Should I use a flat bed or a tow dolly to tow my bmw 528i

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Asked by Aug 30, 2015 at 06:53 PM about the 2000 BMW 5 Series 528i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My head gaskets are cracked and my oil and coolant are mixed i need a tow
but dont know the best way my car is a standard vehicle

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I'd use a flatbed.

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Thank you bob....but may i ask why ?

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A flatbed puts less stress on the body of the car. If towing long distance you'll have to either flatbed it, remove the driveshaft if towing from the front on a wrecker or dolly, or tow it from the rear which is really not the best choice. Towing from the rear not only puts stress on the body of the car but also on the steering components and the front suspension. HTH. -Jim

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Guessing that you don't have AAA or another roadside assistance plan (If you did, they could supply the flatbed tow truck). Also, your BMW is a rear wheel drive, so towing with the back wheels on the ground is not an option. Sounds like you're just towing to the shop for repair, so the easier way would be to just arrange to have a flat bed tow truck tow it...expect to pay at least $50 for this (overall cost depends on distance the truck has to go)

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I would use a flatbed. You can dolly it, but you would need to disconnect the driveshaft. The transmission requires constant lubrication, which requires the engine to be running.

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FLAT BED ONLY!!! I DID TOWING TRUST ME. you will damage bottom on bumps, your shocks are not like the tow trucks. the truck doesn't feel bumps that the bmw is crying every time it goes over one.

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and mechanically NOTHING is in circulation since the car is off, SO PARTS BREAK ON LONG TOWS WITH TWO WHEELS ON GROUND

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nothing in circulation meaning like the other guy said lubrication in trans. is one of those things

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Thank you guys. Flat bed it is.

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Incorrect.. I have towed for 22 years on a wheel lift we are using the suspension designed for the vehicle.. I have operated both flatbed and wheel lifts must damage occurs in a flatbed.. Wheel lift we are only touching the tires... You also do not have two suspension systems competing against each other.. Ask a professional... Not someone whom had never towed.. You can always ask your local towing company's.. The do not want to damage your car and pag for it.. So you will always find the best advice there

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Flat bed would be better to use .. Like that you avoid damaging your suspension

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