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Old 09-09-2009, 04:52 PM
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:31 PM
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For me having a hitch was essential. Here is a pic of my little 4x6 utility trailer that replaced our Tacoma pickup and one of the Yakima Holdup bike rack. I've hauled furniture, lumber and our sons motorcycle with the trailer. It's also our hurricane "bug out" trailer. I have plans to put taller, enclosed, sides and a hard top on it.

I've hauled the bikes from North FL all the way to Key West and back without any problems. The only drawback is that you can't open the back hatch with bikes on it so we have to go through the back seat.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:49 PM
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Just a quick comparison. My dealer in NH has the following prices:

Hitch = $390, installed = $810.
Ball and pin = $42.50, installed = $84.50.

Interesting. The BMW instructions state "Suggested installation time 1.5 hours". It took me maybe 4+ hours. I seem to work at the speed of your BMW dealer, allowing about $100/hr for labor. :-) But then, I've never taken the bumper cover off of, or opened the trunk panels on, an X3 before. Are they including training time for their mechanics, one might ask.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:40 AM
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My plug fell out within weeks on Installation.

I would go with the BMW hitch since as has been said, it is not an easy job and since I doubt U-Haul gets many X-3's, I would consider it worth the extra cost either as a DIY or Dealer install.

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Old 09-10-2009, 09:47 AM
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Interesting. The BMW instructions state "Suggested installation time 1.5 hours". It took me maybe 4+ hours. I seem to work at the speed of your BMW dealer, allowing about $100/hr for labor. :-) But then, I've never taken the bumper cover off of, or opened the trunk panels on, an X3 before. Are they including training time for their mechanics, one might ask.
You had be beat. It took me the better part of a day to do mine. The dealership offered to do it for nothing but I was afraid that the tech that got the job would not be quite as careful as I would be so I declined. Since I don't see that many X3's with hitches it's quite possible that the job could go to one that had never done it before.

With all the stuff that has to come off I really think it's a job best left to a BMW body shop and not the service dept.
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