W213 factory tow bar retro fit

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  1. paul3408

    paul3408 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi All

    I have a 2017 W213 E Class, I'm looking at getting a caravan early next year and would like to fit a electrically operated tow bar, I have found one on ebay, has anyone ever had one fitted or is there a fitter that would fit this to me car.
     
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    Oldlae Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I approached Witter to get a tow bar fitted, they quoted about £600.
    I then went to a tow bar specialist who charged me £430 for the same thing.
    When I told them what I had been quoted by Witter, he just shrugged his shoulders and said 'they do'
    Buy a Witter bar from a dealer, made for the car and the electrics are 'plug and play'
    Tony
     
  3. richard

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    Do remember if you want the full towing load (as shown in car's handbook) on any of the recent Mercedes you have to put the larger radiator in ...

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    paul3408

    paul3408 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    It this something you can/will do Richard?
     
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    I’ve got a tow bar on my CLS and never upgraded the radiator.
    Manufacturers state this is required to keep them covered as they don’t know what conditions especially temperature the car is towing in.

    One thing I do like about the CLS is I can monitor oil temperature when towing and unlike my previous tug, a Jaguar XF the CLS actually has a water temp gauge.

    In our moderate temperatures I doubt if the updated radiator would be required.
     
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    Its not our area of expertise (too mechanical), so we wont. Ollie may ?
    Cheers
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    paul3408 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hi All,

    I'm having the tow bar fitted this weekend, I have phoned mercedes and asked them to price a tow bar £3500 i think it was. I also asked if i need and larger rad and the computer was not recomening one? he said if i needed it then it would show up on the computer.
     
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    Or a Kenlowe auxiliary transmission cooler . Easily bought as a DIY kit .
     
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    Just check the weights on the VIN plate to make sure that your particular model is homologated (and legally able) to tow. If it’s an AMG or AMG line model, then you may wish to assume the brace position now.
     
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    Ouch ! That’s an expensive tow bar. Price fitted on all my cars with tow-bars added together don’t even come close to that figure
     
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    Is it similar for a s204? Been looking and there's a few factory ones on ebay, they look like the best solution but I'm not sure of getting all the bits.
     
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    I had a swan neck tow bar fitted £630 with the all singing all dancing Mercedes towing module that helps with trailer snaking.
     
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  13. Bluegnomes

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    The factory E class towbar is electronically retracting towbar (switch by the boot release in the front door and in the boot) and I believe has the additional gearbox cooler. I have one on my eclass. It’s a pretty good deal as a option when purchasing.

    A witter will be removable (I had one on my S212) but not retractable?
     
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    I had a factory installed towbar on my Audi Q5, it also had the "all singing, all dancing module" it was the best thing I have ever purchased, had a very serious incident when the car was 1 month old and it saved me, my family, my car and trailer from massive problems

    I could not believe how it took over control of the car, corrected everything and eventually handed back control to me!! I would never buy another car without the factory module for the towbar.

    kc
     
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