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Old 02-08-2011, 05:24 AM
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M Sport hit pothole this weekend

And I bent my rim and got a flat. Fortunately I have BMW tire and rim insurance but now my bmw dealer is telling me I will also need an aligment and that costs $400. Does this sound right? Anyone know if an aligment might be covered with the insurance?
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:21 AM
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I called my friend @ Greenwich BMW service. The allignment could definately get knocked out of wack and a "normal" allignment costs $250. The fact that the new 5 has the DHP the cost is more. I would see if they have wiggle room. i think BMW service has capability of negotiating. Call a few dealers. You're in the NY area there are plenty of dealers.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:34 AM
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Why would DHP add to the alignment costs?
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:39 AM
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And I bent my rim and got a flat. Fortunately I have BMW tire and rim insurance but now my bmw dealer is telling me I will also need an aligment and that costs $400. Does this sound right? Anyone know if an aligment might be covered with the insurance?
I've bent more rims than anybody and I never needed an alignment. My tire guy told me that its bs 95% of the time. Never had uneven wear. Tellem to go scratch.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:21 AM
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I called my friend @ Greenwich BMW service. The allignment could definately get knocked out of wack and a "normal" allignment costs $250. The fact that the new 5 has the DHP the cost is more. I would see if they have wiggle room. i think BMW service has capability of negotiating. Call a few dealers. You're in the NY area there are plenty of dealers.
That was very nice of you. Thank you!
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:24 AM
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Did they tell you that you need an alignment based solely on the fact that you bent a rim? Or did they actually measure the car and see that it's out of whack?
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:47 AM
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I hit a pohole in my '07 E550 that bent two rims and whacked the alignment. The dealership covered the alignment for me under warranty and tossed on my snow tires/rims while I sent out my rims to be fixed. Total cost $80 for the dealership and $130 to fix the rims. I would have them fix the rim/tire and see how the alignment is or see if they can cover you since they are getting the other work. $400 sounds insane...
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:32 AM
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I bent rims and needed two tires replaced on left side of M Sport. Alignment was needed and paid for. It was one big ouch financially.
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Why would DHP add to the alignment costs?
Active 4-wheel steering is more complex and time-consuming to perform an alignment on.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:55 PM
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Active 4-wheel steering is more complex and time-consuming to perform an alignment on.
Don't they do all these "complex" stuff by pressing a button on the computer?
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:03 PM
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Yeah, that sounds like one of my SAs trying to tell me that Indy shops cannot do alignment jobs on modern BMWs. He insisted that my alignment job at my trusted Indy shop couldn't have happened since it requires tools available to BMW Centers only. Bunch of BS.

OP - get your tires replaced and get a second opinion at a reputable Indy shop. Even if you need one, you should be able to get your wheels aligned for half what they quoted you.
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The last time I had an alignment done, I asked the dealer tech (not the SA) whether the Active Steering on our 325i would be difficult to aign. He replied "nah, it's pretty straight forward. Now the new Active Steering on the 7er, that's a whole 'nother story.........."

Generally I'd agree that alignments don't require a trip to the dealer, but I had a dealer special which made the cost comparable to a reputable indy shop in the DC area where my parents live.
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DHP does not have 4WS. IAS does.


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