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Old 01 January 2011, 13:04   #11
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If it is a company lease car, then the lease company / your company will be very touchy about "amateur" fitting of any accessory - remember the car will be expected to be returned at end of lease in it's original condition - i.e. with any fitted towbar removed - unless arranged otherwise.

You will need to have the change authorised by the lease company - I'm sure you've done that, and if it were a lease /company vehicle I'd want the towbar fitted by professionals - who will have the insurance cover if there is a problem - e.g trim fitting snapping, wiring issue etc...

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Old 01 January 2011, 13:23   #12
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I've just been quoted 600 notes to fit a removable towbar to the back of a mk6 golf!

Does anybody else think this is kinda taking the piss? Its only a Witter tow bar but they want to fit a removable hatch in the bumper.

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I have a Passat with the Westfallia removable bar & the dedicated wiring kit, there is no attachment point for a brakeaway chain

The Westfallia is the same as VW's own bar, the bumper with the removable slot is @ 65.

The dedicated wiring kit is nearly as much money as the towbar & will need programing by a dealer to make sure the TCS & ESP is working correctly when a trailer is connected.

This may account for some of the cost!.
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Old 01 January 2011, 17:20   #13
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I agree that that's a lot: my removable tow-bar for a Volvo V70 was 456.95 (inc VAT) fitted at a Volvo main dealership (with all wiring/relays and a return to garage to get the brake lights to work properly) in 2006. I thought that expensive but I could leave the car whilst I was at work conveniently nearby.
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Old 01 January 2011, 17:34   #14
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These fitted the towbar to my old Volvo for Bogi and I think it cost 165. Came to my house and did it.

http://www.towbarexpress.co.uk/
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diy towbars

Fitted my own witter towbar to my laguna for 85.00.Bought it from halfords on special order.
Was quoted 300.00 approx at local trailer and towbar ripoff merchant.Sod that as it's a straight forward job with only 4 attachment bolts.Electrics are simple enough as the laguna is an older model.It's more complicated with a car that has CAN bus wiring though.I understand it's even easier with much newer cars as a dedicated wiring socket is provided in the boot that you plug the trailer wiring into(having got the right loom for your car!)
Good news is it's not fallen off yet!
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Old 02 January 2011, 18:51   #16
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I should have it fitted professionally but many colleague have done themselves for bottom of the range Ford Focus's. That's the only reason I mention it.

I would have much better peace of mind if a dealer did it - I mean its a fairly fundamental bit of kit.

My A4 had a westfallia one fitted and that's why I'm happy to plump with them.

I'll let you all know how I get on with GT Towing.

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Did you ever get it fitted by GT towbars? How was the service you received and was the quality good?
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Did you ever get it fitted by GT towbars? How was the service you received and was the quality good?
GT Towing did fit the towbar on the Ford Focus and on the subsequent Vauxhall Insigna. Both expensive but good.

I sent the Mrs back as well to get them to loosen the bolts on the hitch so I could fit a bike carrier which they did without a moan. (Mind you I was nearly lifting the car off the ground trying to get the bolts loose!)

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And the award for old thread resurrected and responded to.... goes to.... CJL well done sir .. thats a few years in between .. have to say I just paid 2K for mine
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have to say I just paid 2K for mine
Did it come with a towbar?
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