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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 03-21-2016, 02:11 PM
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Trailer hitch installed

Looking for recommendations for installation shop for (either Draw Tite or Execuhitch) trailer hitch for 2012 BMW X5 and BMW harness/coding.
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Old 04-06-2016, 03:14 PM
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Hitch installed and first tow

Purchased Curt Hitch and accessory connector mounting plate and had it installed at local BMW indy. Bought BMW Hitch harness and had it coded. Zoom function doesn't work, will relook at it next week. Went down to Hartford from Worcester area and picked up a horse trailer and drove it back 80 miles. Road and pulled like a champ. Averaged 24 MPG running at 70 MPH going down. Averaged 16 MPG returning with trailer with average speed 60 mph.

Very happy with hitch and trailer towing capability of X5.
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Old 04-23-2016, 06:17 PM
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Looking for recommendations for installation shop for (either Draw Tite or Execuhitch) trailer hitch for 2012 BMW X5 and BMW harness/coding.
The thing about the Execuhitch is, you don't get a conventional receiver so you can't install a bike rack, etc. The thing about the DrawTite is, it doesn't support the upper part of the bumber so if a mosquito lands on it, it will basically fold. The OEM units aren't the prettiest installation but they do work and they do address these concerns and more. Look on eBay -- they're really not all that expensive.
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Old 04-23-2016, 07:57 PM
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I ended up going with a CURT hitch (43lbs pretty beefy) and does completely replace the inner bumper support. Also bought the BMW harness for ability top code for added features.

Very happy with choice, easy to attach ball hitch or other type accessories ( bike carrier, etc).
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:59 PM
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I ended up going with a CURT hitch (43lbs pretty beefy) and does completely replace the inner bumper support. Also bought the BMW harness for ability top code for added features.

Very happy with choice, easy to attach ball hitch or other type accessories ( bike carrier, etc).

I think the Curt unit looks better than the factory unit installed, BUT what I am talking about is the support that the OEM hitch has for the upper portion of the rear bumper. On the off chance than you ever stand on the bumper with the Curt setup, it will crumple because it is not supported. With the OEM unit, there is a welded loop of steel that supports this area and any weight on it.

At any rate I am a little surprised at the whole thing because the trailer hitch on the E53 was perfectly sorted out, and had a removable tab in the rear valance to allow the hitch and wiring to poke through in a professional-looking fashion. On the E70, it's much much less refined.

Possible reason: my service advisor informally opined that subsequent to the E53, BMW altogether lost its enthusiasm for trailer hitches and indeed is pretty much hoping, for liability reasons, that no one installs one. Which is bizarre because unbeknownst to many is that even 6-cylinder X5s are absolutely the equal of Chevy Suburbans in terms of towing and handling while doing so. They are honestly one of the most capable tow vehicles available -- I can't even imagine how good the diesels and V8s are.

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Old 04-26-2016, 10:10 AM
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The thing about the Execuhitch is, you don't get a conventional receiver so you can't install a bike rack, etc.
Sure you do. Just order the right adapter - http://execuhitch.com/tow-hitches/2-...connector.html

The bike hitch mount isn't meant to be used with a traditional draw bar and ball mount. Order the ball mount too if you intend to tow. I have both.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:17 AM
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Make sure to put those plastic receiver covers when not in use so you dont get all sorts of gunk and rust in there. Perhaps a cover at both ends if the back side is also a 2" opening.

It took me an hour and a big sledge hammer and a can of PBblaster to take mine off when i bought the vehicle.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:48 AM
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I use a civilian equivalent to MIL-C-11796C 3 Cosmolene, refreshed as a lubricant on installation of the hitch, and refreshed as a corrosion preventative on removal.

I spent an hour with PBblaster and a sledge removing the 1" hitch from my VW. That's when I learned my lesson.
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:22 PM
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The thing about the Execuhitch is, you don't get a conventional receiver so you can't install a bike rack, etc.
Huh? For $69, you get the receiver. I have both.
Most of the time, receiver is not connected, so there's no ugly cutout of the bumper to drive with on daily basis. When time comes to use bikes or tow a trailer, simply pick the receiver to use (ball mount vs conventional square connector). Done!
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