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    Default Flat Towing a Smart ForFour (2016 model)

    Can anyone advise if it is possible to flat tow an automatic ForFour - 2016 model as we want to take our Smart on the back of our Motorhome??

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    Default Re: Flat Towing a Smart ForFour (2016 model)

    For sure one crucial thing is you will have to put it in neutral to avoid breaking the park pawl mechanism (this would also mean the key is locked in the column).
    Whether there are other considerations to take account of (overall lubrication because the main cogs of the gearbox won't be rolling) is an unknown.
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    Default Re: Flat Towing a Smart ForFour (2016 model)

    For an A frame tow you need to have the brakes functional from the towing vehicle now. The law seems to change all the time and obviously it does depend where you are in the world. I think a ForFour may be close to the legal limit too.

    I don't know what the box is in a ForFour but if it is a normal auto box with clutches then you should not tow it without the engine running.

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    Default Re: Flat Towing a Smart ForFour (2016 model)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mjolinor View Post
    I don't know what the box is in a ForFour but if it is a normal auto box with clutches then you should not tow it without the engine running.
    It's a DCT , effectively two normal cog 'boxes in one casing.... but it has a park pawl (unusually)
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    Default Re: Flat Towing a Smart ForFour (2016 model)

    The electronic hand book for my fortwo says (in short) put it in neutral. You could use the override to do this without using the key.
    It doesn't say any special provisions need to be made, but as these sources are usually intended for emergency towing I'd try and check with Smart that it is OK for long distance and higher speeds.

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    Default Re: Flat Towing a Smart ForFour (2016 model)

    Quote Originally Posted by dpmike View Post
    You could use the override to do this without using the key.
    True but then the streering column lock will remain engaged.
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    Default Re: Flat Towing a Smart ForFour (2016 model)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlmostInvisibleMan View Post
    True but then the streering column lock will remain engaged.
    Good point. Maybe use a dolly?

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    Default Re: Flat Towing a Smart ForFour (2016 model)

    Smart Tow states on their website they do the 453 but not DSG which I understand is dual clutch transmission.

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    Default Re: Flat Towing a Smart ForFour (2016 model)

    Do not flat tow a dct smart. One customer with an early automatic 453 had their car converted, and iirc on the first outing the gearbox lunched itself.
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    Default Re: Flat Towing a Smart ForFour (2016 model)

    I carry bicycles and an inflatable boat with outboard in my motor home. Towing a car behind is in my humble opinion only done by the silly and foolish. Better towing a caravan behind a car. A lot cheaper too.

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