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Old 04-03-2013, 09:11 AM
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Towing Photos with X5.

Anyone else use their X5 to tow things?

We have a '12 X5 Diesel that replaced our towing vehicle (an 08 Chevy Silverado) so obviously the replacement needed to be able to pull when we were car shopping. No complaints yet! Seems to tow everything from 600lbs in sheet rock and bathroom materials to a covered snowmobile trailer and our 21ft Four Winns runabout with no problems and still get relatively good mileage compared to the old V8 truck. Love that torque!





Anyone else tow and have some pictures? I am looking forward to loading down the boat the boat this upcoming summer and really trying the X5 out!
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:17 AM
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:20 AM
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BMW really needs to offer a factory tow package (like MB/Audi/VW/Porsche/Jeep)
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BMW really needs to offer a factory tow package (like MB/Audi/VW/Porsche/Jeep)
I went to the dealer and had the factory hitch and computer updates performed. Just towed a car on a car hauler from Atlanta to Miami, then one from Miami up yo Jacksonville. 80mph, VERY comfortable and confident.


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Old 04-03-2013, 09:35 AM
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I plan to tow my track car with my X, I'll post pics next week after my first event.
While shopping and doing research it was hard to find real world info on the E70's towing capabilities. So when I happened on your Youtube videos and they were really helpful in making the decision. Thanks.
One thing I wondered was whether you have the load-leveling suspension or not. In your boat pic the rear is slightly sagged when compared to Blue Dragon's, so I'm guessing that you don't and he does.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:15 AM
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Yea it was difficult to find real world towing impressions. Most people must not tow. I havent had any complaints.

Rear does look more sagging in ours and I am honestly not sure if it does have load leveling in the rear or not. Maybe they got rid of it on the newer ones? I don't think I even heard about it when shopping. Only thing my car is missing that I know of is the active front seats with ventilation.

What year is blue dragons? Nice four winns by the way. Beautiful boat.
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^^ You have the self levelling suspension if you got the 3rd row seats. Otherwise, it was some sort of voodoo with certain adaptive drive configurations. I have an '09. Keeping it until the MY '15 shows up.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:41 AM
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Yea mine doesn't have third row so no load leveling.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:17 AM
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As far as I understand, unless you specifically ordered option code 220 when building your car:
- Up to 2009, if you ordered the spare wheel or 3rd row seats you automatically got load-leveling.
- From 2010 on, you only got load-leveling if you ordered 3rd row seats.
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:46 PM
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As far as I understand, unless you specifically ordered option code 220 when building your car:
- Up to 2009, if you ordered the spare wheel or 3rd row seats you automatically got load-leveling.
- From 2010 on, you only got load-leveling if you ordered 3rd row seats.
I have a 07' with 3rd row and have self leveling.
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AirLift 1000 kit does wonders for sagging rear. Hundred-some bucks and you have 1000 lbs more tongue weight it can withstand. Not sure if it fits the X5 though. If there are no coil-over shocks, then it would fit (someone pls post a pic of the rear susp).

And yes, SUVs are made for towing LOL. I cannot understand people who don't have a hitch and don't tow with such mosters (especially with 425 ft-lbs of torque!). I have a rear and front hitch on my MDX.

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An E70, especially with rear air suspension, adaptive drive, active steering, and massively wide rubber, makes for a super stable tow rig.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:53 PM
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:25 PM
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An E70, especially with rear air suspension, adaptive drive, active steering, and massively wide rubber, makes for a super stable tow rig.
I am bringing up an old thread perhaps, but I am fascinated by this picture? Is this for real? I assume it is, but I have a couple of questions?

1) Is this a diesel powertrain?

2) What was the Dry Weight/GVWR for the trailer?

3) Did you have a weight distribution hitch installed? And I assume self-leveling rear suspension?

I take if the trailer could do something like this, it can tow an open trailer without too much difficulty and if getting a diesel, the mileage would be really, really good.

Please let me know, and this could replace my Avalanche.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:50 PM
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I am bringing up an old thread perhaps, but I am fascinated by this picture? Is this for real? I assume it is, but I have a couple of questions?

1) Is this a diesel powertrain?

2) What was the Dry Weight/GVWR for the trailer?

3) Did you have a weight distribution hitch installed? And I assume self-leveling rear suspension?

I take if the trailer could do something like this, it can tow an open trailer without too much difficulty and if getting a diesel, the mileage would be really, really good.

Please let me know, and this could replace my Avalanche.
Definitely real. Just got back from a great camping weekend. answers:

1. Not an oil burner. For 3 seasons I towed with a 4.8i (gas). 350hp/350tq. Really good pulling power and that engine gives its all. Not efficient but can keep posted limits (or better) in steep grades and big elevation. Now towing with a 2011 X5M. Crazy high capabilities in all towing conditions. marginally more efficient than the 4.8i. Diesels make sense for towing efficiency but I find them to fall short in daily driving. Plus, X5M makes more torque than the 35d. Fun!!!!!

2. Camper is appox 3,800 pounds dry. Pretty light. maybe 4,200 as loaded.


3. No WDH, no anti-sway. Really balanced with dual axles. Yes, air suspension. Electronic Damper Control (X5M), or Adaptive Drive (in the 4.8i) are great towing aids as well. No EDC in non-M E70, but yet it so compliments towing, so yet another reason the M makes a great tow vehicle.
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AirLift 1000 kit does wonders for sagging rear. Hundred-some bucks and you have 1000 lbs more tongue weight it can withstand.
Just because the rear doesn't sag it doesn't mean more tongue weight is safe. In fact I'd say airbags like this mask or hide the problem of too much weight in the rear axle. Without them you need a WD hitch to bring the back end up (which is the right way to handle big loads).

When I accidentally put over 1000lbs of tongue weight on my x5 it was dangerous. I did nearly 400 miles that way but I knew I had seriously compromised braking and steering control and I drove the rig with that in mind. Half way they the trip I put on the WD hitch because it was just too dangerous with so little weight on the front tires.

Out fitted and setup correctly the E70 diesel is an awesome tow vehicle. A 5000lb trailer load has a huge effect on acceleration, braking, cornering/handling and fuel economy on anything short of an F550. To say you don't even feel it is nonsense.
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See my avatar for what I tow with my X5. It does fine, now that I have 300 ft.lbs of torque.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:33 AM
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AirLift 1000 kit does wonders for sagging rear. Hundred-some bucks and you have 1000 lbs more tongue weight it can withstand. Not sure if it fits the X5 though. If there are no coil-over shocks, then it would fit (someone pls post a pic of the rear susp).

And yes, SUVs are made for towing LOL. I cannot understand people who don't have a hitch and don't tow with such mosters (especially with 425 ft-lbs of torque!). I have a rear and front hitch on my MDX.
We had those on our first Silverado, a 2000. Made a huge difference in the saggyness!

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An E70, especially with rear air suspension, adaptive drive, active steering, and massively wide rubber, makes for a super stable tow rig.
Good looking rig there! Anymore pics?
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Made a huge difference in the saggyness!
These bags help reduce saggyness too..


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These bags help reduce saggyness too..


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Are they OE?

Will they fit in a[n X5] rear end ...?
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Are they OE?

Will they fit in a[n X5] rear end ...?
No, those are for front suspension. Wrong part #.
These are the ones for rear suspension.
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These bags help reduce saggyness too..


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You guys have way too many nice toys...
My neighbour once ridiculed the idea of owning an X5, by saying: instead of having that 70k truck, here is my 30k truck and .... a 40k boat.

To which I say, nah.... here is a 70k truck .... and.... a 70k boat LOL
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