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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 07-23-2012, 06:26 PM
michael T michael T is offline
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curt towing hitch

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Has anyone had the Curt hitch installed on their 2011 X3? The price difference between the Curt and BMW hitch is quite a bit. Is it worth the diffrence? Thanks.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:04 PM
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I bought a Curt hitch for my 2010 Toyota Rav 4 and it was excellent. I may put a hitch on my new X3 at some point and won't hesitate to get the Curt if there's a significant price difference over BMW. Something like that I can't really fathom why the BMW logo on it would make any difference.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:37 PM
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The biggest difference between the curt and oem hitch is the inclusion of the brake interface box. I know when I installed my hitch on my 09 the price delta was non existent after factoring in the separate purchase.

The box plug directly into a pre wired loom in your hatch. It converts the lighting logic to the hitch wire harness.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:18 AM
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I went with the BMW hitch. Pretty neat install and you don't really see anything from the rear except this little piece of electrical plug. The receiver is removable which makes the hitch look very inconscpicuous when not in use.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:56 AM
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There is a lot more to the BMW hitch than just the hitch. The BMW hitch gets a program update to the car which adjust the stability control system when you are towing, it disables the Park Distance Control senors with a trailer attached, and if you have the backup camera it gives you a new zoom on hitch option in iDrive which makes hooking up the trailer by yourself super easy. I paid $1050 for the hitch and installation and though it is a little expensive I think it is worth it over a basic aftermarket hitch.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:10 PM
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Hi Colson79, I wish my dealer here in Vancouver, BC Canada would install the BMW hitch for $1050. It cost $1500 here. You sure got a good deal.
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:09 PM
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I too would have thought $1,050 was a steal. I paid $1,570, taxes in, in Toronto.

After a lot of research it seemed like the BMW hitch was the way to go. The main thing I've noticed so far is how the back-up camera and parking assist help you hitch a trailer. It looks like it would be super easy.

It is also very inconspicuous, which I like. You can hardly tell it's there when the receiver is off.

Presently, I'm only using it for a bike rack but may use it for some other toys one day. I'm glad I have it now.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:04 PM
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hello BMW4grrl,
The cost difference is almost 50% more for the BMW hitch. Would you be able to upload a picture of your x3 at the rear. I need to know how much is actually showing without the ball mount. thanks
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:00 PM
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I'll take some pictures tomorrow.

Shop around and ask your dealer for a better price. My dealer dropped their first quote by $200.

I was going to buy the part in the US and have it installed by a BMW dealership in Niagara Falls, NY. Originally, the savings seemed to be worth it. But when I spoke to service in NY state they talked me out of it. The US dealers were not able to program the Cdn cars. I would have to get my hitch programmed by a Cdn dealer and apparently they charge a fortune for this. This charge would have eroded any savings I had. Now that I know a bit more about the hitch this would have not been a problem for me since I'm only using it to carry bikes. But if your hitching a trailer than it would be an issue.

I looked at an after market hitch but was told that my bumper would have to be cut. I think the savings was about 50%. But I didn't want my bumper cut, especially on a brand new car.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:10 AM
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I'll take some pictures tomorrow.

Shop around and ask your dealer for a better price. My dealer dropped their first quote by $200.

I was going to buy the part in the US and have it installed by a BMW dealership in Niagara Falls, NY. Originally, the savings seemed to be worth it. But when I spoke to service in NY state they talked me out of it. The US dealers were not able to program the Cdn cars. I would have to get my hitch programmed by a Cdn dealer and apparently they charge a fortune for this. This charge would have eroded any savings I had. Now that I know a bit more about the hitch this would have not been a problem for me since I'm only using it to carry bikes. But if your hitching a trailer than it would be an issue.

I looked at an after market hitch but was told that my bumper would have to be cut. I think the savings was about 50%. But I didn't want my bumper cut, especially on a brand new car.
Hi,
I looked at the installation of the Curt hitch. The section that is cut cannot be seen from the rear.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:09 PM
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Here are some pictures of my OEM hitch (please excuse the dirt...I drove through road work and my car is a mess!).

The last two are with the square receiver attachment mounted. There is also a ball and tongue which attaches to this. I didn't include this attachment. Let me know if you want to see what that looks like too.

The electronics are behind the plastic cover on the left side of the hitch in the first picture.

The second picture is a realistic view of what it looks like from normal hieght when not in use. It is hardly visible.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:27 PM
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Here are some pictures of my OEM hitch (please excuse the dirt...I drove through road work and my car is a mess!).

The last two are with the square receiver attachment mounted. There is also a ball and tongue which attaches to this. I didn't include this attachment. Let me know if you want to see what that looks like too.

The electronics are behind the plastic cover on the left side of the hitch in the first picture.

The second picture is a realistic view of what it looks like from normal hight when not in use. It is hardly visible.
Thanks for taking the time for taking the pictures and uploading to bimmerfest.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:29 PM
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Is there anyone who can upload pictures of their 2011 X3 with the Curt hitch? Thanks.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:56 PM
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hello everyone,

FYI - whether you choose the Curt or the genuine BMW hitch, both require cutting out a section of the bumper.

http://www.bavauto.com/Assets/inst_pages/ins429.pdf

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Old 07-30-2012, 08:43 PM
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here is a link to someone who has installed a Curt hitch onto their 2011 X3

http://bmwccottawa.org/smf/index.php?topic=1162.0
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:53 AM
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Just checked my rear bumper yesterday and you're right, there is a piece cut out.

I think the only advantage of the BMW hitch is the iDrive hitch module. If that's not important to you than I don't see any value in paying more.

I'm think I would have saved myself the $$ if I had known BMW had to cut the bumper too. I'm not too thrilled that this wasn't communicated to me. But I guess it's my fault for not asking.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:02 AM
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From BMWUSA:

BMW Towing and Transport System

The BMW Towing and Transport System has a unique design and is very easy to use. Class 2 Trailer Tow Rating (3,500 lb max towing capacity and 350 lb max tongue weight). Detachable 2” x 2” square receiver tube adapter that easily snaps into a mount located under the rear bumper cover which eliminates the need to cut through the vehicle’s rear bumper cover. Removable square receiver tube adapter is lockable to deter theft. Discreet but accessible trailer lighting connector. Both 4 and 7 pole trailer lighting connectors. Fits all body variations of the X3 (including the M Sport Package and X-Line Pro aero kit). Functionally integrated with the vehicle’s exterior lighting system and the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system. Automatically immobilizes rear-PDC (Park Distance Control) sensors when a trailer is electrically connected.

this is misleading if they still have to cut through the bumper cover
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:18 AM
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Just checked my rear bumper yesterday and you're right, there is a piece cut out.

I think the only advantage of the BMW hitch is the iDrive hitch module. If that's not important to you than I don't see any value in paying more.

I'm think I would have saved myself the $$ if I had known BMW had to cut the bumper too. I'm not too thrilled that this wasn't communicated to me. But I guess it's my fault for not asking.
In my opinion it is worth it to go with the BMW solution not only for the iDrive integration and backup camera integration, but for safety issues. The BMW solution alters how the stability control system works when you are towing a trailer. Taking the safety of me and my family when towing into consideration, the extra few hundred dollars is well worth it.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:13 PM
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From BMWUSA:

BMW Towing and Transport System

The BMW Towing and Transport System has a unique design and is very easy to use. Class 2 Trailer Tow Rating (3,500 lb max towing capacity and 350 lb max tongue weight). Detachable 2” x 2” square receiver tube adapter that easily snaps into a mount located under the rear bumper cover which eliminates the need to cut through the vehicle’s rear bumper cover. Removable square receiver tube adapter is lockable to deter theft. Discreet but accessible trailer lighting connector. Both 4 and 7 pole trailer lighting connectors. Fits all body variations of the X3 (including the M Sport Package and X-Line Pro aero kit). Functionally integrated with the vehicle’s exterior lighting system and the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system. Automatically immobilizes rear-PDC (Park Distance Control) sensors when a trailer is electrically connected.

this is misleading if they still have to cut through the bumper cover
The bumper cut-out is not visible. It's underneath the car or on the bottom side of the bumper.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:37 PM
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I am getting the BMW hitch installed by the dealer. I had a 20% off coupon worth up to $300 off so I will have the hitch installed for about $825.
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