BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate Towbars

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate Towbars

 

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate Towbars Towing Specifics

The BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate is currently on its fifth generation. The BMW 520d Touring xDrive M Sport won the tow car awards for 2018 as the overall winner, and also the winner of the 1700-1899kg class. You can read more about the tow car testing procedure and reasons for its win at, 2018 Towcar award winners.

Below we will be covering the last five generations of 5 Series Tourer/Estate towing specifics. As there are five generations of BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate covered here it is important to check your vehicle if it is on a change over year. The logbook will state the model number, ( see below) this will help you to ensure you are selecting the correct towbars for your vehicle.

E34 1992-1997
E39 1997-2004
E61 2004-2010
F11 2010-2016
G31 2016 Onwards

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2016 Onwards G31

 

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2016 Onwards Towbar Electric Kits

We recommend that all bars fitted to 2016 Onwards BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate G31 are fitted with a dedicated electrics kit, this not only helps to ensure all modern features, such as trailer stability, parking sensors function correctly, but also ensures that the vehicles manufacturer’s warranty is not invalidated. A quick look at BMW's warranty page confirms that BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate's produced after 2016 some vehicles may have a manufacturers warranty active

New Car Warranty.

Complete protection for almost every eventuality for three years. The BMW Three Year Unlimited Mileage Retailer Warranty gives you peace of mind for the first three years of your ownership and even includes BMW Emergency Service for any of those unforeseen events. As always, any work you do require will be completed by a trained BMW Technician at a BMW Authorised Workshop.

This means you're covered for a total of 3 years, Used cars purchased from BMW

BMW Approved Used Car Warranty.

Even though your BMW isn’t brand new we know it is still important to be protected. The 12 months BMW Approved Used Car Warranty is designed to protect your investment and reduce the cost of your BMW ownership. The warranty provides 12-month coverage, even guaranteeing your vehicle’s battery and exhaust system. BMW Emergency Service cover and MOT Protect cover are included, protecting you against some of the unexpected costs that might arise from MOT failure. BMW Warranty Information

We do of course offer universal electrics kits for 2016 Onwards BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate towbar fits, as stated these will invalidate any manufacturer warranty you may have.

Bypass Relays

All BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2016 Onwards G31 fits that use a universal towbar electrics kit will require a require a bypass relay, this is to ensure that it does not present faults on the dashboard.

A bypass relay helps the universal kit hide from your vehicle ECU and functions so as not to put faults on the dashboard hence the name “BYPASS”.

A dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicles ECU and all of its functions.

Coding

This is the coding of the ECU to accept the dedicated system, this updates your vehicle's software to run smoothly with the new towbar, it works very much like an update to your smartphone. BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate vehicles made 2016 Onwards will not require coding.

Bumper cuts

We currently only offer towards that require a none visible cut, or No cut, for the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate for the G31, a bumper cut is required.

Nose weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important to not exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. For the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate manufactured 2016 Onwards, the minimum capacity is 90KG the maximum capacity is 130kg, nose weights are displayed under each tow bar below.

Towing weight

Towing weight is the weight that the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2016 Onwards G31 towbars can tow safely, without damaging the vehicle, the minimum capacity is 1940kg, the maximum capacity is 2300kg for all the tow bars that fit BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2016 Onwards.

You will need to check the towing limit for your model of BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2016 Onwards as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.  

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2010-2016 F11

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 's manufactured in 2010 or 2016, it is important you correctly determine which model you have to ensure you get the correct towbar. You can check this from your logbook, if you own a BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate that falls on a changeover year, please feel free to contact the sales team to discuss your concerns.

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2010-2016 Towbar Electric Kits

We recommend that all bars fitted to a 2010-2016 BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estates are fitted with a dedicated electrics kit, this not only helps to ensure all modern features, such as trailer stability, parking sensors function correctly, but also ensures that the vehicles manufacturer’s warranty is not invalidated. A quick look at BMW's warranty page confirms that BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate's produced after 2016 some vehicles may have a manufacturers warranty active or used BMW's purchased from BMW.

New Car Warranty.

Complete protection for almost every eventuality for three years. The BMW Three Year Unlimited Mileage Retailer Warranty gives you peace of mind for the first three years of your ownership and even includes BMW Emergency Service for any of those unforeseen events. As always, any work you do require will be completed by a trained BMW Technician at a BMW Authorised Workshop. This means you're covered for a total of 3 years, Used cars purchased from BMW

BMW Approved Used Car Warranty.

Even though your BMW isn’t brand new we know it is still important to be protected. The 12 months BMW Approved Used Car Warranty is designed to protect your investment and reduce the cost of your BMW ownership. The warranty provides 12-month coverage, even guaranteeing your vehicle’s battery and exhaust system. BMW Emergency Service cover and MOT Protect cover are included, protecting you against some of the unexpected costs that might arise from MOT failure.

BMW Warranty Information

We do of course offer universal electrics kits for the 2010-2016 BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate F11 towbar fits, as stated these will invalidate any manufacturer warranty you may have.

Bypass Relays

All BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2010-2016 F11 fits that use a universal towbar electrics kit will require a require a bypass relay, this is to ensure that it does not present faults on the dashboard. A bypass relay helps the universal kit hide from your vehicle ECU and functions so as not to put faults on the dashboard hence the name “BYPASS” A dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicles ECU and all of its functions.

Coding

This is the coding of the ECU to accept the dedicated system, this updates your vehicle's software to run smoothly with the new towbar, it works very much like an update to your smartphone. BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate F11 vehicles made between 2010-2016 will not require coding.

Bumper cuts

The only option for all towbars, for the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate's F11 for this year range is a none visible cut, a bumper cut is required.

Nose weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important to not exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. For the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate F11 manufactured between 2010-2016, maximum capacity is 100kg, nose weights are displayed under each tow bar below.

Towing weight

Towing weight is the weight that the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2010-2016 towbars can tow safely, without damaging the vehicle, the minimum capacity is 2100kg, the maximum capacity is 2200kg for all the tow bars that fit BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2010-2016 F11.
 
You will need to check the towing limit for your model of BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate F11 as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.  

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2004-2010 E61

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 's manufactured between the years 2004-2010, if you have a 2004 or 2010 BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate E61 it is important you correctly determine which model you have to ensure you get the correct towbar. You can check this from your logbook, if you own a BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate that falls on a change over year, please feel free to contact the sales team to discuss your concerns.

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2004-2010 Towbar Electric Kits

We recommend that all tow bars fitted to a BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 's 2005-2011 E61 are fitted with a dedicated electrics kit, this not only helps to ensure all modern features, such as trailer stability, parking sensors function correctly, but also ensures that the vehicles manufacturer’s warranty is not invalidated. A quick look at BMW's warranty page confirms that BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate's produced after 2016 some vehicles may have a manufacturers warranty active or used BMW's purchased from BMW.

New Car Warranty.

Complete protection for almost every eventuality for three years. The BMW Three Year Unlimited Mileage Retailer Warranty gives you peace of mind for the first three years of your ownership and even includes BMW Emergency Service for any of those unforeseen events. As always, any work you do require will be completed by a trained BMW Technician at a BMW Authorised Workshop. This means you're covered for a total of 3 years, Used cars purchased from BMW

BMW Approved Used Car Warranty.

Even though your BMW isn’t brand new we know it is still important to be protected. The 12 months BMW Approved Used Car Warranty is designed to protect your investment and reduce the cost of your BMW ownership. The warranty provides 12-month coverage, even guaranteeing your vehicle’s battery and exhaust system. BMW Emergency Service cover and MOT Protect cover are included, protecting you against some of the unexpected costs that might arise from MOT failure.

BMW Warranty Information

We do of course offer universal electrics kits for the 2004-2010 BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate towbar fits, as stated these will invalidate any manufacturer warranty you may have.

Bypass Relays

All BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2004 - 2010 E61 fits that use a universal towbar electrics kit will require a require a bypass relay, this is to ensure that it does not present faults on the dashboard.

A bypass relay helps the universal kit hide from your vehicle ECU and functions so as not to out faults on the dashboard hence the name “BYPASS”

A dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicles ECU and all of its functions.

Coding

This is the coding of the ECU to accept the dedicated system, this updates your vehicle's software to run smoothly with the new towbar, it works very much like an update to your smartphone. BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 's vehicles made between 2004-2010 will not require coding.

Bumper cuts

The tow bar you select will determine whether the cut to the bumper is visible or none visible, for the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estates for this year range a bumper cut is required.

Nose weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important to not exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. For the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 's manufactured between the years 2004 to 2010 the maximum capacity nose weight is 90kg, nose weights are displayed under each tow bar below.

Towing weight

Towing weight is the weight that the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 2004–2010 towbars can tow safely, without damaging the vehicle, the minimum capacity is 2000kg the maximum capacity is 2200kg.
 
You will need to check the towing limit for your model of BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate E61 as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.  

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 1997-2004 E39

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 1997-2004 E39 Towbar electric kits

There are no dedicated kits for this year range, only universal kits are available.

Bypass Relays

All BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 1997-2005 E39 tow bars fit will require a bypass relay, when universal electrics are fitted, this is to ensure that the kit does not present faults on the dashboard.

A bypass relay helps the universal kit hide from your vehicle ECU and functions so as not to out faults on the dashboard hence the name “BYPASS”.

A dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicles ECU and all of its functions.

Bumper cuts

For the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 1997-2005, there is only, None Visible Cut or Visible Cut. a bumper cut is required.

Nose weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important to not exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. For the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate manufactured between the years 1997 to 2005 the maximum nose weight capacity is 90kg, the minimum nose weight capacity is 75kg, nose weights are displayed under each tow bar below.

Towing weight

Towing weight is the weight that the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate towbars E39 1997 – 2005 can tow safely, without damaging the vehicle, the maximum capacity is 2200kg, towing weight varies depending on which bar you select.

You will need to check the towing limit for your model of BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate E39 as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate Tourer/Estate 1992-1997 E34

BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 1992-1997 E34 Towbar electric kits

There are no dedicated kits for this year range, only universal kits are available.

Bypass Relays

All BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 1992-1997 E34 tow bars fit will not require a bypass relay, when universal electrics are fitted, this is to ensure that the kit does not present faults on the dashboard.

A bypass relay helps the universal kit hide from your vehicle ECU and functions so as not to out faults on the dashboard hence the name “BYPASS”.

A dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicles ECU and all of its functions.

Bumper cuts

For the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate 1997-2005, there is only, Visible Cut, a bumper cut is required.

Nose weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important to not exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. For the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate manufactured between the years 1997 to 2005, please check your vehicle logbook or Vin plate.

Towing weight

Towing weight is the weight that the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate towbars E39 1997 – 2005 can tow safely, without damaging the vehicle. For the BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate manufactured between the years 1997 to 2005, please check your vehicle logbook or vin plate.

You will need to check the towing limit for your model of BMW 5 Series Tourer/Estate E34 as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.