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BMR535i 12-30-2012 06:39 AM

2013 BMW x5 - Trailer hitch recommendations?
Hi All:

I am new to the forums, but have a question for the experts on this site as to what would be a recommended hitch make and model. I am looking at the following but need advice. :dunno:

I have just purchased a new 2013 X5 and want to use a swagman bike rack we already own. My 7 year old gave me the stinkeye when I told him we had no hitch to put the bikes on this new SUV. He told me we should have kept our 2009 Honda Pilot because that one was better since it had a hitch on it!!! lol

Here are two I have been looking at which are bolt on. I am handy and not afraid to bend a wrench.

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for the 2013 BMW X5

Reese Towpower 44590 Class III/IV 2" Square Tube Professional Hitch Receiver


finnbmw 12-30-2012 11:19 AM

On our 2010 we installed the Curt hitch from etrailer

Curt hitch, Drawtite and Hidden Hittch are all good hitches and will fit your needs.

If you want to spend some extra $, take a look at Execuhitch . That's what I will be putting on our 2012.

Good luck!

P.S. Welcome to Bimmerfest!!!

gresch 12-30-2012 01:04 PM

I'm looking at putting an invisihitch on.

BMR535i 01-03-2013 09:25 AM

Hi there:

Finnbmw and Gresch thank you for the Execuhitch suggestion since that is not something that came up in my research for the 2013 model. :thumbup:

I really like that it does not require cutting the bumper facia like other hitches do.


onebadgix 01-03-2013 09:40 AM

That execuhitch is sweet! Looking into that myself!

BMR535i 01-03-2013 09:50 AM

I definitely agree onebadgix...


invisihitch 01-13-2013 12:10 PM

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Thank you for the fine compliments on our invisihitch guys. We are constantly looking for ways to better address what people really want, and these forums are very helpful in that regard. In response to your feedback, we recently added the OEM Wiring Harness to our invisihitch for the X5. So now, you do not have to cut your bumper and you can use the factory wiring harness to get all the nice tow-package functions... a special zoom mode on your reverse camera, automatic disabling of the rear PDC sensors when a trailer is plugged in, and dynamic trailer stability control. Use of the OEM harness also preserves your warranty and precludes any possible future conversations about the source of electronic gremlins, should any such gremlins ever appear.

Yet another product improvement that began as a forum discussion of various tow-hitch features. Thanks again for the compliments, and for the suggestions. Please keep them coming.

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jashearer 01-13-2013 01:09 PM

Misunderstanding my apologies


ndabunka 01-13-2013 04:39 PM


Originally Posted by jashearer (Post 7310540)
Oh geez not the execuhitch spam again, I thought you were gone?

It's one thing to answer questions and give specific suggestions, what you just did there is nothing but blatant advertising.

Earn your keep or go away.


Another member, gresch is th eone who introduced this thread to their products so not certain why that would bother you. He IS a sponsor so he can "advertise" all he would like. If ya don't like it...shut, I mean "just ignore this thread"...

blue dragon 01-13-2013 04:51 PM

^^ I don't mind the post, but previously, execuhitch would just spam the forum, seach for any occurence of hitch and not reply to the question asked, but just post a link to his site. This post is actually useful, so no issues here.

jashearer 01-13-2013 05:17 PM

I was browsing on my ipad and couldn't see that he is now a sponsor.

My prejudice from prior threads as described above.

I'll "shut up" now.


arrivederci 01-13-2013 09:56 PM

Any thoughts on a group buy for the invisihitch setup with factory wiring harness? I'm thinking of getting one by summer time but would move more quickly if there was a deal.

I have also seen some Curt/Draw-tite/Reese setups that didn't require cutting even though you can see it hanging out under the bumper (saw one a few days ago at the car wash).

I don't like the factory setup at all...

invisihitch 01-14-2013 07:45 AM

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I was not aware of a history of bad citizenship on these forums by the former company. And, although we are not that company (entirely different ownership & personnel), I will keep in mind going forward that there may be some lingering sensitivities. Frankly, my ire would probably be up also if I had been previously subjected to blatant spam. But I think if you give us a fair shot, you will find us to be good citizens... even if admittedly biased when it comes to towing solutions.

In way of clarification: My firm recently closed on the purchase of the execuhitch product line, and one of the posters here has been instrumental in convincing us to add the OEM wiring harness for the X5. As a result, we fast-tracked importing the harness, performed test fitments and vehicle reprogramming, and have now launched the combination of our invisihitch for the X5 with the OEM wiring harness. With respect, and with full acknowledgement of my bias, I really do not believe you can find a more premium hitch solution for this vehicle now.

As for a group buy, that is not something we have done yet but I will bring it up internally and, if it makes sense, I will post a follow up.

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jashearer 01-14-2013 09:16 AM

Thanks for the explanation Daryl.

I edited my post as it was uncalled for now understanding further circumstances. My apologies.

The OE wiring harness is excellent as well as very painless to install, its a great addition to any non OE receiver.


finnbmw 01-14-2013 10:38 AM


Originally Posted by invisihitch (Post 7311991)
As for a group buy, that is not something we have done yet but I will bring it up internally and, if it makes sense, I will post a follow up.

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Count me in on a group buy!

docboss 01-14-2013 07:45 PM

At the risk of raising the "ire" of others on this forum, I have some questions and/or recommendations for your hitch issue.
1. Do you plan on selling/trading the x5 in the next three years?
2. Do you plan on towing anything but bikes?
3. Are you "anal" in that you want your vehicle "perfect" in every way?
If you answer "yes" to all three, I would recommend buying and having installed the BMW hitch. You will never get the total $1000, or so, back on your investment, but it will help in the value if you are selling/trading within three years. After that, zero. If you plan on towing an ATV, boat, jet ski, trailer, etc., get the proper hitch. My experience with BMW installation is A-. Minus only because the software took longer than expected and they put a scratch (repaired n/c) in the bumper.
It is easy for me to spend your money, but if you want/need a hitch, get it done right.

BeamerandBimmer 01-15-2013 03:53 AM

To the OP.

This is my opinion and that's all it is;

If you plan on towing either the BMW hitch or the Invisihitch are both great options. I chose to go with the Invisihitch because I didn't want to cut a notch in my bumper. They are both expensive if you only plan on carrying bicycles. If that is all you will use it for then the two you listed will be fine.

My experience with the Invisihitch is outstanding and, although about twice as expensive as the BMW option, I am happy I chose them for my application.

astrohip 01-15-2013 02:04 PM

My wife had the BMW hitch installed. She tows a horse trailer with some regularity, and has no issues with the hitch.

Deers, yes, but not the hitch. :mad:

invisihitch 01-15-2013 03:58 PM

Absolutely agree about getting a proper hitch for this vehicle if you plan to tow.

In other parts of the world the invisihitch is the BMW Original Equipment hitch for the X5. In North America, BMWNA opted to contract for a lighter hitch for the X5 as their "OE" hitch, since the vehicle is rated for 6,000 lbs here in the U.S. Elsewhere the X5 is rated for 3,500 kg (7,700 lbs), and invisihitch is the contracted BMW "OE" hitch.

I can't say bad things about the current U.S. dealer hitch. It is designed properly; it is just a lighter weight, more visible alternative to the invisihitch... nothing at all like some of the cheap aftermarket hitches that strap to the A-frame or bypass the rear crumple zones. You don't want to be in a rear-end collision with one of those installed.

Despite its load-rating advantage, my impression is that the invisihitch prices out about the same as the U.S. dealer hitch. Is that not the case? Admittedly, that price point is north of $800 before installation once the OEM harness is included with either hitch. So neither is cheap, but they should be fairly close in price.

Of course, if you have the M Sport Package or the Aero Kit, there really isn't much of a choice. The current U.S. dealer hitch is not approved for these vehicles. Which, of course, totally breaks my heart. ;)


BeamerandBimmer 01-15-2013 04:08 PM


I completely agree on the heft of the Invisihitch, as it was rather heavy while I was trying to install it without a second pair of hands. As for the cost, I could have sourced the BMW version for close to $500 including the wirering harness and I already had an assortment of 2" and 2 5/8" accesories which I had to replace with your system. No big deal, I didn't mind paying extra for the quality product and service I received. Especially since I didn't have to notch my M Sport bumper to boot.

finnbmw 01-15-2013 04:34 PM

BMW hitch price
Tischer sells the whole BMW hitch kit, including the wire harness, for $545

invisihitch 01-16-2013 07:08 AM

Hmmm. That price is lower than I had heard (but my info comes from dealer sales & installations). Not sure we can touch that price, but this info will be in our discussions here about maybe setting up a group buy....


MINI+BMWtek 01-16-2013 07:13 AM

at the dealer i saw many trailer hitches non bmw but all look cheap. negotiate price with bmw and get bmw

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jashearer 01-16-2013 07:57 AM

I had to work my dealer parts dept pretty hard to get them to the Tischer price, so the quote you have is probably the average guy walking in off the street and asking for the kit.

Can you post a picture of your hitch uninstalled? Its hard to believe your hitch could be physically heavier then the BMW NA hitch, it was a pain to install by myself.


blue dragon 01-16-2013 08:41 AM

I installed my OE hitch myself, its quite a heavy piece. The invisihitch looks like a quality piece from what I have seen, and its the only option for us here in North America who need to tow heavy and do not want to cut the bumper IMO.

The Euro hitch is a manufactured for BMW by Westfalia IIRC. Bmw builds the X5 in Spartanburg, but they designed the hitch only with Euro standards in mind. They don't have to cut their bumper, and the towbar is hidden nicely. Hope that gets fixed in the next gen X5. Even the E53 had a cleaner integration with the removable access panel. Look at how clean the old setup was

One more thing, where was the X5 rated for 7700 lbs? Even in Europe and Australia, its always been 6000 lbs

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