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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:16 PM
Richard Steele Richard Steele is offline
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Towing Capacity of 2013 X3

I've seen a BMW stated spec that that towing capacity of the 2012 X3 is over 5,000 pds. However the trailer hitch is rated at 3500 pds.

I'm wondering what the 2013 X3 towing capacities will be, especially the 4 cylinder model.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-05-2012, 09:35 AM
colson79 colson79 is offline
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Everything that I have seen on BMW's site states 3,500 pounds.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:33 AM
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The towing capacity number is a slightly misleading number at 3500 pounds.

The more important number is GCVWR which is combined capacity rating of both vehicles. I know my 2009 is rated at 7,600 pounds. This works as follows:

Car curb weight is 4,600 lbs (not sure if this includes full tank of gas) let's round to 4,700
4 passenger plus luggage is 800 lbs
Net weight is 5500 lbs

You can safely tow 2,100 lbs with a tounge weight not to exceed about 200 lbs. This nets you a trailer that can be about 1,500 lbs dry before additional cargo/water/propane ect is added to that vehicle.

In other words the x3 is best suited for jet skis, small cargo trailers and smaller boats. You could tow a small low weight pop up tent trailer but most of those exceed 2500 lbs before water, propane and gear.

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Old 03-19-2012, 09:41 AM
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+1! The X3 is not really a tow vehicle. If you want to pull something else besides a very small utility trailer, 14' aluminum bass boat, or jet skis get something else. For serious trailer hauling a full size domestic pick up/SUV is really hard to beat!
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:50 PM
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X3 towing

I have a 2007 X3 3.0 and it reliably tows 3,500 pounds and change (an 18' boat including trailer, motor, fuel, etc). Pulling out of slippery ramps, even with some gravel, and trailiering on the highway have been no problem. In fact I've been very impressed when comparing the towing with a vehicle with a similar tow rating, and the anti sway feature which seems a little implausible is actually quite effective, again when comparing to another tow vehicle without this feature. It's relevant when changing lanes at highway speed, a little to my surprise.

For safety, I keep highway speed to 65 mph or less (due to increased stopping distances, and potential damage contol if either the car or the trailer have a tire incident) and I carry less than a full load of people if doing highway travel with the trailer.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:30 AM
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Bc, have you put that trailer fully loaded on a public scale and got the actual weight? I would be very surprised if an 18' boat, motor, fuel, trailer etc weighs just 3500 lbs. I had a 17' boston whaler Montauk with a 50 hp engine and very little in the way of equipment with a single axle trailer. That whole rig weighed 2800 pounds and whalers are very, very light boats. I pulled that boat with a '68 BMW 2002 because I was young and fearless back then.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:25 PM
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Hi UncleJ, weight based on boat spec, trailer spec, motor spec, weight estimated for full tank of gas on board ( up to 225 liters). Boat equipment - anchors, paddles, spare prop, etc would add a few pounds. But your implied suggestion to run it pass a scale is good.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:15 AM
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Bc, I think you will be surprised with the scale's results (I know I was!). Be sure to keep the certificate in your glove box "just in case". Happy boating!
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:06 AM
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Bc--good info that you can do it. Let's us know the full weight after you get your certificate.

One suggestion is you might want to go to a 20k to 25k mile undercarriage fluid change cycle (transmission, differentials and xfer case). Our car doesn't have a dedicated transmission cooler and towing introduces a ton of heat to these components.
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