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      12-11-2006, 12:16 PM   #1
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Winter tires/RFT mess up--Open Road BMW

Last week after a big snow fall, I called my local dealership, Open Road BMW in Newmarket, ON to order some snow tires for my 06 323i. The parts guy gave me two options: Viking Continental SnowTrac 16" non-RFT and Blizzak RFT. I was going to purchase tires and mount them on my stock 16" alloys and I plan to keep them on these rims and buy 18/19" in the summer. He quoted me $130 a tire for the Viking and 261 for the RFT. I placed an order for the Vikings. I had to wait a week for an appointment. so today, I go in to have them installed and they told me they made a mistake, though I had a E46 and refused to install the Vikings on my E90 because the "suspension is not designed for non-RFT" and that I would have to purchase more expensive RFT (now quoted at $417 each). They gave me some BS about my warranty would be void, my roadside assistance would not come if I had non-RFT, etc etc. He told me they would install the Vikings but I would have to sign a waiver allowing them to install them and make them have no responsibility if anything happened . Is this all BS? Or is this true?

Where in TO can i get a decent set of snow tires??????
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      12-11-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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Where in TO can i get a decent set of snow tires??????
I have used Steelcase Tires on Steelcase for the past 20 years. Off of Woodbine north of Steeles.
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      12-11-2006, 01:35 PM   #3
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Last week after a big snow fall, I called my local dealership, Open Road BMW in Newmarket, ON to order some snow tires for my 06 323i. The parts guy gave me two options: Viking Continental SnowTrac 16" non-RFT and Blizzak RFT. I was going to purchase tires and mount them on my stock 16" alloys and I plan to keep them on these rims and buy 18/19" in the summer. He quoted me $130 a tire for the Viking and 261 for the RFT. I placed an order for the Vikings. I had to wait a week for an appointment. so today, I go in to have them installed and they told me they made a mistake, though I had a E46 and refused to install the Vikings on my E90 because the "suspension is not designed for non-RFT" and that I would have to purchase more expensive RFT (now quoted at $417 each). They gave me some BS about my warranty would be void, my roadside assistance would not come if I had non-RFT, etc etc. He told me they would install the Vikings but I would have to sign a waiver allowing them to install them and make them have no responsibility if anything happened . Is this all BS? Or is this true?

Where in TO can i get a decent set of snow tires??????

Viking winters are garbage anyway, find decent tires right away, you are not driving an 1982 civic here...

I installed a set of vikings last year on my wifes Mazda, man, the shit I've received about them was daily, $600 in the toilet... if you want I still have them, will make a killer deal on them (17") , she is now on Toyos G020 and the difference is unthinkable, amazing.

The RFT vs non RFT dealer practice is total bs, get service done elsewhere asap, but at their place I would also not install Vikings on any recent or new car.

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      12-11-2006, 01:51 PM   #4
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Ya, looks like all the dealerships are falling back on the "we can't install non-rft's on e90/e92's". Head over to Steelcase, I've yet to hear a single bad thing about them. I ordered my W300's from tiretrends.com and am going to be getting them mounted at Steelcase.
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I guess they could do that but i have not seen dealers locally do that.
You should buy RFT tires from the Tire rack and you would receive them in a couple days and then have your dealer mount them.
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I got the same b.s. response from some CA at Parkview BMW. He quoted me $2900 for run flat snows and rims for my 335. The snow tire package on my existing 330ci won't fit on the new car :mad:

I'm going to TireMag which is located on Keele, north of hwy 7. They have a great selection of tires and rims.
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I'd recommend you contact Chris or Jeff at Tirewerkes, their pricing on tires cannot be beat plus they deliver. I've bought two sets of tires from them so far (Yoko winters for my stock 161 sport pkg rims, Kumhos for my 19" CSLs) and the pricing/service has been excellent. For an idea of the 18" E90/E92 winter packages available take a look at the link below. They can get pretty much any tire out there so feel free to ask them for a quote...

http://e90toronto.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=28
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I would also recommend Tirewerkers. I have bought a winter tire/rim set last week (18 inch Sport Edition E1 wheels and ContisTS810s) and the guys have been nothing but awesome. Excellent price and service!
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I would also recommend Tirewerkers. I have bought a winter tire/rim set last week (18 inch Sport Edition E1 wheels and ContisTS810s) and the guys have been nothing but awesome. Excellent price and service!
got the same wheels but from tirerack, like them very much
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where is tirewerkes located/
do you have the phone number?
their website is not up
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where is tirewerkes located/
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their website is not up
They don't have a physical location but Jeff and Chris are based out of Kitchener/Waterloo... they deliver and have local shops that can install so I wouldn't worry about the location. I'll PM you Jeff's contact info.
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