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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-02-2011, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Owner's manual recommends dinghy towing rather than dolly towing (such as behind an RV, for which a manual trans. Cobalt is ideally suited.)
Does anyone know of a source for towbar/mounting hardware etc. that doesn't require cutting holes in the front valence?
Such a device would need to be mounted below and/or behind the valence, possibly a swingdown bracket(s) of some sort to which the towbar could be attached. I would like to avoid driving around with an unsightly and mpg-sapping towbar on the front of my 2010 LT XFE coupe, and would also like to avoid damaging the body while installing mountings for a towbar.
Has anyone had experience with dolly (rather then dinghy) towing?
The owner's manual recommends against dolly towing out of concern for body damage. I can understand that in the case of the SS model because of the ground effects body items, but without them as on a standard Cobalt I don't understand the problem. I have used a Demco tow dolly for years for such as my 1988 Pontiac Grand Am coupe and 1991 Chrysler LeBaron convertible ( one concession to MoPar) with no problem. Neither of those has the optional ground effects, so they are similar to a non-SS Cobalt. Don't want to go against the owner's manual, but Chevy seems overly cautious on this one. Any thoughts?
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Based on what I see others do, and what the wrecker owners do, I think about all front drive cars with automatic transmissions are towed on a dolly. There is worry about transmission damage if front wheels are turning. Manual transmissions out of gear should be no problem either way. However, I also checked the book on my 2010 2LT coupe and it says the same thing so I guess there is no longer a problem with the transmission not getting lubracated while towing. GM seems to be more worried with body damage under the vehicle or at the rear of the vehicle. I would try my dolly as just see if contact with the ground or the ramps was likely on the roads you plan to drive on. Check with your dealer, but what you have done in the past I think is the best method.

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I have seen a couple cobalts set up for dingy towing before. I don't know where they got the setup but I think it did have the bumper cut up to fit it on. That's all the help I can provide lol.
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As stated above, I would use the dolly. The auto trannies need the engine running to pump fluid to all the moving parts, if you flat tow, it is almost like driving without fluids. manual trannies have an internal pump that works without the vehicle running, so you can flat tow manuals.

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Probably would be easier to trailer it.

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