BMW X3 MK3 Factory Tow bar

Fysherman replied on 06/03/2019 18:28

Posted on 06/03/2019 18:28


Has anyone got a mk 3 with a factory tow bar? Is there reasonable  clearance for the Alko 3004?


As usual, the car dealers and even BMW customer service (uk) whilst trying to help have no idea what I am on about.

The clearance as shown in the photo  on the Tiguan post (s)  would not be acceptable to me.

MollysMummy replied on 24/05/2019 22:14

Posted on 24/05/2019 19:07 by Lutz

Drop plates are permitted if the towbar manufacturer has provided for them in the type approval process. If drop plates aren’t covered in type approval documentation they aren’t allowed.

Posted on 24/05/2019 22:14

How would you know they were type approved? 🤔 (not that I'm planning on using one)

RnRJiver replied on 29/06/2019 21:36

Posted on 06/03/2019 19:13 by birderbilly

Can't help you on the clearance but can tell you it won't come fully wired.  We were considering a 5 Series Touring, dealer wanted an additional £600 to finish the wiring.

Posted on 29/06/2019 21:36

That was cheap, just had mine done for £800.

DenisParsons replied on 01/07/2019 15:55

Posted on 01/07/2019 15:55

I have a 2014 BMW X5 with factory-fitted towbar. It does not have a fridge relay to run the fridge on 12V whilst towing. BMW and my local towbar specialist (Tow-Rite) say one cannot be fitted because the car's wiring loom is not designed to take it, others tell me it can be done at great expense by replacing part of the loom (so must be done by a BMW specialist), still others say it is possible to cut off the BMW supply to the 13-pin socket and start again (although I fear this might mess up the car's computer controls, including the camera which focuses on the tow-hitch when reversing with the towbar out). Do members have any advice?