New owner, and Towing an E36
New here, as I've recently bought a 328 coupe, which is great to drive!
It's a 95 and has massive mileage, but it's had a new engine and is really a good solid car apart from a few small niggles, and one BIG problem!
Right firstly the relatively small niggle. The alternator died today. It had been funny over the weekend so I replaced the battery which seemed to cure it, but then it died again today. But that was only the start of my troubles...
Since I was not far from my house, and my dad was around with his Land Rover I got him to give me a tow back. I put the towing eye in and set off, all was fine for a couple of miles and then there was this almighty CRACK. The kind of noise you dread when towing! The front bumper was hanging off, and the car looked a real mess.
Basically the towing eye is held onto the car by 4 10mm bolts, and a sort of aluminium bracket which I guess is meant to spread to load. The aluminium bracket had shattered. WHAT ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!!!! Why is something that is meant to take the weight of the car so weak? All it would need are some bigger bolts and a steel plate.
Has anyone else had this?! Also for future reference, what is a better way of towing these cars?