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I have recently changed my Rover 75 for a Jaguar X Type 2.2 diesel saloon, 2009 model, and as yet have not had a Towbar fitted. There seems to be some disagreement locally between suppliers (Littlehampton, West Sussex) as to how difficult this is and therefore how much it should cost ! One quote went from £310 to £428 as soon as I said Jaguar ! another went as high as £498, and all claiming that their's was the best and that either yes, you have to cut the rear bumper, or no, you don't, and yes the rear parking sensors have to be disconnected even if you're not connecting the caravan because the towbar ball gets in their view and sets them, or, maybe, you don't, as one chap said to me.

Getting quite lost !

Les

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Parking sensor issue depends on where they are located in your vehicle bumper. If there is one centrally I can understand why they might detect a tow ball - otherwise I wouldn't expect them to be affected.

Cutting of the bumper will depend on the specific tow bar fitment. For example a swan neck design may not require cutting, a more traditional type might.

If possible I would try and see examples - anyone on here with a X type that lives local to you?

 

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we had the same car when it was new, OH says that   we had the swan neck   witter tow bar fitted.  One piece of the chassis was removed and the tow bar was fitted in it's place.We were given the piece that was removed which we kept in the loft and put it with the car when we sold it.   it would cost anything up to £500 now and no part of the bumper was removed.

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Most cars these days have “bumpers” that tend to extend down underneath the rear of the car so often need some of the bottom cut out to accommodate the neck of the tow hitch and the electrical socket. On my Mazda 6 there is indeed a cut out, but it’s totally invisible until you get low down to hinge the electrical socket down for use. In fact it’s that well hidden I had booked it into my local specialist for a new towbar as soon as I bought it. After a couple of days, whilst cleaning the car I came across the already fitted tow bar (the swan neck was in the spare wheel well!) Saved me over £700 

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

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I had an x type some years ago I had a detachable towbar and if anything was cut you couldn’t see it. The parking sensors worked as normal. 

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contact the Towbar manufacturers and ask them if the bumper needs cutting. Perhaps look under your bumper and see if there is a cut out already for a tow bar, my saloon bumper was made with a cut out  but my Tourer did not.

 

If there is a central parking sensor could this be bypassed or you have a removable tow ball fitted? There is a good chance the caravan will be detected by the parking sensors but I would have thought with some thought these could be turned off

 

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Have a look at Towsure site and put your car details in , I;m sure when you get the details up look to the bottom of the page and it says "Bumper needs cutting - Yes/No"

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I have a removable towbar and reversing sensors. The sensors still work exactly as they should when the tow ball is fitted and the caravan isn’t present. 

 

In the scale of things does it really matter that much?

 

 

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Having had a quick look all of the towbar manufacturers appear to say a bumper cut will be necessary, but I believe it's where the bumper goes underneath the car and isn't visible.  It looks a relatively easy one to fit.

I've not yet had a towbar which interfered with the parking sensors.  It sounds to me like they're trying to push you into a more expensive removable bar.  

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Personally I would always go for a removable tow hitch for the below reason ;)

 

 

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Make sure they do a better job than this though!

 

 

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If you are a member of either of the big clubs then they offer discounts on Witter and other towbars. You contact the manufacturer, who then quotes, this should give you a good idea of the correct price,  although the figures you quote look very reasonable to me and I paid more for one on my car. Possibly the need to cut the rear bumper may depend on the make or type of tow bar so I would ask that.

I would doubt the sensors need removing and check on different firms thoughts. 

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