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Old 01 January 2011, 09:50   #1
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600 notes for a tow bar!

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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Old 01 January 2011, 10:09   #2
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I would say taking the piss, but I have just noticed your location, so I'm not so sure .
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Old 01 January 2011, 10:14   #3
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shocking... 218 to buy and fit yourself from GT towing, with a 10% discount code if you want them to fit it on the following page...
http://www.gttowing.co.uk/GOLF-MK5-&...321751/321751/
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Does seem a little high! Mind your, we have have just had a quote from Citroen to fit a removable bar to my wifes new DS3 for 411.75 ... Ouch

Been having a look around and think I can get one for 185 and fit myself
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Problem is that its lease car and I daren't try fitting it myself!

A family friend is a vw specialist and he didn't want to do it for the same reason. Installing the bar is the easy bit. It's the electrics that worry me as if the car senses a voltage drop it puts the car into "limp" mode and you can only do 30mph! Explaining that to my boss would be interesting.

I may try GT towing again, they quoted me the 600 quid for the witter in the first place but perhaps with the westfallia tow bar now available they are worth another try.

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Just had a tow bar fitted to my Mk 4 Golf at Tanfield Towbar and Trailer Centre, Horsham, Sussex. Supply and fit with single electrics = 190.00.

Excellent service and all done within two hours.
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I had a removable tow bar fitted to my X-trail last December 350. 600 sounds excessive to me. I'd try some other quotes.
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Most modern towbar kits to fit current cars come with plug in electirc kits. I fitted the whole bat to my Sorento including plug in electrics in around 2.5 hours, most of which was removing trim to get to the plugs!
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Just buy one from off the net and ensure you buy the right relays to suit your car, it's not too bad to do just ensure you get the correct relay and bear in mind it may not be cheap.

I use these people all the time and they recommend what else you need as you go through with your purchase including plug connections to save the car loom etc.

http://towequipe.co.uk/
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Fitted one to my A3 and as previous posters have stated, it is important you get the right electrics. I decided to buy the genuine Audi wiring kit, which has simple plug and play looms that fit into the rear light clusters. The only tricky bit was running a wire to the fusebox at the front as my car has the driver info system which needs to be told when a trailer is connected so that it doesn't think there's smomething wrong with the lights when it suddenly has extra load on the circuits.

Depending on the rear bumper, you typically have to make a cutout in it for the towbar to stick out. The VW bumpers are generally quite deep/low
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