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    Not sure where to post this so I did so in two places!

    I am about to pull the trigger on a '17 GTI Autobahn 6 speed. I would like to tow it on a tow dolly front wheels off the ground. Can that be done safely and also, will it have any effect on the warranty?

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    Re: Question about towing '17 GTI -Newbie

    Yes, you can tow the car with the front wheels off the ground, as it
    should be for any front wheel drive car with Automatic transmission,
    even a DSG. Will have no effect on warranty. When towing an
    automatic, the drive wheels should always be on the dolly. If a
    rear-wheel drive, you use a flat-bed, only because, even though you
    can lock the front wheels and tow by the rear wheels on a dolly; the
    lock could break loose. Though, have towed with the front wheels on
    the ground with a RWD automatic, had no choice. U-Haul assumed
    my Geo Tracker I had, was a standard, and loaded the car front wheels
    on the dolly so I towed it. Well, I burned out the lockup clutch as
    fluid was spewing out the fill tube (rear pump was running with the
    wheels), and I could feel the resistance of the car's drive-train on the
    U-haul truck as I drove, it got worse and worse like there was a severe
    drag. So, I had to turn it around, and it was fine, but the damage to
    the transmission was already done. I should have sued U-Haul for the
    damages, but the warranty covered it, I just didn't tell them that towing
    it damaged it. U-Haul should have put it on a flat-bed, or told me to
    disconnect the drive-shaft.

    That was a very, Very, VERY long time ago, and my first brand new
    vehicle, 1988.

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