BMW Complaint - BMW 635csi - only one tire available at ridiculous price ($417 each)
WESTWOOD, NEW JERSEY -- I have a 1987 bmw and tried to replace the tires for the 2nd time since my ownership and found that there is only one tire that will fit the european rims that came with the car (several years ago the tires were readily available and ~100 each). Currently, the tires are rare and now cost 417 each! I requested financial assistance from BMW of North America with either replacing the rare rims or offsetting the cost of the tires since they specified only Michelin trx tires for the car when it was produced. Only Coker tire supplies these tires currently. Michelin told me that they have no influence on the price that Coker charges, and no responsibility for the tires. However, Coker told me that Michelin still makes them ? I have sent emails to the President of BMW of NA, customer relations and others in Germany, to no avail. Unfortunately, I will spend the money on an attorney to represent my concerns. This is bad customer relations and was not a sound business decsion to specify only one tire manufacturer/tire and leave customers in a lurch who bought this car that cost $48K in 1987! BMW has told me they are not responsible for the tire price and refused to help me. My only choice now is to take legal action, pay the ridiculous price for tires ($1700- 1900), sell the car, or try to sell the car! Not the customer service I expected from a "luxury " car dealer! In this tough economic time I am not in a position to pay the ridiculous amount above, and I do not think it is reasonable. I am now limited in the usage of the car as it is a danger to my health and safety. This was a design flaw to specify only one tire manufacturer and tire size for a car. Should BMW, Michelin, and/or Coker Tire decide to step up and help me, I will request that this post be removed and/or provide an update.