I was just wondering if anyone had dealt with this issue. I am about to turn in my wife's Z4, the lease is up. The tires are shot and I am going to have to buy a set before I turn it in. Yes they are runflats and are very expensive. Buy the way they have to be BMW certified tires, ie they have the star on the sidewall. From what I understand BMW is the only company that requires this, because they contract the tire manufacturers to put the stars on their approved tires.
I always intended to just trade the car, but with the economy, this car is ten grand in the whole. Not a huge deal I guess, BMW is taking the loss. Dealer says this has been a huge problem for them in the last year. I have leased many cars, this is the first one I haven't been able to trade and come out at least a little ahead, (mostly leased Honda's and Toyota's). With all that said I now have 21000 on my 2007 Copper S and the Dunlop runflats are bald. I still have a little over a year on the lease and I need to get tires now. I have found quite a few replacement tires, even runflats, that are better priced but do not have the star. I checked with the Mini dealer and they confirmed that the tires have to have the star if you turn in the car. My hope is to trade it, but if it loses the value like the Z did, this may not be a option. I may have to turn it in, so I wouldn't want to have to replace the tires again at that point. This is frustrating because who want's to pay over a thousand dollars for a set of tire that only last 20000 miles. I just wondered if anyone else had faced this situation, and I was hoping for suggestions.