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Old December 6th, 2008, 08:13   #1
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Can I flat tow my TDI? It is a 2004 manual trans. A dolly would be a real pain to deal with when I am not towing.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 08:31   #2
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Flat tow as in ropes and drive it on the ground? I think for shorter distances its not a problem, you will obviously need someone to turn the wheel though, or do you mean something else?
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Old December 6th, 2008, 08:32   #3
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Can I flat tow my TDI? It is a 2004 manual trans. A dolly would be a real pain to deal with when I am not towing.
Beware: Dolly's ruin oil pans.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 08:43   #4
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My mistake for not being clear. Flat tow as in behind an RV with tow bar kit.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 10:49   #5
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The transaxle input shaft lubricates the gearbox. The user manual states only to tow short distances at slow speed to avoid damage.

I used a car carrier and it worked like a charm - no flat tires to worry about or other hazards associated with dragging a car with any wheels on the ground. My only complaint is that the lower valence got caught on the wheel stops but that didn't seem to tear it up though.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 15:27   #6
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From what I have read NO!
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Old December 6th, 2008, 18:10   #7
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You guys are all wrong.

You CAN flat tow a TDI MANUAL transmission car. There are MANY different tow bars available for them. Get the one that goes out the lower side grills instead of through the bumper. Nasty looking and damage. the grill unit has removable arms and you can't really tell its a tow car.

You just need to keep a sign in the car that says "is it in gear?" I did a complete trans and engine replacement for a bus company that left one in 1st......all it took was a few hundred yards.....$11.9K......EVERYTHING was destroyed. I MEAN EVERYTHING.....wiring, radiator, inj pump, turbo, alternator......I still have the remnants.....
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Old December 7th, 2008, 08:41   #8
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Jason, Thanks. Local VW service dept. also said OK, out of gear, steering wheel not locked.

Looked at tow bars and mounting plates. Found style you mentioned.

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Old December 14th, 2008, 16:45   #9
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guess what i have towed a 2000 NB behind my Rv for 5 years--ranging from 1000 miles to 7500 miles at one time--no problem at all--just one thing --if you make a tight turn in or out of a gas station or something like that --go back and chk to see that your sterring wheel did not relock---other then that--you won't even know its back there!

Jason--you are correct again!

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Old December 14th, 2008, 16:49   #10
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One other thing to note-you can't really back up while flat towing, either. The steering wheel (being unlocked, as it needs to be) will wander around if you try to back up while flat towing. Used to FT my Jeep behind my Ram before I bought a trailer for it.

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Old December 14th, 2008, 23:34   #11
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guess what i have towed a 2000 NB behind my Rv for 5 years--ranging from 1000 miles to 7500 miles at one time--no problem at all--just one thing --if you make a tight turn in or out of a gas station or something like that --go back and chk to see that your sterring wheel did not relock---other then that--you won't even know its back there!

Jason--you are correct again!

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I realize this is an old thread. But if you guys are still out there, I'm wondering if you can tell me what tow bar system you are using for your MkIV cars, or which one you would recommend that requires minimal surgery to the car. Thanks!
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Old June 24th, 2010, 18:22   #13
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Default flat tow with a dsg in neutral?

Since the DSG is not a slush box, can I flat tow in neutral? Been using the jeep, but it was designed for the purpose, and does not count the miles on the odometer.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 18:33   #14
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Since the DSG is not a slush box, can I flat tow in neutral? Been using the jeep, but it was designed for the purpose, and does not count the miles on the odometer.
Does the owner's manual comment on it? I suspect flat towing is not a good idea with a DSG.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 05:25   #15
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You cannot flat tow a DSG. You wll kill it.
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