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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-15-2015, 02:58 PM
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Tire rotation

When the car was in the shop last week they recommended rotating tires. Brand new set mounted and balanced by another BMW dealer where I bought the car with 7,000 miles on them.

I'm looking at the service sheet of work done and it says "Tire rotation performed side to side. Verify Extreme amount of wheel weights on rear tires. Possibility of shimmy steering wheel."

I'm looking in the Bentley manual and it says, "Due to the vehicle's suspension design. BMW does not recommend tire rotation. Rotating used or warn tires may adversely affect road handling and tire grip."

Since when are tires not rotated? And if BMW doesn't recommend it why were they rotated side to side and not front to rear? Or better yet. Why were they even rotated? Other than to get more money from the client!
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Old 02-15-2015, 03:17 PM
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This topic crops up from time to time. A good example of a recent discussion is here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=tire+rotation At best, the jury is out on this and there are opinions all over the map.

If you have a staggered setup with directional tires, your answer is apparent.

I take it your tires are not directional. Otherwise, rotating from side to side would indicate that your dealer is an idiot.
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:31 PM
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I don't think the jury is out.
If you want maximum GRIP then you do not rotate tires front to rear, that is you keep front tires on the front axle and rear tires on the rear axle. Left-right "rotation" is OK, and it does help equalize rear tire wear which is often worse on right rear due to open dif.
If you want maximum TIRE LIFE then you rotate tires front-rear AND left-right.
Directional tires can be rotated front to rear, unless they are staggered. They cannot be rotated left to right without dismounting and remounting, an expensive proposition.
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:44 PM
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This topic crops up from time to time. A good example of a recent discussion is here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=tire+rotation At best, the jury is out on this and there are opinions all over the map.

If you have a staggered setup with directional tires, your answer is apparent.

I take it your tires are not directional. Otherwise, rotating from side to side would indicate that your dealer is an idiot.
Tires are Pirelli P7 Cinturato All Season.

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Old 02-15-2015, 10:36 PM
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Tires are Pirelli P7 Cinturato All Season.
The P7's are not directional.
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:49 PM
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I've been rotating my tires side to side, I have a staggered setup, so no front to back rotation. Michelin Pilot Super Sports, over 40,000 miles on them, mostly highway, and just now getting close to the wear bars in the rear.

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Old 02-16-2015, 09:04 PM
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At 40k miles, you have gotten more life out of your PSS tires than I have with my Conti DW tires. Mine are bald, well, the right one at least, at 30k miles. I didn't do any side to side rotating however.
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I have OEM Conti tires on my 335i and put on 56K on it. The dealer suggested to rotate the tires from front to back to preserve low thread on the rear tires. Wants to charge me $65 for tire rotation. Do I need to get it done by dealer or can get it done by a tire store. Any thoughts?
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I have OEM Conti tires on my 335i and put on 56K on it. The dealer suggested to rotate the tires from front to back to preserve low thread on the rear tires. Wants to charge me $65 for tire rotation. Do I need to get it done by dealer or can get it done by a tire store. Any thoughts?

You can do it yourself. Just make sure you know the torque specs for you lug bolts. (E60 is 90 ft/lbs.)
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:52 PM
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I have OEM Conti tires on my 335i and put on 56K on it. The dealer suggested to rotate the tires from front to back to preserve low thread on the rear tires. Wants to charge me $65 for tire rotation. Do I need to get it done by dealer or can get it done by a tire store. Any thoughts?
Dealer coming up with BS services so they can get paid that's all. It's really up to you to make the call and let them do the work, or do the work yourself or take it else where.
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