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Old 08-19-2018, 09:46 AM   #15
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I have towed 2 different Subarus. First was an Impreza w/5 speed manual that required a 10" drop and weighed apx 3K. Now I tow a Forester w/6 speed manual with a 6" drop and it weighs apx 3.3K. Neither seemed to have any effect on handling or gas milage. I really like the flexibility the Forester gives us for less than perfect road conditions, people/pet/cargo hauling, and comfort. It is my only car so reliability is important as well.
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:02 AM   #16
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Keep in mind that Mini advocated towing prior to I believe the 2009 model year. I don't believe their recommendation has to do with safety or a potential for creating issues for the drivetrain, it's more about liability.

I've personally towed a 2009 R57 S for over seven years and many miles. Tracks beautifully. Did a lot of research and I couldn't find evidence of Mini owner developing problems as a result prior to hitching up.

We too have an R59. (2013 Cooper S Roadster for those that don't know the designations). We have done about 20K miles towing and about 15K more touring in it. We wanted a convertible. We probably should have gotten another convertible as it does offer rear seats (although pretty unusable most of the time) but we really liked the 2-seater.


To answer the question about what to get. I'd buy used for sure. You'll find less cost in getting a hardtop (and get some storage to go with it.). They will allow for the roof-mounting of a bike rack, kayak, etc. I might have gone that route had the wife not wanted a convertible top. I'd probably stick the the pre-facelift models (I think the facelift was 2016?) Our first Mini was a 2005 Convertible non-S car which is still on the road (sold it to a friend with 180K miles on it and it's now well over 200K). The 2013 we have currently does not have a steering lock so you don't have to have a key in the car while towing.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:10 PM   #17
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A little heavy for you at ~4,500#, a Ford Flex.
The Blue Ox base plate puts the tabs thru the upper grill, they are high. I use a 6 inch rise receiver adapter. A 6 speed AWD it tows great.
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Old 08-20-2018, 05:58 PM   #18
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I've towed two Ford Fiesta's, the first, a 2012 with the six speed automatic that required you to disconnect the negative side of the battery before towing, and now a 2016 Fiesta with a 5 speed manual. Both are about 2,500 pounds. The newer ones have a higher tab height so I only need a 4" drop on my Sunstar. Almost all the newer Fords can be flat towed.
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Old 08-20-2018, 06:02 PM   #19
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An interesting choice is the Ford C-Max in Hybrid or Energi. It's a bit heavier due to the batteries for the electric part of the vehicle, but kind of interesting, too.

I met a guy with a C-Max Energi toad that flat-towed his car and said in 18 month he had never bought gas for the car. Just recharges at the campground.
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All great responses to a subject that arises often. Our primary dinghy is a Ford Ranger, XLT, extended cab, automatic transmission that we bought new in 1998 and have maintained as new. Ford says no flat towing. For around $700 had a RemCo shaft conversion installed. Simple pull lever engage/disengage, purely mechanical, maintenance free, has never given us a bit of trouble. And we kept a vehicle we love. (Easy! Remember - beauty is in the eye of the beholder)

When we bought our Journey, we bought a well maintained, used Saturn already set up for towing. Other folks may like them, we hated ours. Didn't have it long.

The point is, you can buy a vehicle that tows, or make a vehicle that tows. Why drive a vehicle you hate just because it flat tows?

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Old 09-12-2018, 04:50 PM   #21
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Recommend you go to your local used car lots and shop for what you like and then check the car's operations manual. They will specify whether or not it can be flat towed and if so, what the procedures are. If they don't specifically say that they can be flat towed, then look at the next car until you find what you are comfortable with.
That's how I settled on the Chevy Equinox. It's a pretty comfortable car and it's simple to set-up for towing. Pull one fuse (easy access on the passenger-side of the interior console); turn the key to the accessory position; put it in neutral and you are ready to go.
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