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  • 03-22-2011, 09:30 PM
    gooseus

    BMW Hitch

    Installed a execuhitch on my X3. I love it, you cant even see that I have a hitch installed. Check out these guys. www.execuhitch.com
  • 11-15-2010, 04:53 PM
    beecee

    ecstuning.com and pelicanparts.com >>

    Those are 2 good oem parts sources....I buy many parts from both of them.
  • 11-15-2010, 12:22 PM
    dmsull

    Re: Trailer Hitch

    Where is the best place to buy the BMW OEM hitch?
  • 12-16-2007, 01:05 PM
    robertplattbell

    Bought a CASITA. TOWS GREAT!


    We ended up buynig a Casita, which is a cousin to the Scamp (the legend has it the two companies were founded by Brothers).

    In 15 years of RVing this is the best lashup by far. Economical (16 mph) and fast and easy to drive - NO SWAY at all.

    We've taken it everywhere. We are really using the "sport activity" feature of this thing.

    Highly recommend getting the factory hitch, though. The splice into the wiring is tricky. The OEM system has a plug-in module that plugs into the electrical box under the spare tire.

    I beleive the electrical module is sold separatley if you insist on an aftermarket hitch, but then the cost brings it up to the OEM hitch cost.

    FWIW. $500 for a hitch on a $50,000 car is not bad.
  • 12-16-2007, 11:07 AM
    pitcrew

    Re: Trailer Hitch, Aftermarket no problem +

    I find this OEM stuff really funny..includng the cheap american truck comments.

    DLP....The BMW X5 is built in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA with very cheap minimal skilled labor. you pay more..doesnt mean you get more..haha
  • 06-03-2006, 09:14 PM
    robertplattbell

    Wiring instructions for Trailer brakes


    By the way, I found these wiring instructions for trailer brakes for the X5. The author is a really cool guy, too. Check out his website!
  • 06-03-2006, 09:13 PM
    robertplattbell

    I'll be back...

    ..we are thinking about getting a Scamp 16' side dinette trailer to tow behind the X5 and do the blue ridge parkway, over a period of a few days or weeks.

    BMW claims the X5 can tow 6,000 lbs., but I've been RVing for a number of years, and I don't buy that for a minute. There is towing, and then again, there is towing.

    The Scamp weighs in at about 1700 lbs. and would be an easy tow with the X5, even with the 3.0

  • 05-29-2006, 01:29 PM
    Bill-NC

    Re: Tows suprisingly well, too.

    I live in Hendersonville, about 25 miles south of Asheville. Moved here from Boca Raton 11 years ago and have found this to be a delightful place to live.
  • 05-28-2006, 08:37 PM
    robertplattbell

    Tows suprisingly well, too.


    Frankly, I was a little skeptical that this unibody bus would tow much of anything. We've had a number of RVs in the past, and a couple of large boats, and a pickup truck, to me, was the only way to go with towing anything. Towing with a BMW? No way, right?

    However, we sold the condo in Florida and bought a house on Jekyll Island as a winter retreat. So we needed to move some stuff, and fast. The little X5 pulled a U-haul with no problems. Hardly knew it was back there - and about 2,000 lbs of stuff, too. Zoomed right along at 70 mph.

    I finally figured out why first gear is so low on this thing, though. Towing.

    Now the spouse wants to get a small tow-behind camper (Like a Casita) for the X5 so we can do Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge parkway.....

    One thing leads to another.

    BTW, anyone here from Asheville? What a nice town.
  • 05-24-2006, 07:41 AM
    x5farmer

    Re: cheap amercian truck

    I have a 1983 Ford F250 diesel and a 2005 F350 diesel -- the 1983 has NEVER been to the dealer for service other regular repair; ie. brakes, ball joints, etc. -- since U are an ENGINEER, I am sure that U can understand that U can engineer yourelf out of business -- would U be willing to take a spacecraft ride with the electronic ENGINEERING in an BMW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 05-21-2006, 10:06 PM
    Phil

    Re: go aftermarket

    Did that $200 include the wiring harness?
  • 05-19-2006, 03:29 PM
    davewhite

    Re: Trailer Hitch

    To clarify: I have the parts that came off of the car when the trailer hitch was installed, not the trailer hitch parts. Hoped that maybe someone might need them. Thanks
  • 05-19-2006, 07:21 AM
    davewhite

    Re: Trailer Hitch

    if anyone is removing their OEM hitch & needs the original parts that were removed, I have them - free if anyones needs them, just pay the freight. I live in Virginia.
  • 05-18-2006, 10:32 PM
    robertplattbell

    BMW OEM $500 hitch.

    I just installed the BMW OWM hitch (made by Westfalia, at least in part) and it took about 3 hours.

    BavAuto has a hitch for $199 but the electrical package is another $199. Add in shipping, and you are at $500 (truck freight required).

    The BMW hitch was $499 with my BMWCCA discount and tax. It comes in a very large box and includes the wiring harness, controller, and every single nut, bolt, washer, and wire tie. And the instructions are quite complete.

    The instructions say you have to remove the mufflers to install the hitch, but I did not find this necessary. If the muffler rear mounts are unbolted and the heat shields are unbolted, they will drop about 2" and allow you to get in the two underneath bolts that hold the inserts in.

    The rear bumper has to be removed and "reskinned" onto a new carrier (provided in the kit). It takes some effort, and it is a good idea to leave the bumper on an old blanket when working on it to prevent scratching the paint.

    All in all, it was a spectactularly engineered piece, and a joy to work with. Everything fit perfectly and I did not have to cut into the wiring harness (always a very bad idea with a BMW) to run the wiring.

    $500 for OEM or $350 for U-Haul? I'll do OEM.
  • 07-07-2005, 05:48 PM
    x5dan

    Re: Trailer Hitch

    has anyone used a wdh (weight distributing hitch)on their X5? if so, how did you accomodate the auto levelin? tia
  • 07-07-2005, 05:05 PM
    DLP24

    Re: xxxxxx, will you just quit?!? You are cheap

    DONT EVER use my Lord's name in vain, you disprectful kid.

    SInce you broght it up, it is $450 and 3 hours labor for OEM hitch and OEM wiring harness and 7-pin connector. If you are going to point it out, GET IT RIGHT. You probably have never mounted a hitch in your life or even changed a fuse.

    Does your mom know you are on her computer??
  • 07-07-2005, 04:59 PM
    DLP24

    Re: Italian Sports cars

    True.
  • 07-07-2005, 04:53 PM
    NONOEMISAOK

    Jesus, will you just quit?!?

    Face it. You spent too much money and wasted a day or two of your life installing a chunk of metal under the car. Just quit going after these guys and move on. Save the cognitive dissonance for your therapist.

    A non-OEM hitch is not going to bend your frame, make you loose control of your car, or give your dog fleas. I've only found one post that claimed anything happened, along with about a million other posts from the rabid BMW-only crowd that points back to it. On the other hand, we've seen planty of posts like this from people with experience telling otherwise. It's high time we called this myth debunked.
  • 07-07-2005, 04:31 PM
    Lee

    Italian Sports cars

    Now talk about tough love - I'm an Alfa fanatic myself.. Sometimes form and feel is more important than function/durability.

    Fair enough.
  • 07-07-2005, 03:07 PM
    DLP24

    Re: cheap amercian truck

    Lee - I don't feel the need to tell you all about the BMWs and Italian sports cars I have owned. Or my boats, or my houses, or the American cars I have been through. It is irrelevant. As a structural engineer for 22 years, I will always put my money where it counts. When it comes to my family's safety I will never save a buck for the sake of saving a buck.

    If you are happy towing your boats with that hitch, just be happy. Hopefully next time you are towing you will never remember this conversation and won't worry a bit about your rig. No need to defend the aftermarket part. Ultimately the thread topic starter will do his homework and decide accordingly.

    Cheers
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