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I was just pondering cars suitable as toads, and wondered about the longevity of the gearboxes, as I'm sure that some may get damaged by not being lubricated properly, they not being designed to be towed most of their lives.

I may be wrong of course, but a little more knowledge wouldn't go amiss, which are the best ones anyway?
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Maybe a rear wheel drive would be best Kev.

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Maybe a rear wheel drive would be best Kev.
Wouldn't that restrict us to a Smart car though Phil, anything bigger would be too heavy, and the wheels would still be driving the gearbox.
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Try and have a look at the handbooks. Our Suzuki Alto, and the Nissan Pixo before that have sections relating to being towed. I've towed for over 25 years, and th only cars I've heard of which have had problems were certain types of automatics.


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Most of the gearbox won't be turning unless it's in gear and the bits that are won't be under load. The diff will be turning of course but also not under load. There won't be excessive wear.
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I think a Smart or similar on a two wheel trailer is possibly the best option, But the trailer would be a PITA at home, those nice folk who have a preference for horses and caravans may find the easy availability to make it vanish too difficult to resist.
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Stateside where almost everything is automatic and 'toads' are the norm. 4x4 were the most common toads with Honda being the second.
But we towed out Citroen ZX off and on for 21 years with no adverse problems to the gear box.

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Stateside where almost everything is automatic and 'toads' are the norm. 4x4 were the most common toads with Honda being the second.
But we towed out Citroen ZX off and on for 21 years with no adverse problems to the gear box.

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That's a long time to keep any car, no ambition some folk
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That's a long time to keep any car, no ambition some folk
Yep Kev.
It was my wife's 'baby'.
In fact I still see it poodling about and rather than fit another 'A' frame on another car it would be cheaper to buy it back as I still have the frame.

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