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    Default Laguna III estate tow bar

    My Laguna had a tow bar fitted prior to my ownership.
    I have been attempting to source a swan neck/ball but what I am presented with and what is shown online are remarkably different beasts. They simply don't look the same...

    Anyway, I took it to a tow bar place today and they told me that it needs a rubber lug and ball and would have to come from Renault (and may be unavailable).

    If anyone knows anything about towbars can you advise what I need to get my car able to tow? Apparently I have a tow bar fitted (and have the round 7 pin plug).

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    Is there a brand name stamped on the tow bar or a manufacturer's plate on there somewhere to help identify the type of tongue that may fit.

    I have a Laguna ii hatchback, my tow bar takes the square style tongues that seem to be standard to most tow bars in this country.

    Your tow bar may of been imported from overseas.
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    Very odd. The plug seems to have a Renault emblem so must be factory but in NSW flat 7 pin plugs are much more common - did it come from interstate?

    It also looks to have an ID plate on the underneath of the bar - can that be read?
    I'd say it must be some sort of factory bar as COL suggested.

    My Laguna II estate had a factory fitted bar and had the square tongue too.
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    Didn't notice the plate.

    Will investigate tomorrow in the light

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    Hi Dave

    These Renault brochures seem to suggest a simple 'S' bend type tongue and a pin.

    http://www.melvillerenault.com.au/ss...s_brochure.pdf

    http://www.mainnorthrenault.com.au/s...s-Brochure.pdf

    If your local dealer doesn't have them it might be easily substituted by something like the following:

    https://www.ebay.com.au/i/1125123954...=ps&dispItem=1

    https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/payn...ype/1155933032

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    Looks like post #267
    The Towbars thread...


    I assume you searched all the rabbit holes in the car for a stashed tongue.

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    Jo, I'm normally pretty thorough with the tongue, service all areas

    Did find a bag of bolts that looked like they were meant for the tow bar in the wheel well with the wheel changing stuff. But no tongue.

    The ID plate was given a scrub and cleaned up revealing this...
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    I believe the tongue reads G9166K9100AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68 404 View Post
    I believe the tongue reads G9166X9100AU

    Dave
    Looks like you have the part number you need, just front up at your local Renault dealer and ask them to order one.

    When you go there take a chair with you because you will want to be sitting down when they tell you the price.
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    Col,
    Have already quoted the part number to Renault.
    I'm sure they will reply swiftly. I guess anything under $200 would be expected.

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    Have you plugged it into eBay or google generally to see what is available overseas?
    Whilst I'm all for supporting local businesses like French connection; Alpine affaire, Ken B etc for something like this I wonder would you get the same part from UK for example cheaper than Reanult Oz spare parts counter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 68 404 View Post
    I'm sure they will reply swiftly.
    Or as I got with another Renault AU suffix part from the local friendly dealer; "those parts have never been available for that model, the number is incorrect". For parts they had supplied only a few years before.........
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    Icon14 Make one up.?

    Looks a pretty simple one to make up locally, there used to be lots of places that would make these locally. In one of the brochures it looks like they have a quick release pin in the centre, but my caution would be to use a large bolt nut and spring washer to secure that as it will only rattle anyway. You may be able to adapt an existing bar and cut and drill to fit - would try to get one that fits the slot nicely and not rattle.

    Small caution again, draw up a sketch on paper for the angle you need for the tow ball to sit correctly. My reason for saying that, is that over the years I kept finding towbars that just might fit the Fuego at swap meets, they were cheap but in the end none of them were exactly the required angle!!! That's why I eventually made up a sketch...... I still have a few spare towbars lying around the yard and I can tell you they are too hard to adjust the bend without a very heavy industrial press!!.

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    Default Hmmm ! Not only Renault does this ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Or as I got with another Renault AU suffix part from the local friendly dealer; "those parts have never been available for that model, the number is incorrect". For parts they had supplied only a few years before.........
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    When i was out on a Pacific island, Pohnpei, I wanted some parts for a newish Toyota ute diesel manual etc. I rang the Toyota++ dealer in Guam and was assured that that model I quoted was never sold and the parts were not available ????

    Fortunately I had anticipated that from previous poor service encountered so I had found the original purchase invoice from that exact dealership and was able to quote the model number and date of purchase etc to the reluctant parts person.

    At least we got some bits needed after that but our phone number was probably put on the banned list on the wall !! That is what dealers do if you cross them I believe

    Just as an interesting statement, mostly cars were kept going with NO NEW SPARES AVAILABLE. Mostly Jap imports of every description, ones you have never seen here, and the low end of the price range too. No dealers on the island and NAPA spares the only place to buy anything new. But they only had American stuff ? Never seemed to cross their mind there were almost no American cars in the place by then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 68 404 View Post
    Col,
    Have already quoted the part number to Renault.
    I'm sure they will reply swiftly. I guess anything under $200 would be expected.

    Dave
    Well, it's been seven days and (apart from the automated reply that my request was received) I haven't heard a peep from Renault

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    Go to a Nissan Dealer.
    G9162 is the part number prefix for a Nissan towbar, and G9166 is the prefix for towbar tongue.
    The AU Suffix indicated the bar is manufactured in Australia.
    Nissan had all towbars for Australian delivered vehicles manufactured in Australia.
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    I think your prayers have been answered.

    Tow bar tongue RENAULT
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
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    I think your prayers have been answered.

    Tow bar tongue RENAULT
    I think almost but not quite. They're a G, I'm a K.
    I'm guessing sedan vs wagon.
    Insisting on local pickup in Qld is fairly unchristian too. Hasn't he heard of a box?


    Am popping into Nissan tomorrow, chasing Mugsy's lead.

    Still nothing from Renault. Poor effort really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68 404 View Post
    I think almost but not quite. They're a G, I'm a K.
    I'm guessing sedan vs wagon.
    Insisting on local pickup in Qld is fairly unchristian too. Hasn't he heard of a box?


    Am popping into Nissan tomorrow, chasing Mugsy's lead.

    Still nothing from Renault. Poor effort really.

    Dave
    Sorry didn't have time to closely look at part numbers.

    Pick up only seems to happen a lot on Ebay. I put it sown to laziness (can't be bothered wrapping it up and taking it to the post office).
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    Went and saw Nissan today. Number not on their system but 'it appears it's one of ours'.

    Watch this space.

    The Qld tongue is for a sedan, not an estate. Private message reveals it has never been used so would be a bargain.

    Of more concern, I have heard NOTHING back from Renault Australia or Renault Castle Hill. Perhaps they don't give a shit?

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    Any luck with the towbar tongue yet??
    the number will not be showing on the Nissan dealers internal system if they have never purchased one.
    the part description, price, etc will be on the dealer network system (used to be called niscom), and will be created on the dealers own system upon them purchasing one from Nissan/Renault.
    Nissan and Renault have obviously utilised the same accessory supplier for towbars in Australia, which makes sense, hence the same part number prefix.
    tongue part number looks like G9166K9100AU.

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    Went and saw the spares guy at Nissan and he told me what you have stated above. He rang another Renault place (Waitara) and has given me some names to speak with it this quest.
    Castle Hill Renault, a new dealer still haven't replied. I will be writing to Renault Australia about their dead air at the conclusion of this thread.
    I of the belief that the Renault foundry in Melbourne cast all the Renault stuff as well. It's just a matter of accessing the Renault system

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