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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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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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Towing 4 wheels down

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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keystoneco said:
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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keystoneco said:
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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Odometer when towing?

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.:confused:

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Becky in FL
 

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Disabling the Odometer When Towing

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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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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Hey ya' all! I'm a newbie to this forum too and just bought an SX4 (manual) and definitely plan on setting it up for towing. We previously towed a Grand Vitara behind our motorhome, but it was totalled in an accident (we're OK, thanks), but opted to get the SX4 becase it is lighter for towing and gets better fuel performance (we hope). I checked the Roadmaster website, and the brackets for this vehicle are available (EZ2-521019-1), and I will rely on my RV service center to install the brackets and the wiring harness, which I don't anticipate any problems. What I am wondering, is there anyone on this forum that has actually done all of the above and actually towed this vehicle, and if so, 1) have you had any problems?, 2) how do the brackets come through the front grill? As I have already purchased the vehicle, I sincerely hope there are no probelms!!! Thanks to all for your reply in advance.
 

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We are now towing an 08 SX4 with the Blue Ox Aventa LX. We liked the sleek look (husband found it more inconspicuous) a little better than the Roadmaster and on our "maiden voyage", could not tell it was behind us. We are very happy with our choice. I'll post a pic of the tow setup shortly...



 

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thanks for posting. the brackets look very stealthy. I willl be using a Roadmaster Falcon 2 towbar, since I already own one that used with the old Vitara. The old Vitara used "MX" brackets which didn't require the cross bar support. I understand that the new brackets will require a cross bar since the vehicle's frame sets further back from the front grill. Happy touring!!
 

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Roadmaster Tow Bar Installation

Mike,

I just returned from my first trip towing my '08 SX4 (manual trans) behind my motorhome. We didn't encounter any surprises. We did however find the car to be very capable on the dirt roads encountered at our destination. It's a great little car and a whompin' lot more comfortable than the Samurai it replaced.

I installed the Roadmaster brackets (the EZ series is the only one they offer for that car) about a month before the trip. (I have the Stowmaster not the Falcon tow bar, but I believe the brackets are the same.) While it was a bit time consuming, all went smoothly. The brackets are designed to come between a couple of bars in the grille and don't protrude past it. They're fairly unobtrusive and don't require any modification to the grille. And as predicted in earlier threads, the odometer did not register any of the towed mileage.

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I need to tow my SX4 AWD M/T cross country behind a U-Haul truck.

What kind of towing equipment is necessary between the truck and the SX4?

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Read your Owners Manual, to see if your car is even towable.

There may be a problem with the AWD mechanism.

Good Luck!
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That's one of those, "Aw CRAP!" moments. :(

I seem to remember it WAS mentioned in my own Owners Manual, but alas, I don't have that anymore.

Maybe someone with experience with towing an AWD car will come on and give you the answer. You can put the MT in neutral but that does not really disengage the transfer case, rear drive shaft, rear differential and rear axles.
If the car is moving all that stuff is turning.

I think I'd trailer an AWD SX4, if I wanted to transport it. Might be a lot safer for the car. Just a thought.

Good Luck!
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