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Old 05-26-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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Trailer Hitch 03 E39 530i



Has anyone installed a trailer hitch on the E39 ?? OE M or aftermarl\ket ??

Any issues??

and does anyone know towing capacity of 530i ?? I don't have the manual/.

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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This is my car, trailer and track bike. The 530 is a great vehicle to tow with, but most BMW folks say "get a truck" LMFAO!!!

I have the Curt hitch:
http://www.hitchweb.com/product/88/1...s-BMW-5-Series

You don't have to cut the bumper cover and it installs very easy. You will need a turn signal converter, so the batter supplies the current for the turn signals and running lights.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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Wow that was fast...in thats exactly what I'm looking for. I need it for next fall...spending the winter down south and need to take the bike too. I'm planning on replacing all the cooling system before I go, just in case. Car only has 119k kms on it so it should be fine. What year model is you Bimmer??
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:15 PM   #4
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where did you get the turn signal converter??
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:07 AM   #5
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Car is a 2001 530, just a little older than yours, but I have 300,000+ KM.

Any place that sells hitches, will sell the converter.
Here is one from Canadian Tire for $30:
http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en

Good thinking on the E39's cooling system.
Every 4 years I replace the rad, water pump, thermostat, expansion tank and expansion tank cap. Do not use a water pump with a plastic impeller. I made that mistake and it only lasted 11 months:
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:18 PM   #6
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Thanks. When I bought the car it had 70,000 kms on it. I immediately changed all fluids, had the hoses changed, the t-stat & water pump (w/metal impeller) and Vanos kit installed. in the 50k kms since I've only had to change one ball joint/arm. I'm hoping to keep it for another 2 years, and hopefully I'll only have to do the rad/cooling system, knock on wood. ..then I want the Benz GLK 250 Bluetec..(a 2 year old one) - no issues pulling a trailer with the torque in that beast lol. Your help is this has been magnificent...thanks so much...I'll order that Curt hitch online and have it installed when I get the cooling system done.
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