In Reply to: Flat tire in 328 sport: WARNING! (long) posted by VonBimmerhead on November 24, 1999 at 13:20:50:
Almost the exact same thing happened 2 months ago to me at the same place. I was getting on the 10 Eastbound from Lincoln Blvd, when I heard a loud thud. At first I thought nothing of it, perhaps it was a rock or bump in the road. Then as I was approaching the 405, the car started to get a little loose in the back. I knew it didn't feel normal so I thought perhaps that thud at lincoln was perhaps a broken bushing or suspension piece. As I got on the 405 south, the looseness in the back started to get worse and the car was hard to keep in a straight line. I then assumed I had a flat and got off the first exit (Venice I believe).
Changing my tire was not that easy. The tire was quite heavy and a pain to lift out. It didn't help that it was 90 degrees outside. Anyway, the first thing I noticed was that the bad tire was also pretty torn up, but what I noticed most was how hot it was. I could barely touch it. After finally getting the hot, damaged tire in the trunk, I made the mistake of keeping the windows closed and the AC running. My car smelled like a rubber factory after that for a few days.
To sum it up, I was fortunate that my rim did not sustain too much damage and I only had to get a new tire (Dunlop SP 2000). It still cost me around $250 though from Globe Tire on La Cienega. Next time I get all my tires changed, I will seriously look into getting one of those tire-pressure systems that go onto the rims. You don't have much time from when you feel a flat tire on your car, to actually saving it.
BTW, you car wouldn't happen to be Titanium? I saw a 328 sport on the S. 405 shoulder with a flat a few weeks ago.
: I had the joy of getting my first flat tire in my E46 328i sport the other day. It happend on the wonderful Los Angeles freeway system.
: I was going about 75-80 MPH along 10 eastbound from PCH when I must have hit something. I don't remember hitting anything, but shortly after that, the car started vibrating. It was minor at first, so much so that I though it was just the road surface I was feeling through the sports suspension. As I turned onto the 405 southbound, the vibration got steadily worse. I began to suspect a tire or wheel problem, so I relaxed my grip on the steering wheel slightly to see of the car was pulling to one side or the other.
: Nothing. Just vibration.
: I decided to pull over to check it out. The vibration was getting more intense, and things inside the dash began to resonate. I finally found a safe spot to pull over, and check the tires. The right rear was destroyed. The sidewall was blown out in multiple places, but was still on the wheel. Changing the tire on this car was easier than any other I've had to do, and you just can't beat having a full-size spare!
: As I put the bad wheel into the trunk, I noticed that the inner side of the wheel had quite a number of little dents in it. These dents would later cost me several hundred dollars in the form of a new wheel. 8-(
: I suppose it would have been more noticable if one of the front tires had gone, but now I see that one of those tire pressure monitoring systems would be worth it. The 17" sport wheel lists for more than $400. (Dealer cost is closer to $280, but they've got to finance their holiday parties somehow. 8-))
: So, in summary:
: Good news: If one of your rear tires goes at 75+ MPH, the car is probably not going to launch itself into the nearest ditch. I don't know about the front tires, and I don't plan on finding out.
: Bad news: If you don't notice the resulting vibration in time, you get to buy a new $400 wheel in addition to a new $179 tire.
: Be careful out there.....