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Old 10-09-2011, 03:57 PM
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Long tow for a Z3M Coupe

I will be doing a cross county tow of my MCoupe next summer..need advice about a flat tow, dolly tow...etc. Behind a SUV.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:43 AM
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Trailer.

Flat tow or dolly puts a lot of stress and wear and tear on the car.

A trailer with a Coupe should be around 5000 pounds or slightly above, so within the capacity of many SUVs. An aluminum trailer will be a good bit less.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:47 AM
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Agree with the full trailer option.

or... you could find a university student (or similar) who is trying to get where you are going to drive the other vehicle for you. Then you drive the Z.

Back when I was at school, I had a friend that used to work for a car delivery service at holiday time to get across the country to see his folks. Typically, he got a little folding money and his expenses covered - and the benefit of free transportation and a little fun.

So, for the cost of a few meals and accomodation for your driver... everyone's happy.

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Old 10-10-2011, 11:03 AM
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Uhaul's car trailers are cheap and fit the Z3 perfectly. I used one from Alabama to DC.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:04 PM
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Trailer it. I flat tow a jeep every summer and can't imagine flat towing my M roadster.
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:31 PM
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Found Budget charges $1750 for the rental ..... and a 15 or 16 ft dual axle is $2150 or so new.....so looks like a new trailer and then sell it if necessary.
Thanks for the info
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:38 PM
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Why don't you take a look at craigslist for a used one. If you buy it like that, you might be able to turn around and sell of for what you paid for it after you're done, or something close to it!
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:20 PM
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Exceeding a distance of fifty (50) miles or 50 MPH or at a 7* angle will damage the ZF xmsn in your ///M Coupe.

No flat towing allowed.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:57 AM
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Found Budget charges $1750 for the rental ..... and a 15 or 16 ft dual axle is $2150 or so new.....so looks like a new trailer and then sell it if necessary.
Thanks for the info
For that money, just park the car, fly back, and drive it yourself.
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:14 AM
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Why not just have it shipped?
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:22 AM
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I'm moving the wife's C class with us when we schlepp east.

Uhaul will rent you a trailer for 165 bucks for three days on a one way. No way I'd pay budget prices.

Shipping with Carmoza from Columbus to Philly was $400.

I'm towing it because I need the cargo room for hauling.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:13 PM
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Exceeding a distance of fifty (50) miles or 50 MPH or at a 7* angle will damage the ZF xmsn in your ///M Coupe.

No flat towing allowed.
Why is towing going to cause the failure?
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Why is towing going to cause the failure?
The ZF manual (S5-31) stipulates: Towing in a horizontal position is permissible. If the vehicle cannot be towed in a horizontal position, the front axle can be lifted to create a maximum of seven degrees (7*) of vehicle tilt. If these guidelines cannot be observed, then the driveshaft must be removed before towing, or damage to the transmission will result.

Maximum towing speed: 80 km/h (50 mph)
Maximum towing distance: 100 km approx. (62 mi approx.)

That's the information from the people that made the transmission, as printed in their service manual (S5-31).
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Probably the oil moves back and it not picked up by the gears, leading to lack of lubrication.
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