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      11-03-2019, 07:14 PM   #1
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Can you add a factory hitch later?

I've been looking to adding a factory hitch to my wife's G05.

One dealer says it cost close to $2,000 for install, wiring and reprogramming the computer.

Another dealer says it costs $1,500 but their parts Dept says you can't order a hitch for 2019+....

Can anyone firm if it's possible to add a factory hitch not at time of ordering a car? And if so what price points I should expect?
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Check out Stealth Hitches. www.Stealthhitches.com
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      11-04-2019, 09:37 AM   #3
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I've been looking to adding a factory hitch to my wife's G05.

One dealer says it cost close to $2,000 for install, wiring and reprogramming the computer.

Another dealer says it costs $1,500 but their parts Dept says you can't order a hitch for 2019+....

Can anyone firm if it's possible to add a factory hitch not at time of ordering a car? And if so what price points I should expect?
No reprogramming will be needed if you can select two mode from the option menu.... Just check that.

Like stated the stealth hitch seems to be the best route since you wont need new rear bumper and defuse covers.
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When ordering the factory tow package on the car, you also get bigger rear brakes, and increased transmission cooling. This will not be added when getting the OEM dealer installed parts after the car is built. You'll also have less overall towing capacity but nothing significant.
I think this highlights the bargain that is the factory package. Obviously hindsight is 20/20, but depending on what you're towing, aftermarket will be the best bang for your buck since you already own the car.
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When ordering the factory tow package on the car, you also get bigger rear brakes, and increased transmission cooling. This will not be added when getting the OEM dealer installed parts after the car is built. You'll also have less overall towing capacity but nothing significant.
I think this highlights the bargain that is the factory package. Obviously hindsight is 20/20, but depending on what you're towing, aftermarket will be the best bang for your buck since you already own the car.
Whoa first I have heard of larger brakes or more cooling?? Do you have a source to point to that lists this, very curious since mine came with tow package.
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I appreciate the responses!

This is what is so perplexing about something that seems so simple to ask...

If those add-ons can only be gotten when building or ordering a car, then it does show how much of a value the tow hitch has and to just order it.

I'm still awaiting an answer from another SA to see what the verdict is. At this point, I'm not sure anyone knows the answer haha : )
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Whoa first I have heard of larger brakes or more cooling?? Do you have a source to point to that lists this, very curious since mine came with tow package.
Also the rear axle is beefed up with the factory hitch I believe
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      11-05-2019, 09:13 AM   #8
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Also the rear axle is beefed up with the factory hitch I believe
Any information pointing to this.

So far I have not yielded anything that points to any addon's with a factory hitch. I might have to call up my SA to ask if they know.
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I live in Texas, and called a dealer in Georgia early this morning. Got in touch with a nice guy named Jim who looked up the 2019 and said that installing a factory hitch is not possible b/c BMW has not released a kit yet. He said dealers tend to be confused that a 2018 and older "hitch kit" will fit, but BMW says it won't.

So calling a new random dealer confirmed my thought, it's not available...

To make things more strange, my current SA called me to say they have the "hitch kit" in stock and can install it when I drop the car off for an oil change and the software recall update that's needed...

I guess I'll find out soon if it's possible...lol
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Any information pointing to this.

So far I have not yielded anything that points to any addon's with a factory hitch. I might have to call up my SA to ask if they know.
This tidbit is straight from my CA and SA when I was going to order a X5 with factory tow and third row seats. But I ended up switching to the X7 with the third row shortage earlier in the year. The X7 supposedly has the same beefed up axle with factory tow as well.
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you also get bigger rear brakes, and increased transmission cooling.
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Also the rear axle is beefed up with the factory hitch I believe
I am not able to find any official documentation for these.
I usually assume that these are not true unless I can see official specs. I don't trust verbal info from dealers.

One thing for sure though is the addition of trailer stability control with factory hitch.
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When ordering the factory tow package on the car, you also get bigger rear brakes, and increased transmission cooling. This will not be added when getting the OEM dealer installed parts after the car is built. You'll also have less overall towing capacity but nothing significant.
I've had the BMW OEM towbar installed by my dealer, as mine didn't come with the towbar and wasn't even orderable at the time. It's removable when not in use, and fits under the rear bumper/diffuser.

Braked towing capacity is 2700Kgs (6000lbs), factory fitted is 3500Kgs (7700lbs) - which I don't need, plus it ruins the aesthetics of the diffuser (just IMO). Yes the BMW OEM after delivery option is more expensive (around $2800 for us here in Oz), but on the positive its removed when not in use - so the car looks normal.

If you have the M-sport package, you get bigger brakes. So that one goes away for me.

The Transmission cooling is a programming change, part of the coding when you get the towbar installed by a dealer. The vehicle senses its towing a load, and changes into "towing mode", which also disables a few of the PDC and other stability safety features, but at the same time enables a towing stability program. I can assure you there is no "special" towing transmission.

I honestly wouldn't try putting a tow bar on without programming/coding (which = dealer should do it), you're asking for problems if you do. The electronics, stability control, and intelligence in these cars is highly advanced - and you want to ensure its all synchronised when towing - else nasty things can happen.

Let me share a personal experience ....I've had a tyre blow out on my trailer (fully loaded to around 1800kgs) around 3 years ago at 110km/h (~70mph) in my F15 X5, which had the same type of towbar as I have now (including full coding). The towing stability kicked in, and I was able to pull over gracefully with no jack-knifing or fishing-tailing/ side to side effect. It was extremely impressive.
Now would that have happened without programming/coding? - I actually don't know..., but with my family in the car neither would I want to gamble their safety off for a few bucks. My advice, get it done properly.

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      11-05-2019, 04:38 PM   #13
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I honestly wouldn't try putting a tow bar on without programming/coding (which = dealer should do it), you're asking for problems if you do. The electronics, stability control, and intelligence in these cars is highly advanced - and you want to ensure its all synchronised when towing - else nasty things can happen.
This is exactly why I'm opting to go through the dealer over going with something from a 3rd party installer like a Hidden Hitch. From what I've read the "coding in" of a having a hitch changes numerous things within the motor and transmission. Something you don't get with a 3rd party installer. I'll never pull over 5,000lbs, but I'm glad it'll be there.
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And it's a no go for a factory hitch to be added later.

For those of you ordering, better get a hitch while you have the option.

Also nothing about beefier brakes or rear end were mentioned. It's all computer programming to have a "tow pkg" beyond the physical hitch itself.
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FYI, if you get the tow hitch from factory, there will not be a comfort opening of the trunk by waving your foot underneath. Found that out after getting the car...slightly disappointed but well worth it.
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Yeah I'm not sure why that's been such a focal point in prior posts about having a hitch. But I get it people like it.

My wife and I have never once used it but wish we had a hitch often! Haha. To each their own I guess 😊
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FYI, if you get the tow hitch from factory, there will not be a comfort opening of the trunk by waving your foot underneath. Found that out after getting the car...slightly disappointed but well worth it.
I've lost the comfort trunk opening with the after factory OEM option too (installed by dealer). Dealer said you lose it either way.

Doesn't bother me anyway, I never used that feature - which has to rank as one of the most useless waste of time features anyway. It never worked reliably anyway, the position means the sensor always gets grime, dust, or dirt on it which make it inoperable. Happy to just use the internal switch or fob button...
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