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post #11776 of 14956
$1200 is not unreasonable if you are going OEM (Michelin or Continental), especially if you have the 18" wheels. if you're willing to go with something like Hankook - the current performance for value champ - you can probably get it down to $600-700.

the hairline crack stuff does sound like a load of shit.

do you actually want a new car, or are you just frustrated with the expense?
post #11777 of 14956
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Fuck. I need the estimable forvm's help.

I made the mistake of taking my 2007 328xi coupe to the dealer to have new tires put on. $1200, bullshit. He claims he only marks each tire up $10 and the alignment is free.

They're also telling me I have "hairline cracks" in 3 of my rims (they haven't looked at the 4th yet). $400 per rim.

And a $700 oil leak.

Sounds like a load of shit to me but anyways, here I am. One tire is completely done so to even drive it off the premises I'm in for the $1200.

Unless I trade in. Default choice for me is a 428xi.

Is this thing a decent vehicle? Worth looking into? Or should I be looking at Audi? Other suggestions in this class?

I hate having to knuckle under and go automatic, grrrrr, but it's all they have on the lot.

 

$300 a tire?  That's a bit rich if you aren't running 18s or 19s.  Discount Tire Direct has Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS runflats for $141 each for 16s and  $187 for 17s.  Hairine cracks?  If they aren't leaking air don't worry about them.  And a $700 oil leak?  WTF?  Sounds like you need to find an indie BMW mechanic pronto.  If you think you are going to get rid of it you should throw some used non-runflat tires on it for 40 bucks a wheel

post #11778 of 14956
Douglas, you're getting the runaround at $1,200 for four tires, even if all of them are 18s. Not sure if you have a staggered setup, but I run on 18s with fatass tires (255 / 285) and michelin PSSs (ultra high performance summer tires) would have cost me slightly north of $1.2K.

I bet your guy is slapping on run flats and up charging you by a very significant margin.
post #11779 of 14956
wait, I forgot that the 3-series uses run flats. disregard my Hankook recommendation. if you're getting OEM run flats, $1200 is a decent (not great) price OTD with mounting, balancing, alignment and tax
post #11780 of 14956
Spoke with a guy the other day, who's thinking about getting the new RS6 on Danish tags price 540k$.
post #11781 of 14956
THanks, I think I am going to just say f*ck it and do the tires only.

The oil leak is something my indie mechanic told me about when he did a bunch of other work to the car this past summer, though he said it wasn't a huge deal if I wasn't putting oil into the car. I see no signs of a leak in my driveway and though I did once have the oil light come on about 6 months ago it has not since. The dealer is telling me ominously that it's a "four out of five" and we "need to get to it before it causes further damage" but I think that's dealer BS. The cracks also sound like bullshit on a not yet 7 year old car.

I am definitely overpaying for the tires but that's what I get for being in a pinch. It was 5:15 last night when I realized I had an issue and the dealer is close to my office and could give me a loaner. He said he aligns for free and only marks up tires $10, but I guess they must throw 10 hours of labor at it, LOL.

Tire rack has these tires for about $210 a tire before shipping so while I am getting a bit ripped, I'm not getting totally assraped. At least that's what I'll tell myself to sleep at night.
post #11782 of 14956

Runflats ride like those old metal roller skates: Rough!

 

 

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I hate the fact the BMW eliminated the space to carry a spare in the e90/92 trunk.  There is a small compartment that can be used for storage but it is a touch too small for even a donut. 

post #11783 of 14956
yes, to be clear, these are runflats.

yes, i also agree that runflats suck. Everybody is adding them now though. I had a tire before these Contis, can't remember what they were now (Michelins?) but they were terrible. Seams in the pavement felt like I was running over dead bodies.
post #11784 of 14956

You could always buy a donut or a full size spare, put it in one of those tire bags and strap it down in your trunk.  Won't be much room left in there to carry anything though

post #11785 of 14956
I've got runflats on mine, but I think the M models use a standard tire but they include a patch kit in the car.
post #11786 of 14956
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

yes, to be clear, these are runflats.

yes, i also agree that runflats suck. Everybody is adding them now though. I had a tire before these Contis, can't remember what they were now (Michelins?) but they were terrible. Seams in the pavement felt like I was running over dead bodies.

Yeah, my first GL came with run flats. When I swapped them out for sport oriented tires it was like a whole new vehicle. This GL came with good sport tires and I heard MB is no longer speccing those kidney busters.
post #11787 of 14956
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I've got runflats on mine, but I think the M models use a standard tire but they include a patch kit in the car.

My M-Coupe from the pre-runflats on everything days came with the "M Mobility" kit which is basically a can of fix-a-flat and a 12 volt inflator.
post #11788 of 14956
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THanks, I think I am going to just say f*ck it and do the tires only.

The oil leak is something my indie mechanic told me about when he did a bunch of other work to the car this past summer, though he said it wasn't a huge deal if I wasn't putting oil into the car. I see no signs of a leak in my driveway and though I did once have the oil light come on about 6 months ago it has not since. The dealer is telling me ominously that it's a "four out of five" and we "need to get to it before it causes further damage" but I think that's dealer BS. The cracks also sound like bullshit on a not yet 7 year old car.

LOL this is the oldest trick in the stealership book surprised you bought it, they make everything sounds like an emergency and impending doom is on the immediate horizon

i would have at the very maximum only had him change two tires, one being the necessary one and other being the opposite side tire. Drive to discount tire center and get the other two. He makes a commission on the parts and service YOU pay for.
post #11789 of 14956
Or just drive it to discount tire yourself...they are run flats after all lol8[1].gif
post #11790 of 14956
went with my mom and aunt to buy an avalon for my aunt, negotiated a great deal and 0% for 60 months but i was ready to murder the finance guy, dude spent 40 minutes trying to sell us extended warranty

he printed out sheet after sheet and used diagrams/fear mongering with each successive rejection resulting in a lower price, he tried about 7 times as i counted i swear if they weren't there i would've fucking strangled the guy, actually signing and such took only 10 minutes

great car by the way, impressive list of standard features
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