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A3 towbar electrics

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by ScottTDI, Oct 6, 2006.

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    [Oct 6, 2006]
    Hello,I'm just about to fit a towbar to my 2004 A3 hatch, and was wandering whether to use the genine Audi wiring kit or use an aftermarket kit e.g Towsure.
    Has anybody had any experiance fitting these kits?
    Just spoke to the Audi dealer and they seem a bit vague, and even told me that they have never sold one.
    Cheers for any advise giving.
    Regards Scott.:rolleyes:
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    [Oct 9, 2006]
    The non genuine one is bound to bypass the CANBUS ECU and just rip the feed from the rear lights. If this is the case then don't touch it with a Barge pole; unless you fancy a charred A3.

    The Audi one will definately be more expensive but worth it as you'll be doing a Factory-fit retrofit and it'll incoporate the Blown Bulb function on the DIS.
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    [Oct 9, 2006]
    Any problems with a third-party one would also cause warranty problems if you had any electrical issues down the line so, depending on how much warranty you have left, this could also be a concern.
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    [Oct 11, 2006]
    Got a tow bar on mine, never used it as woz the previous owners choice so never been out of the spare wheel well. One thing tho its nice and unintrusive with the removeable panel in the rear bumper apron and the place it sits when not in use. I gather u won't get those things with an aftermarket one ?
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    [Oct 12, 2006]
    Just a thought, but If you've got rear parking sensors, the genuine article might adjust (via the CANBUS) the sensor range to allow for the extra length of the car with the bar fitted.
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    [Oct 12, 2006]
    Have managed to get hold of the fitting instructions for the Towsure kit, and their kit is a dedicated kit for the A3 complete with control module, wiring loom and connectors.Apparantly all the CAN BUS functions will work,once enabled through VAG-COM. This kit retails at £110.
    As the car is nearly out of warranty I will Probably use this kit.

    Just out of intrest the genuine kit retails at -

    12N 7pin electrics @ £88.20 inc vat
    Control Unit @ £135.50 inc vat

    Regards,
    Scott.:icon_thumright:
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