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I wouldn't tow a newer one with front wheels on the ground even with the wheel tied.  There have been a couple of instances of the electric-assist power steering no longer working after being towed.  Don't understand the reasons why, but it seems related to the higher-end German car phenomenon of "dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree after being towed with wheels on the ground"...you know, the ABS lights and others.  The new symptom includes no steering assist, which is a little more difficult to overcome by having the customer drive the car until the warning lights go away on their own.  Not so easy when the steering isn't working.

 

Richard

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4 hours ago, someotherplace said:

I wouldn't tow a newer one with front wheels on the ground even with the wheel tied.  There have been a couple of instances of the electric-assist power steering no longer working after being towed.  Don't understand the reasons why, but it seems related to the higher-end German car phenomenon of "dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree after being towed with wheels on the ground"...you know, the ABS lights and others.  The new symptom includes no steering assist, which is a little more difficult to overcome by having the customer drive the car until the warning lights go away on their own.  Not so easy when the steering isn't working.

 

Richard

I find it amazing that with all of todays technology how un-tow friendly all these high end cars are. Its almost like these manufacturers go out of their way to make it a pain in the a$$ to tow and transport their vehicles. 

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On 5/11/2020 at 3:50 PM, GRUMPS The Towman said:

I find it amazing that with all of todays technology how un-tow friendly all these high end cars are. Its almost like these manufacturers go out of their way to make it a pain in the a$$ to tow and transport their vehicles. 

Well you know, it's only supposed to go on a carrier, right? 😃 And Mercedes/BMW owners would NEVER park where they're not supposed to and get PPI'd... LOL

 

By the way, notice how the new generation BMW X1 is available as FWD or AWD (the first ones were RWD)..   Don't be mistaken thinking the FWD version can be towed rear wheels on the ground.  The electric assist steering loses its mind on this one, too.  It boggles the mind that systems completely not needed while the vehicle is not running are somehow still 'active'...

 

Richard

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