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BMW 5-Series Tires and Wheels

jeffwilsonjeffwilson Posts: 41
I have my 2002 530i CPO in for a service and my advisor said that I need 4 new tires. I just got the car (with NEW tires!) 18,000 miles ago and I had snows on for around 5,000 miles. He said that the standard BMW tires (I am not sure which are on mine, sorry) usually get "around 18-20,000 miles) and the ones on the 7 series get around 12,000!! Is this possible? I have never had tires that got less than around 45-50,000 miles. I told him that I would get some on my own, but want to know if I am getting jerked around. Shouldn't I get a lot more than 13,000 miles on these tires? Thanks for any feeedback...I appreciate your thoughts...


  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    If your 530i has the Sport Package, then 13,000 miles is a little thin, but not unprecedented. My 2002 530i SP was turned in at lease end with about 18,000 miles on its original tires (I used winter tires on that car as well), and they were just good enough to pass inspection (i.e. 5mm of tread or more). That having been said, my previous BMW didn't have the SP (meaning that it came with All-Season tires instead of Summer only performance rubber), and when I turned it in the tires had about 45,000 miles on them with an easy 15,000 to go.

    Thinking about your situation a little, it seems logical that the original owner had to put new tires on your car to be able to pass inspection (either that or pay BMW some outrageous amount for them to put tires on it). So, just prior to turn in, he/she put on the cheapest tires they could find in that size and those are the "NEW" tires that you got with your car.

    Looking into my crystal ball I see that you have a date with so that you can do a little tire research and pick a better set of skins for this next go-around. ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • jeffwilsonjeffwilson Posts: 41

    Thanks for the comments. But the tires were put on by BMW, not the owner. So I KNOW they are new. ALso, I do not have the Sport package. So I am back to thiking something is up....

    Thanks again....

  • srfastsrfast Posts: 138
    What brand were the tires? What is your driving style? I have 22,000 miles on BFG KDW tires mounted on my 2003 530i/SP and there is plently of tread left. I drive a mix of highway/city miles. I do not drive aggressively (I save that for the track & race car), but I don't drive like grandma either. BTW, is the wear on your tires even?

  • jeffwilsonjeffwilson Posts: 41
    I checked and I have Pirelli P6 M+S tires. I always had a high opinion of Pirelli, but if they are going to last 15,000 miles or so, I will never buy them again. I believe that BMW does not warranty their tires, so I won't even get any money back for such short wear! Next time, Michelin! Thanks for everyone's comments...
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    I was recently at the dealer getting a new set of tires put on, and they told me that they suggest an alignment every time tires are swapped. My car has around 12K miles, so I didn't think an alignment was necessary. They said that changing tires could change the alignment; I thought that alignments were done with the tires removed, and were generally independent of the tires.

    Are they right, or did I get hosed?
  • 530ir1150r530ir1150r Posts: 263
    I always have my BMW aligned when replacing the tires. I also have them rotated and balanced with every oil change at 7500 miles.

    To jeffwilson:

    Pirelli tires were not original equipment as far as I know. What the service advisor meant when he said new tires and what you heard are probably two different things. What was the mileage when you purchased the car, the original tires probably lasted approximately 35,000 miles.
  • jeffwilsonjeffwilson Posts: 41
    Actually, no. He specifically said that they were replaced when the car was CPO-ed. He said that 13,00 isn't that unusual and that I wouldn't get more than 18,000. He said 12,000 is NORMAL on the 7 series!
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,069
    These tires, hopefully, are summer only tires that are at the VERY LEAST UHP rated (and at least Z speed rated) -- and, if all this is the case, a MAXIMUM of 20,000 would be expected. In almost any case, it seems like 15,000 would be the miniumum to get to 2/32s.

    My wife's TT tires lasted 11,000 and Audi picked up $800 as a remedy for ultra short tire wear.

    Generally, tho, the UHP or Max Performance tires IF they are Summer ONLY will give great handling but they are very soft and very short lived, as a result.

    It makes no sense to me, were I the dealer, to put tires of THIS much softness on the car -- knowing this could be one possible outcome.

    HP all seasons seem to be the German way these days. My personal choice would be UHP all seasons were I in a moderate snow climate. Of course, the best is to use single purpose tires and change them in winter and back again in spring.
  • 530ir1150r530ir1150r Posts: 263
    Check Tirerack's evaluations and hope the next set will wear normally.
  • cecil03cecil03 Posts: 1
    I don't have a BMW but a 03 Volvo AWD with original Pirelli P6 235/45R17 tires with over 66K miles on them. I drive back roads and also highway 50/50 with no issues. I am researching new tires and am considering getting new P6's since mine performed so well but have heard lots of bad things from 03 Volvos too. Mine seem like the exception. Also looking at bridgestone Potenza RE960AS tires but they are new so I can't find feedback yet.
  • I have the opportunity to purchase a new set of tires and wheels from a 2004 X5, but not certain if they will fit my 1998 528i. I was wondering if someone might have some insight to this question.

  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I believe that they are a different offset. Sorry.

    Best Regards,
  • Dang! After posting message, I did some poking around and it appears you are correct Shipo. Thanks for you time and reply. Guess I'll have to keep looking.

  • kelfkelf Posts: 83
    Thinking about replacing original Cont. Touring 225 55 R16. Is the 95 V rating important? Some of the tire places either say we do no have that, but we have lower or higher rating? Any specific tire suggestions?
  • kelfkelf Posts: 83
    Are there legitimate tire ratings and forums ( outside of Consumer Reports)?
  • rsdarchrsdarch Posts: 3
    Help. I have a 2006 530xi with sport suspension. Really made a mistake because I live in Manhattan and the potholes are killing my tires. 3 flats in the last 6 weeks. Each time I get a flat I need to take it to BMW. I never know which tire is flat and the sensor needs to be reset. I have a donut and want to put all-seasons on, but BMW says they won't be any better_ also low profile. I then asked if I could put 16" rims on, but no one seems to know the answer to that. One guy said that if I make any change to the tire or rim the sensor will stay on all the time. These run-flats have the obvious benefit of letting you drive after the flat, but what's the point if you can't figure out which tire has gone and you need to pay BMW prices everytime it goes flat. Has anyone had a similar experience? Any advice?
  • dleone99dleone99 Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 530i with deep dish wheels. To give it a more sporty look, I'd like to put on Eibach 25mm spacers on all four tires. Any body have experience with these?
  • stickyfeetstickyfeet Posts: 11
    we are 4 mo into a 36 mo lease. the factory wheels are pretty hard to keep clean due to accumulations of brake dust. my dealer suggested the use of "wheel wax" which does help but i don't wish to have to wax the wheels every two weeks just to keep them clean. does anyone have a better suggestion?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Go out and buy some PBR/Axxis Deluxe Plus pads and have them mounted. At four months you shouldn't have any issues with the rotors.

    I hope this helps. ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,301
    does anyone have a better suggestion?

    What Shipo said. It's a dead easy DIY procedure, and inexpensive as well.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

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