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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:45 AM
x3valk x3valk is offline
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Trailer Hitch for $1840---really???

Just called my dealer (San Diego) to get a quote for a trailer hitch (installed). The quote: $1840...This is incredible. They didn't offer the hitch as an option (2012) in a SUV and are now charging $1840 for it. Great way of milking the customer. Alternatives (Curt, etc) are much cheaper, but I don't know whether I can trust the average car mechanic with that...

In any event, searched for trailer hitches on this forum and saw an old post by John Shaffer, offering it for $1040 installed. This is a great price, in comparison. Does anybody know if this deal is still on? Also, how much did you pay for yours and what was your experience?
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:15 AM
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Trailer Hitch for $1840---really???

Can the hitch work with the m-sport?


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Old 06-28-2013, 11:20 AM
x3valk x3valk is offline
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Yes, it can. I have the MSport (35, White) as well.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:56 AM
Lou r Pitcher Lou r Pitcher is offline
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I got a price for the trailer hitch and install BEFORE I ordered my 2014 X3 last month. I paid $1000 + tax. Heard they were a bit disgruntled that on the 2014s, there is now an expensive wiring harness that must also be dealer installed that they did not know about. They still honored my pricing.

I don't know if they programmed it right......no indictation anywhere on dash that it senses my trailer lights through the trailer connection and notifies as it is supposed to do, the Vehicle Stability Control that it has a trailer.

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Old 06-28-2013, 01:13 PM
x3valk x3valk is offline
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That's a great price. What surprises me even more is that only one dealer in the San Diego area seems to have done trailer hitch installs!!! The overwhelming majority of X3 owners don't want/need a trailer hitch?
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:46 PM
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I paid around $1000 to get mine installed. What really surprises me is that BMW just doesn't off the hitch as a factory option.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:24 PM
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I paid around $1000 to get mine installed. What really surprises me is that BMW just doesn't off the hitch as a factory option.
They do in Europe. My guess is it probably has something to do with US regulations when shipping a vehicle over.
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:18 PM
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I have an m-sport also and paid a $1000 for the bmw hitch installed at the dealer.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:00 AM
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I bought my hitch kit (including wiring harness and tongue/ball) from BMW of Newton (NJ) on ebay for $620.00 including shipping to WA. Briefly thought about DIY, but after seeing what was involved and getting some wise advice from by wife, had my local dealer install. They charged around $750.00 for labor, including the programming. As mentioned in a previous post, it seems like some dealers don't have a lot of experience with this hitch (evidenced by the fact that they had my X3 for 6 days and the bumper cover was misaligned when they were "done" ). The work order does mention that it took them three tries to do the programming....
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:08 AM
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About $1100 is what the total installed & programmed cost *should* be (for either the dealer hitch or the invisihitch) based on MSRP for the hitch and book time for installation and programming. Of course, labor rates vary by region and by individual dealer, but anything over $1200 for either the dealer hitch or the invisihitch definitely has some additional mark up built into it. At the other end of things, $1000 or less means the dealer is either taking a haircut on standard labor rates or discounting the hardware below MSRP.

This is just one hitch supplier's perspective...

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Old 06-29-2013, 08:14 PM
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I was quoted around $1100 for the BMW hitch installation and had a 25% off coupon from the dealership so I was able to get it installed for about $850.

I would have put the invisihitch on if I couldn't get a discount on the BMW hitch. I really like the product and even though I don't have it I would recommend it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:43 PM
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I paid about $1,000 for the part and install at the dealer. I had to take it back to get the programming fixed. The right trailer blinker was not working. I thought for sure the wiring got messed up, but no, reprogramming fixed it.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:39 AM
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The consensus seems to be $1000-$1200 is the market price. I wish I had any bargaining power with the dealer. How would one go about installing invisihitch? My dealer would presumably charge me the same. Are there reputable invisihitch installers in the San Diego area?
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:20 AM
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There are indeed experienced, reputable invisihitch installers in the San Diego area. Your labor market is a bit higher priced than what we see elsewhere, but you should still be able to get everything shipped, installed, programmed, and out the door within $1200. I sent you a PM.

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Old 07-01-2013, 11:53 AM
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They do in Europe. My guess is it probably has something to do with US regulations when shipping a vehicle over.
I don't think it is that since the X3 are made in the US and aren't shipped over. Plus Audi and just about ever other SUV sold in the US has a factory hitch option.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:54 AM
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I bought my hitch kit (including wiring harness and tongue/ball) from BMW of Newton (NJ) on ebay for $620.00 including shipping to WA. Briefly thought about DIY, but after seeing what was involved and getting some wise advice from by wife, had my local dealer install. They charged around $750.00 for labor, including the programming. As mentioned in a previous post, it seems like some dealers don't have a lot of experience with this hitch (evidenced by the fact that they had my X3 for 6 days and the bumper cover was misaligned when they were "done" ). The work order does mention that it took them three tries to do the programming....
That's terrible. I waited in the lobby when I had my hitch done. It only took them about 3 1/2 hours to install the hitch and do the programming.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:05 PM
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For a shop that knows what they are doing, that would have been my guess...4-5 hours. After all, we are talking about installing a hitch and re-programming, not rebuilding a transmission. When I hear "you have to leave the car for 2-3 days" it either means they are too busy to get to it right away or need the car to experiment and learn, at my expense.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:48 PM
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I have a copy of the full 16 page Original BMWAccessories Installation Instructions/Trailer Hitch System Retrofit BMW X3 (F25) US Cars

from p1:

Installation Time
The installation time is approx.3.5 hours. This may vary depending on the condition of the car and the equipment in it,
The installation time estimate does not include the time spent on programming/coding.

The calculation of the total costs for the programming time must be factored into the calculation of retrofitting costs(no invoicing via warranty).

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:47 PM
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I received my Execuhitch and had it installed at my BMW dealer. The price of the hitch, ball mount and shipping -- to Canada -- with installation, was done for under $1300.00. I am really impressed with the hitch, as attaching the ball mount is so simple! The best thing is when the ball mount is not attached, there is no indication my X3 has a hitch. I can go on and talk about how great Steve at Execuhitch was with sending a replacement part via Air overnight to me so the hitch could be installed on the scheduled date, but that would be bragging for Execuhitch! Thanks again Steve!
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