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Which wiring should I choose?
Please Note: If your vehicle is under 3 years old, we recommend that you choose Vehicle Specific Wiring to protect your manufacturers warranty. All coding of your vehicle is included when you choose vehicle specific wiring.
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Detachable swan neck towbar, where the neck of the towbar can be removed when not in use.

Detachable towbars avoid any issues with parking sensors picking up the tow bar neck, so ultimately if your car has reverse parking sensors this would be the best option for you.

  • Neck removable when not in use
  • No issues with reverse parking sensors
  • Compatible with ALKO Stabilisers
  • Compatible with most Cycle Carriers
  • Please remember to check your vehicle's towing capacity shown on the VIN plate. A call-out fee may be applicable if our engineer attends your appointment and your vehicle doesn't have a towing capacity.

More about the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is bold, yet classy. Its uncompromising, performance-oriented aesthetic reveals its ambitions and creates a head-turning presence every time it's seen. In keeping with high-end technologies and perfectly tuned driving dynamics features, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe stands out from the crowd whilst it pursues its very own path.

Equipped with the dynamic equipment available such as the optional Adaptive suspension, the double-clutch transmission and XDrive all-wheel drive, the 2 Series Gran Coupe assumes a leading role among its competitors when it comes to agility. The combination of powerful and efficient TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines sets itself apart from the crowd with ease and delivers self-assuredness on every journey.

The M Sport steering with Servotronic, which comes as standard on the M Sport and the M235i xDrive models, allows for direct and agile steering response and reduces steering effort.

The intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system delivers a smooth drive as it distributes power to the front and rear wheels for enhanced traction, driving dynamics and safety.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe puts on a technically progressive display, the innovative driver assistance systems such as the optional Reversing Assistant that supports the driver and vehicle as well as the optional Digital Key providing greater convenience by allowing the doors to be locked and unlocked via a smartphone.

The Driving Assistant offers an optional safety package that includes the camera-based systems front collision warning with braking function, Speed Limit Assist incl Speed Limit Info with No-overtaking indicator with preview and Lane Departure Warning. The Parking Assistant makes manoeuvring the vehicle easier, the Rear View Camera provides a clearer view behind the vehicle. Active Park Distance Control offers increased protection against damage caused by parking. The Parking Assistant parks the vehicle automatically, parallel, or perpendicular to the street.

What’s the Towing Capacity of The BMW 2 Series?

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has a towing capacity of between 1300KG to 1500KG. This capacity allows for cycle carriers, trailers and up to a medium caravan to be towed. To receive an accurate towing capacity for your BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe please refer to your vehicle's VIN plate.

Which Towbar is best for my BMW 2 Series?

When fitting a towbar to the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, you can choose between 3 types: a fixed flange towbar, a fixed swan neck towbar, and a detachable swan neck towbar.

The only towbar that is available for the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the Detachable swan neck towbar, this style of towbar is the only design where the neck can be removed once towing has been completed. Using a twist and push method the towbar neck easily removes from its housing leaving the remainder of the towbar practically invisible.

The detachable swan neck towbar is compatible with all clamp-on cycle carriers, trailers and caravans. The detachable swan neck is also ALKO compatible, meaning that when towing a caravan with an ALKO stabiliser the is no need to purchase an ALKO Towball.

Will it need a bumper cut?

When fitting a detachable swan neck towbar to the BMW 2 Series Gran coupe a non-visible bumper cut will be made to the under tray of the vehicle. The cut will only be visible when looking directly at the cut. This is based on the standard bumper, if your 2 Series Gran Coupe has been modified in any way this could cause a larger visible bumper to cut to be made to the vehicle. If you have any questions, please contact our office on 01947 895230.

How do I book a Towbar Fitment?

We know our customers lead busy lives, which is why our engineers will come to your home or your place of work. You can choose a morning appointment between 8 am and 12 pm or in the afternoon between 12 pm and 6 pm. Our team will fit your Towbar at a time that’s convenient to you. Our Towbar fitting service can take as little as one hour and up to four hours, depending on your vehicle.

To get a quote, all you need to do is search for your vehicle below or enter your registration number and postcode above. You can book your date, time, and location online, and we will take care of the rest. We will bring everything needed to complete the job in one appointment. If you order any Cycle Carriers or accessories with your Towbar, the Engineer will also bring those.

Why choose Towbar Express?

Towbar Express have over 30 years of experience in the industry, and we know exactly what you need! We employ all our Towbar Engineers, so we won’t just contract out the work to a 3rd party company. Our Engineers are trained to a high standard, and as new vehicles are released, more training is carried out to ensure they understand every aspect of every vehicle.

We have over 6000 Trustpilot and Google reviews from past customers who are happy with our work! Every day another 5-star review comes through, which is how we know we have happy customers and are doing a fantastic job!


Manufacturers are developing more environmentally friendly and efficient vehicles. To keep up with the times, we offer many options to make sure you, as the customer, choose the right products at the right price. There are many things to consider when you select the type of electrics, and we are confident that we can guide you to the correct option that suits your vehicle.

Which socket type should I choose?

7 Pin Electrics

Single 7 Pin Electrics are fitted as default with a towbar installation. They provide power to operate the lights (indicators, brake lights, sidelights, fog lights) on a standard UK trailer, caravan, horsebox or cycle carrier. The 7 Pin socket will not activate the reverse lights on a cycle carrier or trailer; however, this is not a legal requirement. If your trailer has reverse lights or ALKO-ATC Control fitted, you may need 13 pin electrics.

Even if you are only using your towbar to support a cycle carrier, you will still need these electrics to power the lights on the cycle carrier or a light board over the bikes. This is a legal requirement because bikes on the carrier may obscure the lights on your car.

Twin Electrics

Twin Electrics (12S) Electrics are fitted in addition to the standard Single 7 Pin Socket if you will be towing a caravan built pre-2008 with two power cables.

The 12S socket provides power for:

-Your caravan reverse lights.

-A permanent 12-volt live feed to your caravan.

-Live feeds to your caravan that are only live when your car engine is running to provide charge to your caravan battery, charge your fridge as well as give power to your interior lights.

-The twin electrics were a standard fitment until 2008, when the 13-pin socket replaced it.

13 Pin Electrics

13 Pin Electrics are fitted when you tow a caravan built from 2008 onwards. The 13 Pin socket combines the old style twin seven-pin sockets into one. The socket provides all the power needed to operate the road lights on your trailer or caravan and provides 12-volt power to operate all the other functions of your caravan.

You can use a trailer or cycle carrier with a 7-pin plug, but you would need an adaptor available in our Accessories section. The 13-pin socket is a neater fitment compared to the twin electrics, as the socket will usually fold under the bumper when you are not towing, making it discreet and a neat fit.

Which wiring should I choose?

Universal Aftermarket Wiring

Universal Aftermarket Wiring is fitted to your vehicle using an interface relay to protect your cars electrics. This type of wiring is available for most models where the vehicle is out of its warranty and does not have built-in safety features that must be activated. The universal wiring is connected to a 7-way bypass relay that protects the Canbus system, which won't cause any faults on the dash as the car doesn't detect the towbar system. If your vehicle is still within its manufacturer's warranty, we would recommend the fitment of Vehicle Specific Wiring.

Vehicle Specific Wiring

Each kit is designed specifically for the vehicle it is fitted to. Rather than soldering or using 'Scotch Locks' to connect the towbar wiring, which is the case with universal aftermarket wiring, these kits interface with the vehicle systems in the same way as the vehicle manufacturer intended. If your vehicle is less than three years old or is still within its manufacturer's warranty, you would need vehicle specific wiring to protect that warranty. Other towing functions such as Trailer Stability Control (available on your car) could be activated when vehicle specific wiring is fitted. This is vehicle dependant as towing functions vary from car to car.

What is coding, and does my car need it?

With any vehicle specific wiring loom, there is a chance your vehicle will need coding. All our engineers are equipped with coding machines to plug into your car to update the system. Most new vehicles have towing functions, and without the coding, it is possible they won't work. Some functions include deactivating your parking sensors, trailer stability control, and deactivating some safety functions such as lane assist.

Although this may sound daunting, we have invested heavily into up-to-date coding equipment. All our engineers are trained in using the new equipment, which means you will have the whole installation done the right way and save you from taking your vehicle to a manufacturer to finish the job. There are minimal occasions where we cannot code a vehicle, and you may need to get the dealership to complete this for you.



Towbar Warranty

Towbars that we supply have a manufacturers lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects. This guarantee covers the fixed parts of the towbar assembly, and not moving parts such as detachable necks, or other accessories.

Towbar Neck Warranty

The neck section of the towbar has a 12 month warranty. It is very rare that these necks have a fault. Most of the time when there is a fault it's usually that the neck wasn't released from the car properly last time it was used. It simply needs to be reset, and you can view a video guide here.

Electrics Warranty

Once your towbar and electrics have been fitted, we offer a 12-month guarantee on the installation of your towbar, electrics and other parts that are not covered by the manufacturer's warranty. Any electric faults that appear during the 12-month period that has been reported to us, will be fixed completely free of charge. If the fault isn't to do with the towbar fitment then you may be charged a call out fee, however this will be discussed at the time of booking.

Vehicle Warranty

Dependant on the make and model of your vehicle, the manufacturer may have offered a 3 year warranty at purchase or you may have taken an extended warranty to cover the electrics of your vehicle. If this is the case, then we recommend you choose the dedicated wiring loom. If you choose to have the universal electrics fitted to your vehicle then its possible you may lose your manufactures warranty. If you are unsure which wiring type to choose then please click here for more information.

Cycle Carrier Warranty

The Thule Cycle Carriers have a 5 years warranty. If you do have any issues then please get in touch so we can contact Thule as they will need to see the cycle carrier and determine the fault and then either fix the issue or replace the carrier. The decision is final from Thule.

For more detailed information about warranties please click here.

All of our warranties do not cover faults or damage caused by improper use or wear and tear from normal use.

You should be careful not to overload your towbar, as this is the most common cause of damage. You can check the maximum towing weight for your car here.

More Information

Please note: The below information is to be used as a guide only!

Vertical Load; is based on the Towbar's Vertical Capacity. Each may be different dependent on the towbar manufacturer's recommendations.

Towing Capacity; is based on the Towbar Towing Capacity and not your Vehicle's Towing Capacity.

Bumper Cuts; are as a guide only and some vehicles will need a tow panel from the manufacturer.

Visible Cut; again, is as a guide only as it depends on your bumper shape and the towbar fitted to your vehicle.

Bumper Removal Yes
Bumper Cut Yes
Visible Cut No



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