How to Tow With a Mazda Miata


When you're ready to move, don't depend on your friend with the pickup truck to come help you out. As soon as you ask, they're bound to be suspiciously busy. Your Miata, despite its diminutive stature, actually has the capacity to get you and your possessions moving down the road. After finding the appropriate tow hitch, you can save the money you would have spent on movers and use it to furnish your new place.

Things You'll Need

  • Receiver hitch
  • Drill
  • Torque wrench
  • Locking hitch pin
  • Locate the right receiver hitch for your Miata. Don't listen to someone who tells you there aren't any receiver hitches for Mazda Miatas. Do some research online or go to your local car accessory store to find out.

  • Install the rear-mounted receiver hitch on your Miata. Follow the instructions that come with the receiver hitch. Most hitches require that you bolt the hitch to the inside of your vehicle's frame extension rails. If necessary, hold the hitch flush to the frame extension rails and mark appropriate areas on the rails (using the hitch as a guide) to drill holes for fasteners.

  • Attach the hitch securely using a torque wrench.

  • Secure your cargo to the receiver hitch using a locking hitch pin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although Mazda Miatas are capable of towing some weight, make sure not to overload them. In general, it's best not to tow more than 1,000 pounds with your compact car. Mazda does not recommend towing a trailer with the Miata.

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