I have a 2001 Mazda Protege and I am intending on towing a trailer (5 x8) that will rarely have more than 500 pounds in it. I have attached the "correct" hitch according to the hitch company. As I went to set up the wiring, the converter instructions suggested checking any wiring instructions from the car manual. I did that and found that the manual says in no uncertain terms: Do not tow a trailer with your Mazda.Jill, I have good news and I have bad news. Actually it's the same news but will vary in impact depending on how you decide to see it. Sound a little obtuse? Well, it is. The fact is that Mazda tells you not to use your Protege for towing. Towing is harder on a vehicle than normal driving. Your transmission works harder, and it takes more braking power to stop the increased load and the momentum created by having that load behind the car pushing you. That's the official answer.
Why? What kind of problems could occur if I go ahead and tow the trailer? I have asked many of the trailer hitch vendors in this city and no one can imagine a reason why a trailer cannot be towed with the Protege and think that if it were truly strictly forbidden, a reputable hitch company like DRAWTITE wouldn't make the hitch for the Protege and the Mazda itself wouldn't have ready holes in the frame to receive the hitch.
Please let me know if I am about to embark in disastrous territory.
Thank you, Jill
I can't tell you to go ahead and tow with your Mazda -- that's your call. I can tell you that I have towed an 8x10 trailer carrying two motorcycles with (drumroll, please) a Toyota Camry. The car had the same correctly installed hitch you mentioned, and there were never any problems.
If you decide to set your car up to tow, be sure you have your package correctly wired for a trailer. It's very important to have tail lights, brake lights and turn signals on your trailer. If you haven't done a lot of automotive wiring, now's a good time to brush up on some wiring basics. Safety first!
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