General Is it worth getting a Honda towbar and electrics

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jonesnow, Wednesday 25th May, 2016.

  1. Jonesnow New Member Getting Started

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    Hi Folks, Hoping for some advice here. Just sold my Honda Accord Tourer 2004 which was just about the most practical car on this green earth and have switched to a brand new diesel Civic Tourer. I need to get a towbar fitted and have been quoted £500 for a honda OEM fitted one and from £250 for a reputable other towbar fitter. I have never had a towbar fitted before and it seems seriously expensive to get the OEM version but I appreciate it will invalidate my warranty.

    Would you consider getting only OEM or would you save some money and get it fitted elsewhere? Any feedback or thoughts appreciated!
     
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  2. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    How @Jonesnow and welcome to HondaKarma. Congratulations on getting the Civic Tourer.

    While you wait for members to reply have a search through CR-V sub sections as they have discussed tow bars of all kinds in great detail.
     
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  3. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I have fitted a few on Civic tourer's. And every model besides, well I would do I suppose lol. and from experience I have seen why there is such a price difference from a tow bar specialist and ourselves. 9 times out of 10 at leist one of the rear trims will have been broken. The wiring is almost always sub standard. If your tow bar needs a 12v feed I.e 13 pin with a fridge. They just pick and choose whatever 12v feed is easiest to get to rather than directly from the battery. This means they can take the minimum amount of trims off and get the bang per Buck. To be fair a tow bar is a tow bar at end of the day. But honda's sockets fold away up into the bumper and if you have a detachable, you won't even know a tow bar is fitted. There designed with your car in mind and are a very tidy job.

    But hey ! Honda is expensive right?
     
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  4. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    @Jonesnow well you have heard from the expert himself @Beefy from Honda Holdcroft.

    If I were you, on a brand new car i wouldn't want cut and shuts so would would definitely go for the best option I could afford.
     
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  5. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    You have to wander why things are so cheep. The end product is essentially the same, you will end up with a tow bar and electrics. But what you pay for is workmanship (someone who knows your car inside and out) no soldering or crappy through crimps. Plug and play wire harness that is not going to cause an electrical fire and guaranteed to work with your car. 12 month parts warentie. It fits your car better, looks better and you have pease of mind. Hope this helps. I don't mean to sound confrontational. im passionate about the company I work for and its cars. The argument between going the "steelers" or down Home bargains is my pet hate. Its always a false economy. I'd rather blow honda's trumpet and steer someone on the right path and read the posts that pop up regularly saying " my best mate mechanic told me it was this........but then it didn't fix it..........so I asked a forum who told me that..................some bloke with a keyboard said he had seen another bloke post about the same problem so I bought a second hand one off eBay........so I had no choise but take my car to Honda who happily robbed be of a hours diagnostic and actually fixed my car.
     
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  6. Jonesnow New Member Getting Started

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    Thanks for the feedback Beefy & Legend, I'm edging towards getting Honda to fit it, I just wish they were slightly more reasonable but I appreciate that's the trade off. Would love the detachable swan neck but can't quite afford it so will probably go with the fixed neck. Mind you, we have never had an issue reliability wise with Honda so I guess we can use the money we have saved from never having to repair our Accord on this :Smile: We had the Accord for ten years and I suspect we will have this for the same amount of time so I guess it's an investment of £50 a year
     
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  7. 155695 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Whatever make of car you are having the tow bar fitted to, always, always, go for the OEM wiring kit and the manufacturer recommended tow bar. This is particularly important on cars like Skoda where the tow bar has to be coded to the car so that the many important functions that are enabled automatically when a trailer is connected, operate correctly. Unfortunately Honda don't appear to be as advanced in this respect as JLR, VAG, etc. but I would stil very strongly recommend OEM/OEM recommended, towing kit.

    Keith
     
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  8. stuscrv Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Easy for me to say now but surely when buying the new car you could have done a good deal at the point of sale ? Might be worth going back to supplying dealer and try to thrash out some sort of goodwill discount.
    As said its really a no brainer, let Honda do it.
     
  9. Nighthawk Guest

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    Firstly, welcome back @Beefy - good to see you here again

    Secondly, completely agree - go OEM, especially with electronics like this. Dealers are more expensive but the job will get done properly. @Beefy worked on my missus EP2 to replace the clutch and diagnosed a bad mainshaft bearing. Was it expensive, yup, but the car has been good as gold since he touched it in December. Money well spent, and this comes from someone who likes doing things himself.
     
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  10. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Thank you @Nighthawk for the vote of confidence, glad the ep2 is behaving itself. I'm having to make sure my posts on here don't conflict with works interests. One of the main reasons for my absense.
     
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  11. Nighthawk Guest

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    I know the feeling
     
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  12. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    In this world, you generally get what you pay for.
    Fitting original Honda accessories will give you a better result.
     
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  13. NottsBiker Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    I've got after market fitted as it was already on the car but personally I'd go for Honda.

    Mines coming off this weekend for powder coating as it is rusty but the wiring by the installer leaves something to be desired and is what would make me go with Honda plug n play every time.
     
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  14. musicman580 Premium Member Club Supporter

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    As a recent Honda convert that is one of the "tin house pullers" I obviously had the need to fit a towbar to my fairly recent CR-V Black Edition purchase. I asked the dealer whom I purchased car from whom quoted a couple of prices which were a little on the high side.
    Whilst I appreciate the OEM route possibly being possibly the better bet, I did state that I would be looking to a company that I had used twice previously, and this was not questioned by dealer!
    Whilst booking my towbar fitting online I requested the VSK kit as I did not want to compromise the electronics etc and made the booking!
    However prior to the car going in for the job I was called to say the VSK kit was NOT REQUIRED, I questioned this but was told that the car would NOT BE AFFECTED and as the towbar is guaranteed I assumed this would be ok - AM I WRONG - incidentally the company is a leading trailer/towbar company!
    I would appreciate your views !
    PS I have used the towbar without any problems, and as far as I am aware everything seems to be working very well, and as I have stated elsewhere in this forum, it was actually very stable!
    Cheers
    Ian
     
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