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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 06-18-2011, 11:55 AM
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SRQBUZ will you post pictures of your hitch please? It sounds as if it is electronic and if so can you get a regular (non-electric) as well? Did you order this yourself directly from Execuhitch or did your dealer? Did they have to cut out your rear bumper? Do you know the tow rating (pounds)? BMW originally quoted 3500 when they had a supposed hitch. Thanks for posting your info for us!

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Old 06-18-2011, 03:03 PM
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Hi Brutus1,

I tried to attach a couple of pictures but I don't know if it worked. Take a look at this youtube posted by Execuhitch (). It's a good video that shows everything.

I spoke with the folks at Execuhitch and then hooked my dealer into Ben (their technical guy) to answer their questions. I bought the unit directly from Execuhitch and had it shipped directly to my dealer once they understood how it worked and agreed to do the install. I am sure I paid more for the dealer to install it, but I felt better sicne they know the car and the electronics. Their big concern was splicing into the various wires and were afraid it would cause fault signals. It all worked out fine and there were no issues after they installed it. I got the electric version and am pleased with it. There is a manual version available also. There are no cut outs and you will see in the video that once you take the ball mount out, you can't see any modification. Feel free to call me if you have questions. (941) 371-8622
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:05 PM
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Forgot ... the rating is 3,500
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:44 PM
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Super info. I'm sold. Thanks!
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:37 PM
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I just installed this Execuhitch on Friday. Install was pretty straight forward but after only using it once to tow my boat this weekend, the hitch will not drop out of the bracket. (electric model) I get the 3 beeps and I hear the latch retract but it will not come out. I even tapped it lightly with a hammer but no go. It does loosen up a bit but it feels as if the latch is not quite retracted all the way and catching.

I really hope I do not need to remove this thing and send it back after all this.

Will have to call them tomorrow and see what they say.

*EDIT*

Sledgehammers are wonderful tools. Along with duct tape I suppose.

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Old 06-24-2011, 07:33 AM
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I just installed this Execuhitch on Friday. Install was pretty straight forward
I am curious, did you need to cut any metal or plastic parts of the rear bumper assembly?

I assume you at least have to remove the rear bumper cover, correct?

Thanks.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:39 PM
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New to the forum.

I test drove a 2011 X3 28i over the weekend and loved it. I was all ready to order one and didn't because of the lack of 2 inch trailer hitch receiver!

The dealer told me September; but I have my doubts now that I have found this thread.

Why is it taking so long to have the hitch available? Are they waiting for 2012 models?

I'd buy the car today if I knew for sure that a 2 inch hitch receiver was coming.
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:08 AM
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ajaxdude, I am in the exact same boat -- I test drove the 28 and 35 several weeks ago, checkbook in hand. The lack of a hitch was the deal killer -- I just can't go without one, especially during summer and fall months. Seems silly to offer this kind of vehicle with no way to tow.

I can confirm that the latest word from BMW is September, though they had previously promised the hitch in the spring, so even the September date may slip. My guess with the holdup is that it's related to certification, since a hitch does change the crash/bumper characteristics of the vehicle. Hitches that come from an auto manufacturer must be tested, whereas third party hitches do not need to be. It's possible that BMW ran into issues and had to re-design their hitch.

In the meantime, execuhitch is the only third-party hitch available. There is nothing from Draw-Tite, Curt, Hidden Hitch, etc... I expected they would have offered something by now, but maybe they wait for the manufacturer to do the design work and then just copy...
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Old 07-16-2011, 03:49 PM
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Execuhitch seems the way to go. Can someone please let us know what these things cost for the X3?

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Old 07-16-2011, 04:37 PM
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I believe it starts around $650 and goes up with options, attachments, etc.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:25 AM
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No Other Option?

So nobody else makes a hitch for the new X3? I don't care if it is hidden or not, and really don't want to deal with the long-term potential issues of a retractable hitch like Execuhitch, no matter how well built.

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:49 AM
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:49 PM
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some recent pics of x3 2011 installation at execuhitch. Also available for 2011 x3 msport now
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:17 PM
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Looks nice...Humm, a couple of questions: (1) How much does it cost (is the MSport version more expensive)? (2) Who can install it...any bmw dealer, or do I have to go to a execuhitch recommended garage. Finally, what is the size of the hitch...whould it accommodate standard bike racks? Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:33 PM
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$770.00 for assembly plus $69.00 for either 2 inch ball with adjustable plate or 2 inch or 1 7/8 inch adaptor for accessory such as bike rack. any dealer can certainly install it or a qualified independent bimmer shop because of our detailed illustrated installation manual. we charge $180.00 for install in our roswell, ga facility. msport same price as non m
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:34 PM
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It does seem to be a well built unit but I still need to use a sledge hammer EVERY time I want to remove the ball assembly. They told me it would loosen up but it has not. Kills me to beat something with a sledge hammer that cost $900.

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Old 07-22-2011, 03:13 AM
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please call Ben at execuhitch at 678 400-0121 after 10am eastern time and he will take care of you immediately
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:39 AM
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Any thoughts about this "Curt" hitch......thanks in advance!

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Old 07-22-2011, 01:19 PM
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Curt does manufacture quality hitches and i would not talk bad about a quality company. With this hitch it will always be seen where execuhitch will be hidden when not in use. I am concerned though with the modulite wiring harness as it may not offer complete protection in the case of a malfunction in the trailer wiring. The modulite system is basically just a fuse when it comes to protection of your vehicle-if fuse blows in time you are protected of course. The Execuhitch offers complete protection with its own computer which has installed diodes to prevent any feedback to your BMW.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:26 AM
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Dean,

I have not had a chance to call but today I noticed that the warning beeps no longer work. I will have to call on Monday and see what the issue is. Lord knows I do not want to have to pull it apart to get it fixed.

-CR
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:51 AM
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certainly won't be necessary to pull apart and we will be able to resolve over phone. just sounds like motor out of synch and easy reset
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:03 PM
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Thank you to all those of the bmwcca peactree chapter who attended our open house at execuhitch in roswell, ga. If there is anything i can help with please let me know. If you need meeting space or lot space for meet we are there for you!
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:59 AM
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So after reading this thread I am left with the question...the X3 will tow how much, and with which ball size???

For me it's very simple: We are looking to buy a X3 35i and I want to be able to tow my Z4 MC to non-local tracks. The MC weighs 3200lbs. With a lightweight trailer I'm looking at just north of 4000lbs. So which specific product should me choice be?
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:35 AM
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The electric hitch is available now for the F25 X3. Here is the link to the order page for the 35i.
http://execuhitch.com/tow-hitches/bm...drive-35i.html
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:34 AM
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The electric hitch is available now for the F25 X3. Here is the link to the order page for the 35i.
http://execuhitch.com/tow-hitches/bm...drive-35i.html
-But what about the manual version?
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