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#4574 of 5378 Alignment question
Mar 11, 2010 (12:45 pm)
HI, I need advice on potential need for alignment. I brought my 2002 325 xit wagon in last night to have the rims with snow tires taken off and replaced by the summer tires. I noticed that all four tiress seemed to have a bit more wear on the inside. The wagon track straight on highway without any pulling. My past experience with alignment problem seemed to have more wear on the same side of the two front tires and the pulling to one side of the car as the result. I took the car to a mechanics (known for his honesty) this morning. He drove the car and said there was no alignment problem. He said everything was good and tight.
Somehow I remember reading somewhere that BMW has very aggressive alignment settings which could lead to tire wear unevenly. Is this true? Should I insist having the alignment done in this case? Help!
#4575 of 5378 Re: Alignment question [rhmass]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 11, 2010 (1:18 pm)
Sounds like alignment issue to me, or perhaps specs knocked out because of worn suspension parts. If you can notice the wear pattern, then it's significant IMO.
#4576 of 5378 Re: Alignment question [rhmass]
Mar 11, 2010 (3:11 pm)
Try driving only in reverse for a few thousand miles. That ought to wear the tires evenly all 'round.
It's important, as well, to try to ensure that you make as many left-hand turns as right-hand turns over the life of the tires. If not, the car gets "used" to turning one way more than the other and can lead to uneven wear, and even boredom.
Really, sometimes this forum takes itself way too seriously.
Have fun driving! I love my 335xi. WHOOOOSH!
By the way, is there any scuttlebutt out there about the 2011 and 2012 model years for the 335? My '07 will be out of warranty by next August and it'll be time to decide whether to maintain it or try to find a way to fund a new one. Assuming I'm still in New England, it'll definitely be x-drive.
Someone should tell BMW designers that the hokey "XDrive" stick-on behind the front wheels makes it look like a Toyota.
Just my $0.02.
#4577 of 5378 Re: Alignment question [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 11, 2010 (3:38 pm)
Mr. Shiftright, thanks for sharing your thoughts about the alignment issue.
I'll bring the car in to an alignment shop to check up the suspension.
#4578 of 5378 Re: Alignment question [rhmass]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 11, 2010 (3:48 pm)
Bimmers are known to have control arm wear, so maybe that or maybe just dial in the camber a bit. It's hard for me to say how urgent it is because I can't see the tire wear. There is a similar looking situation called "feathering", which is a toe-in rather than a camber issue.
#4579 of 5378 BMW 4-yr Maintence Program Question
Mar 11, 2010 (4:41 pm)
I was hoping some of you BMW people could help answer a question I have about the BMW maintenance program they offer and I see on TV! they say it is the best in the business in that all the normal maintenance stuff is free the first 4 yrs you have the car, ie oil, filters, fluids, wipers, brakes, and rotors, anything else I'm missing? are these items actually free or do you have to pay some kind of like $200 fee up front at the time of leasing or financing to cover all this during the 4 yrs? how does it actually work? I would love someone to please explain so I can understand it in more detail! thank you in advance!!
#4580 of 5378 Re: BMW 4-yr Maintence Program Question [smarty666]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Mar 11, 2010 (4:44 pm)
Except for tires, gas and insurance, you will generally spend nothing other than your finance/lease payment for the first four years or 50K miles, whichever comes first..
It really is that comprehensive...
And, it's fully transferable... .the maintenance plan goes with the car, so if you sell it, the new owner gets the plan... no extra charge..
#4581 of 5378 Re: Alignment question [xeye]
Mar 12, 2010 (11:27 am)
I told my salesman i wanted the "x drive'' badge off the car when it was delivered, of course it was still there and he said that the tech's were hesitant to take it off for fear of damaging the paint.
#4582 of 5378 Re: Alignment question [xeye]
Mar 12, 2010 (1:17 pm)
The only thing on a 3 series that looks like a Toyota is the Corolla rear end.
#4583 of 5378 Re: BMW 4-yr Maintence Program Question [smarty666]
Mar 14, 2010 (6:51 pm)
The windshield if damaged by stone chip or road debris, is not covered.