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Good news everyone, we received official approval and instructions for 453 flat-towing. From an official bulletin today:

"We are excited to confirm the approval of MY2016 and MY2017 smart fortwo flat-towing capabilities. Model Year 2016 and 2017 smart fortwo ICE coupes and cabrios equipped with the twinamic Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission may be flat-towed behind other vehicles such as Recreational Vehicles, moving trucks, etc. This approval applies to all Model Year 2016 and 2017 smart fortwo ICE coupes and cabrios with the DCT transmission, regardless of production date. Updates to the owner’s manuals are in development.

DISCLAIMER: MY2016 and MY2017 smart fortwo models with the standard 5-speed manual transmission and smart electric coupes and cabrios are not approved for flat-towing."
 

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Hey Keith,

This is great- thank you.

The instructions say "Contact an authorized smart center for information on recommended tow
bar equipment and installing a matching on/off switch on the battery terminal".

Where can smart dealers/brand managers find this information to provide our customers?
 

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I finally got my 453 setup for towing! It all appears to work fine, but have only driven a short distance. Heading to Death Valley in a few weeks for the real test (5 hrs).
The total installed cost was a little higher than expected at $4,000!
I purchased the following parts:
- Blue Ox BX2004 Baseplate
- Blue Ox BX8848 4 Diodes Taillight Wiring Kit
- Blue Ox BX7365 Alpha 6,500lb Tow Bar
- Blue Ox BX88206 7 Way To 6 Way Electrical Coiled Cable (need 12v for the brake box)
- Blue Ox BRK2012 Patriot Brake
The parts were installed by MT RV in FV, CA. It was their first install so maybe a little expensive. They did a nice job and you really don't notice the baseplate or wiring connector (I painted the breakaway black to hide it). I went to Smart Madness for the install first, but they declined.
I think its the perfect car to tow!
 

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Thanks very much for this detailed info. I just bought a 2016 Passion and intend to have it set up to flat tow. The info in the Smart PDF will be very useful. I do have one question: In the "Preparing for flat towing" page, item 2 is "Make sure the ignition is switched on". Is this position 1 or 2?

Thanks again,

Jimboe
 

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flat tow 2016 passion

I reviewed the post and the pdf its a little confusing since one sez you can tow automatic tranny but its not covered in the pdf. I have a 2016 Passion fortwo with automatic transmission. Is there a work around so the key doesnt have to remain on. Or perhaps a battery disconnect that keeps the esp from kicking the brakes on.?? Really concerned since I didnt do due diligence in my research and am getting a tow bar installed next week. Any Ideas for the automatic. thanks Randy
 

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I reviewed the post and the pdf its a little confusing since one sez you can tow automatic tranny but its not covered in the pdf. I have a 2016 Passion fortwo with automatic transmission. Is there a work around so the key doesnt have to remain on. Or perhaps a battery disconnect that keeps the esp from kicking the brakes on.?? Really concerned since I didnt do due diligence in my research and am getting a tow bar installed next week. Any Ideas for the automatic. thanks Randy
I wouldn't risk a work-around to those instructions. Too risky to the dual clutch transmission. I would literally follow the instructions to a 'T.'
 

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Flat tow Smart Automatic?

New to this form and new to SmartCar. I want to flat tow a Automatic SmartCar, so what Model and Year MUST I search out to do this? Thanks for any and all help.
 

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Just learning about these vehicles, so the double clutch is called a automatic? and to flat tow it has to be a 2016 or 17? What model would that be ?
 

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Not to be a Smart *** but people keep correcting me by saying "you mean DCT" when I refer to the transmission as an automatic. There is no clutch pedal and you just put it in D and go, how is that not an automatic transmission regardless of the internal technology?
 
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