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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 03-15-2012, 07:37 AM
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Wheel Alignment

I have a 2011 X5 35d with the 20" tires. I was in for a 10,000 mile service and was told my wheels were out of alignment ($212). I hadn't noticed any pulling or handling issues. The guy told me these X5's need to be aligned once a year. In reviewing this website and others, it seems like you should only need an alignment after replacing the tires or after suspension work or an accident. Do you think this was a scam or do the X5's need frequent wheel alignments?
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:23 AM
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If the tire wheel seems even, the steering wheel is straight, and you have no pulling then leave it alone.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:47 AM
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$212 is about $113 more than you should pay. So I vote medium scam. Some dealers are over $400.

Also, I have the car aligned to SPECIFIC numbers, not just a BMW dealer saying "OK". BMW specs are really too wide.

As Tony said, tire WEAR is your indicator. Of course by the time you see wear it may be too late... I usually do a check, and adjust if needed, with new tires- about every two years.

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Old 03-15-2012, 01:01 PM
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Not true. BMW does not say it needs to be done every year. It's when new wheels are put on OR you see uneven tread wear/hit something

If tire wear is even and the steering wheel is straight, don't bother
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:40 PM
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Not true. BMW does not say it needs to be done every year. It's when new wheels are put on...
Why? New wheels do not change suspension geometry; I imagine there may be slight deviations in camber if your change size/offset, but what else?

Re original question, is there uneven wear on any of the tires?
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:52 PM
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I'm a broken record about this, but too much TOE can lead to accelerated wear- not uneven wear, but just faster wear. (Yes, excessive toe outside of the BMW specs will cause scrubbing, cupping and other drastic wear patterns...but just "in spec" but on the higher side will lead to wear.)

So it should be checked.

I got 32k on my first set of Mich latitudes on the '10. I never checked the alignment, since I then lemoned it- but it was probably a spot on alignment. Others are not so lucky.

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:38 PM
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After a very productive discussion on this forum (visit this thread), I am now convinced a once-a-year wheel alignment is not a bad idea. I consider this as routine maintenance. I balance the wheel about every 5K miles. I do it at an indy place, pretty much zero out the toe (works fine for my style of driving) and I am reasonably sure I will get 30K+ miles on my Bridgestone Duelers.

I have the 214 wheel option - staggered, 20 inch.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:52 PM
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I've only done an alignment after an accident (hitting a deer). It turned out my vehicle didn't need any adjustments.

I wouldn't bother with the alignment unless I (1) have an accident, (2) experience uneven tire wear, or (3) have performance issue [ie: pulling to the side].

So far I've been able to get 30k out a set of tires and I have no performance issues. I am satisfied.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:57 AM
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I do not see uneven tire wear and have not experienced any pulling or handling problems.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:34 AM
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I do not see uneven tire wear and have not experienced any pulling or handling problems.
?Alignment not part of the "free" maintenance?
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:43 AM
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?Alignment not part of the "free" maintenance?
I was told by my dealer that BMW covers alignment only up to 2,000 miles on the odometer. Not sure if this is a line or not, confirmation would be good.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:53 AM
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?Alignment not part of the "free" maintenance?
Nope, nor is wheel balance or for that matter anything to do with the tire/wheel.

What I do is buy the first set of replacement tires from Discount Tires (America's Tires in CA) and get the lifetime replacement (for any reason) plus free rotate/balance. If you buy a set of four tires, usually they will give you a break on this warranty/maintenance. Discount Tire matched Tire Rack price when I bought my set of four tires.

Alignment - typically the dealer will charge you around $300 . . . a good Indy will charge you just under $100. So my approach has been, go with Indy and do it every year - for me that works to about an alignment every 16,000 miles. Indy will also get you the toe you want versus dealer will quit once the toe is inside BMW spec., which is too wide for my taste!

I balance the tires every 5,000 miles . . . and yes usually the balance is out, have to add about 0.25 oz of weight . . . thanks to the Bay Area roads!
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:57 AM
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I was told by my dealer that BMW covers alignment only up to 2,000 miles on the odometer. Not sure if this is a line or not, confirmation would be good.
Correction - when I said it is not covered, I did not mean it wasn't covered for the initial miles . . . it is certainly not covered at 15K miles, when my SA told me BMW suggests an alignment once every 15K miles.

I do not know what the new-car cut off is for wheel alignment.
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:58 PM
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I was told by my dealer that BMW covers alignment only up to 2,000 miles on the odometer. Not sure if this is a line or not, confirmation would be good.
Yes, the warranty booklet states warranty alignment covered up to 2k miles.
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