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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

View Poll Results: Would you put a tow Hitch on your BMW 3 Series?
YES, I would subject my BMW to abuse 30 43.48%
NO, I would never subject my BMW to abuse 21 30.43%
Buy a X5 or X3 3 4.35%
Buy a Pickup truck or SUV 15 21.74%
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Old 04-21-2005, 08:39 AM
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What shop is that? (*hitch haters, look away now!!!! Janet jackson mental scarring moment ahead!!!*) My hitch is in my hall closet and I want to get it installed now that winter seems to be gone.

HITCH-IT

1-800-HITCH_IT (1-800- 448 - 2448). I spoke to Allie. They were quick and
did a great job. The only delay was in getting my car into the garage. I couldn't
drive it in for insurance reasons and they had never seen an SMG gearbox.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:37 PM
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How much CAN it tow? A pop-up tent trailer? 1800 lbs?

I want to buy one of those pop-up tent trailers by coleman that ride behind your car...they don't weigh more than 12oo lbs loaded with all of your gear and bikes...wouldn't that be okay?
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:19 AM
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I would rock this hitch:
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:51 AM
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Well, if that tow hitch is properly attached then e46 can tow quite much actually.
Not saying e46 is very best choice for the use, but it can.
Towing hitch looks bit silly though, specially if you don't even use it.
Luckily there can be some detachable ones, that way it can be taken off when not needed.
I would never put towing hitch into mine, because this engine is too small for pulling something.
Should have 6-cylinders, or preferably diesel.

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:17 AM
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A 3 series would pull a couple of jet skies or motorcycles just fine, not to mention the option of a bike rack. The beauty of the hitch in the video is thst nothing is exposed when the hitch is detatched!

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Old 04-07-2013, 09:08 AM
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That is a nice product and i would definitely use this if I needed one
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:59 AM
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If you get a proper class III hitch that bolts to the bumper support and not the trunk bottom, you can tow just fine. I plan on installing one once I put brakes on my boat trailer. Towing a trailer that weighs the same as the car with no brakes might be a bit much.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:52 AM
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Personally I would never need one and even if I did, I probably wouldn't use it on my E46.
As for others, I could care less about what they did to their cars. Although I have never seen any BMWs around here with any kind of hitch.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:48 AM
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Best thing I've seen with a tow hitch was an 80's 911, towing a tiny trailer with 4 wheels and a little box which I can only assume had a jack, some tools, and parts for a self-sufficient track day machine. Sure beats driving an F250 to the track towing the car and everything.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:20 PM
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.bmw is a performance car not a towing car..***** a SUV or a truck if you are going to tow a BOAT
If that were the case, it would have something other than an inline 6 and would make about 600 ponies. It's just a damn car.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:41 PM
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when i can afford it, i will always have a car, a motorcycle, and a truck. the car to enjoy and drive daily (most likely a BMW), the bike to "live free" (most likely a Harley), and the truck for everything else (most likely an F150)

besides, can these cars tow anything that weighs something?
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:23 AM
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I used to have a hitch and a utility trailer with our last Odyssey. I figured out that if I ever needed to haul anything that was too big for the van that it would be far cheaper to rent a truck than to own one. And yes, I've owned several over the years. But to each their own. Everyone has different needs. That's why we have choices!
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