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Old 30th July 2021, 19:46   #601
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Re: PICS : How flatbed tow trucks would run out of business without German cars!

Best one in the thread so far? Though this was just being transported to Ahmedabad from down south.

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Old 31st July 2021, 11:55   #602
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Epitome of reliability on a flatbed:

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Toyota workshop was a few kilometers away so I'm assuming it was headed there. Didn't look like an accidental case.
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Old 31st July 2021, 16:09   #603
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I don't know why Maruti does not employ flatbed trucks to take their cars to the workshop? Perhaps they think their cars are not worth the expense! I have not seen any flatbed carrying a Maruti to workshop unless it couldn't be towed for some reason. I always see a workshop Omni towing the stricken car to the workshop, whatever be the model!
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Sort of strange contributing to this thread as an owner. Here's my flooded car being sent off to the workshop (and junkyard) on a flatbed!

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Spotted this British stud at Badarakha village [between Ahmedabad and Dholka] during an early morning bicycle ride.
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Re: PICS : How flatbed tow trucks would run out of business without German cars!

Have a question for folks here.

While driving on the expressway last week I saw a BMW X3 being towed the traditional way. i.e. - the front wheels were suspended in the air while the rear wheels were rolling on the ground.

I'm surprised to realise this is even possible in modern day Germans. Specially RWD cars. How does one do this. By keeping the engine on and gearbox in Neutral? Or the manual neutral override if feasible? With some key? I always thought one could only flatbed Germans - no choice otherwise.

Any insights would be most informative and helpful.

Thank you.

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Sort of strange contributing to this thread as an owner. Here's my flooded car being sent off to the workshop (and junkyard) on a flatbed!

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Were you able to get the car up & running, From the marks I can see that the water had come up to window level. Did it happen while parked ?
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Unfortunately, no, the water was 6 feet+ above the car for > 24 hours. While the engine is undamaged, the cost of restoring the electronics, etc would have been far higher than the IDV. Also, from my previous experience of flooded cars, I know it's best to let it go, she'll never run the same again. So I have landed up scrapping the car.

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Were you able to get the car up & running, From the marks I can see that the water had come up to window level. Did it happen while parked ?
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Epitome of reliability....
On the same lines.

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Epitome of reliability on a flatbed:
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On the same lines.
Ah, this reminds me, while I was genuinely perplexed on seeing that Crysta on flatbed, we had a similar case recently in our circle. The car in question was recently serviced, and upon driving some good distance on highways, threw this error:

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Dealer strongly advised against driving the car back(some 150km), but the car was at a location that sending a flatbed and recovering it would have meant 6-7 hours of wasted time. The owner decided to drive it back to the dealership. Thankfully nothing happened but it was surely a scary experience. Guess these new breeds of BS6 diesels on flatbeds will be a common sight.

Sorry for the Off topic discussion, but any idea why this happened? In my own Crysta, I'm yet to see the bar going beyond 3 bars.
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Sorry for the Off topic discussion, but any idea why this happened? In my own Crysta, I'm yet to see the bar going beyond 3 bars.
Guess that's a DPF related warning after it's choked. Driving further can damage it. Crysta has a manual DPF regeneration option. Didn't the owner try to carry out the regeneration manually?
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Guess that's a DPF related warning after it's choked. Driving further can damage it. Crysta has a manual DPF regeneration option. Didn't the owner try to carry out the regeneration manually?
Yes, nothing helped. It kept flashing that message on the MID.
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Have a question for folks here.

While driving on the expressway last week I saw a BMW X3 being towed the traditional way. i.e. - the front wheels were suspended in the air while the rear wheels were rolling on the ground.

I'm surprised to realise this is even possible in modern day Germans. Specially RWD cars. How does one do this. By keeping the engine on and gearbox in Neutral? Or the manual neutral override if feasible? With some key? I always thought one could only flatbed Germans - no choice otherwise.

Any insights would be most informative and helpful.

Thank you.
Surprised someone towed an X3 that way. Maybe it's an X1? There are only two possibilities (not recommended for long distances): engine running with AT in neutral like you said. Or wheels attached to freewheeling hubs.

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Old 5th October 2021, 00:12   #614
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Re: PICS : How flatbed tow trucks would run out of business without German cars!

The only time my Etios rode a flatbed truck was when the fuel pump guys filled Petrol in my Diesel car, thankfully the car broke down only a couple km from my dealership and they sent a flatbed fairly quickly.

Had to clean the entire system to get my car running back again.
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Re: PICS : How flatbed tow trucks would run out of business without German cars!

Surprised to see no Kushaqs here yet, or is it not German enough?

On second thoughts, I guess it would probably become the most flat bedded car on this thread in no time.
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