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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:26 PM
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I don't know if this is the cause of the 3500 lb rating, but the BMW X3 hitch is unique (at least in my experience) in that the receiver detaches from the back of the SAV. It has a key/lock that allows the receiver to be removed. Since the receiver sits up and out from the bumper and I would only use the hitch occasionally, I really like the removable feature. However, It may be the reason, (pure speculation on my part) that that the hitch is rated lower than one might expect based on the towing capacity of the SAV. It might be one reason to look at a third-party hitch, but I think the prior threads indicated that their hitch was also class II. The BMW owners video's has one that shows how the hitch installs and is removed.
-And this would explain why the rating is different in EU?
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