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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:17 AM
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Tire and wheel warranty starting to pay for itself

Had one Pirelli RFT on our X3 replaced in December due to nail in tread. Yesterday we picked up something that put a slice in the middle of the tread. Being a Saturday afternoon and miles from anything I ended up putting some Fix a Flat into the tire to get us the 120 miles home. It held for the distance and still had some air in it this morning after sitting all nite.

Back to the dealer tomorrow for another free RFT replacement. Two tires replaced in 15K miles.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:19 PM
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Nice! How much did it cost u to begin with?


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Old 03-02-2014, 01:52 PM
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$1150 for 5 years of coverage.
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[QUOTE=guyver626;8182676]Nice! How much did it cost u to begin with?


$1150 for 5 years of coverage
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Old 03-02-2014, 02:45 PM
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$1150 for 5 years of coverage.

Holy cow!!! A little known secret for next time...

Discount/Americas tire sells road hazard certs for any tire for about $30-$40 a tire (dependent on per tire price). Whenever I buy a new car they are my first stop. For about $160 you get free replacement in cases like this for tire life.

Now rims are not included but in 20+ years of driving I have never bent a rim. So in that case self insurance would make sense...


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Old 03-02-2014, 02:55 PM
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Or pay 30$ and fix the tire...

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Old 03-02-2014, 03:00 PM
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I have the same warranty. Replaced one rft last year. If you do not have that warranty dealer will cost $500 a tire.
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:12 PM
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I have the same warranty. Replaced one rft last year. If you do not have that warranty dealer will cost $500 a tire.

The most expensive oem tire for the 2014 x3 is only $340 on tire rack. You don't need to go to the dealer to self insure.

Also please note: your biggest enemy to your transfer case is uneven tread depth. You can't have more than 2mm difference between all 4 tires. Dealers are really bad about this because in a few months they can sell you a new transfer case.

I might be cynical but I have been around long enough to hear the horror stories.




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Old 03-02-2014, 04:17 PM
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Had one Pirelli RFT on our X3 replaced in December due to nail in tread. Yesterday we picked up something that put a slice in the middle of the tread. Being a Saturday afternoon and miles from anything I ended up putting some Fix a Flat into the tire to get us the 120 miles home. It held for the distance and still had some air in it this morning after sitting all nite.

Back to the dealer tomorrow for another free RFT replacement. Two tires replaced in 15K miles.
So in summary, if you don't have the insurance, you could have patch the 1st tire and replace the 2nd tire for $430. You paid $1150, so I would say you are still way behind. If you have two more unrepairable flats, then you will even out, but like someone said, you could have gotten road hazard insurance from a tire store for about $160 to begin with.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:42 AM
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I have an X25 after having a 2004 BMW 325i. I learned my lesson the first time: Once you get a BMW, you run to Discount Tire and buy tire warranty. It cost me $15 per tire for a total of $60, that also comes with lifetime alignment and balancing. In the 3 years that I've had my F25 I had one puncture that could not be fixed due to the size. The tire replacement was free, and I get e-mails from Discount Tire for making appointments for rotations every 6 months...you can't beat that!
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:59 PM
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So in summary, if you don't have the insurance, you could have patch the 1st tire and replace the 2nd tire for $430. You paid $1150, so I would say you are still way behind. If you have two more unrepairable flats, then you will even out, but like someone said, you could have gotten road hazard insurance from a tire store for about $160 to begin with.
2 new tires in less than two months @ $430 / tire installed. $860 out of $1150 paid and we still have 4 more years to go. Right now chances are good we'll break even soon. Plus we still have the wheel warranty which is above and beyond the tires.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:06 PM
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The most expensive oem tire for the 2014 x3 is only $340 on tire rack. You don't need to go to the dealer to self insure.

Also please note: your biggest enemy to your transfer case is uneven tread depth. You can't have more than 2mm difference between all 4 tires. Dealers are really bad about this because in a few months they can sell you a new transfer case.

I might be cynical but I have been around long enough to hear the horror stories.
Uh...wouldn't they be the ones covering the transfer case 'in a few months"? The car just went over 15K, still have 35K miles to go to hit the 50K covered service limit. My guess is if the 2mm difference is really the cause of transfer case failures, and not something else, transfer cases would be excluded from free replacement after any single tire has been replaced.

Just having a few pounds of air difference between tires is enough to throw off the rolling radius, and it will be a lot more than 2mm off.

The tire from the dealer was $430 installed, our second one in as many months.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:07 PM
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Or pay 30$ and fix the tire...
Dealer will not repair a RFT. Some 3rd parties will, and I've had it done on other BMWs with RFTs
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:48 AM
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2 new tires in less than two months @ $430 / tire installed. $860 out of $1150 paid and we still have 4 more years to go. Right now chances are good we'll break even soon. Plus we still have the wheel warranty which is above and beyond the tires.
My point was that if you didnt have the tire insurance, the tire with the nail could have been repair by a tire shop. There is no reason to go to the dealer for a flat, unless you bought the tire insurance. 2 flats in 2 months , you must live next to a nail factory I think I had 2 flats in about 30 years of driving. As far as the rims, you are very unlikely in cash in on that. The X3's tires are not low profile, the rims are pretty well protected. If you had a M3, that might be a different story.
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:50 PM
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My point was that if you didnt have the tire insurance, the tire with the nail could have been repair by a tire shop. There is no reason to go to the dealer for a flat, unless you bought the tire insurance. 2 flats in 2 months , you must live next to a nail factory I think I had 2 flats in about 30 years of driving. As far as the rims, you are very unlikely in cash in on that. The X3's tires are not low profile, the rims are pretty well protected. If you had a M3, that might be a different story.
Understand your point. Decision to purchase it was based on past history of nails in tires and rim abuse. Hillbillies around here think an alley is an area where everything can be dumped. As a result, nails and other pointy things are everywhere. In fact, just had a large screw extracted from my truck tire two nites ago.
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When I bought my X3 a year ago I was offered the wheel and tyre insurance, didn't think I would need it, but after spending 50k with options, thought What the hell
After 4,000 miles developed at tare in side wall
After 4 months Pirelli decided it was not a manufacturing fault and would not replace
So was replaced on tyre insurance plus me paying out 45 as insurance payout is 250 max per claim ( that was in the small print)
I also just scraped the kerb last week, was refurbished as new on same insurance
I has 3 more years to run, so was a good choice and would recommend with those expensive run flats and alloys



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If you buy tire insurance from dealer (I'm in KC) then what happens if you are in western CO or middle of UT or NV and 200 or more miles from dealer? Will they pay for tow, temporary tire patching? What emergency tire kit is recommended for RFTs? When you go west of KC/Topeka there are few if any BMW dealers so seems I would be dealing with a tow or independent tire company. I plan to keep the RFTs when I get my X3 in May, at least for the first set of tires.
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The BMW tire and rim insurance is good at any dealer. BMW road side assist will pay for the towing.
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That helps but out west the dealers are far between so I see a repair at the nearest tire shop, if they do RFTs, and then a trip to dealer to get, or wait for a new tire. In meantime I have decided the ContiComfort Kit from Tire Rack would be the best backup. Can be used as a compressor only or with the "slime" they use and has excellent review from Consumer Reports in addition to several others. Maybe a plug kit for anything more than a nail hole should be added. Kit could be used for non RFTs as well.
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If you get the ContiComfort Kit abd a plug kit, that should get you to the nearest dealer. Then again, if you have those 2 kits, you might consider buying the road hazard insurance for the tire instead since it is about 15% of the BMW's price.
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The BMW tire and rim insurance is good at any dealer. BMW road side assist will pay for the towing.
That is true. When I first got the flat that day I called BMW Assist. They said the local Springfield IL dealer had just closed and but they could send a tow out of St. Louis to pick up the car and then drive it back. Considering we were 2 hours outside of St. Louis and we'd have to wait for the tow and then, drive back, I opted for the Fix a Flat solution. That was enough to get me home. I knew BMW dealer was going to scrap the tire anyway so I figured it'd give that route a try rather than get home 4+ hours later.
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Tire and wheel warranty starting to pay for itself

I'm glad my dealer sold me a third party no deductible tire and wheel warranty. I can go anywhere to get the tire replaced and they will pay for it. I've already used it twice. But both times I used it at a BMW service. But the contract states I can use it any place. Payment was fast to the dealer once they got the bill faxed to them too. U just have to open a case with them. I just call them up in the morning before I head to the dealership and done. Dealer faxes bill to warranty/insurance company then they pay them ASAP. It takes more time for the stealership to get my car in and install the damn tire.


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That is good to know. If it was third party policy why not the BMW policy? What should I expect to pay and can I decide after I drive off with the car? If dealer offers me a policy should I shop around first?
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That is good to know. If it was third party policy why not the BMW policy? What should I expect to pay and can I decide after I drive off with the car? If dealer offers me a policy should I shop around first?

I don't have the answers to all your questions. But I paid $1500 for mine back in 3/30/13. 5yr no deductible. Does not cover cosmetic. I didn't know it was a third party warranty until after i signed the paperwork. (Yes i know, stupid me) But I'm kinda glad it was. I have CNA national corporation tire warranty and they have been great so far. Used them 2x already. Dealer stated it must be done when delivery of the car. BUT I'm sure u can shop around as it's not like the dealer sends the paperwork to the insurance company ASAP as I took over a month for the warranty company to receive the paperwork as I called weekly to make sure it was in the system.
I'm pretty sure it's a sales tactic but maybe with BMW tire warranty it must be done on the spot to stop any claims after a nail is already in a tire.
For me, if there was a deductible of $50 for each tire I wouldn't get it. Even living in the northeast.
I wouldn't say it was worth it as both my nails in the tire could have been easily patched but it was more of a piece of mind that I don't have to worry about every little damn thing I run over.
Also keep in mind. Every time I had to replace a tire. It was minimum of 3hours spent at the dealership. Just sucks!


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