The news just broke last week on the RV forums that Chevy has notified the owners of the Cruze that it cannot be towed 4 down as stated in the owner's manual - they sent a replacement page to update their owner's manual. It's caused quite a stir there.
Many RVers purchased the Cruze specifically because up until last week, Chevy had claimed flat towing on all 4 tires was permissible. The new page and the letter that comes with it now state Chevy will not cover damage to the transmission caused by towing it this way. The revised page mandates a tow dolly to get the front tires off the ground if it is to be towed.
I know in the past flat towing many GM automatics in the Cavalier, and Malibu sized cars was permissible. What I'm not sure of is if the Cruze and Malibu share transmissions. In the owner's manual for my old '98 Olds Cutlass only requires that I remove a couple of fuses and put the transmission in neutral to tow it any distance as long as I don't exceed 65 mph. I see the latest instructions are to run the engine for 5 minutes and shift through gears before pulling it and every so often while towing it. When did the requirement to run the engine begin and why?
Some dealers have been trying to work with recent purchasers while others seem to be out in the cold.
Anyone have the full story on what's changed and when they changed?