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Old 04-27-2012, 10:27 AM
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The ultimate towing machines...

Going to the track with the x3 this weekend: a total of 4 bikes on a 6x12 trailer, plus camping gears, plus riding bear, plus 5 people... All loaded up and the x3 dropped a mighty.......... 1/2 inch.... Oh yea and the 3.0i pulls like a beast.



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Old 04-27-2012, 05:51 PM
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Sounds like an awesome weekend!
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:15 PM
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I concur. The big-block style torque makes towing my boat a pleasure. The BEST part or the X3's awesome brakes.
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:35 AM
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My X3 has found its long-lost twin!

Mine is a 2004 3.0 Mystic Blue with identical wheels to yours. It also "tows like a beast" - over 10,000 km (6000 miles) with the 20 ft Sportsmen in tow. A really delightful and stable tow vehicle.

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Old 04-28-2012, 06:46 AM
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How much does that camper weigh?
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:14 AM
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About 5000 lb.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:44 AM
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"About 5,000 lbs" -- If it were me and I was towing that rig with a fairly high sail area I would have it weighed on a public scale filled with everything that goes in the trailer on a trip -- food, ice, water, luggage, etc. -- just to be positive that it was within the X3's limits. I would also keep the certificate in the glove box just in case.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:10 PM
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"About 5,000 lbs" -- If it were me and I was towing that rig with a fairly high sail area I would have it weighed on a public scale filled with everything that goes in the trailer on a trip -- food, ice, water, luggage, etc. -- just to be positive that it was within the X3's limits. I would also keep the certificate in the glove box just in case.
the x3 has no limits
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:25 AM
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:46 AM
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Here's another one...



So the total turned out to about 4000lbs on the trailer, plus 5 people and a trunk full of riding gears. Going up Cajun pass we were drafting behind rigs hauling at 60mph... The X3 didn't skip a beat. I'll post some riding pix one the guy who took the pictures posted them...

Pahrump is a super awesome track.

Next trip is Buttonwillow on June 8th and 9th...
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hmmmmm 4k on the trailer, I guess I shouldnt worry about putting the 2600lb race car on the 1000 lb trailer then :\
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:18 AM
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does anyone here with the M-aerodynamics bumper have the towing package?
i want to buy the oem trailer hitch kit and want to know if the diffusor is the only thing from the bumper that i need to replace.
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Here's another one...



So the total turned out to about 4000lbs on the trailer, plus 5 people and a trunk full of riding gears. Going up Cajun pass we were drafting behind rigs hauling at 60mph... The X3 didn't skip a beat. I'll post some riding pix one the guy who took the pictures posted them...

Pahrump is a super awesome track.

Next trip is Buttonwillow on June 8th and 9th...
Nice! Loving the Vespa!
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:21 AM
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Also, is the bumper, where the piece is removed supposed to look unfinished?
I just had mine installed.

Looks ok, but could be better...

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Old 05-31-2012, 01:33 PM
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Also, is the bumper, where the piece is removed supposed to look unfinished?
I just had mine installed.

Looks ok, but could be better...

Steve
You know: that part I really think is stupid. They could have made a cover of some sort...
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:33 AM
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Is there special equipment required by BMW fot towing such as tranny cooler, power steering cooler, helper springs... And do you folks have trailer brake controller installed? Is there a factory harness for a trailer brake in the X3?
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:14 PM
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Is there special equipment required by BMW fot towing such as tranny cooler, power steering cooler, helper springs... And do you folks have trailer brake controller installed? Is there a factory harness for a trailer brake in the X3?
Mine is manual so no special equipment... I mean it's 3500lbs (more or less) that you can tow...

As for the trailer brake, there is no kit: you'll have to wire it yourself. Shouldn't be that hard...
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:20 AM
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I'd be very hesitant to go much beyond the specified towing limit of the X3 which is 3500lbs. The engine has plenty of torque to get things moving and plenty of HP to keep it moving but the drive components (ie x-fer case, transmission) are not designed to have that much strain on them. I personally roasted a rear end in an old Ford I had when I was 1000 pounds over the limit. It didn't happen right away mind you, but over a couple of summers of towing....
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:23 AM
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3500 pounds towing capacity is a misnomer in what your real limit is... Someone correct me if I am wrong but my understanding is that it is calculated with no passengers, cargo, fuel ect. as it is more of a marketing number. Too often this number plus real world GVR exceeds true GCVWR...

Your real limit is your GCVWR at 7616 pounds.

That's is the maximum vehicle total loaded weight plus loaded tow vehicle weight.

If the car weighs 5,000 pounds loaded with fuel and passengers you can safely tow another 2500 pounds or so...

You can absolutely tow more, as proven by this thread, but that is beyond specs of vehicle design.

My biggest concern when exceeding the GCVWR is stopping power. If in the unforeseen event that you get into an accident while towing 3500 pounds and you then encounter our litigious end of society...I guarantee their lawyer will have this spec in hand with official weigh station certs of your real weight. Hard to argue against their point ...

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:52 AM
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Thanks all. I was just wondering since I just added tow package to my Honda Odyssey and the manufacturer absolutely requires an auxiliary tranny cooler and power steering cooler so as not to void the warranty...
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About 5000 lb.
Holy Sh1t that's a heavy RV for the little BMW X3. How long have you been towing that heavy beast? Any regrets?
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