A friend of mine was considering buying an AWD vehicle located far away and it brought up an old question that I would like an answer to. Before I knew anything about Subarus, I bought my 99 Forester with automatic transmission from a guy that lived far from me. The car was extremely cheap and I planned to beat the hell out of it until it died. I had read that I should not tow any AWD vehicles with two wheels off the ground, but a tow dolly was easy. The owner told me over the phone not to worry about it because he had been a Subaru mechanic and he knew a trick. His 'trick' turned out to to be removing the AWD fuse and leaving it on the dolly in neutral. He assured me that it was perfectly fine and I ended up towing the car over 700 miles like that on the interstate. After going through the car, I discovered that the supposed Subaru mechanic wasn't much of a mechanic or handyman at all, so I wondered about his AWD advice. In any case, I bought it with 120,000 miles on the odometer and it has over 180,000 on it now. I've never had any problem with the transmission, even though I ripped the transmission pan off the car on a rocky mountain road at one point. I utilize the AWD system extensively and it has never failed. I even used it to tow a truck from central Colorado to eastern Tennessee using a tow bar, due to less-than-ideal circumstances. I was glad I had installed a transmission cooler at that point. Given all of the incredible abuse my car has survived, I'm wondering if the towing advice I've always heard is accurate. Can anyone comment on why my perfectly running Forester should have been ruined by towing it 700+ miles on the rear wheels?