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How to Make Mazda Miata Flat Towable

by LEW
(VENICE, FL. USA)

I have a 1999 Mazda Miata with a manual 5 speed transmission that I want to make flat towable behind my Motorhome. The owner’s manual states that I have to have the rear wheels off the pavement. How can I make this vehicle flat towable?

ANSWER: Greetings Lew thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

I am afraid that I am not going to be of much help on this. As your Mazda Owner's Manual states towing your year Mazda Miata 4 wheels down will damage its transmission. They advise the only safe way to tow it is by putting the rear wheels on a Tow Dolly.

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I am opening up this question to our visitors to see if any of them have a 99 Miata that they have modified to allow it to be towed 4 wheels down without causing transmission damage.

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Just info
by: Anonymous

I know someone who has towed his 1991 Miata approximately 50,000 miles & still going no issues. He over filled the standard trans with a Lucas oil type additive, he starts the car every time they fuel up the motor home to circulate the oil.

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Flat Towing my 2000 Miata
by: Gary_K

I just return from a 10,000 mile trip through the NorthWest and towed my 2000 Miata with no problems what so ever. It has a 5 speed manual transmission. I simply put it in neutral with the key in the ignition. I also have an RVi2 brake setup in the Miata. No problems and no milage logged on the towed. I've owned this car for 15 yrs... and this is my second year of towing it behind my motorhome. I can't see any negative results and she still runs like a new car. I hope this helps someone else who's considering towing a Miata.

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Mazda Miata flat tow
by: Popparod

Since rennenmetal is closing down and no longer selling parts for this tow package, I may have an alternative.

Remove the 3 bolts that attach the baby teeth to the frame and use the baby teeth as a pattern to fabricate a bracket of 1/2 " thick steel with an extension and bolt them back on in place of the baby teeth. Attach a crossbar to both baby teeth replacement brackets and you have a complete tow package. That is all the package consisted of when I purchased mine from rennenmetal.

To clarify, my Miata that I towed all over the country with nary a problem was a stick shift 5 speed . I would not recommend towing an automatic 4 wheels down without removing or disconnecting the driveshaft.

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towing miata
by: donnie


arod,
what can you tell me about the piece I need to connect to my Miata to tow it?
can you do it in neutral?
do you tow it from the front?
what keeps the front wheels from turning?

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Miata Towing
by: Anonymous

I've been towing my 90 V8 Miata for years to tracks all over the north east. I've also been towing my 93 Spec Miata track car all over the north east. Both cars are on a dolly front wheels up. Have had zero problems with either car. The v8 actually has a Ford drive train(engine, trans, rear). No prep other then making sure the car is secured on the dolly.

But, I recently bought a 99 automatic Miata as a project car for my wife. I towed this 99 same as my other Miata's with rear wheels down & in neutral. Tow was appox: 125 miles. When I got it home I had no reverse. I tried a few simple things but still no reverse. After the New Year I'll delve a little deeper and if I'm lucky it will be a simple fix. If not, I guess I'm looking at a trans replacement.

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Mazda Miata flat tow
by: Rod Powers

I have towed a 1996 Mazda miata all across the USA several times with all 4 on the ground with no problems whatsoever. I am towing with a 1999 Holiday Rambler 36 foot diesel pusher. I was told by the dealer and Mazda directly that it could not be done but I am living proof that it can be done.

The only real concern I had was to check the rear view camera Evey once in a while to see if it was still back there. Preparations to tow only included setting the ignition in accessory to release the steering wheel lock and putting the transmission in neutral. I did however change the transmission and rear end fluids to full synthetic. Even though I have since upgraded my toad to a jeep wrangler I still believe the Mazda Miata is the perfect tow vehicle.

I still have the towing apparatus that bolts directly to the front baby teeth. I can be reached at wvarod@Gmail.com for more information.

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miata towing
by: Anonymous

we have towed a 96 Miata for 7 years using a tow dolly for the front tires with the transmission in neutral. I never figured how to disconnect the speedometer so I have about 50,000 miles on it that weren't driven. but I have never had any problems with the transmission.

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automatic transmission
by: Anonymous

Has snyone successfully towed an automatic transmission? Saw the comment that toad put in synthetic transmission fluid, but did not state if he had a stardard or automatic.

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Flat Towing an MX5
by: Vince

I have been researching this subject and have been unable to get a good answer. I have a 2007 MX5 with auto trans that I want to tow, Mazda says No to flat towing but no real answers why. What makes the MX5 different than any other vehicle for towing?

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Perfect tow vehicle
by: Toad

I have towed my 1996 Miata all over the country. 4 wheels down and never a problem. The only precautions I have taken is to replace the trans and rear end grease at regular intervals with a synthetic. I can't count the number of times I have been approached by people and told. "Hey buddy, you can't do that it will ruin the transmission". I guess they know more than I do cause it sure has not ruined mine and I plan on towing it a whole lot more. I have to keep an eye on the rear camera to be sure it's still back there. It is the perfect tow vehicle by far.

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Successful Miata Towing
by: Anonymous

I've been towing a 2000 Miata flat for 12 years and over 50,000 miles with no problem. It has a 6 speed manual transmission. Unlock the steering wheel, turn the key off, but leave the key in so the steering will remain unlocked. Make sure the transmission is in neutral and the parking brake is off.

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Flat towing a Mazda Miata
by: Jim

Over the past 3 years I have flat towed my 2003 Miata nearly 30,000 miles. I use a RENNENMETAL tow bracket and a Roadmaster tow baricon. The Miata has a 5 speed standard transmission. I put it in neutral, turn the key off, and leave the key in the ignition switch. That prevents the steering wheel fron locking. That's all their is to it. Sometmes I stop every couple hours to start the engine, release the clutch and spin the gears a moment. Sometimes I don't. It doesn't seem to matter. The only problem I've experienced is that it occasionally gets awfully dirty. When that happens, I wash it.

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