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      02-04-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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Question Tow hitch

I'm thinking about getting a tow hitch fitted to my 2007 E90 320D so that I can tow a caravan. (pic below for the Americans) Does anyone know whether the car has mounting points? Or will it be necessary for holes to be drilled like on the E46?



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      02-04-2012, 10:13 PM   #2
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send me a pic it would make my life if i saw a bmw towing that thing on the highway!!!!!

but you can probably weld something up to your bumper but it will involve removing your bumper cover and retrofitting it back on.
i sat go M-Tech and remove the diffuser every time you want to tow the thing.

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      02-04-2012, 10:41 PM   #3
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3500lb four berth 20 footer caravan? Really?

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send me a pic it would make my life if i saw a bmw towing that thing on the highway!!!!!

but you can probably weld something up to your bumper but it will involve removing your bumper cover and retrofitting it back on.
i sat go M-Tech and remove the diffuser every time you want to tow the thing.
I saw BMWs towing this size caravan about 1000X on my European Delivery trip last summer. They are much lighter than the US equivalent - it's not like everyone and thier brother has a pickup truck on the other side of the pond. I even saw a FIAT 500 towing a caravan that was easily 2X the size of the car.

IIRC, the E9X is rated to tow something like a 3300lb braked trailer in Germany. The stability control system even has a "trailer mode" that is activated when the factory tow light harness is plugged in. It acts to dynamically reduce trailer sway.

I don't have a definitive answer to the OPs question, I actually have a BMW OEM hitch, but it is still at the buddy who brought it over for me's place ~1000 miles from me. I don't *think* that you have to drill any holes, I do know you have to remove and replace the bumper structural members.
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I saw BMWs towing this size caravan about 1000X on my European Delivery trip last summer. They are much lighter than the US equivalent - it's not like everyone and thier brother has a pickup truck on the other side of the pond. I even saw a FIAT 500 towing a caravan that was easily 2X the size of the car.

IIRC, the E9X is rated to tow something like a 3300lb braked trailer in Germany. The stability control system even has a "trailer mode" that is activated when the factory tow light harness is plugged in. It acts to dynamically reduce trailer sway.

I don't have a definitive answer to the OPs question, I actually have a BMW OEM hitch, but it is still at the buddy who brought it over for me's place ~1000 miles from me. I don't *think* that you have to drill any holes, I do know you have to remove and replace the bumper structural members.
LOL ur talking to a guy from texas....Even i have a truck.....My bad it would be amaazzingg to see that around here.
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I know there's a misconception in the US. Many people believe that if you wanna tow something, you need an SUV or a truck. That is not the case unless you plan to tow something which significantly exceeds the weight of your own vehicle.

Most trailers/caravans are towed by ordinary cars here in Europe. The 2005-2007 BMW E90 320D is rated to tow up to 3960lbs in Europe, but I wouldn't personally exceed the kerb weight of the car.

The 320D also has more torque than my SUV Land Rover Discovery. This means that in some scenarios, it will be more effective at towing providing that traction is not lost.

You guys really need to stop underrating the towing capability of these vehicles. :P

E46 330D:


E91 335D: (Caravan weight: 3282.4 lbs)


Those pics were taken by the Caravan Club (UK organisation) and the numbers on the caravan windows represent its place in the "Tow car of the year" competition.

And it's not just BMWs...











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Just get the factory hitch, if you are in Europe. Bolts right on. Plenty of people tow with BMWs over there.
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Trailers are definitely lighter in Europe it would seem. I have a 21' dual-axel Glendale that's over 4,000 lbs. Even if they made a Class III for the 335D, I would not tow it with the car. Maybe a smaller Class II trailer, but not anything weighing more than the curb weight of the vehicle.

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I tow a lot with my E36 so you won't hear any negative views from me. Even my 138 HP / 138 lb.-ft. E36 is rated to tow a 3306 lbs braked trailer. I often tow up to 1,400 lbs. with an unbraked trailer and even for my little petrol engine it's absolutely nothing.

I was curious what one of these Bailey caravans weighed and a 4 Berth "Olympus" model is 2,810 lbs empty. That's about 24' long, 7' wide and 8.5' tall. Didn't see tongue weight listed.
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Do you think it will be ok to tow a 17' boat weighs about 2000lbs with 335i coupe?

where can I get this hitch from?
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Do you think it will be ok to tow a 17' boat weighs about 2000lbs with 335i coupe?

where can I get this hitch from?
You could easily tow 2000 lbs with your BMW. Especially in JAX where there are no hills. I was looking into it but lost interest when I found out the hitch was around $800. The link below shows the install.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=trailer+hitch
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