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      05-18-2013, 09:57 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, 09:16 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, 09:22 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, 11:50 AM   #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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