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  • avatar karjunkie 06/16/10 10:46 am PST

    What kind of towing are we talking about? Generally speaking you should do what the owner's manual says. However, if we are talking about towing a jet ski, small power boat or small sailboat under lets say 1,500 lbs. then you can probably tow it for short distances without straining the engine/transmission. Just remember that the warranty is invalidated by doing this and that at a minimum you need to install a transmission cooler. My suggestion would be to buy an old pick up truck and use that for hauling and save the wear and tear on the Solara.

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  • isellhondas 06/16/10 10:39 am PST

    If the owner's manual says not to tow than you shouldn't!

    This is a Solara and not a F-250 pickup.

    It's called using the right tool for the job. Towing is hard on ANY car!

  • karjunkie 06/16/10 10:46 am PST

    What kind of towing are we talking about? Generally speaking you should do what the owner's manual says. However, if we are talking about towing a jet ski, small power boat or small sailboat under lets say 1,500 lbs. then you can probably tow it for short distances without straining the engine/transmission. Just remember that the warranty is invalidated by doing this and that at a minimum you need to install a transmission cooler. My suggestion would be to buy an old pick up truck and use that for hauling and save the wear and tear on the Solara.

  • morin2 06/17/10 8:01 pm PST

    I've spent a lot of time in & out of boat ramps and I have never seem a Solara or Camry with a trailer attached. While it may be physically possible to attach a hitch, that doesn't mean its a good idea. I would strongly advise against this idea - unless the boat is a canoe or 12' or under lightweight aluminum skiff or jon boat. For anything more, get a cheap old pickup for towing. I got a 2000 Ford F150 for $1000 last year just for local towing.

  • gordy10 06/17/10 9:11 pm PST

    I really appreciate everyone sharing their opinion, but what I am really looking for is someone with some experience in towing a boat with one of these cars. I realize that I may be pushing the envelope and maybe no-one has done this. I can wait and see if anyone has facts rather than opinions.

    Thanks

  • karjunkie 06/18/10 7:40 am PST

    If thats the case, try one of the forums for Toyota Solara or Camry.

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