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Old 05-09-2005, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a small sail boat weighs approx 450 lbs + trailer of aprox 600 lbs.

I was thinking of buying a 3 series and was wondering if they would pull a small boat of this size.

I was considering one of the 6 cylinders: 323i, 325i, 328i convertibles.

Does anyone know if this is possible, and if there is a better choice available?

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Old 05-09-2005, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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can you even put a trailer hitch on a 3 series? if you need something to pull a boat dont buy a bmw unless it is a x5
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Old 05-09-2005, 11:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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puttin that much extra weight on the back will cause many problems!! i wouldn't try it!
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puttin that much extra weight on the back will cause many problems!! i wouldn't try it!
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Word. The 3 series isn't exactly an SUV... used

*Imagines the car going up the hill with the boat in tow....*

and then the boat going down the hill with the car in tow...

or the whole back ripping off !


dont do it!
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Old 05-10-2005, 12:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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hmmm...

I asked the folks at allBMWParts and here was their response

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Subject: Re: trailering a boat with a 323i convertible?


NO PROBLEM find your hitch online @ www.bimmerparts.net FULL SPECS
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Old 05-10-2005, 07:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i am sure you can hook a boat up to it but do you really want to chance really messing up your bimmer? i know i wouldnt. if you can afford another cheap vehicle get an old truck or suv to pull the boat. i do not remember seeing anything in my manual or e36 broucheur(sp?) that mentioned towing.
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Shit, EVERYONE has a hitch on their Bimmer in Germany.

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yeah , i know lots of people who have towed with their 3 series, however i think its unnessary stress on the car. but if your gonna do it, go with the 328, it has lots of torque over the other models suggested.
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