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      06-09-2018, 09:25 PM   #1
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Came home last Friday to discover a screw in my rear tire. I called the dealer to have it fixed and they quoted me $65 to plug the tire. Of course I said no thanks. Called a nearby reputable tire shop which will do it for $25. Same type of plug from the inside. Anyone think dealer charging $65 to plug a tire is a bit high?
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      06-09-2018, 10:19 PM   #2
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I’m really just surprised they didn’t tell you it couldn’t be plugged and that you would need a new tire for $300+...
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      06-09-2018, 10:49 PM   #3
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BMW techs cost more.
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Go to discount tire, it's free to plug tires there. $65 is a complete ripoff, I'm impressed they actually offer that. Would've thought theyd recommend a tire replacement lol
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      06-09-2018, 11:14 PM   #5
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You are going to plug a Z rated radial...
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Go to discount tire, it's free to plug tires there. $65 is a complete ripoff, I'm impressed they actually offer that. Would've thought theyd recommend a tire replacement lol
This. They patched and plugged my tire for free, knowing when I needed tires I would go back there. And I did.
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I'm really just surprised they didn't tell you it couldn't be plugged and that you would need a new tire for $300+...
Seriously! My dealer would have sold me a tire or done nothing else lol.
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Just purchase a tire plug kit for an emergency and keep in your trunk.
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      06-10-2018, 03:34 AM   #9
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Iím flabbergasted that my local BMW dealer recommended America Tires for a free tire repair
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Had no idea discount tire fixed flats for free. One opened up recently nearby, I might give that a shot.
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BMW AG or any of its subsidiaries doesnít approve plugging or patching tires.
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probably only in the US and for legal reasons than anything else.

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Op discovered the dealer is a rip-off.
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probably only in the US and for legal reasons than anything else.
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You are going to plug a Z rated radial...
Plugging a tire on an M car or any other powerful car for that sort is something I would not consider for continuous use. Would be ok to bring the car home or to cruise to the next dealer, basically to get the car off the road. Or to do some drifting and burnouts in a closed environment - no one wants good rubber to go to waste

But I can not imagine doing a 130-150km/h+ on the German Autobahn with a "repaired" tire, or even 250km/h+ where the Autobahn is unrestricted.

For me, this is just a safety issue - and as devastating it may be, I would replace the tire(s) [one if they are like brand new-ish, both on the axle if they have some decent wear, just to rule out any possible issues with the DSC/ABS].

*edit* want to add: 65USD is a rip-off for a plug, 20-25USD sounds by far more reasonable. 65USD would be a rate for a tire-repair where the tire is taken off the rim and repaired by vulcanization or similar.
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I bought my car with wheel and tire insurance. I got picked up a nail at a track day and got it plugged there. When I got home I took it to the dealer and they got a new 71R to replace the one that was plugged. Said BMW did not approved of plugged or patched tires on the M at least.
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Interior Patch , is the proper repair for the tire. Plug is a temporary repair to get you to a shop , for the proper repair.
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Plugging a tire on an M car or any other powerful car for that sort is something I would not consider for continuous use. Would be ok to bring the car home or to cruise to the next dealer, basically to get the car off the road. Or to do some drifting and burnouts in a closed environment - no one wants good rubber to go to waste

But I can not imagine doing a 130-150km/h+ on the German Autobahn with a "repaired" tire, or even 250km/h+ where the Autobahn is unrestricted.

For me, this is just a safety issue - and as devastating it may be, I would replace the tire(s) [one if they are like brand new-ish, both on the axle if they have some decent wear, just to rule out any possible issues with the DSC/ABS].

*edit* want to add: 65USD is a rip-off for a plug, 20-25USD sounds by far more reasonable. 65USD would be a rate for a tire-repair where the tire is taken off the rim and repaired by vulcanization or similar.
A properly installed patch-plug (interior patch that also has a stem that is pulled through the hole) for a small hole in the tire tread area is perfectly safe. Sidewall and bead damage is not able to be properly repaired.

But an exterior installed plug is, as others have said, good only for temporary use. Get from point A to the repair shop only (especially for a Z rated performance tire).

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A properly installed patch-plug (interior patch that also has a stem that is pulled through the hole) for a small hole in the tire tread area is perfectly safe. Sidewall and bead damage is not able to be properly repaired.

But an exterior installed plug is, as others have said, good only for temporary use. Get from point A to the repair shop only (especially for a Z rated performance tire).

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Indeed, a proper tire-repair, with the tire being taken off the rim, plugged, patched & maybe vulcanized, is a different ball-game.

I was talking about using exterior plugs only. Which imho can only be a short-term and temporary fix.

Most tire-manufacturers are not allowing even to patch their UHP tires. The risk of the steel-braid being damaged is too high.
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