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Swampman597

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Posted: 10/11/19 05:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The MotorHome magazine tow guides don't list it, the owners manual is vague about towing over 30 miles but eTrailer has a Blue OX base plate installation guide & base plate for it.

So, is anyone towing a 2017 Jetta with 1.4 engine and manual transmission? Does it work?

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Posted: 10/12/19 12:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The is according to Remcotowing.com

2017 Volkswagen Jetta ALL FWD I4 1.4L cyl 5-Speed Manual w/OD Manual
*Must be towed on a tow dolly. Please confirm in owner's manual.


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Posted: 10/12/19 08:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, there seems to be more reports against towing it versus towing it. I guess a Jeep might be in our future.

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I had a 2012 Jetta 5 speed and the manual listed no restrictions on flat towing. After that I had a 2014 Passat, also a 5 speed and like yours, the manual was essentially silent on recreational towing. What is not known is whether there was a transmission design change from '12 to '17 or VW has decided to no longer mention RV towing in their manual. Wish I had a real answer. Some research on VW forums might be helpful.

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My gut feeling is why not. Being a manual, no fluid issues to worry about. In neutral the only thing rotating are the half shafts and inside the transmission the main shaft is turning and distributing gear lube so like I said, why not?


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Good points, thanks

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SidecarFlip wrote:

My gut feeling is why not. Being a manual, no fluid issues to worry about. In neutral the only thing rotating are the half shafts and inside the transmission the main shaft is turning and distributing gear lube so like I said, why not?


Yes, the rear half of the mainshaft is turning, but does that stir up the lube oil? When the front half is turning, causing the cluster gear to rotate, the oil is being distributed very well in most trannys, but the rear half does nothing as far as lubrication is concerned.
Just something to think about. Not all manual transmissions are towable. Some will damage the output shaft bearing and seal due to lack of lube. It may take a while and many miles, but it will eventually happen, and it will likely not be covered by any warranty.
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Yikes, its these unknowns that trouble me. I'm starting to lean toward a Jeep, mostly for the convenience. After looking at the Blue Ox video of how to install the base plate, I wondered if the base plate tips would be a turn off for a buyer who knows its been towed.

Thanks, I'm still considering and the points youses bring up are valid.

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Then again, a potential buyer may see the base plate installation and think "Oh, wow, just what I have been looking for!"
A somewhat interesting side note, the PT Cruiser, the Subaru Forester, and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited were sitting in a row, West to East, when two hail storms came through a while back. The hail was pea size up to ping pong ball size.
The PT Cruiser suffered a few dents. The Subaru now looks like a golf ball. The Jeep has very few barely noticeable dents, although the windshield was broken. IMO, that is a good commentary on the metal they are made from!
Finding a good used Jeep for a toad is an excellent idea. I am partial to the '06 and older. The '07 and newer were redesigned, and I don't care for the body lines or the engines. Some of us Jeep fans don't care if it gets chipped or scratched. "It is a Jeep, it is supposed to be chipped, scratched, and dented. That's why they call that trail near Moab, UT, Metal Masher!"
Yeah, I been there....
Not with the current Jeep, though.

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Posted: 10/13/19 08:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a buddy with a Razor side-by-side who is cheering on the Jeep vote. And, he wants to visit Moab too from Oregon.

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