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06/3/2024 at 12:52pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 05/3/2024
Quote: Originally posted by bessie500 on 05/3/2024
Quote: Originally posted by ratcatcher on 04/3/2024
I would normally agree to all of that but this was the only factory fitted bar that they would fit. It is 200 more than a bog standard after market solid bar and for that I get dedicated wiring that turns off the rear sensors and uprated engine cooling fans
So all in all I am quite happy but I take your point



I've ordered the same towbar on a new volvo, i think its a 1200 optional extra

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Wow! I've bought good cars for less.

My Volvo V70 was the last car I actually had a towbar fitted to, and I had a fixed one fitted for around 250 all in. It was 10 or 11 years ago though.




Thats cheap all the towbars i've had fitted are around 400/500, I'm not paying for the towbar on the volvo so i'm not really fussed i'm also not paying for the car thats 62k thank god

everthings getting really expensive these days

Bessie



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Ours is a 2 year old Seat and an after market fixed bar would have been around 500 and the factory fitted retractable one was 700 so went for that
Think I would have blanched a bit at 1200 though...


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Quote: Originally posted by bessie500 on 06/3/2024
Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 05/3/2024


I've ordered the same towbar on a new volvo, i think its a 1200 optional extra

Bessie



Wow! I've bought good cars for less.

My Volvo V70 was the last car I actually had a towbar fitted to, and I had a fixed one fitted for around 250 all in. It was 10 or 11 years ago though.




Thats cheap all the towbars i've had fitted are around 400/500, I'm not paying for the towbar on the volvo so i'm not really fussed i'm also not paying for the car thats 62k thank god

everthings getting really expensive these days

Bessie



I would imagine that towbar I had fitted to my Volvo for 250 would probably be more like 400 by now. It was quite a few years ago and everything does seem to be rising rapidly in price. The only thing not keeping up is incomes.


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Colin I think if you were to buy your old Volvo brand new now youd have the shock of your life, cars are ridiculously expensive now.
1200 for a tow bar is crazy money. But I bet its not the most expensive, I know the Tesla one was a similar price.

Bessie


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Quote: Originally posted by bessie500 on 06/3/2024
Colin I think if you were to buy your old Volvo brand new now youd have the shock of your life, cars are ridiculously expensive now.
1200 for a tow bar is crazy money. But I bet its not the most expensive, I know the Tesla one was a similar price.

Bessie



I don't think Volvos have ever been cheap, but I know what you mean. That old Volvo of mine I sold back in 2018 is still MOTd and taxed, according to the DVLA website and it is now 24 years old. Last time I looked it had over 240,000 miles on the clock. It had done 186,000 when I sold it. Volvos are really good cars.

1,200 for a tow-bar certainly is crazy money. Prices just seem to be getting ridiculous. Price is one of the main reasons why I would never buy a removable tow-ball one, as the difference in price between that and a fixed one is just crazy. And for what? Just so that I can take the tow-ball off whenever I want? I can't really be bothered, and I'd probably forget and just leave it on anyway.


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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 07/3/2024
Quote: Originally posted by bessie500 on 06/3/2024
Colin I think if you were to buy your old Volvo brand new now youd have the shock of your life, cars are ridiculously expensive now.
1200 for a tow bar is crazy money. But I bet its not the most expensive, I know the Tesla one was a similar price.

Bessie



I don't think Volvos have ever been cheap, but I know what you mean. That old Volvo of mine I sold back in 2018 is still MOTd and taxed, according to the DVLA website and it is now 24 years old. Last time I looked it had over 240,000 miles on the clock. It had done 186,000 when I sold it. Volvos are really good cars.







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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 07/3/2024
Quote: Originally posted by bessie500 on 06/3/2024
Colin I think if you were to buy your old Volvo brand new now youd have the shock of your life, cars are ridiculously expensive now.
1200 for a tow bar is crazy money. But I bet its not the most expensive, I know the Tesla one was a similar price.

Bessie



I don't think Volvos have ever been cheap, but I know what you mean. That old Volvo of mine I sold back in 2018 is still MOTd and taxed, according to the DVLA website and it is now 24 years old. Last time I looked it had over 240,000 miles on the clock. It had done 186,000 when I sold it. Volvos are really good cars.

1,200 for a tow-bar certainly is crazy money. Prices just seem to be getting ridiculous. Price is one of the main reasons why I would never buy a removable tow-ball one, as the difference in price between that and a fixed one is just crazy. And for what? Just so that I can take the tow-ball off whenever I want? I can't really be bothered, and I'd probably forget and just leave it on anyway.




Ive never had one, and to be fair this one is proving tricky to get over the line, should be good if it happens

Bessie


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Thanks for all info and replies. I'm going to stick to my detachable towbar, which I haven't towed with yet but I will doing in the next few weeks. I'd still prefer the fixed..


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Towball.

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I'm sure the detatchable towbar will be fine. If my car had come with a detachable one fitted I would have just used it. I doubt very much though that I would have ever bothered detaching it. Once I have a towbar fitted it just becomes part of the car.

I have no real preference of one over the other except for the initial cost, especially when I know I'd never bother taking a detachable one off. Too much faffing about for me. When I park my car, whether I have just been towing or not, I just like to lock the doors and walk away.

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The car is a Peugeot 508 sw 6 speed manual diesel 163 bhp Anyone ever towed with one.


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got a detachable tow ball on my vw and can fit in place without laying on ground, keep well lubed and it just clicks into place then lock.



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