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CatsGoneWild
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Does pulling a car behind a RV put miles on the odometer?

I found a 06 cobalt that's in good shape and needs nothing. He said over the phone that is has 200k miles because it's towed behind his rv, but doesn't have that many miles on the motor. It's a 5 speed. I wouldn't think a car would rack up miles while being towed. What's the OT say


PhillipJFry
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Put the car in reverse and you will take those miles right off.


Rouge
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He said over the phone that is has 200k miles because it's towed behind his rv, but doesn't have that many miles on the motor.
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BPTiger
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No, it does not.


Pettifogger
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This might be better than the dip thread


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tigerbacon
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If it was towed with back wheels rolling then yes it will add mileage however doing that is bad for the tranny


Chiefagain
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:retarded:



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Dick Jacket
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Yes it does. It was likely flat towed using a Blue Ox tow bar or something similar. Definitely rolls the odometer.


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TexasTiger
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Just know the mileage on engine will not be 200k

The suspension parts will show the wear and tear, or any other part that moves while under tow
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kengel2
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Say what? Why would putting it in neutral be bad for the transmission?


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CatsGoneWild
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He said it was pulled on 4 wheels with a tow bar
This post was edited on 6/21 at 8:30 pm


Dick Jacket
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See my post above. It's why old people buy manuals - they can be put in neutral and flat towed. My grandparents did it and it definitely puts miles on odometer


BPTiger
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I don't know exactly for that vehicle but I would be highly inclined to assume it has an electronic odometer and not mechanical. In that case the towed vehicle would have to be on/running in neutral for the mileage to rack up. Ask him if his car was running while it was towed 200k miles


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StrongBackWeakMind
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Internet says: Older cars yes because the odometer was mechanical. Newer cars no because the odemeters are electronic.


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Geauxtiga
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Faulty ignition switches in the Cobalts, which cut power to the car while in motion, were eventually linked to many crashes resulting in fatalities, starting with a teenager in 2005 who drove her new Cobalt into a tree.[14] The switch continued to be used in the manufacture of the vehicles even after the problem was known to GM.[15] On February 21, 2014, GM recalled over 700,000 Cobalts for issues traceable to the defective ignition switches.
Not sure if 06 was in this.


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Mstate
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Put the car in reverse and you will take those miles right off.





CatsGoneWild
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Pigeon forge, Tennessee
Member since Jan 2008
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Well, I see I got mixed answers. Same when googling too.


BeerMoney
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Just call the dealership and get an answer from a technician. Or perhaps call Chevrolet directly. Don't trust the internet or the chuckle heads on the OT


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Spankum
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if it got those miles from towing, the drive train and transmission still have 200K miles on them. if you want to see if the engine has 200K, just take it to a mechanic and ask him to do a compression test on the engine.


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S
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Know where i can get some horn fluid?


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