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Hi guys , need some advise , I’ve got a Vw Tiguan 2015 2.0 tdi bluemotion match 2 wd , it’s kerbwieght is 1541 . 
Im looking at buying a swift sprite major 4sb  , it’s laden weight is 1442 . I hear people talking about the 85% and saying it’s only a guide , will my Tiguan pull this van ok ?   Thanks in advance 

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We tow out 1451kg Sprite Major 4eb with our 2017 Tiguan 2.0L, but I don't know of its heavier than yours?

As long as your driving licence permits, and the car is heavier than the caravan (using 85% as a guide) and the car can legally tow 1442kg then you will be ok.

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Totally agree with LeadFarmer and we towed for miles and years with no issues at 113% kerbweight! 

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If you put your car on a weigh bridge I'm confident it will weigh more than  1541kg.

 

 

When I  had a Mazda cx-5 kerbweight was declared as 1650kg when a forum member actually weighed the same car  model and year as mine it weighed 1720kg with him in the car.

 

 

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Thanks folks , I’m sure we’ll be fine , just don’t want to spend a big chunk of money on a caravan then find out our car isn’t fit for purpose 👍🏻

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Keep the caravan lighter than the tow car, and when towing load the heavier items into the car. 

The wifes Tiguan is a company car and its the best car we've ever had, and the best tow car we've had, we love it. 

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We have a Tiguan Match 177 ps DSG  , and apart from being 4wd is much the same as the OP , this is our second the previous being 140ps and manual

I can vouch for the excellent towing ability of the car , only once did I get a small occurrence of instability , this was in the end due to poor caravan loading .Easy to rectify .Otherwise even at French AutoRoute speeds the car/ caravan is rock solid

I believe the short overhang at the rear goes some way to making the car an excellent tow car .We have now covered in excess of 10k miles towing without problems

The DSG however sometimes struggles to be in the correct gear , and I have to resort to manual mode, especially N roads in France , and B roads in the UK , that said ,solo ,I love it .   

 

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I have been suprised with the performance of our Tig which we bought December. The DSG seems to change up/down very smoothly and selects the appropriate ratio and change point very well. I occasionally use the paddles to change up if the DSG is a bit latent, but otherwise its excellent. I havent weighed it because we arent concerned about the weight of it. Very stable and capable tow car.

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59 minutes ago, naturistsuk said:

thanks looking at a 2012 to 2015 Tiguan for towing 

 

Do you have any preference.

 

Petrol/Diesel, manual/auto, 2wd/4wd?

Yeti 2.0TDi DSG 4X4 L&K, Octavia TSi Manual, Citigo ASG, Swift Challenger.

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A proper (torque converter) automatic EVERY time, especially for towing. 

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Experience is an awful teacher who ends up sending you simply horrifying bills

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3 hours ago, naturistsuk said:

thanks looking at a 2012 to 2015 Tiguan for towing 

Tiguans are excellent  towcars I found with ours it was far more comfortable towing than solo as they are stiffly sprung just what a towcar should be but you do feel each and every bump solo.

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We have a Tiguan our first one and agree it's a fantastic towcar and just generally great car to drive all round. Very pleased with ours.

2015 Swift Challenger 530SE & 2017 VW Tiguan R-line 4Motion 2.0TDI 150BHP

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On 22/09/2020 at 18:51, The Hoare said:

Hi guys , need some advise , I’ve got a Vw Tiguan 2015 2.0 tdi bluemotion match 2 wd , it’s kerbwieght is 1541 . 
Im looking at buying a swift sprite major 4sb  , it’s laden weight is 1442 . I hear people talking about the 85% and saying it’s only a guide , will my Tiguan pull this van ok ?   Thanks in advance 

 

We have a Passat estate 2l 150TDi BMT which chassis and engine-wise is essentially the same vehicle. It tows our uprated Unicorn S4 Seville at 1450Kg like a dream.

 

The 85% bit is only a guide to people new to towing. If you are an experienced towing person you can ignore it; if you are new to towing but your ratio is, say, a bit higher you just need to take a bit more care until you've got the first 500 towing miles or more under your belt.

 

Hint: if your Tig does not yet have a towbar installed, take it to a towbar specialist and get a Westfalia fitted - detachable if you prefer. You MUST make it clear to the installer, preferably in writing so it becomes part of the contract, that you want the fridge wiring fitted. By default most towbars for VW (Westfalia make the bars that VW fit in the factory) do not have the fridge wiring fitted. A VW dealer will charge you possibly north of a ton* to fit and reprog the EMU for towing, a specialist will do it for somewhere round £600 (at least that's what I paid in 2018.)

*The additional cable for the fridge wiring (which goes from the socket to the back of the fuse panel under the dash) is around £100 on its own!

 

 

 

2018 Passat B8 Estate 150GT TDi150 towing a 2018 Bailey Unicorn S4 Seville

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11 hours ago, Mr Plodd said:

A proper (torque converter) automatic EVERY time, especially for towing. 

 

 

All diesel Tigs of that era have the DQ500 DSG. It's the beefiest transverse engined dual clutch box rated for 600NM and is a 7 speed wet clutch gearbox.  It's well over specified as even the 190TDi only has 400NM.

 

The DQ500 was designed to also be used in VW commercial vehicles covering high miles. Clutch wear is not really a huge concern unless looking at a car with very high miles. No difference really to a conventional auto with lockup clutch and friction/brake bands.  Buying something with 120k miles+ is always a lottery depending on usage and servicing.  

 

 

 

 

Yeti 2.0TDi DSG 4X4 L&K, Octavia TSi Manual, Citigo ASG, Swift Challenger.

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We were in Windsor last year and took short ride in a DSG VW Transporter based taxicab. Sat in the front and had a chat with the driver. It was about 14 reg and 240k miles. He said it'd been very reliable with regular maintenance. Did notice he put it out of gear as soon as he stopped at the many traffic lights though. 

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3 hours ago, Dobloseven said:

Did notice he put it out of gear as soon as he stopped at the many traffic lights though. 

 

The most controversial topic on many VAG forums.

 

Some will tell you it reduces clutch wear and heat build up.

 

Others will tell you there is no clutch wear at a standstill, the heat build up is minimal and that moving from D to N and back to D every time you stop increases wear on the mechatronic.

 

 

Yeti 2.0TDi DSG 4X4 L&K, Octavia TSi Manual, Citigo ASG, Swift Challenger.

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