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Old 06-23-2009, 06:53 AM
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Tow hitch install for 2007 X3

Any links out there for a 2007 X3 tow hitch install? I have seen some for the 2006's and don't know if there are any major differences between the 2.

The dealer is quoting 5 hours of labor to install it, although I talked them down to $705 installed. Still pretty pricey...

Is this a do-it-yourself type install? Any danger on damage to the bumper or to snap attachments that can drive my cost up?
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:22 AM
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First look at this link: http://www.xoutpost.com/articles/x3/...h-2006-x3.html

Mine is a 2008, I had the rear bumper off for back up senors install, no significant difference from 2006.

I couldn't tell you about connections though
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:42 AM
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First look at this link: http://www.xoutpost.com/articles/x3/...h-2006-x3.html

Mine is a 2008, I had the rear bumper off for back up senors install, no significant difference from 2006.

I couldn't tell you about connections though
Thanks for the link, John.

I did see the link mentioned a bumper trim piece on top, which I don't believe the 2007's and newer have. Did you have to just peel this portion back? Are there clips there?

From instructions:

12. Next open the rear hatch and remove the bumper cover by first pulling up on the lower lip. It is held in by spring clips so just get a finger nail under lip and pull up. Once you have pulled up the entire length of the lower lip, pull the cover away from the vehicle and it will detach. The upper part is held in by hooks that will disengage easily. (When reinstalling, first re-hook the upper hooks and then press in the lower lip)
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You're right, they are not exactly as shown, but the trim of the newer ones are friction fit as well. So a dull dinner knife (spatula) will do the trick.
You will also find the filler of back bumper is not made exactly the same, it's now a honey comb hard plastic/rubber, but again won't make any difference.
working slowly on a nice day, it took less then an hour, with no marks, or any problems. Second time would take 30 min. because I wouldn't remove, just loosen
the nut behind the tires, and I realize things are more flexible then they look. Also one of the 3 screws on the side, really don't need to come off, but all that happens is a small piece of plastic drops down, and is easy to put back when assembling the bumper
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:27 PM
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I put one one a few months ago. It took les then 2 hours with my friends help. The bumper sensors are easy to reach and just unplug. I had the same price problem with the BMW hitch and dealer install and bought a Curt hitch online for about $140.00 with shipping. I did not install the lifhts because my primary reason for the hitch was for an aluminum cargo rack, but that looked pretty easy plug and play as well. The only thing that did not go back togeter was two plastic washer/screw pieces that go on each side of the wheel well. Look up X3world hitch install, that guys pics along with some poor instructions made it easy work. Take your time and trim out the removable insert and it will look far better then other ones you will see on the road.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:24 AM
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I put one one a few months ago. It took les then 2 hours with my friends help. The bumper sensors are easy to reach and just unplug. I had the same price problem with the BMW hitch and dealer install and bought a Curt hitch online for about $140.00 with shipping. I did not install the lifhts because my primary reason for the hitch was for an aluminum cargo rack, but that looked pretty easy plug and play as well. The only thing that did not go back togeter was two plastic washer/screw pieces that go on each side of the wheel well. Look up X3world hitch install, that guys pics along with some poor instructions made it easy work. Take your time and trim out the removable insert and it will look far better then other ones you will see on the road.
I think with the BMW hitch I will not need to do any trimming. My 2007 has the pop-out piece. I saw pictures of a 2007 with the hitch installed and pop-out trim piece removed and it looked pretty good/clean.

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:26 AM
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You're right, they are not exactly as shown, but the trim of the newer ones are friction fit as well. So a dull dinner knife (spatula) will do the trick.
You will also find the filler of back bumper is not made exactly the same, it's now a honey comb hard plastic/rubber, but again won't make any difference.
working slowly on a nice day, it took less then an hour, with no marks, or any problems. Second time would take 30 min. because I wouldn't remove, just loosen
the nut behind the tires, and I realize things are more flexible then they look. Also one of the 3 screws on the side, really don't need to come off, but all that happens is a small piece of plastic drops down, and is easy to put back when assembling the bumper
Yeah, I went back to look at it again and saw it is there but smaller.

I reviewed the video and see no reason I should not be able to tackle it. I will just allow all day in case of any unforeseen issues. I plan to buy the hitch next week if money allows! Unfortunately, I spent too much with my new Iphone 3GS, case, activation, and now a DICE that is on order!
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The Curt hitch I installed does not have an attached bracket for the the trailer lights to plug into, from what I could tell the inner bumber trimming is to fit that extra bracket on the hitch to clear through the inner bumper. I used a razor knife to trim the kickout spot so it looks neat. If and when I install the lights I will just drill a hole through the bottom of the compartment that has the spare and lead it out that way.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:48 AM
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This guys pictures and directions helped me out quite a bit.


http://www.xoutpost.com/articles/x3/...h-2006-x3.html
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:14 AM
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This guys pictures and directions helped me out quite a bit.


http://www.xoutpost.com/articles/x3/...h-2006-x3.html
Yeah, I saw that. Looks pretty clear.

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The Curt hitch I installed does not have an attached bracket for the the trailer lights to plug into, from what I could tell the inner bumber trimming is to fit that extra bracket on the hitch to clear through the inner bumper. I used a razor knife to trim the kickout spot so it looks neat. If and when I install the lights I will just drill a hole through the bottom of the compartment that has the spare and lead it out that way.
My dealer isnt excited about installing a hitch for me...and I think it is because I am asking the hard questions regarding the bumper trimming. Their comment is the 2006 M-sport package requires trimming while the others have that pop-out panel that they just remove. But from what I have seen, that leaves a much larger hole than required and is ugly.

I like the above solution to just cut a smaller hole for just the hitch...but I do not know where on the M-sport bumper that would be required.

Anyone install a hitch on a M-sport model?

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Old 09-21-2009, 09:04 AM
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I just finished the entire process last weekend on an X3 2007 M-Sport pack. I did the hitch install a 2 months ago. Removed the piece with the red reflectors and replaced it with the one with the center hitch hole. Cut out just enough of the plastic bumper under the trim to make the hitch and electrical pug fit just fine. I still need to get the little door to put on and cut out the hitch opening. I'll try and get a picture up for you soon on the finish job. I added an electric brake to the wiring module to I could stop it, that's what took me longer, but worth it.
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:17 PM
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The Curt hitch I installed does not have an attached bracket for the the trailer lights to plug into, from what I could tell the inner bumber trimming is to fit that extra bracket on the hitch to clear through the inner bumper. I used a razor knife to trim the kickout spot so it looks neat. If and when I install the lights I will just drill a hole through the bottom of the compartment that has the spare and lead it out that way.
Hey Oarie - when you installed the Curt hitch did you have to cut the bumper or just the kick out plate?

Do you have a part number on the hitch by any chance?

Best, --r
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I purchased the BMW Hitch Kit and Impact Absorber from local dealer and got them to take off 20% - total cost of both parts was $330 plus tax. My local independent BMW shop recommended at hitch installler that has been in business for 50+ years. Total install cost was $203 and it took them 2.5 hours. Their hourly labor rate is $79.50. Total install cost including hitch was $558 including tax. The BMW dealership wanted $873 + tax. I did not buy the diffuser and just had the shop trim the existing diffuser. The shop uses a Rotozip to trim the plastic diffuser.
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I purchased the BMW Hitch Kit and Impact Absorber from local dealer and got them to take off 20% - total cost of both parts was $330 plus tax. My local independent BMW shop recommended at hitch installler that has been in business for 50+ years. Total install cost was $203 and it took them 2.5 hours. Their hourly labor rate is $79.50. Total install cost including hitch was $558 including tax. The BMW dealership wanted $873 + tax. I did not buy the diffuser and just had the shop trim the existing diffuser. The shop uses a Rotozip to trim the plastic diffuser.
You were pleased with their trim work? I dont trust my local installer/dealer to trim the bumper.
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In January 2009 I bought a CPO 2007 X3 with the M-sport package and a BMW trailer hitch already installed. The cutout in the bottom "diffuser" had been pretty badly butchered by the dealer. (In fact, the diffuser with the two red reflectors had been replaced with the plain black diffuser without relectors.) I wasn't happy with the appearance, so I ordered the standard M diffuser 51-12-3-417-730 and the two red reflectors 63-14-3-417-741/742 for about $80 and custom trimmed the diffuser myself and installed it. This necessitated removal of the entire rear bumper cover, but it sure looks better!
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In January 2009 I bought a CPO 2007 X3 with the M-sport package and a BMW trailer hitch already installed. The cutout in the bottom "diffuser" had been pretty badly butchered by the dealer. (In fact, the diffuser with the two red reflectors had been replaced with the plain black diffuser without relectors.) I wasn't happy with the appearance, so I ordered the standard M diffuser 51-12-3-417-730 and the two red reflectors 63-14-3-417-741/742 for about $80 and custom trimmed the diffuser myself and installed it. This necessitated removal of the entire rear bumper cover, but it sure looks better!
I seems most M-sport packages dont have reflectors in their diffusers.

Another solution done by some is buy the diffuser with the trailer hitch knock-out and trim just the knockout piece. I may do this so I can cover the electrical plug connection with the knock out piece. When I need to use the plug (RARELY), I can remove the knock out completely during towing.

I will be using the hitch mainly for a bike rack.
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I was very happy with the cutout done by the local installer. These guys were recommended by my independent BMW service shop. They trimmed only enough to access the wiring plug on the driver's side and enough space to get my Thule bike rack lock in place on the passenger side. The hitch doesn't look great no matter what, however, I needed the hitch to haul my bikes around.
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