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Old 10-03-2011, 02:34 PM
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trailer hitch for 335d

http://execuhitch.com/tow-hitches/bm...35d-sedan.html

I haven't seen it in person. A friend sent the link with positive words about the company's hitches for other vehicles.

I'm thinking about modding my suspension to improve handling. And getting a small trailer to carry track wheels and tools/parts to the track.

But I'm not keen on modding what is currently the family road trip vehicle. Alternate "fun" idea is to tow a trailer carrying a track-converted e36 m3 or similar. Although I'm guessing the 335d does not have sufficient tow capacity. How does one find out? I don't think BMW publishes tow specs for the 335d.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:02 PM
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I looked at a tow hitch a couple of years ago when I got my 335d but nothing was available in the US--the Execuhitch must be somewhat more recent. My only concern would be that it fits properly given the exhaust changes necessitated by the DEF tanks. In terms of general tow capability, I don't think you'd have any issues at all with towing a small trailer <3,000 lbs. The 335d was even ranked in the top 5 of tow cars in Germany a couple of years ago! http://www.caravaning.de/test/die-gr...er-117930.html .

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Old 10-03-2011, 07:43 PM
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Yeah, I used to have trailer hitch by Curtis on my 328xi.
Wish I had one that would fit on the 335d.
Because I tow a single jet ski and bikes....
My bike tow hitch carrier:
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:35 AM
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Execuhitch does have an excellent solution on the 335d and does accommodate the urea tank.
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:55 AM
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Execuhitch does have an excellent solution on the 335d and does accommodate the urea tank.
www.execuhitch.com
www.youtube.com keyword: execuhitch
Dean, thanks for the confirmation. Does Execuhitch have any solutions for a 328xi Wagon with M-Sport package (different rear bumper/diffuser if that makes a difference).

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Old 01-19-2012, 02:34 PM
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:45 PM
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Does anyone have experience installing an Execuhitch on the North American 335d (2009)?
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:21 PM
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Anyone think the EURO OEM hitch would/could fit around our urea tanks

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...12&hg=71&fg=10
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:43 AM
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The execuhitch Invisihitch system for the 335d makes special accommodation for the urea tank. It also has special brackets made for the dual exhaust system.

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Old 02-12-2012, 08:03 AM
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Dean, that looks like an appealing system. What are the requirements for installation (i.e. any specific installers)?

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Old 02-13-2012, 02:51 AM
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:25 AM
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Good to hear. The 335d may be in line to become my tow vehicle in a little while. I will definitely check out the Execuhitch when the time comes.

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Hi, I'm new to bimmerfest! Just picked up my 2011 335d w/34,000 miles on it. Lots of power, fantastic on the road, 35 mpg so far! Does anyone know the two specs? At U-Haul that have a hitch rated for 2,500 lbs. At Execuhitch they only say that the hitch is stronger than the specs for the car. But they don't cite either rating that I could find.

I'm also wondering if the traction control needs to be turned off, since the load would be different than the computer modling?

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Old 02-25-2013, 05:17 AM
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Ok amigos I have the INVISIHITCH installed on my 11 335d, but DEAN have you guys UPDATED the install instructions? You better of done it I spoke to Derrick about this!!! the install you sent me is of 328 NOT 335d, there is minimal cutting in the bumper lip below , your OEM Metal Bumper is replaced by the invisihitch and the product is by far the best in the market.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:26 AM
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Does anyone know the two specs? At U-Haul that have a hitch rated for 2,500 lbs. At Execuhitch they only say that the hitch is stronger than the specs for the car. But they don't cite either rating that I could find.
BMW North America does not provide an official tow rating for the 335d. I explained why in a response to the same question about the X1. [See thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=652835&page=2]. The short answer is that BMWNA will not offer a tow rating for any vehicle unless BMWNA itself provides the hitch for the vehicle.

Fortunately, BMW does provide a hitch for the 335d in other parts of the world (and in some cases that hitch is my company's invisihitch). So BMW does tow rate the 335; you just have to find the tow rating internationally instead of through BMWNA.

BMW's international tow rating of the 335d, using an OEM-approved, zero-play hitch like the invisihitch, is 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs). The invisihitch itself has a safety margin above this, so you can tow up to the full capacity of the 335d. That's a pretty impressive towing capacity for a sedan!

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Old 02-25-2013, 10:32 AM
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BMW North America does not provide an official tow rating for the 335d. I explained why in a response to the same question about the X1. [See thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=652835&page=2]. The short answer is that BMWNA will not offer a tow rating for any vehicle unless BMWNA itself provides the hitch for the vehicle.

Fortunately, BMW does provide a hitch for the 335d in other parts of the world (and in some cases that hitch is my company's invisihitch). So BMW does tow rate the 335; you just have to find the tow rating internationally instead of through BMWNA.

BMW's international tow rating of the 335d, using an OEM-approved, zero-play hitch like the invisihitch, is 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs). The invisihitch itself has a safety margin above this, so you can tow up to the full capacity of the 335d. That's a pretty impressive towing capacity for a sedan!

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At the risk of sounding like I know what I am talking about, how about the max tongue weight? Does that depend at all on the suspension that you have, or just what the hitch itself is rated in terms of how much downward force it can handle? Probably just the latter, eh?
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:42 AM
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At the risk of sounding like I know what I am talking about, how about the max tongue weight? Does that depend at all on the suspension that you have, or just what the hitch itself is rated in terms of how much downward force it can handle? Probably just the latter, eh?
On unibody vehicles, tongue weight is almost always limited by the design of the chassis itself, rather than by the suspension or by the hitch receiver. You really should watch tongue weight very carefully on a sedan, even on a fairly stout sedan like the E90 chassis. In Europe, they typically spec 90 kg (200 lbs) max tongue weight on the E90. We rate it at 250 lbs here, but personally I would try to stay under the Euro rating of 200 lbs.

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Old 02-25-2013, 12:06 PM
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On unibody vehicles, tongue weight is almost always limited by the design of the chassis itself, rather than by the suspension or by the hitch receiver. You really should watch tongue weight very carefully on a sedan, even on a fairly stout sedan like the E90 chassis. In Europe, they typically spec 90 kg (200 lbs) max tongue weight on the E90. We rate it at 250 lbs here, but personally I would try to stay under the Euro rating of 200 lbs.

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Thanks for the info. It looks like a nice system. I guess I just need to find a good installer. Assuming I plan to keep this 335d for a while, it might be handy to have a hitch to use for simple small jobs and/or a bike rack. Honestly, all the times I have had hitches I have rarely used them, but they are handy when you need them. Kinda like insurance.
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Happy although there were some issues with the invisihitch upon instalation I strongly suggest u look into them I for one use it for bike rack of 4, the craftsmanship is by far superior than any other out there including UHUAL!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:11 PM
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Happy although there were some issues with the invisihitch upon instalation I strongly suggest u look into them I for one use it for bike rack of 4, the craftsmanship is by far superior than any other out there including UHUAL!!
I went to U-haul in Laurel, MD. They knew exactly what to do, at a very rerasonable cost, and did a good job. My BMW dealer told me they had nothing that would fit my car (a 1999 528) so I had to go to U-haul. Probably saved me a lot of $$. (I might add that in Europe LOTS of BMWs have trailer hitches.)

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Old 02-26-2013, 07:43 PM
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does the 335d have the torque to pull a trailer
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:18 AM
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I put a U-Haul hitch on my 2010 335d. It has a 1-1/4" receiver and works great for my hitch mouted bike rack. Nothing needed to be modified on the car. The receiver does stick out about 3" from the bottom edge of the bumper cover so you would really have to work at it to bang your shin on it, know what I mean? I also left it on the car when at the dealer for 10k service and nothing was said by the dealer about it (I know that there is a concern about voiding the waranty, if you are worried just remove the hicth and none will be the wiser)

It took me about 2 hours to install only because I was being VERY careful the first time. I would guess that including finding my tools it would only take about 1/2 to remove and 45 minutes tops to put back on.

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Old 05-29-2013, 09:55 AM
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does the 335d have the torque to pull a trailer
Am no expert on this, but I think torque is not the issue. It seems the issue, if there is one, would be the tongue-weight limitation. I was thinking about getting one of those expensive Execuhitches, but I doubt I would use it for much other than very light trailer towing like trash or yard refuse, or maybe tires to the track, or other lightweight stuff.

It's possible there may be some limitation with the tranny, but I really don't know.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:43 AM
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I beleive we can HAUL anything but our cars are not made for this HEAVY hauling of trailers but I might be wrong correct me on this anyone, I know of an X5d that HAUL boats but again an X5d is more truck frame than our cars!!
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