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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-22-2005, 09:21 AM
Alleninfolsom Alleninfolsom is offline
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Angry Run-flats and dealership advice

I recently replaced the tires on my 04 530I. Since the selection of performance tires in "run-flat" configuration is limited(and well-overpriced) I opted for a set of really sticky, great-handling Michelins. Problem: the computer tells me I have a flat tire....all the time. My friendly BMW dealer tells me that the car MUST have run-flats or "the computer will become screwed-up" and I should have him(the dealer) immediately strip off my brand new Michelins and purchase a set of the "proper tires for the car" from him. Sorry, but I have a very hard time believing that the "computer" has superior knowlege regarding the construction of a tire's sidewall. Doesn't the computer simply monitor the air pressure.Period. I need help since the wife is about to take the dealer's advice and throw away about nine hundred bucks worth of excellent meats. Thank you.
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Old 07-22-2005, 09:39 AM
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Maybe this should be moved to the E60 forum?
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Old 07-22-2005, 10:33 AM
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Good idea. I am still a beginner and am not sure how to do that. Thanks for any help out there.
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