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Old 06-30-2015, 03:42 PM
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Bike Rack for 335i xDrive Sedan

Can anyone help with what I think is a simple question: Can I have a 2" hitch receiver installed on my car so I can use my Yakima bike rack? I called my dealer and talked to both Service and Parts, and it seems like this question throws people for a loop. Willing to have BMW install it, but they point me to other solutions (racks on top of car, trunk racks, etc.), and seem unwilling or unable to discuss installing a 2" hitch receiver... and I don't know if there's a legitimate reason (ie, it'll ruin something on the car), or if it's a matter of not wanting to appear to endorse an aftermarket solution. And, would you go with a Bumper Hitch or a Class 1-2 Receiver? 2011 335i xDrive

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Old 06-30-2015, 05:38 PM
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The xDrive was always the fly in the ointment back when I was looking at this, as the undercar configuration is different. Found a number of hitches for the RWD, don't recall seeing a good one for an xDrive.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:45 PM
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Thanks so much for your reply. It sounds like I might need to pursue another option for the bike rack...
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:00 AM
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Thanks so much for your reply. It sounds like I might need to pursue another option for the bike rack...
Well, thinking about it, I remembered one other thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ighlight=hitch

You can give it a shot. See post #22
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:20 PM
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If you can find for 335, I think hitch is the way to go for carrying bikes.
Keeps car safe, plenty of rack options, and when you are not carrying bikes and remove rack, it is barely noticeable.
Here is a 1 1/4" curt hitch on my 328xi, took 90 minutes and around $150.
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Old 07-08-2015, 04:04 PM
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We have an invisible hitch specifically for the 335i xDrive. Assuming it is needed just for a rack (no electrical for towing), the hitch is $419 including the removable 2" square receiver. (If your rack would accommodate it, I would recommend the 1.25" receiver piece instead... it comes out from under the bottom edge of the fascia, so the 1.25" version decreases ground clearance less).

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