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E46 M3 (2001-2006)

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Old 05-06-2013, 01:05 PM
darqmatr darqmatr is offline
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2002 M3 Vert front end alignment by dealer?

Hey guys/gals, I'm about ready to buy new tires for the front. I'd like to purchase them through a local shop for price but am thinking maybe I should have the dealer do the alignment because maybe their equipment/techs will know more about BMW specifics.

Dealer quoted me around $1100 dollars for tires/alignment/balance, etc.. I know I can get the stock tires (Michellin Pilots) much cheaper but am reluctant for any shop to do the alignment/balance.

Any thoughts?

I don't even like the idea of having a tech jump in and use the SMG as it may launch itself into a wall with someone not knowing what they are doing.

Thanks,

John in SLO, CA.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:49 PM
OBS3SSION OBS3SSION is offline
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I would think any credible tire shop or specialty alignment shop can do it, and probably at a muck lower cost than BMW. I would never buy tires from the dealership...
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:56 PM
darqmatr darqmatr is offline
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Thanks Eric.

I guess I'm wondering if the alignment and balance (weight positioning, etc) are the same for a family sedan versus a piece of art capable of doing much higher speed.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:12 AM
bobby_m333 bobby_m333 is offline
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I purchased my PS2 from TireRack. I did the alignment at Santa BarbaraBMW. Last time I checked SLO had no equipment but that was a while ago.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:53 AM
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Thanks bobby. I'll run the prices for TireRack before I deal with the local tire sales outfit. I try to keep business local, within reason... Am just a bit concerned that the typical alignment may not meet BMW new car standards. And... usually the tech takes it for a roadtrip to check the alignment afterward. With little/no experience with the SMG...
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