Tires and Wheels problem
2006 BMW 750Li V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 30500 miles
I recently purchased a 2006 BMW 750 Li with 19" wheels and felt some light vibration in steering wheel around 50 MPH and found out (when I took it to BMW dealership) that the passenger side front wheel rim is bent and that was causing the vibrations. BMW has quoted me $750 to replace the rim and balance the wheels. I have a few questions on this.
How does a rim get bent - is this an indication of an accident or this is a common occurence?
Shold this have been caught by the folks who claim that each car goes through 140 point inspection?
If I don't get the rim replaced, does it have any long term detrimental impact on the car like tires wearing out unevenly or alignment problem etc. Or is the only side effect of this the slight vibration that I am experiencing?
Can I replace my spare wheel rim with the one that is bent?
Finally, I saw someone advertising a refurbished OEM 19" rim on the internet for like $250 - they mentioned that it met all BMW standards - is it advisable to buy these rims and replace my bent one?
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 AT 8:15 AM