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Old 11-12-2015, 09:20 PM   #1
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BMW toad have you done it? Holiday Rambler

Has anyone used a late '90s BMW 3 series as a toad? any issues? thx
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Old 11-13-2015, 03:03 PM   #2
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You are very non-specific about the BMW you wish to tow. All wheel drive, type of transmission would be big factors. Before buying one, be sure to read the owner's manual. Don't take the word of person selling the car, look in manual and perhaps on line when you have vehicle specifics.
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Does anyone even make a baseplate for this model? Maybe your best bet with European cars is a trailer.
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Does anyone even make a baseplate for this model? Maybe your best bet with European cars is a trailer.
Good point, Roadmaster doesn't list any BMW base plates, Blue Ox only back to 2000.

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Having owned a couple of BMW's, I'd say no way on the flat tow. There are so many electronics & sensors on those things that I think even a rear wheel drive car with a driveshaft disconnect could be a problem. Transmissions are a thing of beauty but they tend to break easily if they don't have oil circulating properly - ie. motor running.
You might consider a tow dolly with a driveshaft disconnect.
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Yes I have. 2000 BMW 528i manual transmission. I built my own brackets using the Blue Ox 3 series design as a guide.

About 8 years and 30,000 tow miles- no problems. Just leave it in neutral, turn the key to position 2 (unlocks steering column) and then key back to position 1- all power off.

I was a little concerned about the tranny at first, but it has not been an issue. Car now has 170,000 on odometer and is in very good condition. Tranny oil was replaced once at 100k miles with BMW synthetic.

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its a 96 318TI 5 speed and I am having a custom base plate made
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its a 96 318TI 5 speed and I am having a custom base plate made
We tow a 2002 330ci 5 speed blue ox baseplate, haven't had any problems, I did run a seprarate circuit for the taillights.

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Have towed DWS 97 Z-3 several times on a tow dolly. Service guy at my local dealer told me that the older 5 speeds are ok to tow but the 6 speed manuals will not lube and couldn't be towed except on a trailer.
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I tow a 2001 BMW 530i with a 5 speed manual transmission on a tow dolly-not four wheels down. I just leave it neutral. No issues.
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i have not heard of any european cars with automatic trans being able to tow flat.
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