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When ever I tow my camp trailer my BMW X5 drops down in to limp home mode. This happens offen when towing up a hill. The camper is under the towing capacity by over 1000kg.

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Never tow in over drive, Never tow with the accelerator more than Half way to the floor, when shifting Keep the RPMS between 2000-3000 and Drive slow in the next lower gear than what the car selects.

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  • brett duck
    brett duck Feb 03, 2019

    I agree - Never tow in overdrive it probably defaults to overdrive when in drive. The Bmw x5 probably defaults to overdrive when in is in D . My car not a BMW but it defaults to over drive in D. I have to put in in 3 gear on the auto if I am towing otherwise I am straining the engine it is the gear ratio of over drive that causes the engine to work more with no power .

    THe engine will rev higher in gear 3 but through the gearing it will be working less .
    Uphill 80

  • philis52
    philis52 Feb 03, 2019

    Look at is this way; Torque is power!

    However, twice the torque in 1st gear (Using the largest least breakable parts) but, half the hp (More HP is more torque done in less time). When in a lower gear the Engine has more Torque but, less HP or needs more time to do the work.
    Bottom line:
    So, you have to drive slower to maintain cooling (Watch engine temperature), and low operating range RPM of about (Watch for) 2-3k RPM max!
    With all this the engine oil should not be foaming on the stick, dip stick should NOT be so hot as you can't touch the entire length and if it is don't tow.

    Also, looking at overdrive, the vehicle is in the lightest load possible/most fuel efficient mode, as in the least power usage capability and the smallest most breakable/wearable parts are engaged to do this.

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    philis52 Feb 13, 2019

    You are very lucky you have "limp home mode"!
    Most other very expensive toys don't, they just destroy themselves, by them selves :(



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