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E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 10-31-2012, 11:32 AM
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Tire Installation and Wheel alignment question.

Hi All,
My 2012 X5 Sport M still has summer tires. Knowing that I cannot drive it in the winter I placed an order online for Continental DWS 275/40/20 front and 315/35/20 rear tires. Now I have to think about the installation and the wheel alignment. Ray Catena BMW gave me a quote around $330.00 (Out the door price) for installation, balancing, wheel alignment. The other dealership was about $100.00 more. I can find a local shop and do the same job for around $230.00 but not sure if they can do it properly. I would like to know your opinion about your local tire shops vs. BMW dealership. Please post your experience and price that you have paid for changing the tires and doing the wheel alignment.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:00 PM
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I pay $25 a tire for standard dynamic balance and $40 for a road force match/balanace.

I pay $100 (give or take) for an alignment. I discuss what I want, we put it on the rack, he gets the numbers, we then talk about target numbers, he algins...good to go.

The tire shop I use knows me, and on the nice cars only one guy will do my wheels.... I tip him every other time, especially if it is a difficult roadforce.

No matter where I went, I'd walk around the car and have them write "wheels perfect- will replace any damages" on the work order. Or something like that. Even just the conditon of the wheels- this puts them on notice you use their best guy.

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Old 11-01-2012, 07:47 AM
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Ard, Thank you for your reply. I'm leaning towards doing the job at the BMW dealership. I will request to have a toe close to 0 but obviously within the specs. I assume they will give me a print out with before and after numbers. However, I don't know how to check if they used a road force balancer. My dealership is 30+ miles away and I don't want to drive back and forth in case of vibration. Does anyone know what kind of balancers they use at dealerships? Is there way to talk to a mechanic directly instead of dealing with SA?
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:10 AM
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Ard, Thank you for your reply. I'm leaning towards doing the job at the BMW dealership. I will request to have a toe close to 0 but obviously within the specs. I assume they will give me a print out with before and after numbers. However, I don't know how to check if they used a road force balancer. My dealership is 30+ miles away and I don't want to drive back and forth in case of vibration. Does anyone know what kind of balancers they use at dealerships? Is there way to talk to a mechanic directly instead of dealing with SA?
You need to use a Hunter Roadforce 9700

http://www.gsp9700.com/search/findgsp9700.cfm
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:24 AM
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You ask them if they have one....

Unless you ave a relationship with the dealer (the SA or mechanic) you will not have a meaningful discussion. And this is just a tire change- at a dealer this is going to be given to the very lowest paid workers- absolutelly NOT a trianed mechanic.

My suggestion of inspecting and writing the wheel conditon is to be proactive and put them on notice so they take care- and NOT to ensure they fix it. Plus a painted/repaired wheel will never last like oe finish. If that stuff is important to you

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