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Tow hitch availability?

alesssj4

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Dec 30, 2020
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Just one addendum to this. Any M3 not factory specced with a tow bar will be 0kg towing rated, therefore won’t legally be allowed to tow, even if an aftermarket tow bar is fitted. However, that doesn’t stop someone from fitting an aftermarket tow bar and using a bike carrier on this (as long as it’s not one with wheels, as that’s technically towing). It’s still not great, though, as the car won’t have the 13 pin connector to control lights on the carrier. This is what the aftermarket kits you’ll have seen available are for.

If buying new, I would hold out for an M3 with a tow bar. I’ve heard these are available “off menu”, so if you call Tesla they might be able to match you to an inventory car (on a ship on its way from Shanghai) that has a tow bar. I think someone mentioned only LRs are available, at the moment, though?
I bought an M3LR new trim in late 2020 as part of the Q4 sales push and got carried out and accepted taking buying one that was already in transit in a cargo ship. All good until I realised about the tow bar missing. My bad. I like what you write above and it would work for me as I only want it to carry my bicycles with a Thule rack so the inability to tow wouldn't be an issue. Problem is.. I can't freakin' find anywhere the kit!! do you happen to know where I can buy a good aftermarket tow (not for towing) bar??
 

Cardo

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Sep 22, 2020
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I bought an M3LR new trim in late 2020 as part of the Q4 sales push and got carried out and accepted taking buying one that was already in transit in a cargo ship. All good until I realised about the tow bar missing. My bad. I like what you write above and it would work for me as I only want it to carry my bicycles with a Thule rack so the inability to tow wouldn't be an issue. Problem is.. I can't freakin' find anywhere the kit!! do you happen to know where I can buy a good aftermarket tow (not for towing) bar??
These guys advertise one:
 

megd

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Jun 23, 2021
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Hi all, I just wondered if there was any update on this? In UK the M3 doesn't currently have the towbar option online - I'm not ready to order just yet, but wondered if others have managed to add one by calling Tesla??
Just curious to know before I progress...
 

sparkymark75

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Jun 22, 2021
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Hi all, I just wondered if there was any update on this? In UK the M3 doesn't currently have the towbar option online - I'm not ready to order just yet, but wondered if others have managed to add one by calling Tesla??
Just curious to know before I progress...
Well there was a M3LR in inventory earlier which had the Tow Hitch option on it. So someone has managed to spec it.
 

GeorgeSymonds

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Mar 16, 2018
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I got mine by finding one in inventory with it. Tesla aren't great with this sort of thing, the staff seem to just point you to the online version and if its there its there. I'd keep an eye out on the new inventory nearer the time you're ready to order. They're the same cars, you lose nothing by buying a new inventory car compared to a custom order (just watch out for ex demo cars althought they're usually marked as such and cheaper)
 

dutts

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Aug 3, 2021
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Devon, UK
Just spoke to someone on the online chat on the Tesla UK car configurator and got the following:
"Tow Hitch is now a ‘off menu’ item. It is a £1,300 optional extra. Once you have built and ordered your car, please call ourselves and request it to be added. As this is a custom build, the lead time is longer and currently set at November/December time"
 

gidster99

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Feb 24, 2020
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One thing to watch out for with the tow hitch is the weight limits... For a M3 Long Range I think it is 55Kgs to include the weight of the rack itself.

There was a post about this: towbar-accessory-limit-of-55kgs

Whether it is enough will depend on how heavy / how many bikes you have.
 

Adopado

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Aug 19, 2019
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One thing to watch out for with the tow hitch is the weight limits... For a M3 Long Range I think it is 55Kgs to include the weight of the rack itself.

There was a post about this: towbar-accessory-limit-of-55kgs

Whether it is enough will depend on how heavy / how many bikes you have.
1000kg
Your figure is vertical nose weight which is really only relevant to bike carriers rather than towing a trailer.
 

pdk42

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Jul 17, 2019
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Leamington
This is weird. Why remove it from the configurator if it’s still available to order? I’d never have bought the Model 3 without the tow bar.
 
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GeorgeSymonds

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Mar 16, 2018
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There are some new inventory cars with the tow hook at the moment. I'm sure there were some LR as well but they've seem to have gone. Why its not on the configurator is anbodies guess
 

Tom Tes

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Aug 30, 2021
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Kingston Upon Thames
I emailed Tesla sales UK and got this response


Thank you for your email. The tow option has been removed from the website, we are however able to add it on after you have placed your order, you would need to send us an email with your order number to [email protected] where we will raise a request to have this added to the order, along with updating your invoice with the additional cost, £1300. Please note the tow option can only be added to standard and long-range vehicles we are unable to offer a tow on the performance vehicle.

If you require any further assistance, please don’t hesitate in reaching out to myself or any of the team on 01628 450 660, press option 4.

Kind regards,



UK Sales & Delivery
 
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