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Old 07-07-2004, 04:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well this morning I spent almost an hour trying to see if I could bang the fuel pump into working, but no it's completely knackered. I now need to tow it to the garage as I'm sure a tow in by the garage would cost an arm and a leg. I have 2 questions please help:

1. Its a 1.8 automatic, what is the procedure in towing one of these, I know that it's different from a manual

2. The towing eye is missing from the boot tool kit, will I be able to attach a tow rope to somewhere else under the car succesfully without pulling off the front bumper

Thanks a lot, Ben.
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Old 07-07-2004, 07:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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get a tow truck company with a flatbed!
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What most tow truck drivers are going to do is hook up the chains to pull your car up onto the flatbed, onto your control arms. THIS CAN BREAK YOUR CONTROL ARMS. Push the car up there if you have to. Do not let them hook up to anything even near your wheels. I would call your local BMW dealership and see if they have a tow hook, or call some one else that has a BMW and get their tow hook and get them to some one get it to you. If it's from the dealership then get it sent to you courier service or get some one else to pick it up for you.
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If you use a regular tow truck, the only thing you need to watch out for is that the dude towing you knows that your ride is RWD. I had some towing dude try and convince me that my 88 325i was FWD. Luckily, he had a flatbed so we didn't need to settle the argument.

That makes me mad when some "expert" tries to tell you something about your own car. I had a BMW dealer in Minneapolis swear that a '96 325i C did not have ASC. I told him that I saw the button, but he swore that feature was not available until 97. Then he asked his fellow salesman and that put him in his place. The thing is, he had to be an a-hole about it because I was just a kid.
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Use a blanket put it in the trunk let it hang off the rear bumper then push it from the back. Do it at night. Late night.
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