You replace the standard bumper (metal one) with one that takes the detachable towbar part, all included in price, you will want it fitted though, mine was £300 approx, can mail you pics if you want.
Bimmer E92 - has anyone managed to stuff two bikes in one?!
Yep, the bar itself is mounted transversely across the car - on the Westfalia at least it actually replaces a brace that's there already. There's a hole in the bar that the hitch locks into, and it's secured with a key.
Nerd-level detail video here:
You can save a bit by opting for the simpler electronics which are lights-only. Means that if you have rear parking sensors they'll go off whenever you select reverse.
EDIT: £450 seems like a lot of money for a towbar that'll only get used for a bike carrier, and then there's the cost of the bike rack itself ..
Roof rack setup is cheaper And you can't reverse your bikes into a wall.
Although height restriction barrier based incidents are infinitely more common than people reversing into walls.
Better still. PUT IT IN THE CAR.
No matter how careful you think you'll be, you'll eventually ding, scrape or mark something by putting it in the car.
Even with a huge tarp covering it, a stray component with wriggle free and your (other) pride and joy will suffer.
Seems everyway is a compromise in some way then RRR.
Your call, whatever your preference is, its seems light putting it in the car is cheapest short term.
Or do you have a beige interior?
RRR if your anywhere near Sutton Coldfield then you can come round to mine to test with two bikes and a big dust sheet. Willing to help as I want one of these as my next car and internal bike carrying is a sticking point. I much prefer putting my bike in rather than on the car.
I do have a beige interior as it happens
I_ache - I'm based near Sheffield unfortunately so not exactly local :-S but thanks. I'll let you know how my experiment goes.. perhaps I could try stuffing the hybrid in there too..
I just bought an old E46 Touring for MTB and baby duties
If you have a proper pedal spanner it is a piece of cake to whip off the pedals and it does give you quite a lot more room.
I'd be surprised if you can't fit two bikes in the car with the back seats down - it's a pretty decent space. The main issue is that it's not a tall loading aperture so I reckon as I_Ache says taking the pedals off will help a lot.
tbh I find both the 3 series, like the Audi A4, to be pretty useless cars for people who want to actually put stuff in them - saloon or estate style.
Maybe get some heavy duty plastic sheeting, a dust sheet to soak up any water/mud and some wheel bags.
taking pedals on and off sounds like a faff, both wheels off is bad enough!
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