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All you need to know about towbars for BMW 3 Series

BMW first introduced the 3 Series into their range in 1998. The BMW 3 Series is available as a Convertible, Coupe, Estate, Hatchback, or Saloon. So you know you are installing the right towbar on your BMW 3 Series, we have looked at towing capacity, electrical kits, bumper cuts and more for each variation of BMW 3 Series below.


BMW 3 Series Saloon Towbars

The BMW 3 Series Saloon was first released in 1998. To determine which variant of BMW 3 Series you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


BMW 3 Series Saloon Nose Weight

Saloon models made between 1998 and 2005 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg, between 2005 and 2012 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg, between 2012 and 2014 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg, between 2014 and 2019 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg, vehicles made after 2019 have a minimum nose weight of 120 kg and a maximum nose weight of 120 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


BMW 3 Series Saloon Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Saloon to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for BMW 3 Series Saloon

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Saloon, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Saloon and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


BMW 3 Series Saloon Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Saloon requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Saloon can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local BMW dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


BMW 3 Series Saloon Bumper Cuts

Saloon models made between 1998 and 2005 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2005 and 2012 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2012 and 2014 will require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2014 and 2019 will require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, vehicles made after 2019 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


BMW 3 Series Saloon Towing Capacity

Saloon models made between 1998 and 2005 have a towing capacity of 1600 kg to 1940 kg, between 2005 and 2012 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 1800 kg, between 2012 and 2014 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 2000 kg, between 2014 and 2019 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 2000 kg, vehicles made after 2019 have a towing capacity of 1600 kg to 1600 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Saloon is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Saloon may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


BMW 3 Series Estate Towbars

The BMW 3 Series Estate was first released in 1999. To determine which variant of BMW 3 Series you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


BMW 3 Series Estate Nose Weight

Estate models made between 1999 and 2005 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg, between 2005 and 2012 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg, between 2012 and 2014 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg, between 2014 and 2019 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


BMW 3 Series Estate Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Estate to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for BMW 3 Series Estate

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Estate, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Estate and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


BMW 3 Series Estate Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Estate requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Estate can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local BMW dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


BMW 3 Series Estate Bumper Cuts

Estate models made between 1999 and 2005 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2005 and 2012 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2012 and 2014 will require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2014 and 2019 will require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


BMW 3 Series Estate Towing Capacity

Estate models made between 1999 and 2005 have a towing capacity of 1600 kg to 1940 kg, between 2005 and 2012 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 1800 kg, between 2012 and 2014 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 2000 kg, between 2014 and 2019 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 2000 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Estate is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Estate may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


BMW 3 Series Coupe Towbars

The BMW 3 Series Coupe was first released in 1999. To determine which variant of BMW 3 Series you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


BMW 3 Series Coupe Nose Weight

Coupe models made between 1999 and 2006 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg, between 2007 and 2013 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


BMW 3 Series Coupe Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Coupe to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for BMW 3 Series Coupe

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Coupe, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Coupe and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


BMW 3 Series Coupe Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Coupe requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Coupe can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local BMW dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


BMW 3 Series Coupe Bumper Cuts

Coupe models made between 1999 and 2006 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2007 and 2013 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


BMW 3 Series Coupe Towing Capacity

Coupe models made between 1999 and 2006 have a towing capacity of 1600 kg to 1940 kg, between 2007 and 2013 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 1800 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Coupe is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Coupe may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


BMW 3 Series Convertible Towbars

The BMW 3 Series Convertible was first released in 2000. To determine which variant of BMW 3 Series you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


BMW 3 Series Convertible Nose Weight

Convertible models made between 2000 and 2007 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg, vehicles made after 2007 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


BMW 3 Series Convertible Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Convertible to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for BMW 3 Series Convertible

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Convertible, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Convertible and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


BMW 3 Series Convertible Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Convertible requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Convertible can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local BMW dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


BMW 3 Series Convertible Bumper Cuts

Convertible models made between 2000 and 2007 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, vehicles made after 2007 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


BMW 3 Series Convertible Towing Capacity

Convertible models made between 2000 and 2007 have a towing capacity of 1600 kg to 1940 kg, vehicles made after 2007 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 1800 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Convertible is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Convertible may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


BMW 3 Series Hatchback Towbars

The BMW 3 Series Hatchback was first released in 2014. To determine which variant of BMW 3 Series you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


BMW 3 Series Hatchback Nose Weight

Hatchback models made vehicles made after 2014 have a minimum nose weight of 75 kg and a maximum nose weight of 75 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


BMW 3 Series Hatchback Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Hatchback to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for BMW 3 Series Hatchback

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Hatchback, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Hatchback and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


BMW 3 Series Hatchback Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Hatchback requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Hatchback can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local BMW dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


BMW 3 Series Hatchback Bumper Cuts

Hatchback models made vehicles made after 2014 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


BMW 3 Series Hatchback Towing Capacity

Hatchback models made vehicles made after 2014 have a towing capacity of 1800 kg to 1800 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Hatchback is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Hatchback may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


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