2008 BMW X5 4.8i: Screwed!
January 26, 2009
Remember when we wrote that the long-term X5's right rear tire was down 10 pounds of air pressure? This would have been moments after Editor in Chief Oldham arrived in Detroit after two-thousand-and-whatever miles. Right, well, turns out somewhere along the way (my guess, for no good reason, is Indiana), the X5's right-rear picked up a self-tapping screw that had self-tapped itself right in between the tread blocks of the big Michelin.
It did a fine job plugging its own hole too, because the tire held air for many, many days before finally tripping the X5's tire pressure monitoring system again. I took the X5 over to a local Belle Tire location and they plugged the hole and even gave me back my (or Oldham's) screw. It cost $20.
--Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit