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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:39 PM
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BMW Wheel and Tire Protection cost?

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...rotection.aspx

Has anyone gotten quotes or bought the protection?
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:39 PM
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Yup 1 year approx, $1000, and for 5 years approx $2000. That is local Canadian dealer, can negotiate lower price but I never got it as I hoping not to get a flat. Friend had a flat, cost him $600 for replacement tire. Believe US prices lower from what I have seen on the forums.
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Old 09-09-2011, 05:45 PM
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from what I've read if you blew out a RFT it'd be a gift from god, skip the insurance and save for a nice pair of non-RFT...
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:45 PM
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800 for 5 years is a good price
Otherwise for just the tires, head over to Discount Tire and get tire protection for about $200
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:42 PM
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RFT's are one of the biggest scams next to under coating protection. The only one that benefits is the mfg and BMW.

Exception would be high speed blowouts.

They are very expensive, they do not ride well (in comparison to non-rfts), If you need to replace one it's faster to an engine repair like,replacing lifters ( I know-one day to do lifters, three days to get tires and replace for wife's MCS). And most times you can't repair them. You must replace them.

Interesting seeing folks buying new X3's and immediately ditching RFT's. Whatever cost saving you negotiated just went out the window.
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Old 10-11-2011, 05:14 PM
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The last flat tire that I experienced was in 1994 and the one prior was in the early 70's.

Given this rate, I elected not to buy the $1,000 insurance.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:37 AM
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Probably cheaper and easier to get them from all the folks that are replacing them with regular tires.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:24 AM
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Unless of course they are leasing, then the RFTs have to be replaced before the car is turned in. The buyers of course will be looking to get rid of their RFT's so good prices can be had!
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:37 PM
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My last BMW was an E93, a 328 convertible, and had low-profile RFT's. Definitely should have bought the protection package for those, as a bubble would pop up every time I hit a pothole. Even cracked a wheel, but it was deemed a manufacturers defect. No low-profile RFT's for me anymore.

On the X3, I don't see the same challenges because of the nice BIG tires.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:00 PM
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I've never had RFT's before but am learning about the pitfalls of having them. I'm going to get the SAP which comes with the 19" tires/wheels. I'm going to try running the all season tires this winter to see how they do in the snow. I'm not expecting it to be great but hopefully manageable. I really can't justify spending the extra $$ for the protection. So if I was running non-RFT's, what do you do if you puncture a tire and are not close to home? I have AAA but the max they will tow is 100 miles. I suppose I could get a spare and keep it in back but it takes up so much space. Up here those potholes that you can't see are brutal too. I have 20" low profile tires (265-50-20) and have hit some potholes hard because they were filled with water and haven't done any damage to my tires or wheels so far.
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