Free UK Delivery

Nationwide Mobile Fitting

Towbars for BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

Please select your vehicle


The spacious and sleek BMW 5 Series was first introduced in 1972. An athletic vehicle suitable for both business and pleasure, the BMW 5 Series is perfect for family outings and available in a range of models to suit different styles. Enhance your estate, Gran Turismo or saloon with a BMW 5 Series towbar and make your journeys even more exciting. With a variety of towbars available for both newer and older models, the best towbar for you will depend on the age of your car and how versatile you want your towbar to be. Our range of BMW 5 Series towbars includes detachable, swan neck, fixed and flange variations.

The BMW 5 Series can tow a range of caravans, with some models having a towing capacity of up to 2000kg.

Choosing to buy a towbar for your BMW 5 Series from Witter Towbars will give you peace of mind. Our BMW 5 Series towbar fitting prices include the towbar, towball, vehicle electrics and fitting at your local centre. To find the right towbar for your BMW 5 Series, click through the options and, for your safety, check the towing capacity of your vehicle before towing a load. To be sure that your new towbar is the exact match, click through the options to select the make, model and year your van was made. Don't forget, if you're struggling with the wide range of towbars available for your vehicle, read our handy towbar type guide, chat to us online or call one of our qualified support team on 01244 284555. For a stress-free experience, we offer a mobile towbar fitting service where we send out a professional to fit the towbar at your convenience.

5 Series

Images are representative only



All you need to know about towbars for BMW 5 Series

BMW first introduced the 5 Series into their range in 1996. The BMW 5 Series is available as a Estate, Gran Tourismo, or Saloon. So you know you are installing the right towbar on your BMW 5 Series, we have looked at towing capacity, electrical kits, bumper cuts and more for each variation of BMW 5 Series below.


BMW 5 Series Saloon Towbars

The BMW 5 Series Saloon was first released in 1996. To determine which variant of BMW 5 Series you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


BMW 5 Series Saloon Nose Weight

Saloon models made between 1996 and 2003 have a minimum nose weight of 90 kg and a maximum nose weight of 90 kg, between 2003 and 2010 have a minimum nose weight of 90 kg and a maximum nose weight of 90 kg, between 2013 and 2017 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 Series Saloon Bumper Cuts

Saloon models made between 1996 and 2003 will require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2003 and 2010 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2013 and 2017 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 5 Series Saloon Towing Capacity

Saloon models made between 1996 and 2003 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2000 kg, between 2003 and 2010 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2200 kg, between 2013 and 2017 have a towing capacity of 2100 kg to 2200 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 5 Series Estate Towbars

The BMW 5 Series Estate was first released in 1997. To determine which variant of BMW 5 Series you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


BMW 5 Series Estate Nose Weight

Estate models made between 1997 and 2004 have a minimum nose weight of 90 kg and a maximum nose weight of 90 kg, between 2004 and 2010 have a minimum nose weight of 90 kg and a maximum nose weight of 90 kg, between 2010 and 2013 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2010 and 2013 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2013 and 2017 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2014 and 2017 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, vehicles made after 2017 have a minimum nose weight of 90 kg and a maximum nose weight of 90 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 Series Estate Bumper Cuts

Estate models made between 1997 and 2004 will not require a visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2004 and 2010 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2010 and 2013 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2010 and 2013 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2013 and 2017 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2014 and 2017 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, vehicles made after 2017 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 5 Series Estate Towing Capacity

Estate models made between 1997 and 2004 have a towing capacity of 2200 kg to 2200 kg, between 2004 and 2010 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2200 kg, between 2010 and 2013 have a towing capacity of 2200 kg to 2200 kg, between 2010 and 2013 have a towing capacity of 2200 kg to 2200 kg, between 2013 and 2017 have a towing capacity of 2200 kg to 2200 kg, between 2014 and 2017 have a towing capacity of 2100 kg to 2200 kg, vehicles made after 2017 have a towing capacity of 1940 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 5 Series Gran Tourismo Towbars

The BMW 5 Series Gran Tourismo was first released in 2009. To determine which variant of BMW 5 Series you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


BMW 5 Series Gran Tourismo Nose Weight

Gran Tourismo models made between 2009 and 2013 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, vehicles made after 2013 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 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 5 Series Gran Tourismo Electric Kits

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

Electric kits for BMW 5 Series Gran Tourismo

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Gran Tourismo, 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 Gran Tourismo 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 5 Series Gran Tourismo Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Gran Tourismo 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 Gran Tourismo 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 5 Series Gran Tourismo Bumper Cuts

Gran Tourismo models made between 2009 and 2013 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, vehicles made after 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 5 Series Gran Tourismo Towing Capacity

Gran Tourismo models made between 2009 and 2013 have a towing capacity of 2100 kg to 2200 kg, vehicles made after 2013 have a towing capacity of 2100 kg to 2200 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 Gran Tourismo 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 Gran Tourismo may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


To find specific details for your BMW 5 Series, select your vehicle below.



Trustpilot