View Full Version : Dilemma

01-24-2007, 01:07 PM
I need some suggestions from you guys. My canine situation has changed since I got my X3. I have two Basset Hounds that I need to load in the X3 daily, but it is way to high since they are so short. I was thinking about lowering the X3. Has anyone done this with an 05'? How far? Also, I was thinking that running boards would help as well. Has anyone done this? There is no way my old, fat ass can pick up and put two 60 lb dogs in the X3 every day. Any suggestions would be welcome.

01-24-2007, 01:16 PM
Build a small set of stairs that you can stow in the trunk :)

01-24-2007, 01:40 PM
I don't think you'd be able to lower it more than a couple of inches...would that solve your problem? Probably not...

just keep a piece of plywood in the back and use that as a ramp.

01-24-2007, 02:03 PM
You might need a ramp for basset hounds since their legs are so short. Check this site:


01-24-2007, 05:35 PM
Thanks for the suggestions guys... my preferred method of solving this problem would be with a new 328xi. The Basset's could just hop into the floorboard and then into the seat. And, I would get a new ride:) ... would be pricey though.

01-25-2007, 06:25 AM
I use one of the telescoping ramps for my Newfies, they go in thru the rear hatch. We use the ramps to protect the dogs knees from injury if they jump in and hit the joints. Just be sure the ramp fits sideways when collasped in the rear to save space.

01-31-2007, 12:01 PM
make your dogs bigger... Bloodhounds :dunno:

Just kidding.

Ramp or stairs.

01-31-2007, 04:18 PM
but the ramp and stair idea doesn't appeal... I actually bought a ramp but they are very heavy, especially for use 2 times a day... the Basset's also don't like stairs (but I'm working on it).

01-31-2007, 07:30 PM
There are some aluminum ramps here. Expensive, but what isn't when it comes to pet supplies. :p


01-31-2007, 07:36 PM
Actually out of all of them this one seems like the best deal. Weighs less than 8 pounds and folds in half.



02-02-2007, 11:39 AM
That is one nice looking pup... that is definitely the best of the ramps I have seen, I'll have to think about that.

Richard in NC
02-03-2007, 07:47 AM
I would also look into a pet cover for the interior if you are going to transport them regularly. I assume BMW carries one for the X3, they had one for E39 rear seats.