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#2683 of 2735 Re: About Tire Rotation and hard drive for cd [james27]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 25, 2011 (5:30 pm)
i think it's just their lawyers who wrote that, not their engineers.
#2684 of 2735 Re: About Tire Rotation and hard drive for cd [james27]
Nov 25, 2011 (5:56 pm)
Maybe, but as I stated earlier, I have had Goodyear RFTs repaired at Goodyear company stores. Seems that a company owned store would follow company policy.
I do agree with you, however, that, if the RFT performs as intended, it can be difficult for the untrained eye to make an adequate judgment on the tire. Still, to one with adequate experience, they can tell whether a RFT is worthy of repair.
Like Continental's warranty policy, I doubt any company would warrant a patched RFT... Which seems understandable and reasonable to me.
And, as Mr. Shiftright said... Warranties and such are written by lawyers, not engineers.
#2685 of 2735 Summing it up...
Nov 25, 2011 (11:59 pm)
There is no "standard" when it comes to repairing RFTs; many shops will happily perform the repair, and many will not.
Nov 26, 2011 (4:08 am)
I can easily see tire shops in my part of the world refusing to repair RFTs, given the crap they continue to give me about putting new tires on the steering axles (that'd be the front) of my verhicles. I often replace tires two at a time (rather than all four at once), and the last several times I've had these people tell me that new tires should "always" go on the rear. B.S. There may be some merit to that in climates where it may rain once in awhile and/or snow, but here in the desert dictating where tires should be placed based on some over- or under-steer study interpreted by some lawyer someplace is completely irrelevant.
That, and I've had them refuse to repair GFTs because they were "too worn," even though the wear bars weren't making contact with the pavement at all, let alone clear across.
In short, they won't do what I request, and I can see the same thing happening with RFTs, particularly if the other option is to sell a $250-300 new tire.
I fear this is partly due to the flurry of lawsuits resulting from the Ford Exploder fiasco 10 or 15 years ago, combined with the desire to sell as many new tires as possible.
#2687 of 2735 Oil in a 5 series
Nov 26, 2011 (7:45 am)
I have a CPO 5 series, 2007 530i which I love. It still has til JUN2012 on the warranty. I am finding that every 3,000 miles or so, I am adding one quart of oil. I've gotten the oil warning on the iDrive when this happens. I spoke to my tech rep whom I've known over the years and I trust her (she and her husband have a CPO 7 series 2006 so she put her money where her mouth is) and she tells me these newer engines (i used to have a 1996 3 series) this is typical useage of oil, that BMW specifies that it's normal to put a quart in every 1000 miles even. Nothing to worry about. The car is definitely not burning oil, but I don't remember adding oil to my 3 series. Otherwise I love the car, it has 40K miles and is beautiful.
#2688 of 2735 oil update
Nov 26, 2011 (8:11 am)
update this morning: got into the car, all systems show normal on the iDrive. I didn't add the quart yet. I'm waiting to see what happens. But still why would that warning come on? And it has happened in the past. The last time I added was about 3000 miles ago.
#2689 of 2735 Re: oil update [gardis]
Nov 26, 2011 (8:55 am)
Year-to-year, there are differences in how the sensor works. I've got a 2011, and it needs the motor to be on for more than a few miles before it can measure the oil level. Mine's a 535, and I've got about 8K miles on it (it's pretty new), but it still shows max oil level once it can actually report it. I've heard that the V-8's regularly use more oil than the I-6. In some ways, I miss a dip stick. I'd like to be able to check it while in the garage, before I leave, rather than having to wait to have driven enough so it can get an accurate measurement.
#2690 of 2735 oil message back on
Nov 26, 2011 (9:29 am)
guys, I guess it had to register, yup, I'm needing to add that quart.
#2691 of 2735 Re: Sadly, . . . [cdnpinhead]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 26, 2011 (9:38 am)
Well a shop can do whatever it wants but it's possible their shyness is due more to a lack of knowledge. I deal with two tire shops and both repair RFTs just as happily as you please, presuming it CAN be repaired of course.
If I were an RFT owner (not any longer, got rid of 'em) and I had a flat, I'd do whatever was possible and prudent to avoid buying another RFT, and if the other 3 RFTs on my car were say down to 4 to 6 / 32nds, I'd just ditch the 3 good tires and start over with normal tires, get the spare kit or whatever, and live happily ever after like I did. I have a better ride, better handling and oh, so much quieter.
#2692 of 2735 530i in service center for 4 weeks wont boot.
Nov 23, 2011 (5:20 pm)