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X5 F15 (2014 - Current)
The all new F15 BMW X5 started production August 2013 as a 2014 model year. The new X5 arrives in sDrive35i (RWD), xDrive35i, xDrive50i and a diesel xDrive 35d.

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Old 03-29-2014, 08:19 AM
fanaticfather fanaticfather is offline
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BMW Hitch iDrive question

I'm hoping someone that's had the BMW hitch installed can answer a question. It was my understanding that with the BMW hitch installed, we are supposed to get enhanced idrive trailering functions such as additional reverse camera zoom modes. In fact, when I look up the specific part numbers online the description for the lighting module (required for towing package) says: "Augmented iDrive interface for backup cameras and parking guides" This doesn't seem to be available for me.

Can someone please confirm these additional camera features work for them?

It seems my dealer didn't do the proper coding to enable these features.
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:01 AM
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I'd be curious as well. I am also looking to have the rear transport (towing) system installed. I am trying to decide if to go with BMW or Invisihitch setup. fanaticfather, could you post pics of your hitch system installed?
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:29 AM
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I just had the BMW hitch installed on my X5. It took about 6 hours to do the install, primarily because of the coding. In addition the the enhanced camera functionality there should also be extra sensors for enhanced braking when towing larger items.
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:17 AM
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I will check on the camera functionality when my wife brings it home. I assume that it is there to help with backing up to the hitch so there should one should not need to "hitch" it up and plug in the pig tail to enable these views? If one did then why have the function. I'm betting the truck will return around 4 pm today.
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:54 PM
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Since I have never had this X5 without the hitch, I can not comment as to whether there is anything additional after the hitch was added, but I can say that the ball is easily visible with the rear camera when in reverse. I cannot find any adjustments to the camera view FWIW. It is a good view of the ball and hitch assembly.
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:39 PM
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For those of you who have either had hitches installed or are in the process of doing so, please post your experience. Have new X5 35d being delivered in about 2 weeks and the dealer is saying "get and aftermarket hitch" Would like to know your experience and costs. thnx.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:21 PM
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The OEM BMW class II hitch, 600lb tongue weight, and 6000 lb towing capacity is the one i have. The part that gets bolted onto the frame is the same for either the class III (the square receiver type) or the class II type (the one with just a 2" ball on it) The on and off mechanism is pretty cool as is having both types of electrical connections. It cost me in the neighborhood of $2000 USD installed. The Invisihitch is a great product too! If you are not towing anything heavy then the square receiver is a good option as you can add any type of bike or rear sky carrier that attaches to a 2" receiver. Or if you need both, you can get the Cl II part and the square receiver part. I think the online prices for the 2" receiver is 250-300 give or take. Once the frame piece is installed the two different types are quickly "hot swappable"
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:51 PM
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Yes, having the abiltiy to "hot swap" is a good system. Albeit an expensive one. ict330xi, I think you've got the ball and receiver mixed up. The open receiver is the class II capable of towing up to 3500 pounds. The class III is the on with the already attached 2" ball capable of 600 lb tongue weight and 6000 lb towing capacity.

I would like to thank everyone for their help. Between this and the other forum, as well as some private messages, it looks like there is indeed supposed to be an added zoom function on the backup camera when coded properly. Apparently, not all dealers are aware of this.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:56 PM
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You are correct! The Class III is the 600/6000 one. That is what I have. I do see the hitch via the rear view camera but do not see where I can switch it to zoom. Maybe it does that automatically when it recognizes a hitch or when a proximity sensor alerts it? I wish my boat was close and I'd check it out!
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:59 PM
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Here is what I think some of us are missing. This picture is taken from an X6 with towing package.
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:04 PM
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Is that on a US spec'd X?
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:47 PM
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New X5 Hitch

Thanks everyone although $2K for a hitch that I use a few times a year seems pretty expensive to me. Perhaps that is why the dealer said go aftermarket. I put an aftermarket hitch on my 2011 X3 and it worked fine but obviously with no camera funcitionality and the rear sensors constantly scream at you when you are backing up with the trailer. I was trying to get away from that but maybe I will just put up with it and spend $500. instead of $2K.
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