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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 10-07-2015, 01:26 AM   #1
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Towing with an xi

Whats up guys, I've just bought a 91 nissan 240sx hatch and Im planning on building it into a show car. Having said that, you dont DRIVE a showcar to out of state events, you tow it! Would I be able to connect a trailer to my 325xi and tow the car to out of state events? If so, do I need to make any reinforcements?

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Old 10-07-2015, 05:50 AM   #2
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This thread may get interesting. "Technically" you might be able to according to the U-Haul website. You could tow your Nissan on a dolly but not a flat bed.

They have a towing capacity calculator:
http://www.uhaul.com/Reservations/RatesTowing.aspx (you'll probably get a message that says rate quote expired. just navigate through the site like you want a quote for a trailer and the calculator will be part of the process)

Be ready to put a hitch on the Nissan too. That way you can tow the bimmer home after it dies. Sorry, I just couldn't resist that.

Seriously though, if you're going to invest in building a show car, a truck is in your near future. One BMW transmission repair would probably cost more than a good used pickup. The pickup truck is the reinforcement I would suggest.
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:14 AM   #3
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I've done some reading on this recently, so I'll chime in. This is things I read on forums, so may be slightly off.

Short answer is probably not, IIRC 3000lbs is the max for any hitch configuration and I doubt your car/trailer combo will fall below that.

All over Europe you see E46's towing campers/motorcycle trailers/etc, but they're all much lighter than what you're talking.

You don't see E46s towing in the US often, mainly because we don't have the good hitch offered over here. From what I read, the hitch we can easily obtain in the US simply bolts to the spare tire well. It's good for small trailers/bike carriers, but that's about it. In Europe they sell one that is much sturdier, that mounts to the rear bumper support or somewhere back there. Sure you can import one, but I still doubt you'd fall within the weight limits of the hitch.

Have you ever towed a car before, behind anything? I can't imagine towing a full car trailer with my E46, even with trailer brakes.
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:33 PM   #4
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Uhaul will enter the towing vehicles info to find what it can pull then add the vehicle being pulled see that the Nissan is almost the same weight if not a little heavier than with the added weight of the trailer or dolly then look at you and smile politely and say I'm sorry sir but with that vehicle I can't even rent you a tow dolly much less a trailer by company policy but if you rent an 18 foot or larger van or come back with a vehicle capable of towing more than it's own rate we'll rent you the equipment. They do that so they're in no way liable for what we try and pull with underrated vehicles. Also I'd love a pic of that cause when you drive the Nissan onto the trailer the front of the BMW will be in the air. I pulled a civic with a 94 Toyota truck that was rated for towing and the front was bouncing. It was a blast steering that mess through town.

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