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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#2042 of 3108 Re: Tire Rotation [jaxs1]
Sep 09, 2008 (6:38 am)
I didn't rotate the tires on my first BMW (a 1999 328i), and while I had no noise or other unusual wear patterns on my tires, I will say that the rears did wear a bit faster than the fronts. When I traded it in on my 530i SP, the tires on the 328i had almost bang on 49,000 miles on them (yes, this was a non-SP car with all-season tires), I'm quite certain that the rears could have safely seen the 60,000 mile mark, and the fronts were probably good for more like 75,000 miles.
My 530i SP was a different story. Given the softer nature of the performance rubber, they were getting quite noisy by about the 12,000 mile mark, and so the following spring (when I was removing my set of winter wheels), I mounted the OEM rear wheels and tires on the front, and the fronts on the rear (same side in both cases), and the tire noise immediately went away. Given the success of that rotation, I continued to rotate the tires every spring from there-on-in.
Long story short, when I pony up for my next BMW, it will most likely be purchased with the Sport Package, and nowadays, that means staggered RFTs (i.e. wider in the rear than in the front), and that in turn means that rotations are basically impossible. With that factoid in mind, I'll probably spring for another set of front wheels, and then buy a set of four same-sized GFTs and run that set-up while I have the car (which will allow me to rotate the tires). When I dispose of the car, I'll remount the factor RFT rubber on the front wheels, and put the wider factory rear wheels/tires back on. That will leave me with two extra front wheels and tires, two extra tires off the rim, and most likely a set of four winter wheels and tires to dispose of. Hello? Craig's list?
#2043 of 3108 Re: Tire Rotation [circlew]
Sep 09, 2008 (8:22 pm)
"I rotated MYSELF every 6K miles ..."
I hope you didn't drive after rotating yourself. You must have gotten very dizzy...
#2044 of 3108 fun flat replacement.
Sep 10, 2008 (10:18 pm)
hi, much needed answers!
I have a '07 335i stock runflats with 3 bubbles. do i need to purchase stock run flats when im returning my lease? mavis is telling me i do but im wondering if i can just use another non run-flat brand? thanks for the help.
#2045 of 3108 Re: Tire Rotation [laurasdada]
Sep 11, 2008 (4:37 am)
Not any dizzier than the posters over on that Cadillac board!
#2046 of 3108 Re: fun flat replacement. [bokimrx]
Sep 11, 2008 (4:42 am)
If you have a BMW-FS lease, then yes, you need to return the car with RTFs on the rims.
#2047 of 3108 Re: Tire Rotation [circlew]
Sep 11, 2008 (10:27 am)
Well, maybe we can declare Cadillac the "Standard of the GM World!" CTS doesn't seem too bad a car, the rest of the lineup currently, feh... Yes, even the XLR I have irrationally considered pursuing...
#2048 of 3108 Re: Tire Rotation [jaxs1]
Sep 12, 2008 (6:16 am)
I have 26K on my 2007 328xi , did not rotate and so far they all look good.
#2049 of 3108 Re: Tire Rotation [jaxs1]
Sep 18, 2008 (10:09 pm)
I newer rotated any tires with BMW (3 series). No problem ever !!!
#2050 of 3108 Re: Tire Rotation [bemer]
Sep 19, 2008 (7:11 am)
On my '06 3 Series, the RFT's were still looking good at 36,000 mi. Oh, and they were never rotated.
#2051 of 3108 Re: Tire Rotation [jaxs1]
Sep 24, 2008 (11:10 am)
Have been tempted to rotate but have 32K miles on my 2007 328xi with Continental RFTs. Have never rotated and the wear seems quite even all around. Perhaps the wear is somewhat more even with all-wheel drive.