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X6 E71 / E72 (2008 - 2014)
The BMW X6 luxury crossover went on sale in April 2008 as a 2009 model year. BMW referes to the X6 as a Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) as it combines the attributes of an SUV (high ground clearance, xDrive and all-weather ability) with the stance, styling and roof line shape of a coupe. The E71 X6 was built off the E70 X5 (2007 - 2013) platform at BMW's Spartanburg, SC plant. Total worldwide sales were just over 235,000, sold mostly to the BRIC countries. US total sales was 34,082 vehicles.

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Old 05-29-2013, 07:25 AM
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Tire wear

I bought my X6 Dec. 21, 2012. I have now driven it about 5500 miles.
The front tire was roaring like it was cupped. I took it back to the dealer and was informed that they cannot rotate the tires due to the fact that the rear wheels are larger than the front. The tread of the front tires was low. I asked how this could be with only 5500 miles on the car?
Bottom line, they replaced all four tires for me under warranty. INformed me that this series tends to have a tire life of just 9-12000 miles.
I asked why the salesmen dont mention this at the time of sale. No way that I would buy a car that needs a new set of tires yearly. That is a $2300 expense.
I have a 2004 ML500 and have only replaced the tires once in 9 years.
Ridiculous!!
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:46 AM
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although 5k miles is odd the OEM run flats wear very fast.. With some consistently aggressive driving the fronts will easily wear under 10k. My 2011 X6 had 16k miles and the fronts were completely toast and the rears had maybe 15-20% tread left... I just replaced all 4 with Nitto non- run flats... Road noise has been cut 60-70%... I expect to get 30-40k miles easily with these Nitto's... The run flats are rock hard on the road and wear way too fast...
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:13 PM
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Tire wear

Hi ftwashmom, I'm concerned about this too - curious which model X6 you have and which brand of tires are on the car? Thx


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Old 06-07-2013, 05:01 PM
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I've been through this with my 2011 X6 with Sport Package, 20 inch Dunlop Sport Max run flats. I'm on the second set with the fronts wearing out faster than the rears. I've got about 10k miles on the fronts now and they are very noisy. I'm considering replacing them with standard tires. The X6 is great, but the tires aren't so good. I don't think this is due to the X6 chassis. The run flats are the source of the problem in my opinion.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:49 PM
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Tire wear

I have 2013 3.5i with 4600 miles and Michelin Latitude HP all terrain run flats. I really like these tires and haven't experienced any excessive tire wear issues yet, fortunately. I haven't tried yet but I'm hoping to be able to rotate these 19" rims every 5000 miles to ensure even wear, though I know they caution against it...


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Old 06-10-2013, 07:00 AM
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Had a chance this weekend to speak with the Tech Rep from BMW who was at our Dealerships Driving Experience and he indicated that the run flats were part of the design process for handling for the X series as well as the BMW line. Don't know if that was bs or not but he seamed to know what he was talking about especially in explaining the marriage of the car to the tires for handling etc.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:15 PM
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Tire wear

All that makes sense. I've had concerns that the change in tire stiffness will make a difference in the ride. There's a comment on the Tire Rack that replacing the RFTs with Continentals made a big difference. He's only gone 500 miles tho.

Do 20 inch standard tires also have problems with cupping and noise? Is this a problem with large tires or RFTs?
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:56 PM
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Had a chance this weekend to speak with the Tech Rep from BMW who was at our Dealerships Driving Experience and he indicated that the run flats were part of the design process for handling for the X series as well as the BMW line. Don't know if that was bs or not but he seamed to know what he was talking about especially in explaining the marriage of the car to the tires for handling etc.
John
I don't think it's BS, however... I have an X6 50i and although it's a very capable performance machine the only time I go fast is in a straight line... I'm not racing my car on a track or thru the streets... I know some guys who do both... the extra rigidity of those RTF's would come into play and I would keep them on the car if I did.. but for someone like me and I'm guessing 98% of the rest of us who like to go fast but aren't cornering or taking our cars on skid pad like maneuvers the tradeoff for keeping the RTF's isn't worth it.. THey wear very fast, are loud and get progressively louder as they wear.... Like everything it's a trade-off but for me I've had my Nitto's Motivo's on for around 1,000 miles now and the quiet ride cannot be beat. The fact they should wear until 40k-50k miles is icing on the cake..

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Old 06-11-2013, 05:08 PM
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XR Rob:
Agree w/ your comments my concern now is on our lease 3 335i convertible M package. Ya we drive it conservatively except o entrance ramps to Highways and straight strips. However we have ordered a 2014 X6 35i loaded Not M and will assess when the tires wear as this is not a lease.
Thanks for the input.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:40 PM
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XR Rob:
Agree w/ your comments my concern now is on our lease 3 335i convertible M package. Ya we drive it conservatively except o entrance ramps to Highways and straight strips. However we have ordered a 2014 X6 35i loaded Not M and will assess when the tires wear as this is not a lease.
Thanks for the input.
John
John,

I have, a 2011 X6 35i with the performance wheel package that consists of the 20in RFTs. Mine are Dunlops and they haven't done very well. I'm on my second set. Though the rears are OK, they've only been on since Dec, the fronts have been on about a year and they are about finished. That was the situation about a year ago when I replaced the fronts and left the rears on for another six months. So it's about a year of run time for me. I am considering moving to non-RFTs.

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Old 02-03-2014, 12:57 PM
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Rob - I have an X6 and am thinking of replacing tires and switching to NON run flats. I have 6k on the X6 and road noise is TERRIBLE. Do the Nitto's realy make that much differnce with road noise? How about overall performance?

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Old 02-07-2014, 10:00 AM
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I run Vredestein Ultrac Sessenta SUV non run flats in summer and they or the Nittos make a HUGE difference in my opinion. Once i went off RFT's I could never go back.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:15 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I just had my Nittos put on yesterday and the improvemnet (significantly less noise and softer ride) is enourmously noticable !! I will never go back to run flats, never!

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