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Old 06-14-2006, 09:26 AM
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I went to www.draw-tite.com and found an installer in my area. $175 (total with tax) later and it was done. I have been happy with the outcome.
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:30 PM
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Here's the final install using the diffuser from BMW that is already cut to size. As you can see, the opening is larger that what most folks are cutting when they do it themselves. And on a white car, the inside of the bumper is quite visible. Not exactly a finished look if you ask me. I may have to get some black spray paint so it is not so obvious.
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:36 PM
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That's exactly what I ran up against with the dealer install. Fortunately, I took it back to the dealer and they cleaned it up real nice, removing all the silver (in your case white) plastic. It looks great now! I'll get some pictures up as soon as I can.
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:39 PM
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I just installed the Kurt X3 hitch($119) w/$75 Modulite Harness Kit(free shipping from etrailer) on my 2004 X3.

Using various instruction on this site and xoutpost.com it took about 2hrs total with my 11yo helping!

2004 has removable hitch cover and very little trimming.

THANKS GUYS!!!!

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Old 09-14-2009, 01:34 PM
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I just installed the Kurt X3 hitch($119) w/$75 Modulite Harness Kit(free shipping from etrailer) on my 2004 X3.

Using various instruction on this site and xoutpost.com it took about 2hrs total with my 11yo helping!

2004 has removable hitch cover and very little trimming.

THANKS GUYS!!!!

Patski
Nice find! that's an excellent price and looks like that module is an acceptable option to the BMW wiring that costs like double that.
Do you have pics of the finished product?
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:35 PM
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Nice find! that's an excellent price and looks like that module is an acceptable option to the BMW wiring that costs like double that.
Do you have pics of the finished product?
Yes indeed a great find. Did you check if the LCM works fine with lights of trailer?
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:15 AM
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X3 is in our finalists for a compact SUV and looking at 2006/2007 models.

We want a hitch..mainly for bikes and maybe a container than actually towing a trailer.

The dealer (looking to buy certified) quoted $1000 for the hitch...I didnt ask any details yet and I certainly wont pay that much money. I am concerned over the finished product given the bumper has to be trimmed. The model we like has the M-sport (if that is what it is called) appearance package..so body colored trim all around. There is still a diffuser in the back however.

I would do the install myself but concerned over the trimming. This may sway me to another vehicle.

I have not found any great images of a finished product that is as finished as I would expect.

Thoughts or links to better solutions?

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Old 09-20-2009, 08:30 AM
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as a followup, here is a pic of the rear of the 2006 x3 we are considering...showing the bumper etc.

I saw in another thread that someone just used a non-bmw hitch and only trim a small square for the hitch to stick out..which is all that I would need for a bike rack etc.

I cannot tell from this pic if the rear diffuser of a 2006 has a pop-out trim piece. That would be nice to be able to just trim that piece. Anyone know? Or can u buy a diffuser with that pop-out trim?
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:07 PM
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Looking at this jigsaw puzzle myself for a 7/2007 X3 with the sport/aero package.

One interesting part number I have come across is 51123414413 with is described as "trailer hitch flap" or a "hitch plate". That appears to go into the center hole in part number 51123433424 described as "for vehicles with towing hitch, detachable diffuser". These come from a grouping called "retrofit M aerodynamic pack, rear", so appear to correlate to the sport/aero package.

I suspect that they appear as shown in a prior posting of a larger molded hole showing much behind. The one question is if the hitch plate can be cut to fit back into the hole around the hitch?

Yeah the BMW hitch stuff is expensive... but with the wiring harness included it closes the gap a bit. Then the convienience factor of total plug and play is worth a bit. And finally knowing it all works with the modern/complicated BMW electrical system, I think the price/value tradeoff is worth it.
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:28 PM
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Here's the final install using the diffuser from BMW that is already cut to size. As you can see, the opening is larger that what most folks are cutting when they do it themselves. And on a white car, the inside of the bumper is quite visible. Not exactly a finished look if you ask me. I may have to get some black spray paint so it is not so obvious.
Zion, don't know if you're still around, or doesn't look like you still have the X3. But, was there a cover or anything that went around that hitch (that snapped into the diffuser)? Just ordered my hitch kit and the dealer said I needed to order a new diffuser. Probably just going to cut mine, as it looks neater, I hope.
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:54 PM
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Zion, don't know if you're still around, or doesn't look like you still have the X3. But, was there a cover or anything that went around that hitch (that snapped into the diffuser)? Just ordered my hitch kit and the dealer said I needed to order a new diffuser. Probably just going to cut mine, as it looks neater, I hope.
check this website showing the parts. You can buy a new diffuser that has a pop out panel. I plan on going this route when I install my hitch.

The trick is you can then trim the pop out panel cleanly around just the hitch. If you install and need to use the electrical plug, you just take off the pop out panel to access everything.

See this pic.

4 is the normal diffuser, 6 is with the pop out panel and 7 is the panel itself.
I believe you have to replace 3 with 5 as well.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...43&hg=51&fg=15
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:39 AM
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Hmmm, I had looked at that, and when I ordered the parts gal asked me if I wanted the new diffuser. I had read somewhere that the new style diffuser didn't adequately cover the installation, but it sounds like the #7 flap would cover all but the receiver? I may go ahead and order them.



My concern was I didn't like this look, but if the #7 flap covered that up, I would be okay. I'd rather not have to cut my bumper, as that's not my forte, but I'd prefer to have a nicer looking installation.



Frankly, I don't care if it looks like that when I'm towing - I can live with that - as long as it would look cleaner with the cover when not using the electrical connection.

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Old 06-24-2010, 09:30 AM
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this was my exact thought. Let it look like the above when you are towing (and need the electrical connection). Plus I feel much better trimming that cover and not the entire bumper!

Assuming the cover will snap on over that electrical plug...the cover on that looks like it sticks out....
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:11 AM
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this was my exact thought. Let it look like the above when you are towing (and need the electrical connection). Plus I feel much better trimming that cover and not the entire bumper!

Assuming the cover will snap on over that electrical plug...the cover on that looks like it sticks out....
Well, it's roughly another $100 in parts, but I'd be much happier not having to hack my diffuser (and the parts lady said she'd take them back for roughly $20, if I dont' need them).

BTW, a BIG SHOUT OUT to Linda, at Sweeny BMW, for her parts pricing. I got the hitch kit for $312, shipped to my house, versus $39x from my local stealer! She has been a gem to deal with on everything I've ever needed!
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Old 11-03-2011, 11:38 AM
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Interesting design. However, I want a hitch for a bike rack mount...not a trailer.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:20 AM
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Interesting design. However, I want a hitch for a bike rack mount...not a trailer.
they sell an adapter for 2 inch
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Hi,

I just purchased an 2008 X3 2.0d and asked the BMW dealer about installing the trailer hitch. He told me that it would be very expensive ($5,000) and it would take 2-days because they must re-program the computer on the car. They will not install the hitch without reprogramming.

Throughout this thread, no one has mentioned re-programming. Is my BMW dealer lying to me? Is this on oversight by everyone? Is reprogramming only necessary for diesel X3s?

I live in Oslo, Norway so things are VERY expensive and the market is 90%+ diesel. My concern is, should I ignore the dealer and install the hitch anyway?

Thank you!
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:16 PM
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Hi,

I just purchased an 2008 X3 2.0d and asked the BMW dealer about installing the trailer hitch. He told me that it would be very expensive ($5,000) and it would take 2-days because they must re-program the computer on the car. They will not install the hitch without reprogramming.

Throughout this thread, no one has mentioned re-programming. Is my BMW dealer lying to me? Is this on oversight by everyone? Is reprogramming only necessary for diesel X3s?

I live in Oslo, Norway so things are VERY expensive and the market is 90%+ diesel. My concern is, should I ignore the dealer and install the hitch anyway?

Thank you!
Mine did not and according to this: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...57&hg=71&fg=10

and this: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Cabin_Filter/ES185399/ the actual modules are the same.

I have a Euro light switch in mine and I can confirm that the rear fog lights are disabled when a trailer is plugged in. So I would say just buy the hitch and install it yourself. Here are the US instructions. The actual hitch looks to be different but the install should be the same.
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