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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-17-2006, 08:15 AM
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Rotating Tires on 545i - Conflicting BMW Info?

I was always under the impression that there was no need to rotate the tires on your BMW, due to statements from the dealership and things I've read on this site. Therefore, I never rotated the tires on my 330xi for the duration of my 3yr lease.

Now I'm driving a 545i and received a pamphlet from BMW called "Inside Track, May 2006" (I think it was enclosed with my monthly statement). The pamphlet is not targeted towards any specific model and the back page reads:

Rotating Your Tires
To enjoy balanced handling and traction, all tires should wear evenly. However, each wheel position can cause different wear rates and types of tire wear. Rotating your tires is the best way to ensure that they all perform their best.

-- How should you rotate them? Every all-season(1) tire, including the spare(2), should serve in each of the vehicles wheel positions. In this way, each will receive the same amount of overall wear.

-- When should you rotate your tires? Once every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

Rotating all your tires will also help you get the most life out of them. And when it's time to replace them, you'll enjoy the comparable feel of all-new tires.


(1) Performance tires stay on the same side of the vehicle when rotated.
(2) Only if your BMW is equipped with a full-size spare tire.


So, is this a change in direction from BMW or has it always been this way and I've been getting misinformation at the dealership? Are they not recommending it because it's not covered by BMW maintenance?
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Old 05-17-2006, 08:22 AM
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What I'd like to know is if your car comes with staggered tires, how do you rotate them? You can't...at least not in the traditional way! I believe all V8 BMWs equipped with the Sport's pacakge has staggered tire set-ups.

If you don't have staggered tires, then by all means, rotate those suckers every 3-5k and they absolutely will last longer.

I've never been a fan of the 5-wheel rotation as I don't think it really buys you any more mileage on the tires and then you end up with a worn spare. Besides, the 4-wheel is easier and it does work very well.
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If you've got equally sized tires on the front and back - then rotating them every 5K miles is a great way to extend tire life.

If not - well...you'll have better performance, but go through tires more quickly.


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