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After months of waiting the new ebox/module for the towbar was available for the M21 Touareg.
I don't know what exactly has changed but this module is different to the previous years.
Few pictures of the installation, highly recommend VW towbar installation, all up there were 9 modules recoded and the 10th ie 69 was installed, so you can imagine how much the electronics are interconnected.
Following modules have to be recoded for the towbar:
09, 13, 17, 3C, 46, 6D, 74, A5, 5F and finally 69.
The kickopen function continues to work well, just kick anywhere on either side of the towbar
Would be interesting to see, compare what aftermarket installers do...
The additional indicator on VC is cool, alerting that the blinkers on the trailer are working/flashing, with the 1 on it.
Towed the jetski around and tested it works well. The start stop gets remapped- doesn't switch off as often, going downhill it drops into lower gear compared to not having the trailer, rear traffic alert etc are disabled- it alerts/reminds you on the vc as you start and then goes away, note remains in the vehicle status messages if you want to scroll...
All up a very neat install with everything working the way it should be.
When reversing to hitch the trailer the guided line to the receiver of the trailer which comes up on the screen is very accurate, line it up and raise the suspension to latch, too easy!
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I’m quite surprised you didn’t factory order it with the tow package.
 

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In the UK they short-changed Gen 2 owners who didn't order a factory fitted towbar with a 600 watt coolant fan versus the 850 watt that came with the towbar.

Hotter climates seemed to get the 850 watts as standard.

I'd be interested to know what wattage your Gen 3 coolant fan is rated at down under.

It's a bit hard to reach the fan label but I believe it can be done using a mobile phone.
 

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I’m quite surprised you didn’t factory order it with the tow package.
Would love to, and have the articulated towbar but for some reason ADR(Aussie design rules) have a problem with it and as such VW provide a dealer install option only...grrr
 
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In the UK they short-changed Gen 2 owners who didn't order a factory fitted towbar with a 600 watt coolant fan versus the 850 watt that came with the towbar.

Hotter climates seemed to get the 850 watts as standard.

I'd be interested to know what wattage your Gen 3 coolant fan is rated at down under.

It's a bit hard to reach the fan label but I believe it can be done using a mobile phone.
That's another good point for I would go for the factory towbar.
I will check that....my towing involves tugging a mere 500kgs or so from home to the closest boat ramp to launch the jetski
 

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My experience so far. The install was done by the pre-delivery facility of Lennock VW in Canberra, quoted and billed as 4 hours - but 4 hours in VW dealer speak is $720! The kit was $1690, so $2410 all up.
No complaints about the physical installation, although the hitch rattles and clanks in the receiver over decent bumps. No anti-rattle bolt as standard.
Still no kick to open, despite several recoding attempts the day after fitting. They didn't try to fob me off, but they don't seem to know how to make it work. I'll take it back on a work trip in a couple of weeks and hopefully they'll have got the answer from VWA by then. The owners manual is explicit in saying that kick to open works for factory fitted towing so it's odd that some dealers can get it right and both here in Canberra haven't.
If anyone knows what the correct coding changes from pre-towbar should look like I'd appreciate it. I don't have my own scanning tools but perhaps being able to show Lennocks what they need to change might help. I gave them the list of modules from post #1 but they apparently had those anyway.
Even though it takes a second or two to activate, kick to open is proving surprisingly useful and I really don't want to lose it.
 

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My experience so far. The install was done by the pre-delivery facility of Lennock VW in Canberra, quoted and billed as 4 hours - but 4 hours in VW dealer speak is $720! The kit was $1690, so $2410 all up.
No complaints about the physical installation, although the hitch rattles and clanks in the receiver over decent bumps. No anti-rattle bolt as standard.
Still no kick to open, despite several recoding attempts the day after fitting. They didn't try to fob me off, but they don't seem to know how to make it work. I'll take it back on a work trip in a couple of weeks and hopefully they'll have got the answer from VWA by then. The owners manual is explicit in saying that kick to open works for factory fitted towing so it's odd that some dealers can get it right and both here in Canberra haven't.
If anyone knows what the correct coding changes from pre-towbar should look like I'd appreciate it. I don't have my own scanning tools but perhaps being able to show Lennocks what they need to change might help. I gave them the list of modules from post #1 but they apparently had those anyway.
Even though it takes a second or two to activate, kick to open is proving surprisingly useful and I really don't want to lose it.
Hi, They should have installed the antirattle bolt down below, refer pic.
Re the kick open , the physical sensor is from the towbar out, if you sneak a peek from the exhaust looking inside the bumper you can almost see it, so if you kick in and out either side it works perfectly.
Get them to speak to VW HO or VW Mccarrolls, else come by when you're in sydney, you have the same spec vehicle as I, so should be easy to copy across.
Beyond the coding changes there could be adaptations that have been changed which I haven't done a pre and post of, amid other setup changes :)

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I had a call from the pre-delivery centre today confirming they had been following up the problem with VWA and think it's probably the location of the sensor, as they are using coding confirmed to work on other MY21s. Car's booked next week to pull the bar and move the sensor. Seems they haven't done many MY21s until mine with the shortage of parts, but now they have a flood. Shame they didn't get it right first time, but their attitude and followup has been very positive.

On the plus side I tried out the towball guide line to our van last week. Centimetre if not millimeter perfect. My wife was a great guide before Touareg, but she's out of a job now!
 

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After months of waiting the new ebox/module for the towbar was available for the M21 Touareg.
I don't know what exactly has changed but this module is different to the previous years.
Few pictures of the installation, highly recommend VW towbar installation, all up there were 9 modules recoded and the 10th ie 69 was installed, so you can imagine how much the electronics are interconnected.
Following modules have to be recoded for the towbar:
09, 13, 17, 3C, 46, 6D, 74, A5, CF and finally 69.
The kickopen function continues to work well, just kick anywhere on either side of the towbar
Would be interesting to see, compare what aftermarket installers do...
The additional indicator on VC is cool, alerting that the blinkers on the trailer are working/flashing, with the 1 on it.
Towed the jetski around and tested it works well. The start stop gets remapped- doesn't switch off as often, going downhill it drops into lower gear compared to not having the trailer, rear traffic alert etc are disabled- it alerts/reminds you on the vc as you start and then goes away, note remains in the vehicle status messages if you want to scroll...
All up a very neat install with everything working the way it should be.
When reversing to hitch the trailer the guided line to the receiver of the trailer which comes up on the screen is very accurate, line it up and raise the suspension to latch, too easy!
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Thanks for the pics. Just wondering did they cut out any of the back bumper to fit the towbar? I can't quite tell from the pic. Mine is due to get fitted at Beachside VW first week of December and not really keen for them to do a cut out if they don't have to. Thanks.
 

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Thanks for the pics. Just wondering did they cut out any of the back bumper to fit the towbar? I can't quite tell from the pic. Mine is due to get fitted at Beachside VW first week of December and not really keen for them to do a cut out if they don't have to. Thanks.
Hi, yes, the plastic bumper has to be cutout to have the tow bar pop through, refer picture in post 7 above.
If you can't make out the cut out section then they have done a good job.
This is where it all depends on the tech and their skill, leads to variability in the work given there's no factory cutout.
Good luck. I recommend hooking up a trailer there and then when you go to pickup post install, test it all out inc the kick open function.
 
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Hi, yes, the plastic bumper has to be cutout to have the tow bar pop through, refer picture in post 7 above.
If you can't make out the cut out section then they have done a good job.
This is where it all depends on the tech and their skill, leads to variability in the work given there's no factory cutout.
Good luck. I recommend hooking up a trailer there and then when you go to pickup post install, test it all out inc the kick open function.
Wow they did a great job then, thanks for clarifying that. I'll give them that photo and hopefully they'll be able to get something close to it hahaha. I'll definitely test it out when I'm there with a trailer.
I've decided to hang off getting the break controller fitted at the same time. I'm looking to use this mob up in Stafford Queensland to fit TowPro, Street Navigation & Hema 4WD Nav - https://advancedice.com.au/recent-installations_volkswagen/#vwtouareg
 

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Like Singh's mine was cut but only below the towbar and you pretty much need to get down to towbar level to see it. The shiny black party of the bumper cover is bowed slightly upwards by the hitch receiver, but a) you need to look real close to notice and b) I'd rather have a bit of flexible plastic bowed a bit than a much more obvious cutout around the top of the receiver
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Like Singh's mine was cut but only below the towbar and you pretty much need to get down to towbar level to see it. The shiny black party of the bumper cover is bowed slightly upwards by the hitch receiver, but a) you need to look real close to notice and b) I'd rather have a bit of flexible plastic bowed a bit than a much more obvious cutout around the top of the receiver
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Brilliant! Thank heaps for the photo. I will pass that on as well so they do as neat of a job as possible. Cheers.
 

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Oh by the way there is a delay in the Street Navigation & Hema 4WD Nav chips for the Touareg due to world wide chip shortage. Not sure what that's about but again we have to wait for another part for the Touareg.
 

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Oh by the way there is a delay in the Street Navigation & Hema 4WD Nav chips for the Touareg due to world wide chip shortage. Not sure what that's about but again we have to wait for another part for the Touareg.
Not sure if I understand that, Street navigation and HEMA specifically for the touareg?
 

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Got it, yes have heard of their products and resellers here but haven't used any of it. I saw the video, would be good for someone to confirm if there are any bugs and interferences across the canbus and other networks.
Let us know how you go if you choose to use it, them.
I will let you know once they can get the chips into the country and then see whether I'll get it done.
 

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I will let you know once they can get the chips into the country and then see whether I'll get it done.
Until then start saving the $2500 they charge apparently
 
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