View Full Version : E30 Dolly Towing

07-13-2006, 11:43 AM
I need to tow a 5-speed E30 about 70 miles at highway speed. My truck's towing capacity isn't quite high enough for a rental trailer + car, so I'm thinking about towing with a dolly.

The U-Haul web site recommends disconnecting the drive shaft. I'm wondering if this is really necessary or just a precautionary disclaimer. I'm hesitant to put the rear wheels on the dolly (lock the steering or not?). Would rather tow from the front.

Does anyone have any experience or recommendations?

07-13-2006, 04:08 PM
Cost of a new drive shaft installed is about $1000.00. Mine went at around 220miles..

Dave Apker

07-13-2006, 08:45 PM
Really. What causes the strain on the shaft? Seems to me it would spin free, just like it would if the car were coasting at speed with the trans in neutral.

07-13-2006, 10:31 PM
Nevermind. I found my answer in the Bentley 3-Series manual:

"The cars coverd by this manual can be towed either flat, on all four wheels, or by a tow truck using wheel lift or flat bed equipment."

And, further:

"NOTE - There are no speed or distance restrictions when towing a car with a manual transmission provided the transmission lubricant is filled to the correct level."

Looks like I'm good to go!