I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla with about 174,000 miles on it. It’s going strong but I need to move soon and am considerig towing a small trailer with it. I believe the owner’s manual says that it is rated for 1500 pounds, but I am getting mixed messages about how hard it may be on the transmission.
So far, I have contacted U-Haul and a Toyota advisor at a dealership and they both say a small trailer should be fine.
My mechanic stepfather thinks differently. He thinks it will ruin the transmission to two with my car. He is very adament about this. I have also read some discussion boards online that say DON’T DO IT!
Thanks for your thoughts.
P. S. I will be towing in August from Colorado to Arizona (through New Mexico and at least one steep-grade mountain pass…about 900 miles). I’m thinking heat and mountainous terrian may play a factor as well…although other than the one major pass at Raton, the rest of the trip is pretty flat.
P. P. S. It’s a four-cylinder automatic.