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Old 10-11-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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I want to tow a 2005 VW Beetle GLS TDI

I am interested in buy a 2005 gls tdi diesel with a 6 speed direct shift gear box transmission, I want to tow it wheels down
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You should be fine but always check your vehicle manual. You'll need a base plate, tow bar, a taillight wiring kit, and a supplemental braking system. Multiple suppliers but I use and like Blue Ox for the base plate and tow bar and RVi for the supplemental brake.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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I have a 2012 GTI 6 sp manual transmission and I have been told by VW of America they do not recomment flat towing. I use a dolly
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You should be fine but always check your vehicle manual. You'll need a base plate, tow bar, a taillight wiring kit, and a supplemental braking system. Multiple suppliers but I use and like Blue Ox for the base plate and tow bar and RVi for the supplemental brake.
thanks for help. it is not a standard transmission .they call the trans a gearbox. I don't have the manual and haven't had any luck with local vw people. thanks a bunch Ron
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You can't tow the DSG flat. It will ruin your transmission.

I agree, get a tow dolly.

Good luck.

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thanks for help. it is not a standard transmission .they call the trans a gearbox. I don't have the manual and haven't had any luck with local vw people. thanks a bunch Ron
Gearbox smearbox, does it have a clutch??? If so, it is towable 4 down. There is a shop in NE Portland, Todds that specializes in TOAD setups. Take it to him for a look see.
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Gearbox smearbox, does it have a clutch??? If so, it is towable 4 down. There is a shop in NE Portland, Todds that specializes in TOAD setups. Take it to him for a look see.
In my opinion having a clutch is not the determining factor on towability 4 down. The new DSG transmissions have two clutches and cars equipped with that transmission should not be flat towed. Again in my opinion it comes down to how the transmission is lubricated and cooled. When you tow four down the transmission is spinning and will need some lubrication and some eventual cooling.
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