Towing with a chevy cavalier

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#1

I have a mint 2002 chevy cavalier(33,000mi.) with a 2.2L mfi L4 dohc (2200) engine with 4 speed auto trans. The manual says DO NOT tow with this engine. I want to tow a small tear drop trailer at 980 lbs. with a tongue weight of 95 lbs. will tow this just 80 miles twice a year on flat road in cool weather. I have also had installed a trans fluid cooler just to be safe. Do I need to still worry or will I be ok

Can I consider out or town trips at all?

Out of five engines chevy made for the cavalier why is mine the only one they say don’t tow with it?No weight in car except wife and I.No cooking gear,(we eat out), some clothes and thats it.please answer,hate to ruin my car.


#2

How could anyone on the Web overide such a important safety warning provided in your owners manual?


#3

Rent a tow vehicle twice a year. It makes much more sense than doing something that could hurt the Cavalier.

The people who wrote the owner’s manual know more about this car’s capability than anyone else here.

I once owned a Cavalier (Buick Skyhawk, but same car with different name), and I would have never considered towing with it. None of the Cavaliers were made for towing. This wasn’t unique to those with your same engine.


#4

FWD makes for a horrible towing vehicle


#5

False!!! I have towed a lightweight trailer with several hundred pounds of lumber many times to a building site for a total of several thousand miles with no problem using a 1984 Cavalier with a manual transmission with no damage to the driveline or unusual driving difficulties; traded the car at 160,000 miles due to rust.

Our VW also with a manual transmission can tow the trailer with no difference in driving characteristics other than limited acceleration, reduced emergency steering maneuverability and reduced stopping ability but no surprises.

We had friends that towed an Airstream camping trailer with a front drive Oldsmobile Toronado with no complaints.


#6

Since you have installed a transmission cooler, you should be fine to tow under 1k pounds with your Cavalier.

Don’t get into any drag races, though. :wink:

BC.