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The new 1.6cdti has a towing weight of 1500kg. No idea why it should be more
 

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HiThanks for all the replies
I have tried what tow car and it shows a perfect match
I got a removable tow bar and Vauxhall electrics fitted by Vauxhall main dealer for £475 which was cheaper than quotes from 2 Tow bar Specialists

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I own a mokka 1.7 cdti tech line, had it for about 3 months, when I was looking for a car, I told the dealer I needed something to tow my caravan. I was originally looking at a Kia Sportage 2.0 crd. The dealer pursuaded me to check out the mokka and assured me it would pull my caravan no problem. I fell in love with the mokka, mainly because the power out of the 1.7 engine, was better than most other SUVs I had test drove.
When I had purchased he car, I then found out that it's towing limit was only 1200 kgs, he dealer told me it was 1500kg. Which he did show me in a brochure to be fair. The brochure was for the new 1.6 cdti. I couldn't be live it! My caravan weighs 1095 empty and has a gross of 1295. So technically it's 95 kgs over the limit. I was a bit mad with the dealer to say the least I rang them and they were not interested. I decided to email Vauxhall to argue why the 1.7 was 1200 and the new 1.6 was 1500. After all the 1.6 has only 8 horses more! I got a reply basically saying it's all in the technical stuff of the vehicle specs and they couldn't go into it very much because it might compromise on some of their secrets!! ITS A CAR VAUXHALL, NOT A SPY!! I got nowhere with it! Even tho it's a known fact that diesels have double torque to petrol counterparts. I still think the 1.7 has been put in the wrong category, it surely cannot be the same as the 1.6 petrol. It should have been 1500 kg, but they ain't gonna admit it are they!
Anyway, I decided to go against all the advice of caravan club who said my mokka would be dodgy towing my caravan, (which is a swift archway barn well sleeping four people) and got a towbar fitted, took it out on its maiden voyage last week to Scarborough, and I gotta say, the mokka loved it! It felt sturdy, pulled well, was a joy to tow to be honest, made my previous Toyota avens is look stupid! So anyone thinking of getting a towbar to to their van with, go ahead, the mokka tows them lovely.
 

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HiSkunktankand welcome to this Forum.You appear to have had an unfortunate experience with your dealer but hopefully all is ok in the end.
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Yes it's all,good in the end. Just wish the dealer showed me the right brochure in the first place. Put me in a bit of a position, do I throw £300 at towbar fitted to see if mokka could pull my van or not? It does the job, and it does it well!
 

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I too have the 1.7 techline and tow a1200kg van, compared to my previous car vectra1.8 petrol, the mokka pulls loads better and the fuel economy is terrific avg 39 mph, it accelerates well on inclines ect,the only difference I do notice is that the ride is slightly more bumpy than the vectra and I can feel lorries approaching when on dual carriage ways ect, as long as you spread your load and keep the nose weight ok, things will be fine, happy caravaning
 

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I find the Mokka an excellent towcar. My van max weight is also 1200kg and the cars limit does restrict your choice of vans. You may have a van with a max weight of 1295kg but hopefully your are under that anyway. Trouble is if you go over and are stopped by the police and they check the weight on a weigh bridge you could be prosecuted. It does after all have the 1200kg towing weight on the V5. Can always put that extra weight in the car. Then again how often do caravans get pulled over in this way? Edited by: Big Mac
 

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It's good knowing the rules/regulations as it often keeps us on the right side of the law.
 

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Big Mac said:
I find the Mokka an excellent towcar. My van max weight is also 1200kg and the cars limit does restrict your choice of vans. You may have a van with a max weight of 1295kg but hopefully your are under that anyway. Trouble is if you go over and are stopped by the police and they check the weight on a weigh bridge you could be prosecuted. It does after all have the 1200kg towing weight on the V5. Can always put that extra weight in the car. Then again how often do caravans get pulled over in this way?

Unless you're speeding or in the 3rd lane with a trailer you have little chance of being stopped. using your mobile, tailgating, hogging the middle lane and now the latest trend of sitting in the 3rd lane of a 4 lane motorway not a problem.
 

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Yes I agree Big Mac, I did take quite a few bits out like and loaded the boot more than usual I also had the bathroom scales out to check the nose weight of my van and was staggered to see with just about everything out, awning, ground sheet etc, it weighed about 110 kgs on its nose, so I checked front locker and took a few bits out there, so there was gas bottle, spare wheel and a few accessories, I got it down to 90kg. Put the awing and everything back in just past the axle, 78 kgs. Surprising how much weight is on the van itself!. I normally take bikes as well in van but I will stop doing that! So hopefully like you said, it ain't loaded to its max and I am within the law, i really ought to take it to a public weigh ridge and find out. I have gotta own up as well, I do have a tuning box in engine bay and my mokka runs at around 160 bhp. It does make all the difference pulling my van, averaged around 39 mpg.
 

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Interesting on the tuning box. I contemplated it as on a previous Astra it was awesome. However current insurance won't allow it and was concerned about losing my lifetime warranty if Vauxhall could trace it after removal
 

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Well as far as I am aware, once removed. It leaves no trace, I got 2 years warranty, when I take it for service, I will report back.
 

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As a matter of interest which tuning box did you go for? So many choices. Last time I had the green box from dtuk on my Astra 1.9cdti and people with the same engine and box were getting nearly 200 bhp on a rolling road Edited by: Big Mac
 

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Big Mac said:
Interesting on the tuning box. I contemplated it as on a previous Astra it was awesome. However current insurance won't allow it and was concerned about losing my lifetime warranty if Vauxhall could trace it after removal

Where that is concerned it's better to err on the side of caution, regardless of whether it can/cannot be traced.
 

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Mine is the red dtuk box, I had quite a long conversation with them before buying and they assured me that it was not traceable once removed on today's dealers laptops. I needed the extra umph for towing my van, so I decided to give it a go. Power difference is out of this world, car is much more responsive and a lot less turbo lag. Loads of bottom end torque now. So ideal for towing. I ain't been to dealers yet, so we will see when I take it. My friend has a vectra tho, with a green box on, and he never gets no bother from dealers through it. He even left it on once, forgot to take it off. And they still never said anything!
 

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Also, if you are wanting to get your car remapped. I spoke to mr Thorne, of thorney Motorsport. His was an Ecu remap, and it was the only one I found to claim it would not void your warranty. There is even a few Vauxhall dealers dotted around the country that do the remap on behalf of thorney. For me, the nearest was either a dealer in Bridlington, or one over in Lancashire somewhere, to far from where I live! It was expensive tho, around 500 mark.
 

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Also, if you are wanting to get your car remapped. I spoke to mr Thorne, of thorney Motorsport. His was an Ecu remap, and it was the only one I found to claim it would not void your warranty. There is even a few Vauxhall dealers dotted around the country that do the remap on behalf of thorney. For me, the nearest was either a dealer in Bridlington, or one over in Lancashire somewhere, to far from where I live! It was expensive tho, around 500 mark.

It will most certainly void your insurance though.
 
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