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Recommended Wiring Harness For 2016 VW Golf GTI

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I have a 2016 VW GTI, which should be the same as a 2017. I do not want to cut and splice into my harness. Your web page for part #C56373 says excluding GTI and R models but your expert in the review refers a 2017 GTI owner to this very harness. Does it or does it not work for a GTI? I have also read of another 2016 GTI owner using the T-One #118646 plug and play harness which also says it excludes GTI and R models with no problem whatsoever. Why so much confusion over the GTI model? Thanks.

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For your 2016 VW Golf GTI, the confirmed fit from the manufacturer is the Curt Powered Tail Light Converter with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # C59236 or the Tekonsha Upgraded Heavy Duty ModuLite Circuit Protected Vehicle Wiring Harness with Install Kit # 119190KIT. There is also the ZCI Circuit Protected Vehicle Wiring Harness w/ 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector and Installation Kit # 119250KIT which requires no splicing. These are all the options that are a confirmed fit for your 2016 VW Golf GTI.

The fact that people have used other models is not a surprise, but they are taking a risk because those harnesses are not confirmed to fit and could cause electrical issues. The GTI models have been separated from the other models by the manufacturer and excluded as a fit for a reason.

I will have our expert question updated for future readers. The C56373 has bee discontinued and is not a confirmed fit.

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