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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old March 31st, 2012, 06:20   #1
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Default Flat towing a Passat

Anyone know if you can flat tow a manual transmission Passat behind a motorhome?
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Old March 31st, 2012, 07:02   #2
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Check the owners manual. IIRC, my JSW with the dsg does not recommend flat towing for more than emergency issues. There's a release inside the shifter box that has to be moved for flat towing.
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Old April 1st, 2012, 06:28   #3
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The best solution may be one of those "dolly trailers" with just a pair of wheels that keeps the drive wheels of your vehicle off the ground.

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Old April 1st, 2012, 18:23   #4
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A good story about how not to tow stuff: me and a few buddies were on our way to a local pizza place for lunch. We see a cop and a tow truck trying to get an Audi A4 from a tight parking spot, owner absent ... guess unpaid tickets etc.

Minutes later as we wuz enjoying our slices, the A4 is towed in the front of the joint, front wheels off the ground, the rear wheels skipping and jerking like crazy, as they certainly destroyed the tranny and/or transfer case in that Quatro equipped car. $6K in damage ?

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Old April 1st, 2012, 18:46   #5
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Manual trans, no problem

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