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    Default Question: Tow Bar - how much impact does it have on overall car, engine, suspension?

    Hello,

    As some of you have read my other thread(s), I am looking into replacing my car, or should I say umming and ahhhing about it.

    I have seen a few knocking about that have towbars fitted..........question is how much of an impact does this actually have on the overall car, such as engine, gearbox, suspension?

    Also, would a 120 CDTI cope better having had a towbar that a CDTI 150?

    Would you buy a car that has a towbar fitted but no way of finding out what it pulled?

    Thanks.


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    Personally I wouldn't see a problem, providing the car's been well maintained.

    I would think the CDTi 150 would cope better.

    A couple of years ago, I bought an Audi A4 1.9TDi off a mate. It was 9 years old, had 190k miles on it, and had been used to pull a caravan 4 or 5 times a year. I ran the car for 1 year and put another 23k miles on it, with no problems mechanically.

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    I know what you mean about the 150 and the extra power/torque/etc.....but surely on the 150 the DMF would be at more risk?

    Also, is the DMF at more risk on the 120 or the 150?


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    I think the DMF is the same on the 120 and the 150?? Someone may correct me on this though

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    Ive often wondered why people get worried about cars with towbars fitted to them, I think people think that the last owner must have been pulling a 44 tonne artic or the QEII in to dock with them. Cars are all designed(clutch, brakes, suspension etc..) to tow up to specific weights. A clutch should last just as long regardless if its never towed in its life or towed a caravan on a daily basis. As long as the car has been driven properly I dont see any issues, clutches can go due to poor driving styles like riding the clutch or excessingly slipping it pulling away, without a caravan on the back. My dad has towed caravans for 40 years and in all that time he has never suffered a clutch failure. His 406 did have a new clutch fitted but that was because of the dreaded DMF failed at less than 20K.
    Salesmen do seem to enjoy giving less on trades in because of towbars. My dads pal traded in his 406, it had one of the £400 detachable set ups on it. The salesman said he'd have to offer him less as it had a towbar fitted. Within a week the saleman was on the phone asking where the detachable ball was for the tow bar was as they had a buyer for his car, he said its here in my house, you gave me less because I had a towbar fitted so ive kept it, give me £130 and you can have it, lol. Looks like his car sold faster because it had been advertised with a towbar fitted..............

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    Reason I ask is because I have had cars before with towbars fitted and when come to selling, they always ask "so whats it been pulling"?

    Hence, the reason why I have my doubts.

    Basically, I have started asking sellers the questions I usually get asked when selling? Figured there must be a reason behind it.


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    120 have a dmf to mate

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    Depends what you tow I would imagine. I have a towbar and all it tows is a trailer with camping stuff.

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    on an episode of 5th gear they said 'depending on what and for how long, it could half the life of your engine'. Not my words, just what the program said (disclaimer!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by disco dan View Post
    on an episode of 5th gear they said 'depending on what and for how long, it could half the life of your engine'. Not my words, just what the program said (disclaimer!!)
    load of bull that

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