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I am in process of purchasing a 2013 Outback Premium with manual trans. I know people tow these but was concerned when the operators manual does not say anything about being able to tow 4 wheels down and nothing at all about manual trans. It only addresses emergency towing.
I put the deal on hold until I can get some documentation from Sabaru that says it's OK to tow the manual transmission Outback 4 wheels down. Otherwise I am concerned that they could invalidate the warranty since it is not specifically addressed in the manual for towing. Many other brands do.
My wife drives a 2010 Outback with auto trans so we know we can't tow it other than on a trailer.
Am I just being paranoid? I can't believe this has not been asked of Subaru and they don't have something that address towing 4 down for the manuan trans. Evidently the dealer has not been asked for this before even though the owner tows his Outback.
 

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This is an interesting question and I'm curious to see what you find out.

I have passed 1 or 2 Subarus being towed behind motorhomes and was always curious how that affected the AWD.

Please post back if you get any definitive answers directly from Subaru.
 

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Flat tow the MT is fine - I know two couples who have been doing it for years. The MT doesn't require a pump to keep the moving parts in the drive system happy. As such as long as all 4 wheels are on the ground during the tow your fine.
 
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