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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 09-14-2013, 05:41 AM
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Wheel & Tire Question

About to pull the trigger on a 328xi, and I know the dealer will try to push the Wheel and Tire insurance on me.

It's been a Godsend on our X5 with the 20" Sport package wheels (replaced 5 tires at a cost of $600 each) and our 535 MSport with the dreaded Eagle LS 2's that bubble if you look at them cross-eyed (replaced 3 tires so far, and fully expect to replace more). So I see the value in the coverage for those vehicles.

But in the limited time I've spent on the F3X forums, I don't recall any tire complaints. What's the real world experience? Are there similar issues with your tires? Or has BMW finally figured out how to engineer a RFT / suspension combo that avoids the issue?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:54 AM
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I have a vibrating wheel at 3800 miles and one stealership says its the tires on my sportline 328xi. I have Pirelli All season tires. I think its a load a crap and they don't know how to fix the car/ whats wrong.

Since I didn't get the insurance i have to fight it. No support from Customer Relations either. Their stance is they didn't "manufacture" the tires. The car is 5 months old and has already been in the shop a total of 25 days.

I suggested that I can buy new tires but that if the problem didn't go away i Expected my money back. They wouldn't go for it.

That's my long rant for : If you can swing the insurance I say go for it. It's about the the convenience for me. Of course negotiate the price ....
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:05 AM
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Thanks for the quick response. Unfortunately, the wheel and tire insurance probably wouldn't have solved your problem, as it only covers road hazards. If your vibration was due to a bent wheel or a bubbled sidewall you'd be covered, but the dealer probably would have spotted that. (BTW your sig says you have a 2009, which would be an E90, not an F30. Since you have only 3,800 miles on the car, I'm guessing you just haven't updated your sig yet).

My recommendation is that you take the car to a quality tire retailer and have them check it. You may have a bent rim (which likely can be straightened), an unbalanced wheel (wheel weight may have fallen off). It's also possible the tire itself is defective, but that would be 100% covered by the manufacturer's own warranty; you would not need the road hazard warranty.

Now... Anyone got any experience with road hazard issues on an F3X?
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:56 AM
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:40 AM
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I have 15K miles in 10 months, zero issues. I have the ContiProContact SSR all season RFT on 18" Sport rims with standard xDrive suspension (soft) and drive Michigan Roads. If I was to get the 19" rims and stiffer sport RWD suspension or DHP, I certainly would get the wheel package. If I had the 17" standard wheels, I would not bother, just my two cents....
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:48 AM
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Now... Anyone got any experience with road hazard issues on an F3X?
My 17" F30 wheels and Pirelli OEM RFTs have been problem/hazard-free as of about 17K current miles. But my wife's 17" wheels and low-profile tires on her MB have met many hazards on the same roads, as mentioned below:

I purchased a package through my BMW dealer, for my 328i, when I bought a dealer program (loaner car); the car was 6 months old and had 7,909 miles. They called the package a CPO wrap, (in addition to the regular CPO coverage). Among many other items, it covered tire and wheel damage, with no deductible for tires/wheels only; otherwise $100 deductible. The "CPO wrap" on mine is 100K or 6 years from original in-service date. I paid $1,294 for it. To me, the cost was worth it, for the tire/wheel coverage alone- there are many roads in my area that are in very poor condition, with big potholes. In the last 11 years, my wife's C320, with 90,000 miles required close to $2,000 for damaged wheels(cracked) and tires. I'll be driving this 328i about 20K a year and will keep it for the entire warranty period, 100k or 6 years. The name of the "CPO wrap" on the sales brochure for it is Easy Care, coverage level "Total Care"- it covers add-on miles after the original factory warranty (except immediate coverage for tires/wheels). I asked the sales rep if I replace the RFT tires with non-RFT would they be covered, he answered yes, as long as the replacement tires have a star symbol on them (BMW-approved tires).

Of course, if you are leasing, then this 6-year pkg wouldn't be for you.

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Old 09-14-2013, 07:55 AM
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Now... Anyone got any experience with road hazard issues on an F3X?
knock on wood, no.
9 months in NYC, bmw upped the apect ratio of the tires since the e9x.
i have 18s, contipro contact 5 ssr.

have had a couple of very hard hits, but no rim or tire damage.
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:02 AM
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My take is that it is just awful expensive insurance. If you live in an area where the probability is high that you would use it, then I guess it makes sense. I tend to look at it in terms of how many tires and/or rims would I need to ruin to break even. (I think the answer is about two). So, you are paying for the possibility of losing more than two tires and wheels before you break even on the insurance costs. In my case, I would rather "self insure" than spend the money. However, I base that on my experience with tires and wheels.

It is all about how much risk you want to assume. I use insurance for catastrophic coverage only. If you have low deductibles and make claims, the insurance company is just going to punish you next renewal.

My thoughts only. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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