2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test


2008 BMW 135i: Track Days are Never Cheap

January 23, 2009

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You might recall that our 135i needed some new tires. Sounds premature at just over 16,000 miles, but we're not easy on tires to begin with and those miles included two days of lapping at Big Willow which finished them off quite completely.

So with rubber flapping in the wind, we headed to Stokes Tire Pros to get some new Bridgestones. Since our 135i is still within its first 12 months, we opted for another set of the stock Potenza RE050A RFTs. They measure 225/40R18 up front and 255/35R108 in back, and they are not cheap. Our total bill for four new tires all mounted and balanced was $1,431.

Moral of the story? No matter how cheap that local track day might look, it's always going to cost a little more than you think.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 16,651 miles

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