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      05-18-2013, 10:57 AM   #23
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Not true. Our X5 was financed via bmw and all tired were replaced by a non rft and they did not charge me.

A friend of mine returned his lease without the rft and no charge was taken too.

I believe as long as you are sticking with the wheels you are safe.
It's an exception rather than the rule. They may look away if you trade in.
But then again they may not. Follow the link I provided above and read lease return agreement.
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      05-18-2013, 10:16 PM   #24
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NOT ONLY do they have to be runflats, but they also have to have about 75% or more thread left!
Who told you that?
It's 1/8"or 4/32.
My OEM S001's have a new tread depth of 10/32.
That's about 60% worn, 40% left and acceptable.

They just have to be above the worn/done indicator built into the tire tread.

BMW used to require that the tires were of the same speed rating as the OEM, but that was before they went to RFT's.
Now they require the tires to be RFT's.

I always get the sport pkg on the cars I lease, and since it's been 3 BMW's and 1 Audi, that has always been summer performance tires.

I live in a 4 seasons area and don't want snow tires.
So I always budget for a new set of the best AS perf tires I can get.
Around November I get the new AS tires, which easily last me to 30-34K miles I typically drive.
I then store the OEM tires and re-install when I return the car, which now has excellent near new tread life.

I spend the money and get the tires I want and I get to use them up.
BMW get's the OEM's back. All is well.
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      05-18-2013, 10:22 PM   #25
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Not true. Our X5 was financed via bmw and all tired were replaced by a non rft and they did not charge me.

A friend of mine returned his lease without the rft and no charge was taken too.

I believe as long as you are sticking with the wheels you are safe.
Well it IS true for the 135i and current 335i I have.
I don't know if the SUV's have different turn in rules or items, but I'm going with BMW requiring that the tries be of the same type as OEM.

If someone is not getting charged for not having RFT's, then either the person doing the inspection doesn't know what they are doing, or the dealer is willing to lie on the check sheet to keep the customer on a new sale.
There is a sheet they have to fill out and tire type and tread depth are listed, along with all the other things that need to be checked and noted.
That's how BMW decides if there will be any charges.
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      05-19-2013, 12:50 PM   #26
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Replacing RFT

We are picking up our new 335i, shod with 225/45/18 all seasons, mid June. This is a purchase, not a lease.

Rather than purchase the BMW tire/wheel insurance, I plan to buy new Michelins or Contis DWS all seasons and sell the new RFTs at a deep discount to defray the cost of the new tires. I assume there must be a market out there for the RFTs?

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      07-26-2016, 11:43 PM   #27
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Sorta reviving the thread I started way back.
So the deal is that I have to return the car back with rft.
I could get these cheap 4/32 Goodyear RFT and return the car and hope that they accept or would they accept a set of Pirelli Winter RFT still at 9/32? Read somewhere that they do not accept snow tires. Can anybody confirm that they much be AS tires.
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Not true. Our X5 was financed via bmw and all tired were replaced by a non rft and they did not charge me.

A friend of mine returned his lease without the rft and no charge was taken too.

I believe as long as you are sticking with the wheels you are safe.
Strictly speaking . . .

"Four matching tires that have at least 4/32" tread depth and that match the original tires supplied on your vehicle (speed rating, brand, type, size and BMW-star approved run-flat);"

https://theroadahead.bmw.ca/#wheels-tires

Realistically speaking, if you are buying a new vehicle, it seems BMW is a bit more flexible. Returning the car with original wheels and tires from one of the 5 brands noted on BMW Canada's website, Michelin, Pirelli, etc. for the same speed rating, size, and type is likely to be fine. Thinking about Lan Li el-crapo Tonka Truck Plastic wheels for $19 for a set of 4 made from recycled diapers and party balloons, probably won't work . . .

As for the wheels, the originals need to go back. You can have a nick or two in a rim but if you curb rashed a quarter of wheel, get it fix or get a nasty surprise. If you live in the Toronto area I can recommend a fantastic shop that does rim repair for the dealers.

Keep in mind your OEMs are at least 3 years old so that will knock down the price, You still need to have something on the car so you need to buy some used tires too. Are you thinking you might make a couple hundred on the turn around? Balance that at having to run around looking at used tires and doing a tire swap.
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Sorta reviving the thread I started way back.
So the deal is that I have to return the car back with rft.
I could get these cheap 4/32 Goodyear RFT and return the car and hope that they accept or would they accept a set of Pirelli Winter RFT still at 9/32? Read somewhere that they do not accept snow tires. Can anybody confirm that they much be AS tires.
No snows. On the list of unacceptables:

Snow tires

See https://theroadahead.bmw.ca/#wheels-tires
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Sorta reviving the thread I started way back.
So the deal is that I have to return the car back with rft.
I could get these cheap 4/32 Goodyear RFT and return the car and hope that they accept or would they accept a set of Pirelli Winter RFT still at 9/32? Read somewhere that they do not accept snow tires. Can anybody confirm that they much be AS tires.
What does your lease say? I'm pretty sure the language says something like they have to be "similar". Winter tires are not similar to A/S tires.
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Wow...I guess I have no perspective for tire life, that's crazy. Are you chirping tires and drifting turns or that's just everyday driving? I suppose there's a gray area, but still, that's pretty short tire life on a presumably expensive OEM tire.
seriously... that's nuts. I have 14K miles - hard miles too!! with my m-sport staggered setup. Tread is still great!
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Slight change in topic from the winter tires (which I agree, they are very unlikely to accept, at least down here in the states).

I wonder if any of this changes now that you can spec non-RFT tires from the factory.

To further complicate this question, I have the Track Handling Package with the 442s but with RFTs (if I ordered the car I assume I could have spec'ed it with non-RFTs). My point is that I think you need to get the Track Handling Package to get non-RFTs from the factory, so would you have to have that package to return with non-RFTs.
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      07-28-2016, 03:15 PM   #33
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Interesting video directly from the source. Video 7 Tires and Wheels.

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...tionFlash.aspx

It states that you must have at least 1/8" of tread left and if the car came with runflats on it when you leased it, it must be returned with runflats. So if your spec sheet on your lease states non-runflats you are good.
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