2011 BMW 550i xDrive, Long-Term Car Review Update

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We've person's name challenged keeping tires on our long-term BMW 550i xDrive.

By: Roger Hart on 10/21/2011

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Just as we casement the next quarter by means of our long- word BMW 550i xDrive, a right-front flat casement inquisitiveness months of tire problems.

When the BMW arrived, we promptly replaced the Goodyear Eagle LS-2 RunOnFlats by means of four Dunlop Winter Sport M3 tires. A pothole lady the right-front in midwinter and we weren't clever to discover one more Dunlop, so we replaced it by means of a Pirelli Winter Scorpion of the similar size.

A pair of months later, the right-front on one occasion once more let us downward as the Pirelli knowledgeable a "rapid equalization of pressure"--otherwise recognized as a flat. With no spare in the trunk, an not practical was stranded the distance end to end of the surface of the road. A name to BMW roadside help netted a flatbed following a almost three-hour wait.

With spring near, we reinstalled the run-flats.

Immediately, the car's logbook casement filling up by means of unflattering remarks concerning the ride and handling. It earth the snow tires similar to a additional at ease ride supposed the stiff-sidewall run-flats.

On a trip to Vermont, our copy leader hit a gigantic pothole in a rainstorm, destroying the tire and damaging the aluminum wheel. When she went to contain the tire replaced at a restricted tire shop, mechanics establish so as to two additional tires and wheels now damaged in adding to the pothole victim. No substitute wheels now available, but two new tires now clever to be fitted for the trip rear house (the come into view one, by means of fewer damage, limped).

A melody following the construct in Vermont, we now clever to place one more tire and contain the fewer damaged one replaced. An appointment has person's name complete by means of our restricted service section to see consequences any of the rims can be straightened preceding to dropping grave coin on brand-new ones.

So in the span of six months, we had inquisitiveness damaged summer tires, two blown chill tires and inquisitiveness damaged wheels. Despite persons woes, drivers motionless love the car, as of the smooth authority delivery of the V8 to the at ease leather seats and quiet interior.

Those of you not familiar with the latest on BMW now have at least a basic understanding. But there's more to come.

Once we get the wheel condition of affairs straightened out and by means of the new rubber in place, we'll be prepared for the relax of the year.

SECOND-QUARTER UPDATE

2011 BMW 550i xDrive Sedan

AS-TESTED PRICE: $74,700

MILES DRIVEN (QUARTER/TO DATE): 8,475/14,105

FUEL ECONOMY (QUARTER/TO DATE): 20.3/19.5 mpg

FUEL price (QUARTER/TO DATE): $1,761.17/ $2,761.22

DAYS OUT OF SERVICE (QUARTER/TO DATE): Two/three

MAINTENANCE: Replace two tires ($1,028.14); put back tire ($416.94); reinstall summer tires ($110.60)



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