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    Expensive Tires and Alignment

    I own a 2005 Mini Cooper convertible S model. At 17,000 miles I am having to replace all four tires because they are wearing down to the metal. Goodyear says that the tires should last 30,000 miles. Mini Concord, where I bought the car, says average mileage on tires is more like 10,000 miles. Cost of four new tires: $1,100. Tires and alignment are not covered by warranty.

    I think it is ridiculous to have spent $35,000 on a car and have to spend $1,000 a year on tires, which is what mini Concord suggests. I think other consumers should be forewarned of this extraordinary expense.


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    NOT TRUE

    I have a 2003 MCS and I had to replace my runflats at 30k.
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    I put nearly 40k on my original runflats...

    then I put regular tires back on for about $350.

    Just bought a plug kit & a small 12 volt compressor and keep them in the car.
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    Sorry to hear your trouble, but I got 25k

    off my Goodyear runflats that were on DaMINI (03 MC) and I drove them hard. Had it not been for a coming winter I would have held onto them longer but needed a good all seasion tire. At 25k no all seasion tire is truely an all seasion tire any longer. I suspect you had a tire inflation, alignment problem or a lot of fun pushing the car through corneres.

    To late for this set, but the life of the next set can be extended by rotating every 3 to six months.

    I do not know where you are looking to buy the tires from but there may be some ways to save. Buying the tires will cost less from a tire dealer and even less from Tire Rack (they will give you a list of people to take your car to). Often the shop will rotate the tires for free if you bring the car in. That is often a come on for other work but they are requierd to do the rotation even if you have no other work done as long as you have the paperwork stating the service was part of the tire purchase.

    Lastly, do you really need runflats. Many MCS owners have ditched the runflats for regular tires. That may be a good idea for you or it may not be. Ask the following of yourself the following questions and depending on the answers you may want to think about a different kind of tires.
    1. When was the last time you had a flat?
    2. Do you drive the car daily?
    2a. If yes, do you know how to change a tire?
    2b. If no are you a member of some auto club like AAA (my insurance offers a simular service to AAA auto repare)?

    Good luck on the next set...

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    don't get an alignment unless the tire wear is...

    eneven. I have never driven a car with cords showing...extremely dangerous. Check your tires often enough so that this never happens again. Suggestions to look elsewhere than the dealer are good ones. My dealer charges $50.00 just to mount a balance a single tire...friggin ridiculous. The Tire Rack is a great place to purchase quality long-lasting tires. I prefer Michelin, but the are many good choices. I am one of the ones that dumped the runflats and haven't looked back...better ride, better handling, less $$$...much less.

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    Re: Expensive Tires and Alignment

    I have a 2006 Cooper S convertible and also replacing all of my tires. I will not get runflat ones since the don't last that long. I have 20k on my car. I'm getting Bridgestone Potenza G019 for about 110.00e/a. Just will keep fixaflat in the trunk just in case I have a flat. Yes, it is ridiculous.

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