GLC Towing

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  1. JohnDav

    JohnDav New Member

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    Hi Guys,
    I am in the middle of purchasing a new 220d GLC Sport on a lease through a broker.

    I will need to fit a third party tow bar to the car which is already built . There does not appear to be an issue with that.

    However I have read on these forums that if the car is already built you need to check that the car has type approval for towing. Not sure how I can do this if I haven't seen the car.

    Is it not the case that all 220d GLCs will be ok for Towing?

    Any advice you can give would be much appreciated.

    John
     
  2. BTB 500

    BTB 500 MB Club Veteran

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    Go to the Mercedes website and look at the technical specs in the e-brochure. If it gives braked/unbraked trailer weights you are ok.
     
  3. Pontoneer

    Pontoneer MB Club Veteran

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    If a towbar was a factory option then the vehicle will be type approved
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  4. Sambo

    Sambo Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    You need to be careful as there is talk of issues with pan roofs popping if you have premium/plus packages fitted as well as a towbar.

    Brokers aren't product experts are they so may be one of the reasons they're cheaper :doh:
     
  5. dejongj

    dejongj Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    That is what I heard as well, depending on the spec you couldn't get a towbar fitted. But I don't know the exact reason. Best to ask Mercedes.

    PS. Have you test driven the 220d GLC? I test drove the 250d GLC and found myself performing Fred Flintstone impersonations to try and get it to move along. I'm not a fan of these engines in the GLC myself. Naturally it depends on what you are used to now, but be warned. If you want diesel I'd definitely go for the 350d.
     
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