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Old 07-11-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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Anyone pulling a 19' with BMW X3?

I am contemplating pulling a 19' with my BMW X3. Anyone have experience to share?
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
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I'm pulling with a V6 X5 with no problems. I'm not sure if the X3 would be similar though because I'm not sure how similar the engines are.

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Good morning lcurrie,
Thank you for responding. The engine in my X3 is a V6, 3.0. I suspect it's the same engine as yours but the X3 is a little lighter. Do you happen to remember which hitch you selected?
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Good morning lcurrie,
Thank you for responding. The engine in my X3 is a V6, 3.0. I suspect it's the same engine as yours but the X3 is a little lighter. Do you happen to remember which hitch you selected?
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I'm pulling with a V6 X5 with no problems. I'm not sure if the X3 would be similar though because I'm not sure how similar the engines are.

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Your BMWs have inline-6-cylinder engines, not V6s. An inline 6 is generally much smoother in operation than a V6, and BMW has made a name for themselves in the design of outstanding inline 6 engines.

There are 2 possible engines in the X3, the "28" and the "35" (they're each 3-liter 6s, but they differ in software and turbocharging, with the "28" producing 240 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, and the "35" rated for 300/300.) The "35" is the same engine as the 6-cylinder gasoline X5. This would make a big difference, I think that extra 80 lb-ft of torque would make life much easier.

The X3 has a 5-inch shorter wheelbase than the X5 (110 inches vs 115) and the X3 is about 700 lb lighter than an X5 with the same engine. On the numbers, it seems like the X5 is a better choice because it's longer and heavier, but I like overkill anyway (I got a 4-door F150 to pull my Argosy24.)
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I'd go with DKB_SATX's input over mine. That said, I don't know much about my hitch other to say it was installed by a reputable locally owned company here in Austin. They gave me all of the details when i got it done, I just don't remember the details. I'll be happy to take pics for you if you'd like to see it.

Bob, you've got me worried. On my end, my avatar is a picture of my face. Do I even want to know what you see?

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I am towing a 64Globetrotter 19' with a BMW X5 diesel.It has a factory option hitch which requires that the engine be reprogramed when the hitch is installed.This changes engine characteristics (sorta like towhaule). BMW says not to use weight distribution setup. Just drop it on the ball. I believe that is because sway compensation etc. Is already programed in when the hitch is installed, and the additional weight distribution/sway control would interfere with the car's performance.
I find that the rear of the car does drop a disconcerting amount from the hitch weight, but it tows very well just the same. I would be very hesitant to tow it with a X3.
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I believe this is an X3 but don't know any details about it.
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I am contemplating pulling a 19' with my BMW X3. Anyone have experience to share?
I'm considering the same setup. Did you try it? If so would love to get your thoughts. Thanks!

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Looks spec'd for towing 4400 lbs.
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I'm considering the same setup. Did you try it? If so would love to get your thoughts. Thanks!

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Hello Jason, I walked away from a $3,000 deposit at the very last possible moment. It just looked all wrong. I did a lot of studying, and everyone I spoke with said it would work, EXCEPT the BMW service manager. When I backed up to the trailer with my X3 it just plain didn't look right. You can contact me directly if you wish.
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Hello Jason, I walked away from a $3,000 deposit at the very last possible moment. It just looked all wrong. I did a lot of studying, and everyone I spoke with said it would work, EXCEPT the BMW service manager. When I backed up to the trailer with my X3 it just plain didn't look right. You can contact me directly if you wish.
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Thanks Cary -- really appreciate your follow-up. I'm going back and forth too -- all the research shows a 4400+ lb towing capacity and yet the dealership is firmly saying 3500. Tough because there isn't anything quite like the X3...
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Looks like the X3 BMW hitch is limited to a 350lb hitch weight.
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