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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 09-03-2011, 05:27 PM
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Dealer wheel alignment price

Recently had a flat tire and took car to a nearby tire shop. Ever since car has a slight tendency to pull to the left when I let wheel go. Sounds like time for wheel alignment, so I called local dealer. I was told that wheel alignment is not covered under warranty and that it will cost me $475 to have wheels aligned. Am I missing something??? Why is it so expensive?
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:30 PM
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The dealer uses specialized equipment (really, this time it's true) and just has a high hourly rate.
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:53 PM
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If the car pulls after you had a tire replaced, then it's probably a bad tire. Unless you hit something when you got the flat tire to put the car out of alignment. You might want to take it back to the tire shop. They can swap the wheels from side to side and if the pull moves, then you most likely have a bad tire.

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Old 09-03-2011, 06:29 PM
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I paid $299 at the dealer. I thought it was high but @22.500 on the odometer and still have plenty of life left on them. I want non RFT tires but I still have to wait 2 more years.
I have the original Dunlops.
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:07 PM
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For average alignment prices, this thread may be interesting:
- Average price for a wheel alignment?

BTW, are the E60's similar (with respect to alignment) to the rest of the BMWs?

If so, there are only 3 things that 'can' be aligned:
- Which of the dozen alignment specs are adjustable

Namely:

ADJUSTABLE:
1. rear camber (adjustable, do first)
2. rear toe (adjustable, do second)
3. front toe (adjustable, do last, after centering the steering wheel)

CHANGEABLE:
4. ride height (change springs or add coil-over shocks)
5. front camber (add special camber plates)
6. front caster (you may need really special camber plates)

NOT ADJUSTABLE:
7. steering axis inclination
8. included angle
9. scrub radius
10. set back
11. thrust angle
12. toe-out on turns

Since there are only 3 things that are adjusted during a typical alignment (two of which are almost trivial to measure and adjust), many of us do a preliminary alignment before even thinking of taking it to a professional shop to be done for us.

- The dozen alignment specs and which are adjustable (1) & cn90's alignment DIY (2)
- How to DIY your camber & toe-in alignment (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
- How to make your own alignment tools to adjust toe-in and camber (1)
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:46 PM
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Dealer uses more complex equipment then a local shop .
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:54 AM
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Recently had a flat tire and took car to a nearby tire shop. Ever since car has a slight tendency to pull to the left when I let wheel go. Sounds like time for wheel alignment, so I called local dealer. I was told that wheel alignment is not covered under warranty and that it will cost me $475 to have wheels aligned. Am I missing something??? Why is it so expensive?
Just had an alignment done at the local BMW dealer in Kansas City. $200.
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:58 AM
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I need a wheel alignment for my 545 with sport package and active steering wheel. Car eats the back tires inside and pulls to the right. Did a wheel alignment at the Indy shops for 3 times already still same problem. Took it to the dealer he told me if I have an active steering i need to pay 490$ for a wheel alignment.
Any one got any input on this issue?
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:45 PM
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just had mine done today...adjusted front and rear back to specs $89.00 indy shop...had also bought 4 new tires
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:51 PM
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I recently had my E60 aligned at local BMW dealer for $100 with coupon back in June. I think the coupon now shows $130.

I can't imagine paying more than that. Otherwise I would take to an indy shop.

The original poster mentions a pull to the left. I have a problem with a pull to the right.

Please check this post: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...74#post6357074

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Old 10-03-2011, 11:36 PM
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I recently had my E60 aligned at local BMW dealer for $100 with coupon back in June. I think the coupon now shows $130.

I can't imagine paying more than that. Otherwise I would take to an indy shop.

The original poster mentions a pull to the left. I have a problem with a pull to the right.

Please check this post: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...74#post6357074
I have the same coupon the dealer told thus coupon only good for cars without the active steering since my car does have an active steering I have to pay around 500$ for my alignment. This is unbelievable I had my alignment done 3 times. Last time I took it maneeke shop this is a professional shops around the country after couple of months I had To get a new tire again. Because of my back wheel is not aligned.
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:26 AM
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I paid about $200 in Northern Virginia, but it is (much) more if you have Active Steering.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:12 AM
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I have the same coupon the dealer told thus coupon only good for cars without the active steering since my car does have an active steering I have to pay around 500$ for my alignment. This is unbelievable I had my alignment done 3 times. Last time I took it maneeke shop this is a professional shops around the country after couple of months I had To get a new tire again. Because of my back wheel is not aligned.
I agree with bluebee assesment above but if you tried indy shop 3x, maybe try the dealer this time. Though, kinda strange that active steering will affect rear tire wear (I can only think toe-in/out, camber in the rear can do that).
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:14 AM
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Paid $134.00 at Flemington BMW for alignment last Friday.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:19 AM
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Paid $134.00 at Flemington BMW for alignment last Friday.
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What year, model and do you have active steering?
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:28 AM
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I would like to know if u have an active steering ?
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:45 AM
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:55 AM
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its less than $100 at an indy shop
Yeah if u don't have an active steering it is.
I did mine 3 times at the Indy shops and still didn't do me any good
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:33 AM
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If you have the sport suspension with the special sway bars its more expensive then regular ..regular is 300-245
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:17 AM
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If you have the sport suspension with the special sway bars its more expensive then regular ..regular is 300-245
Yes thats what I have sport package I guess that's what the dealer was asking me about he asked if I have active steering I told him I do and was like 475$ that's what I got to pay I guess cuz them Indy shops don't know what they doing they just want your money
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:43 AM
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200 bucks at Sterling BMW, but I got $50 discount, from SA, after asking him about this.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:30 PM
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My dealer told me in order to get a wheel alignment I need to buy 4 new tires since I have 4 different tires on my car he was like: "we can take your money and do you wheel alignment but we don't guarantee the results " basically if I would do it with 4 new tires it would cost me 2600$ buck I was like no thanks. Went to tirerack and got myself 4 new continentals (all season, super sport)
Tires for like 900$ bucks delivered.
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:32 AM
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The common belief that these cars need to have special alignment equipment is total bunk! Active steering has nothing to do with the alignment.

After paying $400 at my BMW dealer for an alignment, I still shredded a set of tires on the inside. Brought the car to my independent shop, who then brought it to Midas, yes MIDAS (I found this out after the fact). As it turns out, the local Midas shop has an older but very high quality alignment rig, and more importantly, a technician who knows what he's doing. The alignment was done right. Even with my independent "outsourcing" the alignment, it still only cost me $100. Car stopped pulling and tires now wear evenly. Don't fall for the BS that it needs special equipment. Bring it to a good shop and pocket the money.
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:52 AM
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If I am not mistaken, BMW's instructions for proper alignment include putting 100 lb weights (sand bags) on all 4 seats. I am not sure if any of the other alignment shops follow that advise.
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