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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-04-2013, 11:11 AM
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97 540i Towing Eye

Hello everyone, I need to have my 540 towed and when the flatbed arrived he called and said he couldnt tow it because I didnt have a towing eye.
Question: I know there's a tool set in the trunk, would the towing eye be included or is this a part that will have to purchased from the dealership?

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Old 01-04-2013, 11:33 AM
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Yes, towing eye is included in tool tray.

But The tow guy should be able to hook the chains somewhere on the front subframe and
that should work. THat area is 10x more rigid than the bumper.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:55 AM
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Just dont hook the control arms.... or any front suspension arms for that matter.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:40 PM
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I typed /toolkit F3 in the bestlinks ... and it netted me this:
- What is in the BMW toolkit (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & what extra tool kit parts to get like warning triangles (1)
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:12 PM
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front control arms have big yellow stickers that say "DO NOT TOW OR LASH" so you can pretty much guarantee that is where he will hook the cable.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:57 PM
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Yeah, the tags say "No chains, just straps." Mine are goughed up by the low life who brought my baby out here.
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