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 Post subject: Re: Question about trailer hitch bike rack
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:35 am 
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Thanks for the feedback.

I consider myself a handyman type of guy, and have always liked to do stuff to the car with my own hands if I can. I had installed a hitch on my previous car (2017 RDX) which took me about 2-3 hours on a cold Feb Saturday.

I am asking if anyone knows if there are differences between the 2018 and the 2019 Outlander PHEVs, specifically in terms of the hitch placements. I don't think there are much differences between these 2 years (at least in the Canadian Market here), so if they are selling hitches for the 2018 version for consumer installation, I am sure the 2019 version should be the same.

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I see your point, and $300 is a big difference. But look at it this way, if you make the tiniest mistake, especially with the wiring, your warranty is toast. Damage the sealing on the underside of the car and your body perforation guarantee is history. Plus you would be under the car, next to the 300v battery without the necessary knowledge and training as to what you can touch or fix too. They do have the training and any issues are down to them, not you.

Many years ago, when cars were simple machines and you could fix anything with a basic socket set and a few screwdrivers, I would have wholeheartedly agreed and supported your position. But cars today, especially ones like our, aren’t like that anymore. They are hugely complex computer systems that just happen to be a mode of personal transport.

At the very least get a well regarded tow ball installation company to quote asking if their fitters can prove they are qualified to work on electric cars, if they can’t, walk away and talk to your dealer. The pain of that $300 will be soon forgotten.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about trailer hitch bike rack
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:27 am 
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Update:

I contacted my dealership parts department, and was quoted $620 for the OEM hitch kit, and $250 for the labour, before taxes.

After looking for more information online, I believe there are 2 types of hitches that can be installed on the Outlander PHEV, OEM and aftermarket. The OEM version requires the removal of the bumper and cutting of the bottom rear of the body/chasis (as told to me by the parts rep). There is a youtube video that showed how the OEM version was installed (and it was intense!). The aftermarket version does not require the removal of the bumper and is a straight bolt on process. My parts rep also confirmed to me that the 2018 and 2019 PHEVs are the same (at least the Canadian/NA models).

In the end I bought the aftermarket hitch from suspensionconnection.com, and the total price I paid after taxes and shipping is exactly $300, I paid for express shipping so I can get it to me sooner. Once I install it on my car I will update everyone here how the process went, either in this thread or start a new one.

Thanks everyone.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about trailer hitch bike rack
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:01 pm 
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Nice! Good luck installing it, don’t forget the pictures ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Question about trailer hitch bike rack
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:52 pm 
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The OEM version requires the removal of the bumper and cutting of the bottom rear of the body/chasis (as told to me by the parts rep)......The aftermarket version does not require the removal of the bumper and is a straight Bolt on process.


I was told the same thing. Does that mean the OEM version would be positioned higher from the ground?

I am also most likely getting an aftermarket hitch though, because I have a warranty on my old hitch on my old vehicle, and they will give me a new one for free including installation on my Outlander.

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