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Old 13 December 2014, 13:25   #21
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The only way a 2012 X5 can tow 3500 kgs is if it has uprated towing capacity, if it doesn't have that it's 2700 kgs, the uprated bit consists of a bigger fan, anyone tells u anything else there talking shi##, only reason I know is I have 1.

Well tell us how it is as a tow car.


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Old 13 December 2014, 13:29   #22
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Good, stable at speeds, only towed just over 2100 kgs though, MPG?normally your lucky to get 30 mpg, towing I only get 20 but I don't hang around.
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Old 13 December 2014, 15:07   #23
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Bigmuz7 has already mentioned this but keep an eye on your tyres if you go for an X5.

I looked at one and even the dealer said that they needed changing every year

Don't know how often you change the D3 tyres ....
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Old 13 December 2014, 15:24   #24
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Bigmuz7 has already mentioned this but keep an eye on your tyres if you go for an X5.



I looked at one and even the dealer said that they needed changing every year



Don't know how often you change the D3 tyres ....

We get 30 to 40 k out of a set of Pirelli scorpions as from today mine is on good year mtr for winter there good for more
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I've got Pirelli Scorpions on the front (6k on them so far and they still look new). It's got Goodyear Wranglers on the back that need changing soon but I'll go with the Scorpions when I do as they feel more grippy on wet roads than when I had Wranglers on the front.

Strange on the tow capacity argument as I've seen the BMW official specs (courtesy of SWMBO as she works for them) and its 3498kg for 30d xdrive and 40d xdrive with 2700kg for all other variants from 2007 onwards when they re-specced.


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BMW X5 or stick with my Disco 3?

It's only 3500kgs with the uprated capacity, 2700kg if you don't, the fan costs around 100 if you spec the towbar from new, if you want the uprated fan fitted from the dealer it's around 500.
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Oh right. Wasn't aware of that. Not that my boat weighs that anyway!

But I decided on keeping the D3 as its a cheaper option than the deal on the X5.


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It's only 3500kgs with the uprated capacity, 2700kg if you don't, the fan costs around 100 if you spec the towbar from new, if you want the uprated fan fitted from the dealer it's around 500.

Can't believe that these motors are not speced to tow straight out of the box a chap I know has a x6 and they had to remap ecu to towing spec or sumat
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I'd have to double check with the missus but the specs I saw made no mention (even as a side note) of having to add anything or up the spec. It just had 30d xdrive & 40d xdrive tow capacity as 3498kg with all others as 2700kg.

But as I say, irrelevant for me now anyway as I'm sticking with my disco.


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chap I know has a x6 and they had to remap ecu to towing spec or sumat

Only on an after market fit AFAIK .. because the rear suspension set up changes and so do the electrics when a towed item is connected ..I think even the gear box hold patterns change IIRC
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