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Old 04-21-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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Towing 2012 w/Mercedes GL350 Bluetec

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I have a 2012 GL350 and just purchased a 2012 19' International. I have he factory tow kit installed. Whenever I plug the 7-Way connector in the LED lights are slightly dim and the break lights or turn signals don't work. I hear there is a compatibility issue with the MB and the LED lights? Anyone have any ideas on what I can do? Also, do I need a tow break control or will the factor tow kit be sufficient?
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:55 AM   #2
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Help!
I have a 2012 GL350 and just purchased a 2012 19' International. I have he factory tow kit installed. Whenever I plug the 7-Way connector in the LED lights are slightly dim and the break lights or turn signals don't work. I hear there is a compatibility issue with the MB and the LED lights? Anyone have any ideas on what I can do? Also, do I need a tow break control or will the factor tow kit be sufficient?
Thanks!
Jim
It is a known resistance issue between the AS's LED's and the GL's LED's (apparently there is none, or something to that effect).

However there is a fix! Go to your VW parts store and explain your problem. They will sell you a short cable (about two feet) with built in resistance and plug that cable into the GL's 7 pin, and then into your AS's. The problem will magically go away. The cost of the cable from VW is approx. $40.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:22 PM   #3
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wow. nice answer such a pleasure to experience such a direct and easy fix to a problem i think i will just keep reading it over and over. and i don't even have the problem.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:45 PM   #4
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It is a known resistance issue between the AS's LED's and the GL's LED's (apparently there is none, or something to that effect).

However there is a fix! Go to your VW parts store and explain your problem. They will sell you a short cable (about two feet) with built in resistance and plug that cable into the GL's 7 pin, and then into your AS's. The problem will magically go away. The cost of the cable from VW is approx. $40.
Thanks Murreywalker,
I've order the cable. Discount Volkswagen Parts Thanks so much for your help! Just the answer I was hoping for.
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