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All you need to know about towbars for BMW X3
BMW first introduced the X3 into their range in 2004. The BMW X3 is available as a or ATV/SUV. So you know you are installing the right towbar on your BMW X3, we have looked at towing capacity, electrical kits, bumper cuts and more for each variation of BMW X3 below.
BMW X3 ATV/SUV Towbars
The BMW X3 ATV/SUV was first released in 2004. To determine which variant of BMW X3 you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.
BMW X3 ATV/SUV Nose Weight
ATV/SUV models made between 2004 and 2011 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2011 and 2014 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2014 and 2018 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, vehicles made after 2018 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 X3 ATV/SUV Electric Kits
Electrical kits connect the electrics in your ATV/SUV to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.
Electric kits for BMW X3 ATV/SUV
We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your ATV/SUV, 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 ATV/SUV 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 X3 ATV/SUV Software Update
We will alert you as to whether your ATV/SUV 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 ATV/SUV 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 X3 ATV/SUV Bumper Cuts
ATV/SUV models made between 2004 and 2011 will require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2011 and 2014 will require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2014 and 2018 will require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, vehicles made after 2018 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 X3 ATV/SUV Towing Capacity
ATV/SUV models made between 2004 and 2011 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2000 kg, between 2011 and 2014 have a towing capacity of 2400 kg to 2400 kg, between 2014 and 2018 have a towing capacity of 2400 kg to 2400 kg, vehicles made after 2018 have a towing capacity of 2400 kg to 2400 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 ATV/SUV 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 ATV/SUV may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.
To find specific details for your BMW X3, select your vehicle below.