Any experience towing a 2005 Malibu?

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charley599

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Hi:
We're looking at purchasing a new tow vehicle and are contemplating a 2005 Malibu. Anyone have any experiences to share? Don't do off-road so not really interested in 4-wheel drive vehicle. Prefer a sedan and not impressed with Saturn Ion.
Thanks for any input.

Charley
 

lucyakers

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We bought a Malibu in about '98 because it was one of the only cars you could tow on the ground without the miles adding to the odometer.  It was great. I drove it to about 125,000 miles and sold it to a kid who has put on another 50,000.

(You were supposed to start the engine every so many miles while towing and, one time, my husband started it up at a rest area, we traveled another few hours and, at next rest area, found the car was still running! He was forgetful even then...)
 

John From Detroit

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One of the best place for towing information is REMCO,  I do not know about the 2005 Malibu, (My daughter has one but alas, I've not read it's manuals, The one time she towed it she trailered it (U-Haul trailer) Detroit to Las Vegas)

However if, like my car, it's designed so it can not be towed 4-down.. Remco can fix that for you for around 500-700 (parts/parts +install)

They have multiple solutions.. I opted for an axel disconnect on my car.  (They suggested a lube pump) Pumps can fail, Axel disconnects... Much harder to make fail, baring user forgetfullness that is
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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I have seen several people towing Mailbus (standard sedan or Mailbu Maxx) here at the campground where we are working this summer.  Only have to remove a fuse or two for towing - no drive disconnect or extra pumps required.  I have not heard of any problems with them.  It's  fairly light weight vehicle, too (3100-3400 lbs), so well suited for towing by motorhomes with a relatively low GCWR or 4000 lb hitches.
 

charley599

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Thanks for all the info, folks. It's reassuring to hear from others. If and when we make the big decision, I'll let you know how it works out.

Charley
 
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