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Old 01-18-2007, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey,

I'm a new SX4 owner and will tow my Silver SX4 Sport 5 speed when the weather clears up here in CO. We are replacing our beloved Honda Del Sol as our tow car (it met an untimely demise by being sandwiched in a rear end collision). Make sure you understand that only manual transmission SX4 vehicles can be towed 4 wheel down!!!!!!!!!

We really like the features of the SX4 and will enjoy the AWD in our too frequent snow storms. There is a lot of "upgraded content" on the SX4 for the money! Great value!

I'll post the installation sheet for the tow bar bracket from Blue Ox. I haven't installed it yet, but will when the garage warms up.

Thanks to all who post valuable information for all to use. Marv
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Old 01-19-2007, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey,

I'm a new SX4 owner and will tow my Silver SX4 Sport 5 speed when the weather clears up here in CO. We are replacing our beloved Honda Del Sol as our tow car (it met an untimely demise by being sandwiched in a rear end collision). Make sure you understand that only manual transmission SX4 vehicles can be towed 4 wheel down!!!!!!!!!

We really like the features of the SX4 and will enjoy the AWD in our too frequent snow storms. There is a lot of "upgraded content" on the SX4 for the money! Great value!

I'll post the installation sheet for the tow bar bracket from Blue Ox. I haven't installed it yet, but will when the garage warms up.

Thanks to all who post valuable information for all to use. Marv
I think you mean that only the manual with no AWD can be towed with the wheels down....
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I very carefully verified that the SX4 could be towed BEFORE purchasing the vehicle. I contacted Suzuki directly for verification.

Page 8-4 of the US owners manual states very clearly that either 2wd or i-AWD can be towed by shifting the into neutral, turning the ignition key to the ACC position and releasing the parking brake.

If anyone has a question regarding towing, look in the owners manual under "Vehicle Loading and Towing" page 8-4.

I see you are in Canada, what does your manual say? Maybe it's different the the US manual.
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We really like the features of the SX4 and will enjoy the AWD in our too frequent snow storms. There is a lot of "upgraded content" on the SX4 for the money! Great value!
There really is. I was thinking the Forenza Wagon was the value leader for Suzuki, but if you do a comparison at TrueDelta — Reliable Research. Relevant Results. , where values are assigned to standard features, you can see that the SX4, even without any cash back, kicks some serious behind. That and the 2007 Forenzas got decontented of things like alloy wheels and ABS that they had before.

Then compare it to other cars in its class like the Honda Fit, and you'll see just how the SX4 shines.

I'm seriously considering purchasing an SX4 now...
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I very carefully verified that the SX4 could be towed BEFORE purchasing the vehicle. I contacted Suzuki directly for verification.

Page 8-4 of the US owners manual states very clearly that either 2wd or i-AWD can be towed by shifting the into neutral, turning the ignition key to the ACC position and releasing the parking brake.

If anyone has a question regarding towing, look in the owners manual under "Vehicle Loading and Towing" page 8-4.

I see you are in Canada, what does your manual say? Maybe it's different the the US manual.
You are correct ! I was going from memory and what had stuck in my mind was the illustration on the previous pages (8-2 & 8-3) with the dolly under the front wheels and the big letters = 2WD ... For some reason it translated into no i-awd could be towed. Glad that you can tow your manual tranny one !

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Marv,

I too plan to tow my MT SX4 behind my motorhome. I got the Roadmaster mounting bracket kit to go with my existing tow bar, but I have no wiring diagram for hooking up the tail/brake lights. The Service Manual (that would have a wiring diagram) is not yet available. If anyone has details of which colored wires are for which lights and where is best to access them, it will save me reinventing the wheel.

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Hello..we have been unable to verify if we tow our standard 08 SX4 with four down, will it NOT register on the odometer? I know our Jeep Wrangler did not, but wasn't sure...can't find an answer.

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Becky in FL
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I too would like to disable the odometer when towing my SX4 all wheels down. I understand that electronic odometers on some cars can be disabled by removing a fuse. Does anyone know if this is applicable to the SX4?

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We were just told by Suzuki USA that we CAN tow four down and it will NOT register on the odo when in the accessory setting.. We have the two wheel drive since we are in FL...not a lot of snow to navigate, haha. Getting 31 mpg steady at 1,100 miles.
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Default Disabling the Odometer When Towing

Becky,

Thanks for the information; I didn't think to check with the factory. I called them to see if I'd get the same answer you did, and they in fact confirmed that with the key in the accessory position, the odometer is not functional.

Now if I could just get a wiring diagram or hear from someone who has hooked up the lights for towing, I wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel.

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