I'd like to fit a tow bar to my 2004 316ti Compact. Has anyone any experience of doing this ? I can simply pay a company to do it but if its a fairly straight forward job then I'm happy to give it a go.
Hi have got a westfalia tow bar with detatchable hitch very easy to fit bolts on using existing fittings no holes to drill,had to buy a detachable cover and frame for the rear valance from BMW this envolves cutting a section from the valance, think it was about £40 all in.You will need a sensing relay for the trailer electrics to fool the bulb fail warning system.Took me all morning to fit it the electrics took the longest total cost was under £300 (not a lot). http://www.towequipe.co.uk/itemlist.html
I too would like a tow bar for my 316i compact mainly to tow a trailer to the tip or builders yard, but do not want to cut the rear spoiler. I would say however that in my experience of other cars it should be able to tow light loads. The website uktow.com states that a 316 or 318 can tow 1400kg or 3086lbs so that's way over a ton! nearer a ton and a half.
As an aside I once towed a sailing dinghy to Devon from Manchester with a 1275cc MG MIdget with no problems with a measly 72ft lbs torque and about 56BHP. Coming back the boat contained about 6 gallons of scrumpy cider. Well ther's no where else to carry so much in an MG Midget!
I've also towed my speedboat (not sure of weight but probably way over 1/2 ton) in the days of waterskiing on Windermere with many cars from an MGB-GT 62 ft lbs and 88 BHP, to a Chevrolet Camaro Z28 5.7 litre V8 325 ft lbs and 285 BHP. Now that was a great tow car and she didn't seem to notice the boat was there! 0-60 spec' is 5.8 seconds so probably sub 8 seconds with the boat! Not that we did that of course. :hihi