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#2676 of 3108 No spare 325, Year 2005
Oct 08, 2010 (1:44 pm)
Purchased a used 2005 325 CI a month ago. No spare. BMW was able to sell me the rim but said they couldn't provide the tire, doh! The car will only hold a donut spare, not a full size. I can't figure out what the original part number was on this vehicle and find a darn tire for the rim. I don't need one of those run-flat spares. Already tried local salvage yards, no luck.
#2677 of 3108 Re: No spare 325, Year 2005 [kmreece722]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 08, 2010 (6:46 pm)
The 2005 325Ci will hold a full-size tire.. If it came with a space-saver spare, or no spare, it may have a different filler support, to hold up the trunk floor, but there is definitely room for a full-size spare in there..
#2678 of 3108 Re: No spare 325, Year 2005 [kmreece722]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 08, 2010 (7:01 pm)
I just looked at mine... It's on a 330Ci, and it's a 17" space-saver wheel.. The tire size is 125/80-17..
If your space-saver rim is a 17" rim, then I'm sure that is the correct size..
Be certain that you don't already have a spare... On space-saver equipped cars, there is a plastic tray underneath the carpet, that looks only deep enough to hold a spacesaver tire... Un-screw the wingnut, and that tray comes out, and the space-saver spare is underneath the tray.. When you take everything out, there is plenty of room for a full-size spare tire/wheel in there..
#2679 of 3108 Re: No spare 325, Year 2005 [kyfdx]
Oct 08, 2010 (8:23 pm)
I freaking love you guys. Took the wing nut off, lifted the plastic cover and I'll be a SOB, the tire was in there. You ROCK! Okay I've got one more for you. The car came with one key, with the buttons, etc. I just picked up another electronic key and a valet key. The electronic key locks and unlocks the door if I use it in the door. The buttons don't work and when put in the ignition it won't turn. Is there some type of initialization that needs to be done to make the buttons and the ignition turn on with the new key? XOXOX
#2680 of 3108 Re: No spare 325, Year 2005 [kmreece722]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 09, 2010 (6:26 am)
Don't feel bad about not finding the spare.. I bought mine from a BMW dealer back in April.. Looked the car over for about an hour.. "Hey, this car doesn't have a spare!".
Took the salesman about 10 minutes to figure it out, himself. I've had two other E46 3-series, but they both had full-size spares..
Your key will have to be initialized by the dealer.. Expect 0.5-1.0 hrs. of labor... So, $60-$150....
Nov 10, 2010 (12:38 pm)
Conti RFT are starting to get noisy w/ 18,500 miles on them. I know we have discussed this a million times but what are the best choices for GFT's on the 328i xdrive. Once and for all!
#2682 of 3108 Re: noisy [upstatedoc]
Nov 10, 2010 (12:52 pm)
You are lucky. If you had Bridgestones the noise would have started at 5000 miles. I just put Conti Extream DWS on and after 2 days, who knows, and check this out. $650 for tires and M & B and alignment. Then Im told I have 1 cracked wheel and two bent ones. I order 3 rims $185 each. Remount and etc $270+$185X 3 for rims=$825 + original $650=$1475. I could have ordered a set of 18" wheels and tires for $1500. boo hoo
#2683 of 3108 Re: noisy [upstatedoc]
Nov 10, 2010 (4:02 pm)
I have never bought "Conti RFTs" but I can give you my experience with 2 sets of Bridgestones.
Bought new 2006 330i.
First set of Bridgestones lasted 24,000 miles then having hardly any tread.. At the time I was 63 years old and the wife was 61. Do not drive hard!
Bought 2nd set of Bridgestones. Lasted 26,000 miles again hardly any treat.
Then bought Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus. Have had on for 10,600 miles. LOVE THEM
225/40R-18 FRONT /// 25535R-18 REAR (Sports Package)
I will NOT RUN RFTs again
I have always carried a "donut" spare + tools etc. so that is no problem.
Far less expensive at $1,094.00 INCLUDING Install / extended warranty / chrome valve stems etc etc.
#2684 of 3108 Re: noisy [upstatedoc]
Nov 10, 2010 (5:48 pm)
The best choices? Uhhh, sorry to bust your chops like this , but as with many other things in life, "best choices" depends. Upon what? Geez, lots of stuff; how about, all-season versus dedicates winter or summer tires? How about tread life versus absolute stick to the pavement in the summer months? How about... Ahhh, you get the idea.
So, what are you looking for in a tire?
#2685 of 3108 Re: noisy [upstatedoc]
Nov 11, 2010 (5:11 am)