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BMW 3 Series, Tires
Sep 01, 2011 (9:08 am)
In late 2006, shortly after driving one of the first BMW 335i Coupes in the area [ at an introductory event, near Atlanta ] I chose to order a new Corvette – with Run Flat Tires.
Not my first choice for tires – but I had no issues in 30,000+ miles of [ um ] somewhat spirited driving.
I am aware of the issues and the risks, but this time ordered a 2011 BMW 335iS for European Delivery – with Run Flat Tires.
Essentially, as with the Corvette, my choice offered more positives and fewer negatives [ the RFTs ] than any other available option – for MY particular set of personal priorities.
2 weeks to pick-up – in Munich . . .
#2982 of 3108 Hit Pothole - Need New Rims but Tires are OK
Sep 05, 2011 (3:09 pm)
I hit a deep pothole at night on my street two weeks ago in my '11 335i conv. with 3,500 miles. I had reported two of them to my town three days earlier but it was raining heavily and I didn't see the one I hit because it was filled with rainwater. So the next time I drove the car I noticed serious vibration at 55+mph. Took it to the dealer who said the tires were fine but both right side rims were bent, the front rim with a w and the back rim flattened. Told me the back might be repairable but the front not. Tires are 18" Continental pro Contact all season RFTs. I got a '10 328i conv. loaner with Bridgestone RFTs. They are horribly noisy.
I asked SA if BMW had a TSB out for the rims/tires combo as they are totally unsuitable for cars sold in the northeastern US. He suggested Kevlar rims!
#2983 of 3108 Re: Hit Pothole - Need New Rims but Tires are OK [infinitimn]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 05, 2011 (8:25 pm)
or how about tank treads?
I'm wondering if you can claim this damage on your insurance, as a road hazard claim?
#2984 of 3108 Re: Hit Pothole - Need New Rims but Tires are OK [Mr_Shiftright]
by kyfdx HOST
Sep 06, 2011 (9:28 am)
Would that be under comprehensive or collision? Once you pay the deductibles and chance having a chargeable claim.... I'd say it wouldn't be worth it..
#2985 of 3108 Re: Hit Pothole - Need New Rims but Tires are OK [kyfdx]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 06, 2011 (10:00 am)
Yeah that sounds right...highway department's not responsible, BMW is not responsible and the insurance company will punish you for making them responsible.
#2986 of 3108 Re: Hit Pothole - Need New Rims but Tires are OK [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 07, 2011 (10:06 am)
I can't say for other states, but in SC you can get repaid from the dept. that is in charge of that particular road's maintenance (some roads are locally maintained, others by the state) for tire/wheel/suspension damage if you take the time to get a police report on the incident.
In fact, the local news had a story on a couple of months ago about that very topic.
#2987 of 3108 Re: Hit Pothole - Need New Rims but Tires are OK [busiris]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 07, 2011 (10:13 am)
I could see that if the pothole were truly atrocious. A hole deep enough could wipe out any wheel on any car.
#2988 of 3108 Re: Hit Pothole - Need New Rims but Tires are OK [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 08, 2011 (6:30 pm)
A pothole that could ruin two rims is atrocious by definition. The total cost is within my $1,000 deductible. But here is the kicker -- a couple of days after hitting the PH the Check Gas Cap light and Service Engine Soon lights came on. Then went off. Took two days for the dealer to check it out and finally found there was a rodent nest near the fuel vent line and they had chewed into the line causing a slow leak. Another $900 in repairs. I've got to find a way to keep the critters out of my garage, and to use the car more often.
The car is not a lemon but it does have bad Karma -- with 176 miles on the ODO I was stopped at a stop sign minding my own business and was hit across the front end by another car, causing about $10K damage.
#2989 of 3108 Re: Hit Pothole - Need New Rims but Tires are OK [infinitimn]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Sep 08, 2011 (7:22 pm)
Ah accidents like that are just part of the totally random nature of our lives. Wrong place, wrong time.
#2990 of 3108 unusual wear with my RFT on a 325XI
Sep 29, 2011 (7:20 am)
I took my 325XI into the dealer for an inspection. The dealer showed me that all four of my RFT tires had worn down to the belt on the inside wall of the tire. Not the outside of the tire but the inside of the tire - all four tires... How could a tire wear down on the inside wall of the tire, let alone all four tires? I was very suspicious about how this happened. Even though I had four Run Flat Tires on my car, the internal belt of the tires were exposed on the inside portion of the tire walls. As I was leaving the dealership, the mechanic who had looked at my car (not the Manager of the shop) came up to me and told me that all four of my tires had 16 Lb of pressure! Not 32 or 34lb's (or whatever the standard is), but 16 pounds of pressure - on each tire! Could that be why the tires wore down to the belt on all four tires? I brought this to the attention of the service center Manager at the BMW dealership and he said "what do you want me to do about it". I asked him about the tire pressure and why the vehicle did not display a low tire pressure - on all four tires, mind you, and I was told that the tire pressure sensors on the car measure all four tire air pressures and average them out. If all tires have the same pressure then no alert is activated - such as all four tires having normal air pressure or all four tires having a very low 16 pounds of pressure (pretty stupid if you ask me). Now, not only did all four tires have 16lb's of pressure - how do all four tires lose pressure - evenly - over a period of time - with all tires losing pressure equally??? All I can think of is that when I last took the car into the BMW dealership, the dealership should have checked the tire pressure on all four tires... I guess they did not do that - or they were too inept to check tire pressure on a standard vehicle maintenance checkup... My Run flat tires were evedentally running flat all the time - thus causing excessive wear on the inside wall of the tires where no one can see the damage. I could have been killed as well as my family if those tires blew out while driving. And then for the dealership to NOT take any responsibility for the low air pressure on all 4 tires is negligent. What the Hell !!!