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Old 09-26-2010, 05:55 AM
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For what it's worth i bought the tire Protection from BMW on my 2010 328 hard top convertible for $1049 , and on my 2011 X5 for $1149
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For what it's worth i bought the tire Protection from BMW on my 2010 328 hard top convertible for $1049 , and on my 2011 X5 for $1149
It's a good piece of mind feature but for that money you could replace all four tires.
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:21 AM
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If all that does is insure your tires and wheels, you wasted a lot of money and were robbed.

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Old 10-06-2010, 07:35 AM
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$2200 to protect yourself from road damage to your tires and wheels on two cars?! For how long? Seems better to put that $2200 in the bank (or under your mattress), and use it IF you happen to damage a tire or wheel (or multiple tires and wheels). If you don't damage a tire or wheel, then you still have the money. If you damage more than one tire or wheel, then you need to adjust how you drive. Either way, you are still money ahead.

My 2001 Z3 3.0i with Sport Package has some pretty pricey wheels on it (more than the M Roadster wheels), and in almost 10 years and 72,000 miles of driving I have never damaged one. Tire punctures and damage to my Michelin Pilot Sports are covered by the Discount Tire warranty. DT replaced a rear tire that got an unrepairable puncture early in its life for a modest cost (the tire had 5% wear).

I'm just sayin' . . .
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If all that does is insure your tires and wheels, you wasted a lot of money and were robbed.
I have had to replace 5 tires and 4 rims in 2800 miles. I think it is farily safe to assume that this will continue to happen. The tire and wheel insurance would definitely be worth it to me if I could find a company that will insure a BMW in New York.

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Old 10-06-2010, 06:25 PM
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Last year I had to replace two RFT due to the bad weather--potholes. Tire protection is worth it.

I just purchased it for the X6. $1200 is worth the peace of mind and the inevitable replacement of tires and rims of these expensive Run-flats.
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I have had to replace 5 tires and 4 rims in 2800 miles. I think it is farily safe to assume that this will continue to happen.
Sounds like someone needs to trade their BMW in on a Gelandewagen.
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:50 AM
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Sounds like someone needs to trade their BMW in on a Gelandewagen.
It's called life on the east coast.
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It's called life on the east coast.
Wow, if it's really THAT bad, I guess I won't complain anymore about our poor (or what I thought was poor!) Texas and Houston area roads. I can live with a few potholes and bumps . . . at least I'm not tearing up tires and wheels.
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In 50 years of driving I've never blown out a tire or broken a wheel. So I've saved over (50 x $1000 = )$50,000 by not having tire/wheel insurance. And all of that has been on NJ, DE and PA roads. Who do you think makes out in the overwhelming majority of these insurance purchases. I'll give you a hint, it's not the car owner.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:50 AM
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I have had to replace 5 tires and 4 rims in 2800 miles. I think it is farily safe to assume that this will continue to happen. The tire and wheel insurance would definitely be worth it to me if I could find a company that will insure a BMW in New York.

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In 50 years of driving I've never blown out a tire or broken a wheel. So I've saved over (50 x $1000 = )$50,000 by not having tire/wheel insurance. And all of that has been on NJ, DE and PA roads. Who do you think makes out in the overwhelming majority of these insurance purchases. I'll give you a hint, it's not the car owner.
In your 50 years--how many run flats have you owned?
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Are you implying that the current run flat tire integrity is worse than all those less sophisticated tires that I've used over the last 50 years?

Anyone that's replaced 5 tires and 4 rims in 2800 miles has a serious driving problem.

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Old 10-07-2010, 02:23 PM
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I won't comment on 5 tires and 4 rims; however, on my 335xci, I had the 19" low profile tires with rims and our area was filled with potholes last winter. After the 20-30" snowstorms you couldn't differentiate between street and a pothole. All you had to do was drive along and pop went a tire.

So yes, with the low profile RF, tire bubbles, and roads that don't get repaired, I'll take a nice radial in the winter.
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The dealer is charging $1049 or something for this. I got a link to an insurance company that supplies these warranties and I asked him for a direct price. He told me he could no longer sell to consumers directly. The BMW rep that works with the company quoted $649 for 3 years, and $689 for 5 years.

Even at this price, it seems steep. The only way I'd recoup my money is if I blow out all 4 run flats (over 100% of the policy cost). I would have to have 2 tire blowouts to make this policy even palatable (50%).

Ive driven in NYC and had 2 cars there...I'm not sure I'd get a wheel and tire package...I can see how a standard road hazard is ok (and far cheaper).
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:55 PM
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I had road hazard protection from two different co. that I bought from two bmw dealerships.

One went belly-up. Lost $500...that was a hell of a bargain.

The second kept denying claims. That was $700 well spent. The dealership doesn't even deal with them anymore. I rather spent an extra $300 and have no headaches and no worries.

If I am going to worry about spending $300 more for a tire warranty or complain about spending $1000 for a BMW tire warranty then I am driving the wrong cars.

...now if I was buying paint chip and upholstery insurance...fire away.
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If I am going to worry about spending $300 more for a tire warranty or complain about spending $1000 for a BMW tire warranty then I am driving the wrong cars.
Not sure I understand what this means.
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When I spend the kind of money I do on my cars, I don't worry about shopping and saving a few hundred dollars for a cheaper tire policy.

It reminds me of the posters who look to put cheaper grades of fuel in their cars...if they are really concerned about a few bucks, they are driving the wrong car.
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When I spend the kind of money I do on my cars, I don't worry about shopping and saving a few hundred dollars for a cheaper tire policy.

It reminds me of the posters who look to put cheaper grades of fuel in their cars...if they are really concerned about a few bucks, they are driving the wrong car.
OK, I thought that is where you were going, but I wasn't sure.

I, and I think a couple of others, were not really commenting on whether one should spend $1100 for tire/wheel "insurance", or cheap out and spend only $700. I think our comment was essentially questioning why one whould buy any tire/wheel insurance at all. It just seems more prudent to put that same money aside somewhere, and then use it if you need to. It would also seem to be a better use for $1100 to buy a set of higher profile winter wheels and tires instead of plowing through snow-covered pothole-filled roads and tearing up your low-profile 19's.

But, everyone can spend their money the way they want to, and drive the way they want to. If you know you are going to destroy 5 tires and 4 wheels every 2800 miles, and cannot make any adjustments to prevent it, then maybe $1100 for wheel/tire insurance makes sense. If you can find someone to sell it to you.
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$2300 for tire protection?? Not.

I'd rather go buy a new Ed Brown Special Forces.
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Old 10-09-2010, 03:57 AM
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He bought it for two cars...
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Who do you think makes out in the overwhelming majority of these insurance purchases.
+1

If these plans were such great deals for the consumer they wouldn't be offered at all (or would be way more expensive) because nobody is going to offer something if they're not going to make money on the deal.

I've yet to see anything offered by the F&I rep that was a good deal. The amount of dealer profit built into these options is ridiculous.
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I was offered such a protection too for my 128. Initial quote was 1100 or so. I said no and the F&I guy instantly dropped it to 700 or so (I have the exact quote somewhere, but these are ballpark figures).

At a minimum, even if were to get one, you overpaid a bit. Well...

I still denied the coverage. Only time will tell if I made the right choice. I intend to get winter non-RFT's - i.e. when I get my car. Right now, it is still with customs... after my August Euro Delivery.
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you drive a 128 right...'nuf said. The previous coverages were "discounted" from the dealership and like I said the coverages didn't hold up.

To each his own.
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you drive a 128 right...'nuf said. The previous coverages were "discounted" from the dealership and like I said the coverages didn't hold up.

To each his own.
I drive a 128... 'nuff said??? Why??

I am sorry... but I don't get it... why, "nuff said"? Do you mean that 128 drivers don't get a voice?

BTW, I am still driving my Range Rover... and still waiting for my 128...
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Still debating getting this "insurance" since I live in the PA/DE/NJ area, as well, and do a lot of driving. PA roads are awful and DE not much better. NJ seems to be decent, at least the one's I use. If the price is around $600-700 it might be worth it for me with my car. One tire and wheel (193M - 18"s) will be anywhere from $6-700 dollars and there is a decent chance of it happening at least once in this area statistically. More than that, I think is a very small possibility for me, especially since I will have a second car for winter, etc. I've only had one tire issue (knock on wood) in the 4 years of driving about 800 miles a week, and that was a nail in the tire. Of course, it was on the side and no one would fix, but that was only $120 bucks for a cheaper tire.

There's always the $6-700 in a savings account and going that route, which I think is probably what I will do. I can see why someone would get the insurance in certain areas, but it's always negotiable and can't imagine paying full price. Oh well, have another month to think about it anyway.
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