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BMW 3 Series, Tires, Sedan, Wagon
#181 of 273 Re: Time to replace Tires... [JingleJill] and...SHIPO
Jun 28, 2008 (3:51 pm)
Was really educated by the folks on this site.
Like JingleJill...have a 2003 BMW 330ci (sports package with 17 ZR) and...in south Texas....Austin.....between this website and tirerack.com....did TONS of reading and research....settled on the GENERAL Exclaim UHP....380/91W/AA/A ratings.....got them for $80 each.....plus a a $50 dollar rebate back from Continental/General.......for 360$ at my door....50 bucks to come via rebate....and add $80 for 4 installed......ANYWAY, replaced OEM MIcheline Pilots.....car only has 35K......
The GENERAL tires are awesome!!!!!!!! Like JingleJill...we obviously have no snow....HOTTER than heck....and then when there is the occasional ICE....we stay home because of the steep hills......
The tires HUG the road and are super quiet in their first 2500K......should be relative to the 35K Michelins, right!!!!
We drive aggressively of twisty roads here every day....it holds the road like we are riding on rails.
Had previously replaced the back 2 with Michelins....for 210$ EACH!!!!!......so at 80 bucks each AND THE VERY HIGH RATINGS FROM USERS AT the TIRERACK site.....figure at $80 dollars each.....we can afford to have them wear out early!
Here is a separate question for SHIPO and the braintrust.....at what spec would you replace your rear rotors? Have multiple maintenance or extended warranties on this car.....dealer replaced pads last week but NOT the rotors!
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERTISE!
#182 of 273 Re: Time to replace Tires... [JingleJill] and...SHIPO [gogonow]
Jun 28, 2008 (5:49 pm)
He replaced the pads and not the rotors? That's the first I've heard of a dealer doing that.
FWIW, rotors for your car aren't all that expensive, however, unless you start feeling a pulsing in the brake pedal I'd leave them alone and run them until they're gone.
#183 of 273 Shipo...here is what the dealer said
Jun 28, 2008 (7:30 pm)
Thanks for your note! All of the work was covered by warranty. Here is what the invoice said..."rear rotors at 20.0 and 20.85MM and rear sensors were touching the rotors. Front breaks at 6MM. Removed and replaced the rear brake pads and sensor."
What the service rep could not tell me....what is the minimum on the rotor before they'll replace it! He did not know and I was late so I had to leave ASAP. Was wondering if they were trying to avoid doing work that is covered by my extended maintenance plan. Can NOT find minimum rotor specs any where!
#184 of 273 Re: Shipo...here is what the dealer said [gogonow]
Jun 28, 2008 (7:38 pm)
I don't have the number off-hand, however, the minimum thickness is stamped on all rotors.
#185 of 273 Thanks Shipo!
Jun 28, 2008 (7:50 pm)
Will check it out!
Thanks again for your valuable contribution to this site!
Cheers from AUSTIN!
#186 of 273 Re: Wheel Confusion [mmcvie]
Jun 29, 2008 (4:07 pm)
Yes the speed limiter is increased to 150 MPH if that means anything to you. I will be pickig up my 335xi Coupe in Gernmay in August and went with the 18s in addition to the Sports Package. I will get another set of 17" rims (prolly style 188s you are referring to with winter RFTs). There has also been some discussion that going with the 18s also gets an oil cooler added but not positive about this since some say they all come with oil coolers now.
#187 of 273 Re: Shipo...here is what the dealer said [gogonow]
Jun 30, 2008 (8:55 pm)
Was wondering if they were trying to avoid doing work that is covered by my extended maintenance plan. Can NOT find minimum rotor specs any where!
I wouldn't sweat it- especially if you aren't going to track the car. In my experience most 3 and 5 Series BMWs will only need new rotors every other pad change. That's been the case since the first E3s back in the '60s. The M cars and SUVs are another matter.
#188 of 273 Re: Shipo...here is what the dealer said [roadburner]
Jul 01, 2008 (7:06 am)
Good point roadburner! Driving on the winding and hilly roads here is fun but no track time for this car. THANKS!
#189 of 273 Re: Shipo...here is what the dealer said [gogonow]
Jul 02, 2008 (9:12 pm)
No problem, just glad to help. Enjoy your 3er!
#190 of 273 Re: Shipo...here is what the dealer said [gogonow]
Aug 07, 2008 (11:44 am)
I had the same issue yesterday with my rear brakes. Min spec is 18.4 mm, mine were at 19.3 mm. Dealer did not replace them.