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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#4449 of 7013 Re: Question re: Run Flat Tires [carnaught]
Sep 27, 2005 (10:06 am)
I don't have an issue with RunFlats per-se, I do however take issue with the fact that the E90 isn't equipped with a spare tire and a jack. Entirely too often I find myself on road trips where the combination of being only able to drive 50 miles or less after a puncture (thus runining the tire) and the need to then buy a replacement tire (incurring a potentially significant amount of time) would render an E90 in its current guise unsuitable for my needs.
Question: Would you actually feel comfortable heading out on a 500 mile (round trip) business trip with a tight schedule if you only had RunFlats and no spare? I sure wouldn't. Buying an E90 right now would mean that I'd have to keep my 1998 Grand Caravan for road trips. Don't get me wrong, the GC is a great vehicle if you're toting along lots of family/friends/business associates/stuff, however, for a solo single day trip from New Hampshire to New York (a trip that I do with a fair amount of frequency), I'd much rather have a sporty BMWesque type of car.
As for the A3… Prior to July of this year, other than my frequent trips to NYC, my average daily mileage was well south of ten miles, meaning that my annual mileage was more like 12,000 miles. Now however, I'm doing double duty with an almost daily 100 drive to one client in addition to the trips to my other client in Long Island. I'm now racking up the miles at the rate of about 30,000 per year, and that is WAY too many miles for leasing, something that my business has used for my cars since the mid to late 1980s when the depreciation laws on cars changed. With my new driving profile I'm going to be constrained to buy my next car and what with my company's self imposed monthly limit on vehicle expenses, I need to buy something that can be had for around $30,000 out the door. So far at least, the A3 looks to be my leading candidate (which is lacking any 1-Series competition from BMW). Fortunately it looks like this current situation is something of an anomaly and that my driving profile should return to normal in a couple of years at the outside. If and when that happens it will be, "Bye bye FWD Audi, hello RWD BMW!"
#4450 of 7013 Re: Question re: Run Flat Tires [shipo]
Sep 27, 2005 (10:17 am)
Gottcha....all good points Shipo.
For me, the scenerio of the 500 mi. trip would be BMW Roadside Assistance.
#4453 of 7013 Re: Love 330i-hate sunroofs [bgsntth]
Sep 27, 2005 (10:45 am)
As I previously asked, how tall are you?
#4454 of 7013 Re: Question re: Run Flat Tires [carnaught]
Sep 27, 2005 (10:56 am)
Hmmm, Roadside Assistance? Are they going to bring you a new tire and mount it and balance it on the spot? I suppose that's an option if they do. That of course raises many other questions:
- How much time do you suppose it would take for the RAP (Roadside Assistance Program) car to make it to any given point on a highway where one might get a flat? Hours in some cases?
- Once the RAP car reaches you, how long would it take for them to fix the flat using whatever method the employ?
- What about roads such as the New York Thruway and most (if not all Parkways) that don't allow private/unlicensed roadside assistance vehicles to service cars?
I'm still thinking that the waters are sufficiently muddy that the simple and time honored tradition of carrying your own spare, jack and wrench is still the best (and maybe only) answer.
#4455 of 7013 Re: Question re: Run Flat Tires [shipo]
Sep 27, 2005 (11:03 am)
I don't have definitive news about this -- just what one rep at the NY Auto show relayed to me. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that I don't (again) hit another rim-destroying pothole!
#4456 of 7013 Re: Snow Tires [davidd3]
Sep 27, 2005 (3:41 pm)
Wheels are a matter of taste. Me personally, I like something that looks like it could have been a factory rim. I like the Mille Miglia Spider II, which are on closeout, and the Mille Miglia HT3, which has a similar "double 5-spoke" design... Tire Rack's picture of the Sport Edition E1 is not working at the moment.
I will either have an independent shop change the wheels or do it myself. Doing it myself would necessitate the purchase of a jack, torque wrench, and wheel chocks, and would probably also mean getting out in the cold to do it. OTOH, getting someone else to do it involves loading the wheels up in the car and probably wasting time driving there and waiting around.
I bet that the tire pressure situation with a dealer, indie, or yourself will be the same--you will have to reset the system via the on-board computer after the tires are installed. It's simple, and should be described in your manual.
#4458 of 7013 Re: Buying Experience [timny]
Sep 27, 2005 (7:02 pm)
That you had numerous initial problems is bad in and of itself. But worse than that is that they haven't been able to remedy many of the issues nearly a month later. As you said, absolutely unacceptable. I hope that your cars will be 100% satisfactory soon.
I've been patient only because (1) I have a neighbor who is a technician at the service center and I specially requested that he work on my car, the second time, and (2) they put me in a new broken-in 330i as a loaner car.
The first time I brought my car in for service to troubleshoot the malfunctioning adapative headlights, I inquired about some of the missing elements you pointed out in a previous post (which I aslo read about in the owners' manual). As for the missing first aid kit, they said that the U.S. cars don't get them. As for the alarm not working (the clown's nose doesn't blink upon locking the car), they said the 330i doesn't come with an alarm, not even with premium package, etc. They said that the alarm is a dealer add-on. They must be trying to go the extra mile for you since they agreed to give you those things.
By the way, I gassed up again tonight. Super Tuesday at the Exxon station - 5 cents off on premium. Half a tank. 25.28mpg mixed driving. The OBC was indicating 25.0.