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      10-20-2008, 02:26 PM   #1
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bmw canada approved winter tire package

On the BMW Canada website, I can see they offer BMW Approved winter tire packages. Does anyone have more details on these packages? What is the exact specs of the tires and rims in the package (i.e. sizes). I am particularly interested in the 128i packages. I don't plan on getting it from BMW (too expensive). But I thought I could at least get the same sizes for the wheels and tires (non-runflat).
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      10-20-2008, 02:34 PM   #2
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go to tirerack.com

there are lots of other posts here as to what people had success with.

I ordered mine from there and it was half the price of BMW and arrived in 5 days.
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      10-20-2008, 02:35 PM   #3
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Ditto ^^^
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      10-20-2008, 02:37 PM   #4
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I've ordered numerous wheel and tires packages from Tire Rack over the years - have always been satisfied with the outcome.
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      10-20-2008, 02:44 PM   #5
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ditto big time.

Too bad we all didn't get our winters when our dollar was worth more than USD. It's still worth it though. I am guessing I saved between $600-$700 and the tires came to my door 3 days after I ordered!

Life is Good!

BTW Gill should give us a free tire pressure gage for the good word...LOL

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BTW, anyone in TO/GTA going to put winters on soon?
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      10-20-2008, 02:51 PM   #6
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On the BMW Canada website, I can see they offer BMW Approved winter tire packages. Does anyone have more details on these packages? What is the exact specs of the tires and rims in the package (i.e. sizes). I am particularly interested in the 128i packages. I don't plan on getting it from BMW (too expensive). But I thought I could at least get the same sizes for the wheels and tires (non-runflat).
I just wonder what are Bmw approved tires......because you could go to canadian tire pick up some Nordic crap and they wouldnt have any rights to void anything. I just hate the way Bmw treat their customer by scaring them off. Honestly its due to the lack of knowledge of the owners....(read my sig). When I went to the dealer the salesman(my friend) said that the winter packages are over 3000$ LOLOLOL. Anybody smart would pick up used wheels for this forum or any cheapos replica from ebay and slap some winter tires and it wont be more than 1800$ cdn all included. Anything more than that is a rip off. Since I work hard for my money I like to shop around here are some exemples for the ones with less automotive knowledge.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/17-Wh...mZ200262305919
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/17-wh...mZ350102437754
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/17-wh...mZ350102437754

for tires
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-New-205-50-17-Toyo-Snow-Winter-Tires-Mazda-6-Cobalt_W0QQitemZ400002178544QQcmdZViewItem?hash=it em400002178544&_trkparms=72%3A727%7C39%3A1%7C65%3A 12%7C240%3A1318&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Bridg...=p4506.c0.m245
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      10-20-2008, 03:37 PM   #7
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+1 for Gill @ Tire Rack.

Very happy with my order.

Gill went above & beyond when there was a slight mix up with my order at no cost to me.

I ordered BMW center caps but then changed my rim style.

We missed the fact that center caps don't fit the new rims, so he refunded me for the center caps & sent out some BMW center decals free of charge.

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      10-20-2008, 03:56 PM   #8
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PS
BTW, anyone in TO/GTA going to put winters on soon?
I've been thinking of doing it soon just to get the stupid run flats off, which drive me crazy on suspension.
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      10-20-2008, 04:20 PM   #9
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BTW, anyone in TO/GTA going to put winters on soon?
Snow shoes went on the Miata on Saturday. Top is still down though.
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      10-20-2008, 06:32 PM   #10
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I think you guys in the GTA would be surprised with how competitive
(to tirerack) some local tire shops are. I'm getting pretty good prices any where from 1300-1700, everything in, with good winters, Dunlop 3D, gislaved nordfrost 5, nokian's Rsi and a set of rims.

Don't have anything against tirerack or Gill...but you do have local choices..
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      10-21-2008, 12:01 AM   #11
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I think you guys in the GTA would be surprised with how competitive
(to tirerack) some local tire shops are. I'm getting pretty good prices any where from 1300-1700, everything in, with good winters, Dunlop 3D, gislaved nordfrost 5, nokian's Rsi and a set of rims.

Don't have anything against tirerack or Gill...but you do have local choices..
Excel, thanks for the info. Can you recommend any local tire shops in the GTA?
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      10-21-2008, 12:28 AM   #12
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I am also a satisifed Tirerack customer with Gill. I checked out some local shops in Vancovuer and I could not get even close on price. Very happy with the setup, price and service from Gill.
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      10-21-2008, 12:35 AM   #13
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+1 for Gill. Great prices, fast shipping, knows his products, couldn't have asked for more.
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      10-21-2008, 12:24 PM   #14
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I'm interested in the local shops too! Just want to compare what I can get vs Tirerack.
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      10-21-2008, 12:29 PM   #15
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I wish their was a local tirerack here in Toronto, Ontario so that we skip ouot on the custom / shipping charges. That is what makes apples to apples with local competition. Otherwise, a local TR store would be 200 to 300 bucks cheaper on a package tireset. Oh, and also an installer shop would be nice. As I know I will now get slapped another 40$ to rotate to winter wheels at any other shop. Gill, any thoughts on a new store or partnership with someone in Toronto Ont Canada ???
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      10-21-2008, 12:29 PM   #16
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I was sitting in the customer lounge of my dealer out here in BC and they had on display a complete chart of all the winter wheel and tire combos for every model (including the 1).
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      10-21-2008, 12:38 PM   #17
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Nobody read my earlier post? I saved $600-700$ CAD by using Gill@tirerack.com and that is confirmed!

You will save less now because of the exchange rate. If I had ordered in the summer it would have been $900-$1000 CAD savings and that is all inclusive of shipping/taxes/duty/exchange!

I saw the local rims too, they were not as good as what I got from tirerack. (at least that is what I found)

I did not find a local place to quote me "apples-to-apples" just runflats-to-runflats

I paid more because I purchased winter runflats. Call me crazy, but if I get a flat, I can just drive to a dealership and they will swap a new one in... so I am told. Time will tell eh! At the end of the winter, I will post my results.

But ordering from tirerack after a 3 min phone call, and getting the tires delivered to my door in a record 2.5 days! Ordered on Monday at 10am, and the tires came in Wed at 2pm. Obviously once the cold comes, winter tires run out, and it will take longer, due to volume.

The 2or3 cons I can see by ordering from tirerack, vs local.

1 . NO Nitrogen offered at Tirerack
2. I have to either arrange to have the tires put on, or I have to do it myself.
3. And possibly warranty issue hassle, but with Tirerack's reputation, that actually might be a bonus. Local shops all depend on the attitude of the manager that day.

I will say, if I had a relationship with 1 good garage, I would have paid something extra and have everything done under 1 roof. Total car car is always best. It's a shame the dealerships are not only way way way more $$$ but the service I have got so far, is just SAD!

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      10-21-2008, 12:52 PM   #18
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ditto big time.

Too bad we all didn't get our winters when our dollar was worth more than USD. It's still worth it though. I am guessing I saved between $600-$700 and the tires came to my door 3 days after I ordered!

Life is Good!

BTW Gill should give us a free tire pressure gage for the good word...LOL

EspressoBoy

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BTW, anyone in TO/GTA going to put winters on soon?
OR

5% discount for all the orders he gets with the forum.. without it.. wow what would Gill do?? :biggrin:
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      10-21-2008, 01:13 PM   #19
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Well, like to like I meant same rims & tires as offered by TR, here at a local non-bmw dealer. A comparison to the dealer, well, local or non-local non-BMW dealer will always sell for alot less.
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The Winter 128i/135iCAB for Canadians
(http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19738)

1000+ Miles on new winters across the US
(http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19948)
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      10-21-2008, 01:15 PM   #20
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135iUSN,

yup, but that probably cuts into his commission... remember he too owns a 135i and that puppy is not cheap.

Sometimes it's better to pay a bit more, and have someone who has time to listen to our "issues" and fight for us, when something goes wrong.

Time will tell to say if that is true.

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Gill when can you send me the free electronic tire pressure gage for Christmas?? LOL
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Excel, thanks for the info. Can you recommend any local tire shops in the GTA?
Sorry for the late reply. Try tire23 in mississauga - that's where I got mine set for this winter. Steelcase tire in Markham is pretty comparable too. I am sure there are others too, these are just the 2 shops that always get great reviews (for price and service). Please keep in mind that tire 23 only deals with cash or debit. I also did not ask for RFT's because I personally think they're rubbish.

I ended up with 205/50/17 (BMW recommended), Gislaved nordforst 5 and alloys for $1320 out the door. I think it's a pretty good deal, the same set up at Steelcase cost about 100+tax more.

Good luck guys!
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tirerack. Easy, Simple, Quick. +1
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