Towing with an Automatic?

Sandgroper replied on 09/09/2019 17:56

Posted on 09/09/2019 17:56

Having seriously started looking for a new car (probably a Mondeo diesel) I wonder how automatics fare in towing?

I have driven automatics but never towed with one. The Mondeo, in my experience tows well and is very comfortable etc. It also has a sound noseweight limit!

MollysMummy replied on 09/09/2019 18:27

Posted on 09/09/2019 18:27

2 pedals good ..... 3 pedals bad 😉

Though bare in mind there are different flavours of automatic. I've no idea what a Mondeo has, but Ford's Powershift (an automated manual) has its critics. 

This is worth a watch  ....

 

JVB66 replied on 09/09/2019 20:53

Posted on 09/09/2019 18:56 by Navigateur

Automatics are fine - until you want the precise control at low speed that one gets with a clutch.

Posted on 09/09/2019 20:53

Not a problem with ours, its very easy at what ever speed is needed

Johnno1O1 replied on 09/09/2019 21:03

Posted on 09/09/2019 21:03

I'm still a beginner at this but in my (limited) experience towing is fine with a manual until I have to perform the dreaded reversing manoeuvre.

I'm still not too good at this so the clutch on my manual car comes in for a fair bit of abuse because I take that much longer to reverse.

I would definite consider an automatic for our next car, either that or invest in a motor mover!

MollysMummy replied on 09/09/2019 21:17

Posted on 09/09/2019 18:56 by Navigateur

Automatics are fine - until you want the precise control at low speed that one gets with a clutch.

Posted on 09/09/2019 21:17

I can be every bit as controlled, and more, with my auto towcar (not with my Smart's automated manual) as you can be with a manual. And with no clutch slip.

MollysMummy replied on 09/09/2019 21:19

Posted on 09/09/2019 21:03 by Johnno1O1

I'm still a beginner at this but in my (limited) experience towing is fine with a manual until I have to perform the dreaded reversing manoeuvre.

I'm still not too good at this so the clutch on my manual car comes in for a fair bit of abuse because I take that much longer to reverse.

I would definite consider an automatic for our next car, either that or invest in a motor mover!

Posted on 09/09/2019 21:19

As above, bear in mind that the DSG type auto have not one clutch to burn out, but two.

Ph1lTurner replied on 10/09/2019 22:49

Posted on 10/09/2019 22:49

I had been using an automatic till driving back from Abbey Wood this year and got a "Transmission Service Warning" message. Phoned garage while on A303 and they said ok to drive back. Did and just got back. Got transmission oil replaced and then got 3rd gear problems so had to change cars.

Could be that my car was 2002 and never had a transmission oil change (nor a filter), but from what I read is something that needs to be checked.

lornalou1 replied on 10/09/2019 23:24

Posted on 10/09/2019 23:24

I thought Ford were fitting torque converter auto's on new models now. If having trouble at slow speeds forward/backward then use the brake peddle along with the throttle.

MollysMummy replied on 10/09/2019 23:41

Posted on 10/09/2019 23:24 by lornalou1

I thought Ford were fitting torque converter auto's on new models now. If having trouble at slow speeds forward/backward then use the brake peddle along with the throttle.

Posted on 10/09/2019 23:41

Maybe Ford are fitting 'proper autos' now ..... Vauxhall gave up on their Easytronic automated manual 🤔

LL are you suggesting using two feet? 😉😉