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Old 02 February 2013, 07:10   #1
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New Audi A4

Hi, I have to order my new company car and the only one that's any good is an Audi A4 2 litre diesel.

Is it worth having a tow bar fitted, will it pull and launch the Ribcraft 585 ok?
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Old 02 February 2013, 07:18   #2
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Due to the advanced digital electronics required to change the stability control modes to a mode suitable for towing (amongst other things), the proper VAG tow electrics are very expensive and require the ecu to be reprogrammed.

You are looking at 1000/1200+ from when i investigated this.
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Old 02 February 2013, 07:31   #3
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Due to the advanced digital electronics required to change the stability control modes to a mode suitable for towing (amongst other things), the proper VAG tow electrics are very expensive and require the ecu to be reprogrammed.

You are looking at 1000/1200+ from when i investigated this.
Looks like its 655 factory fitted but its not available on the TDie models
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One thing to watch with the Audis as tow cars is the rear springs. I've broken a couple of coil springs over the years so something to be aware of.

I've got an (2001) A4 quattro avant sport (2.5 TDI V6). The sport sits 20mm lower than stock, and the newer S line models are 30mm lower. I've towed a Zodiac Pro and Ribcraft 4.8m, so not particularly heavy loads. Probably over-loaded at holidays, as the A4 avant boot space is poor compared to the Passat in terms of load space.
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Due to the advanced digital electronics required to change the stability control modes to a mode suitable for towing (amongst other things), the proper VAG tow electrics are very expensive and require the ecu to be reprogrammed.

You are looking at 1000/1200+ from when i investigated this.
I've heard this too on Audis and that the radiator fan has to be up graded too.
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Dude I have had fitted two detachables on the A6 2.0l 140 and the A5 there is a company I use that are mobile the A5 cost me 450 I think for the westfalia which is what audi recommend. Not the full kit as it doesn't disable the rear parking sensors but they did have to update on both cars the engine management system
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Have you ok'd it with work?
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Not yet but I will ring on monday, I had no problem getting the BMW done. Audi are looking into the reasons why it can't be a factory option.
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Dude I have had fitted two detachables on the A6 2.0l 140 and the A5 there is a company I use that are mobile the A5 cost me 450 I think for the westfalia which is what audi recommend. Not the full kit as it doesn't disable the rear parking sensors but they did have to update on both cars the engine management system
That sounds like just a basic kit, the sort of thing that can be fitted to any car. I could have got a standard towbar and electrics done for about 300. The VW Audi kit is a digital kit that digitally communicates with the ecu so the ecu knows that it is towing and can put the car in a special towing mode, ie turn off rear sensors but also puts the car in a stability program that is designed to work with a car towing. Apparently the tow program is very advanced and VW have investigated alot of time and effort into making the stability control program work as well for a car towing as it does when not.

Yes. It is much cheaper factory fitted.

http://www.fyldecoasttowing.co.uk/do...it%20works.pdf
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