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Old 01-31-2023, 05:09 PM   #1
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Flat tow a VW Jetta

We are considering a purchase of a 2017 VW Jetta, 5 speed.
Does anyone have experience flat-towing a later-model Jetta? I saw a thread for an '05, but was wondering if anything changed.
Thanks for the input!
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Old 01-31-2023, 07:03 PM   #2
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I know of many who are flat towing newer Volkswagens that have both 5 and 6 speed manual transmissions and front-wheel-drive.

We know that Volkswagen has never approved of any of their cars to be flat-towed behind a motorhome but as said, many are doing so if the car is equipped with a manual transmission (with clutch pedal, not DSG) and front-wheel-drive.

I've posted this video several times on the forum of a guy doing so with a 2017 Jetta ...GO HERE


(don't let the "damage done!" splash screen fool you as you have to go through the entire video for the explanation)
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Old 01-31-2023, 08:00 PM   #3
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I have towed a 2000 golf tdi and a 13 Golf Sportwagen (same as US golf Sportwagen) for about 45000 - 50000 miles in the past. Zero problems, excellent Toad. Just leave the key in the ignition in off position, steering only locks when you remove the key. Put in neutral, release parking brake and go.
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Old 02-01-2023, 06:03 AM   #4
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I have a 2014 TDI SportWagen. Like the other post, 35K miles no issues. Mine is a key less ignition version. I have a different procedure for keeping the steering wheel unlocked, but it is simple and quick.
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