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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 05-30-2012, 04:14 AM
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X5 35d Tow hitch option?

I am building a 2012 diesel X5 had have jon shafer's price pdf. I wish I could order a 2013 and get in on eco credit!

I do not see a tow hitch option. Prewire yes, but is the factory tow hitch an option or is this in any PKG?

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Old 05-30-2012, 04:59 AM
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Dealer install, I was quoted $1,200.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:08 AM
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Interesting quotation BMW Power.
I realize the X5 is not a typical vehicle used for towing, but, it would be a handy feature.
It would seem this would be an easy factory option.
Porsche Cayenne offers the trailer hitch as $650 option and the tow capacity is ~1700# more than X5.

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:40 AM
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hitch

Yes, the idea of $1200 for a dealer installed hitch when MB, Porsche, Lexus, etc., have factory options for less is ridiculous. But, it is what it is. Also expect a couple of days to sort out the computer coding. It may take less than a couple of days, but if you read the threads about hitch installation, you will see this is not unusual. Saying all this, I had mine installed for $1080 and the work is flawless. The diesel pulls my boat and trailer (3500lbs.) very well with about 20% decrease in mileage. When you have the kit installed, you might ask the dealer to "shoot" a little black, high-temp paint onto the muffler for the sake of appearance.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:04 AM
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1. If it comes from the factory with the hitch then BMW must test and certify the car with CGVWR, and other regulatory requirements. By making it a 3rd party installed option they avoid this.

2. Don't be scared with "Coding", nor buy the argument that since it takes two days, $1200 is a good deal. A dealer should/will code it for one hour of labor- and if they have issues it becomes a BMW warranty matter.

3. You can buy the hitch and install it, mechanically, for a reasonable amount- and use it as a bike rack mount, etc, without ever needing coding.

4. For any real towing you need electric brake controller- which is over and above the coding costs
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VDC Install is the only way to go. It even comes with an official Monroney Label addendum for $1,000 with all BMW factory parts and labor. A no-brainer.
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BMW has a tow hitch option (factory installed) - manual and automatic, but not for the US. I thought it is because of the required bumper cut and not the CGVWR, etc. issues, but I can be wrong. I installed OEM Euro hitch to avoid the ugly bumper cut.
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I got mine installed from a local hitch place for $400 or so, and they didn't have to cut the bumper...
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Looks good, but I prefer OEM Euro hitch

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VDC Install is the only way to go. It even comes with an official Monroney Label addendum for $1,000 with all BMW factory parts and labor. A no-brainer.
Plus if you lease, I am pretty sure the VPC install can be residualized, whereas the dealer installed one cannot.

Emission (Mike) was the first 'Fester I know of who got the VPC install (through Jon Shafer). See if you can search out his thread, as it has some great info.

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Old 05-31-2012, 06:05 PM
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Has anyone tried this hitch from Bavauto? It looks like minimal cutting is needed. Part no 13077 and it is $265.

I don't need the wiring and would probably take it off before I turn it in at lease end.
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Has anyone tried this hitch from Bavauto? It looks like minimal cutting is needed. Part no 13077 and it is $265.

I don't need the wiring and would probably take it off before I turn it in at lease end.
I installed that hitch on a previous X5 plus I had the wiring harness. Not all that difficult an install as long as you purchase the non reuseable rivets ahead of time.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:44 AM
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Thanks. Where do you get the rivets? Are they just pop rivets?
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anyone knows any local place to purchse tow hitch and install? dealshipers will charge between $1,200-$1,500
I live in Sacramento, looking to get this option added.
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I've ordered hitches to three vehicles, including my X5 from etrailer. Their web site shows three hitches for 2012 http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2012_BMW_X5.htm I have the Curt on the X5 and a Drawtite on the XC90. Both manufacturers seems to be quality stuff, Curt maybe a bit more.

I've then had a local shop put it on along with Modulite wiring harness. Etrailer sells the Modulite for the X5 http://www.etrailer.com/t1-2012_BMW_X5.htm

Total price has always been about $400-$450, much less than what the dealers are asking. No problems yet, however I do not tow heavy trailers.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:59 PM
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thanks for the web link, I need someone local around Sacramento to install it.
I just want to make sure they done an X5 before too.

my X5D is only a few days new......hee...hee.....
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Execuhitch

Another option is Execuhitch, don't know if they have retailers on the West Coast

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Old 06-29-2012, 11:39 AM
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okay, I got a price quote from my stealership on a install on a OEM hitch. They told me it will cost me around $1,200 for it.
do you think this is a good price for a install on a 2012 X5D?
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Why pay $1200 when you can have it done for $400 somewhere else ???
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:11 PM
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can you tell me teh shop that can do the hitch for my 2012 X5D?

that is why I am asking online about this stealership price
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I live in San Jose bay area and had mine done in no time at Eyers Hitch in Santa Clara
They even have web site too: http://www.eyer****ch.com/
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LOL... the word sh*t in the link has been censored... it is www.eyers hitch.com in one word (without the space...)
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hello onefastx5 can I ask how much you paid for your hitch?
no issue with codes?
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It was a little over $400 . That included the hitch around $170, another $100 or so for the electrical harness, and the rest just labor.
No issue with codes, I don't see why there would be. But I didn't get it reprogrammed to enable the zoom feature on reverse camera.
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Thanks. Where do you get the rivets? Are they just pop rivets?
From the dealer and they are cheap.
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