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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 03-28-2010, 01:56 PM
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my rear wheels tilt inward from the top, is this normal ?

When I look at the rear of the car my wheels tilt inward from the top and outward at the botton instead of straight up and down. The tires are original and the wear is normal.
Is this normal or do I need an alignment. Looks funny tilted in.
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Old 03-28-2010, 02:09 PM
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Yes..this is normal. / \

This "negative camber" is a BMW hallmark and why it corners the way it does. If you need more detailed info...just google "BMW negative camber" or other form of keywords similar...and you should find a more scientific explanation.
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Like all BMW owners should do, keep an eye on the inner edge of the rear tires. Too much negative camber will wear the tires pretty quick. Have an alignment done and ask the shop to shoot for -1.5 degrees of camber.
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what is the durable expectance of the rear tire?
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:38 PM
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what is the durable expectance of the rear tire?

Some guys rear tires on his M5 only lasted 1500 miles, and it was mostly in the rain. LOL Never heard of that before, guess his tires sucked who knows for sure.

Generally speaking they should last anywhere between 10-20K miles but it mainly depends on the tires and the driver.
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When I look at the rear of the car my wheels tilt inward from the top and outward at the botton instead of straight up and down. The tires are original and the wear is normal.
Is this normal or do I need an alignment. Looks funny tilted in.
Bav Auto sells a camber kit that allows adjustment to less then one degree back to zero if you dont plan on pushing your bmw to the limits... will extend tire wear.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:23 PM
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I can't imagine the tires on an M5 lasting long at all!
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I have a 98 740il and my tires wear excessively in the corners the tire was brand new and after driving for two weeks wires were showing but the tread where its supposed to wear hasn't even worn any and my car also looks as if its sitting too low compared to the the front...like maybe the springs are getting weak?...this is my second bone to own but this one has been driving hard before I traded my 94 525 for it
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Excessive camber?
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