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      01-30-2013, 02:49 AM   #1
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Tow Bar

I'm going to be specifying a towbar when I order my F31 330d M Sport Xdrive next month. When I asked my dealer about it he said that they cut a hole in the rear bumper/apron and fitted an access panel in it. Then when you wanted to tow something you had to rummage about in the boot, remove the towbar hook, remove the access panel, plug in the towbar hook and tighten. Then you are good to go.

Is this so?

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      01-30-2013, 03:06 AM   #2
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hmmm that doesn't sound right. I've not got the tow bar fitted to my F31 but had it on my E91 M Sport and it was hidden behind the rear diffuser. To release it there was a button hidden in the left side of the boot. To put it back you just pressed the button again and then manually push it back.

There was nothing to cut as long as it factory installed. On the F31 I can see the button fitting is in the same location.
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      01-30-2013, 05:29 AM   #3
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hmmm that doesn't sound right. I've not got the tow bar fitted to my F31 but had it on my E91 M Sport and it was hidden behind the rear diffuser. To release it there was a button hidden in the left side of the boot. To put it back you just pressed the button again and then manually push it back.

There was nothing to cut as long as it factory installed. On the F31 I can see the button fitting is in the same location.
Do they cut the diffuser or does it come out underneath? Can you see anything when the tow bar is hidden away. i.e. is there an actually panel?
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      01-30-2013, 08:16 AM   #4
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Do they cut the diffuser or does it come out underneath? Can you see anything when the tow bar is hidden away. i.e. is there an actually panel?
The tow bar is hidden away behind the diffuser. If you looked at the car from the rear you can't see it at all (unless it's been deployed) and the diffuser is intact. If they did have to cut the diffuser it would murder the rear end! Having said that a rear diffuser is cheap as chips. I brought one when I got the twin M Performance Chrome pipes fitted to replace the single pipe, it cost me about 65 quid.
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The tow bar is hidden away behind the diffuser. If you looked at the car from the rear you can't see it at all (unless it's been deployed) and the diffuser is intact. If they did have to cut the diffuser it would murder the rear end! Having said that a rear diffuser is cheap as chips. I brought one when I got the twin M Performance Chrome pipes fitted to replace the single pipe, it cost me about 65 quid.
I might opt for that, thank you.
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      01-30-2013, 12:57 PM   #6
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I have the factory fitted tow bar on my F31 - it's completely hidden from view when retracted. There's a button inside the left-hand side boot cubby hole and if pressed, the tow bar extends electrically from underneath the rear and locks itself into place - very elegant solution.

This is an improvement on my E91 where the tow bar was 'dropped down' half way electrically and then had to be locked into place by hand - at least the car came with a special glove one could wear to do this as the tow bar would always be very dirty. On the F31 the extension and retraction is fully electric all the way - much better.
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I have the factory fitted tow bar on my F31 - it's completely hidden from view when retracted. There's a button inside the left-hand side boot cubby hole and if pressed, the tow bar extends electrically from underneath the rear and locks itself into place - very elegant solution.

This is an improvement on my E91 where the tow bar was 'dropped down' half way electrically and then had to be locked into place by hand - at least the car came with a special glove one could wear to do this as the tow bar would always be very dirty. On the F31 the extension and retraction is fully electric all the way - much better.
Thanks sounds a good neat job. Liking it.
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