years ago!

All the ones, I have seen in the past 2 years, are siting on trailers!  Some things should not be towed, Smart Car, Fiat 300 & 500 come to mind.

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