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Old 02-11-2012, 07:16 PM
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20" Wheels - should I get tire & wheel protection in Dallas?

I'm getting ready to sign my lease, and was wondering if I should consider tire & wheel protection for the 20" wheels and tires. I usually drive in North Dallas, and the roads are relatively good. Much better than the San Francisco Bay Area that I'm originally from, and even when in the Bay Area, I never had an issue beyond the odd patch for a rogue nail/screw. However, my largest wheel size I've ever had was 18". I usually drive only 8K miles a year, and the same roads to/from work etc.

Does anyone have any experience with how strong or weak BMW's 20" wheels are on such a big and heavy car as the 7 series?
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:06 AM
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I'd go with the insurance. The only experience I've had with 20s" was my M6 and I had the insurance then, as I do now with the 19s" on my 7.

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Old 02-12-2012, 06:39 PM
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I had 20s on my X5 (an even heavier vehicle) and did not take the insurance. The only issue I had was when my wife clipped a curb and bubbled the sidewall on the rear tire. An avoidable incident.

I don't plan to get the insurance on my 7. My general strategy is to avoid optional coverages for risks that I can absorb myself if necessary. Since most of the cost tends to be profit/commission, it's generally not a good bet.

But as you noted, our roads are pretty good here. It could make more sense in other areas.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:22 PM
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If you get run flats then it is a good option to have. I have replaced a few tires that were replaced and repaired curb rash on several occasions.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:43 PM
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I opted against the insurance and have had no problems. I live in the DFW area, and the roads are pretty decent compared to other cities I've visited. I guess it's a personal decision, but I have no regrets not getting the insurance.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:59 AM
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I live in Plano (North of Dallas) and the roads are in a word: Superb!

Even in N. Dallas they are far better than average nationwide.

I have run "Many" sets of 19-22" tires on low-pro rubber and have had good success without tire insurance. But hey, it's the luck of the draw. One could easily hit a nail or screw that punctures your sidewall and you MUST replace.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:40 PM
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I can't speak for the 20s, but I did have 21 inch 128s (OEMs) with the Pirelli PZero Nero tires, and I've replaced 5 tires and three rims (plus having two repaired). Part of that time was in Chicago and the rest in the Bay Area. I'm not sure how much it helped having it when I sold the car, but it didn't hurt.

How much is the tire/wheel warranty? Does it include paintless dent repair, key replacement, windshield repair, and dent/ding coverage? For 5 years of coverage, you should not pay more than $600 or so.

On my 2009, I did purchase it, but it has 19s so I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it. I also got a dent on my car that they won't cover, because the dent/ding will only cover the PDR (paintless dent repair process). But if there are creases in the metal or anything on the bumpers, they won't cover it.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:49 PM
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A little care and awareness goes a long way. I've had many aftermarket high end wheels in 20" size on my M5, M3's etc and never had tire insurance or anything like that. I live in North NJ, and we do have potholes. I didn't purcahse the insurance on my 750i with 20" rims either. Don't think i'll use it, for what they charge
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