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Old 07-30-2004, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking for a reciver hitch for the E39 and wondering if one exists. I would like to use it to carry bikes on the back of my car. I know that you can get the roof rack but the trailier hitch looks cleaner IMHO.

Also looking into the future i want to get a motorcycle and would eventually want to get a trailer for it.

Am I obsessing if I get a BMW motorcycle???? :P
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Don't get a BMW motorcycle. Japanese bikes are cheaper and more realiable.

As for the trailor hitch, don't do it.
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I wanted to carry bikes like this too, so I searched the net for trailer hitches. I only found one type that you apparently bolt to the trunk below the car. It looks flimsy at best. I know I'm not going to do this.

Looks like you're stuck with using the roof rack. Thule makes a kit to fit the 5er.
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A BMW Dealer should be able to supply you with one of these. They came as an optional extra (At least in the Uk they did). You have a removable panel in the rear bumber, from which you slide out the previously hidden towbar - BMW obviously realised people may want to use these cars for towing but didn't want an unsightly towbar permanently attatched.

The only down side is cost I don't know how much a retro fit would cost but it involves the following to make it as the optional extra - New rear Bumber, New uprated rear suspension, new electric loom, the towbar kit itself and of course the good old BMW labour costs. Might be a bit more expensive than a roof rack eh!

There may be other solutions out there though - over here in the UK there are places you can take any car and they will fit a tow ball for you.

Hope you get sorted.
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