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Anyone?

Seems that all those cars showing towbars are factory fit then?
 

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Grey Eddy said:
Anyone?

Seems that all those cars showing towbars are factory fit then?
Hi Grey Eddy

Mine is a factory fit and for the small extra cost considered it worth it for guaranteed compatibility.

I have a factor fit towbar on my current MK1 Tig and it is very neat and simple to use so opted for the same on my new Tig.

Doesn't help you I know but explaines why most have opted for it.

Tim
 

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I agree with Timbo, I had a quote for a non OEM fit and it was about £650. When I spoke to the dealer about adding the factory fit to my order they discounted it to the same cost as the non OEM one, but looking at the standard cost its only £750, so £100 extra.
 

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Thanks for your input gents.
I can see where you are coming from re OEM bars, the prices for this Tig are very competitive!
I was very disappointed with the high prices of aftermarket bars! Proabaly because the model is still so new?

Factory fit was not an option for me.
Due to a leg injury, and very heavy clutch in current car, I needed to change the car fairly quickly, and so compromised by taking a dealer order, ready built car. VW quoted 12 weeks for an SE!
May perhaps now go back to VW and see what they can offer?
 

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I think the OEM towbar can be retro fitted..? I think I saw it in the VW accessory catalogue, but from memory it was over £1k
 

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dsaunders70 said:
I think the OEM towbar can be retro fitted..? I think I saw it in the VW accessory catalogue, but from memory it was over £1k
Below is a screen shot of the tiguan accessory brochure.

Human body Font Audio equipment Personal protective equipment Fashion accessory


Hope this helps
 

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Grey Eddy said:
Thanks for your input gents.
I can see where you are coming from re OEM bars, the prices for this Tig are very competitive!
I was very disappointed with the high prices of aftermarket bars! Proabaly because the model is still so new?

Factory fit was not an option for me.
Due to a leg injury, and very heavy clutch in current car, I needed to change the car fairly quickly, and so compromised by taking a dealer order, ready built car. VW quoted 12 weeks for an SE!
May perhaps now go back to VW and see what they can offer?
Hey Grey Eddy. Came across this post because I'm considering dealer retrofit. Did you get it done?
 

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I agree with Timbo, I had a quote for a non OEM fit and it was about £650. When I spoke to the dealer about adding the factory fit to my order they discounted it to the same cost as the non OEM one, but looking at the standard cost its only £750, so £100 extra.
Hi, any chance you've got (or could take) pictures of release mechanism and picture of the underneath of your Tiguan with the tow bar tucked away? I have read about the mk1 needing metal to be cut away for retro fit so would like to see if mine has a gap like yours.

Thanks 😁
 

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Having had the swivel type on my previous car a Passat, I think it was the bees knees. I now have the after market Tow Trust bar on my Tiguan, which cost £525 fitted with coded plug in electrics fitted by local tow bar specialist in Warwickshire. No cut away and electric socket pivots up behind the bumper out of view . Detachable ball / swan neck is easy to fit and lock, so I'm not finding it an inconvenience.
Only feature difference electrically is the alarm does not operate if the caravan is disconnected when the vehicle is locked and alarmed, which I think applies to all aftermarket tow bars.
On the plus side, with a detachable ball it is not left outside the car in a damp area, so does not get wet and rust over the winter, unless some serious grease is applied to the ball.
 

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Tig66 said:
Only feature difference electrically is the alarm does not operate if the caravan is disconnected when the vehicle is locked and alarmed, which I think applies to all aftermarket tow bars.
OK i'm talking mk1, but my aftermarket fitted towbar all the adaptations work:
Stability modification for towing
Stop start disabled
Rear fog lights on car disabled
Detect failed lights in towed vehicle
Alarm if disconnected when car locked (I know I've done it more than once by mistake :) )
 

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I fitted one but am just sending the car back so have to take the towbar off. Hardly used as bought for bike rack but not been cycling.
I have the Witter towbar for this model (VW89U) and fitting instructions available if anyone is interested?
 
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