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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 05-28-2013, 07:26 PM
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Towed this 16 foot all aluminum Featherlite today. This has got to be the Cadillac of trailers! It tows so smooth, it's almost as if it is just gliding behind me. What a well built trailer. Unfortunately, the standard invisihitch ball mount is still too high for it. I will have to invest in the lower height ball mount if I want to level this out.




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Old 05-29-2013, 04:22 PM
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^ I will happily swap out your ball mount for one with a lower rise if you like. However in another photo you were towing a car trailer that looked from the picture like it might be tilting forward just a bit if tilting at all. Do you perhaps need both rises?

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Old 05-29-2013, 06:58 PM
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^ I will happily swap out your ball mount for one with a lower rise if you like. However in another photo you were towing a car trailer that looked from the picture like it might be tilting forward just a bit if tilting at all. Do you perhaps need both rises?

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You are right. I need both!!
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How much give does the X5 have in the rear? (How bad will it squat?) I don't have third row but every once in a while I hear what sounds like an air pump go off when I'm either standing near the vehicle or about to get in it. The noise seems to originate from the rear wheel area so is it possible I have the self leveling suspension?
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If you post the VIN someone could look it up.
I could make a reasonable guess if I knew the year and whether it has a spare tire.

...your sig lists every car you've owned, plus your family's cars, but not your X5
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How much give does the X5 have in the rear? (How bad will it squat?) I don't have third row but every once in a while I hear what sounds like an air pump go off when I'm either standing near the vehicle or about to get in it. The noise seems to originate from the rear wheel area so is it possible I have the self leveling suspension?
Highly likely that you have "self leveling suspension". Check by inserting the last 7 digits of your VIN here. This is the best site I have found for decoding BMW VIN's. Don't worry about the URL ending in .ru, it's perfectly safe.

Let us know what you find ...
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:03 PM
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Picked up a load of building materials today, 4 pallets of porcelain tiles, packs of wood flooring etc.. Trailer was very heavy. Seemed to be even heavier that when I tow a car!!!

Thanks to Daryl at Invisihitch for supplying the lower ball mount.








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Nice mastercraft. You do a lot of wake surfing?
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:37 PM
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I know a lot of you guys have X5D to tow. Would 50i be good too? It does have enough torque.

Im trying to tow 18 ft 5500# open trailer with dual electric brakes.

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Old 06-25-2013, 03:54 AM
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You would be able to tow, but I would be afraid to look at your gas consumption We towed the boat 2 hours each way, mainly highway with speeds up to 120 km/hr. My average consumption was 16.8l/100 km or 14 mpg. I would cringe to see what a 5.0 would do
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:42 AM
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I know a lot of you guys have X5D to tow. Would 50i be good too? It does have enough torque.

Im trying to tow 18 ft 5500# open trailer with dual electric brakes.

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No problem, the 50i will do it with ease. I tow 5600lbs+ (25ft boat + dual axle trailer) with my '08 4.8i all day long. Gas mileage is poor (14 mpg or less), but that's not why I choose to use the X. Make sure that you are familiar with proper tow set up, such as tongue weight etc for safe towing!

I am not sure if the BMW engineers purposely designed the X to tow so well, or if it happened as an after thought ... anybody know?
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:24 AM
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I know a lot of you guys have X5D to tow. Would 50i be good too? It does have enough torque.

Im trying to tow 18 ft 5500# open trailer with dual electric brakes.

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I tow with my 50i. It's a not a problem at all. I would even think I could tow my 7000lbs boat with it for short distances, but have not done it. The only problem is MPG of around 10.
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The only problem is MPG of around 10.

I thought it would be worse
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I am not sure if the BMW engineers purposely designed the X to tow so well, or if it happened as an after thought ... anybody know?
The X5 platform is very stable: minimal lean in corners, wide stance, self adjusting rear air suspension (for some), heavy engine (35d, that thing is huge), excellent stopping power (huge brake rotors (vs competition)), xDrive applying brakes individually (I bet that helps when the boat wants to spin out the vehicle during cornering and braking). All that by itself makes it a good towing vehicle.
Doubt anyone at BMW gave a thought for towing when designing. Factory tow hitch requies cutting the bumper - definitely an afterthought.

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Old 06-25-2013, 11:55 AM
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I tow a small 4x6 utility trailer with my '09 E83 X3 as the X3 replaced a Tacoma. I use it for Lowes runs, hauling trash, mulch, and basically anything else that's either too nasty or too big to fit inside the car.

The problem I had was that oftentimes the load was so light that the hitch rattled like mad inside the receiver tube and echoed throughout the car. I bought a Softride off Amazon and voila. All is now quiet as a mouse.

If anybody else is having this problem I highly recommend it.
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How many of you guys use weight distribution hitch? or how about Friction sway bar? (I think sway bar may provide more stability?) I know this is a on going debate. Since I will be towing close to recommended capacity ( with 2 electric brake and Prodigy brake controller), i thought WD/sway hitch would be a layer of safety measurement. My TW would be around 400-500 lb
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:07 PM
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^^ Manual specifically states not to use a WD hitch. I think it has to do with running it on a unibody, and BMW not having experience with it. I know on the E53, user withdl ran one when towing an 8k airstream trailer, but I don't know of anyone using one.
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