Yup totally different on the T5. Here's a pic of a salvaged part from a Q7, Q8 etc, which has the same part numbers I can see on one of my fan motors and the fan housing
I have a 2013 R-Line which was a factory order and I specified the factory swivelling towbar option and it has the upgraded 850w fan. This upgrade was advertised by VW back in the day in their official Price/Spec Guide and I am happy for anyone to use this information in their communications with VW.If it's any help - I've owned from new a 2015 R Line with factory fit towbar and 600w fan. I regularly tow 3.5 ton box trailers with it for work. I've spend a considerable time communicating with VW head office so called ' technical' experts. Like politicians - they refuse to answer a direct question. I've been told to 'check the sticker in the drivers door for gross weight/train weight etc. They tell me that only the V8 Touaregs have an 800w fan (I thought the V8 was dropped on my model year and that the fan was an 850w). They refuse to discuss anything from the internet forums and deny that they have retro-fitted any misbuilt vehicles in the UK. I also tried to explain that many people have paid extra for a dealer specified 'uprated' fan when getting a towbar fitted - presumably wasting their money if not required?
Why did they not offer a limited recall for factory fitted towbar cars. ?
They will not discuss the matter further and have referred me to the motor ombudsman.
I wished them luck with the global brand re-building excercise after dieselgate
Anybody got any further than me?
VW will only quote for VW parts and most VW dealers/sales and parts staff can only quote from the VW parts catalogue - they often have no real expertise on the brand and the same can be said for VW Customer Care staff.Here's the
20192020 brochure - also no mention...
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However the Audi parts listing for for the 2015> Q7 for that fan housing does list a specific combo of fans for towing prep'd cars.
"Some" VW Service centres that quoted me for a dealer fit bar (before I bought one with a factory bar) stated a fan upgrade. I was given a breakdown of costs so surely they must have an uprated fan part listed on their system
Why would the fan cost £90 more for the electrically swivelling towbar? Are VW assuming they can milk their victims more if they go for the EST ?This is fairly definitive for the T5. I have dual fans fitted so that's what you need to be checking for!
Slightly ridiculous that it took 3 years for VW to publish this information in their accessories catalogue!!