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Old 09-19-2016, 08:56 AM
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wow, 5 of them! does he give rides?
They even seat 5!
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:56 AM
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Thanks guys. In truth, I hadn't given real consideration to a rental. I'll look into it next year for our longer trip. Still interested if anyone has personal experience towing w/ this vehicle and, in particular, if they've towed in Sport mode.
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:23 AM
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Can't say I have any experience towing as my BMW is an M3. Theoretically sport mode is your best bet. That's going to allow higher revs before shifting similar to a towing mode. If your sport mode also changes the throttle curve and steering I wouldn't think that's going to make a difference. EDC will give you a firmer ride but it's not going to give you any lift in the rear so it won't change the the height. Stiffer suspension could help reduce the feel of the trailer trying to wag the vehicle.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:26 AM
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Anyone else towing with the current gen X5? We only tow once or twice a year, but one of those times is ~480 miles each way. Always has plenty of power and braking. But this was the first year with the XT23 behind it (about 1,400lbs. heavier than our prior boat), and man does it really jerk the vehicle when going over any uneven pavement/potholes, etc. I try to tow with as little fuel in the boat as possible, but still I'm probably pulling 6,400-6,500lbs. with rated capacity of 7,200-7,700lbs. depending on what source you believe. Dealer indicates 7,200lbs.

Sure I'd love to have a larger vehicle to tow with, as I suspect some of this is a function of the wheelbase. But living in the city, the X5 is literally the largest vehicle we can fit into our garage (to the inch).

My thought is to tow in "sport" mode, since this significantly stiffens the suspension. Problem is the owners manual is completely devoid of any towing guidelines, and dealer isn't sure either. I'm not so concerned with the wear on the vehicle (under warranty, and we'll punt it before the warranty expires), but would just like to improve the stability. Thoughts? Suggestions? Boat is level (i.e., not putting undue weight on the hitch).
This sounds like the actuator is going out.. mine did the same thing I ended up replacing the actuator and bleeding the breaks and it no longer does this... especially if there is banging type of response when going over bumps at speed or stopping spiritedly it should NOT do this.
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:09 AM
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Can't say I have any experience towing as my BMW is an M3. Theoretically sport mode is your best bet. That's going to allow higher revs before shifting similar to a towing mode. If your sport mode also changes the throttle curve and steering I wouldn't think that's going to make a difference. EDC will give you a firmer ride but it's not going to give you any lift in the rear so it won't change the the height. Stiffer suspension could help reduce the feel of the trailer trying to wag the vehicle.
Towed her this weekend, ~200 miles roundtrip in Sport Mode. Difference was night and day. Wife is no longer dreading these trips. We're actually pretty happy with this setup now.
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:59 AM
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We had an '01 X5 and I wish I had it back because it was a FANTASTIC tow vehicle for our VRS (X-2) with a single axle trailer which I guesstimate to be around 5,000 pounds, typical, and a limit of 6,000 pounds. Now I use a Ford Explorer Limited, AWD and I actually loathe towing on the highway with the Explorer because it gear hunts and just handles poorly compared to that old X-5. The Explorer is right close to the limit on max capacity at 5,000 pounds- you actually have to consider vehicle contents and GVWR. Also, the X-5 had great integration with the trailer once the electrical connection was made but the Explorer is just "dumb". I'm in the market for a replacement vehicle now and am considering an X-5. Tough choice because the new model comes out late 2017.
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:14 AM
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The X5 (in the UK and Europe) has a towing capacity of 7700lbs (3500kg) with a braked trailer
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:22 PM
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I wanna bring this thread back to life. I just bought an F15 sdrive35 last month and I’m fairly certain t can tow more than my Tacoma.
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