the sensors are $90-$100 a piece. this includes the sensor and the nut (you can't reuse the old nut). i don't see why you think it's a ticking time bomb. if you don't like the air bags and TPMS, get a "boat" from the 70's with a gas hog v8 in it and drive that around.
Yes, I do drive 70's gas hog. But not V8s. I am a experienced mechanic specialized in classic BMWs. I would choose to drive any of these reliable BMWs than most of the brand new cars in the market.
(and I still drive one that has over 200 miles on it, still running better than brand new Mercedes) I drive minivan for moving the whole family.
Suppose you want to change your tires - only place you can do is at Kia dealer. Your typical $80 labor is now going to cost you lot more.
Because it would not make sense to tear the tire out, and not replace those battery operated TPMS, you would have to add $90 - $100 each tire.
There you have it. It will add about $500 more for your typical tire replacement job. Even if you are riding on perfect condition tires, with only 30000 miles on it, if the battery goes out, then your are out of luck.
The additional cost will make dealers happy, but is cold cash out of customers pocket. This is the most useless technology you can pay money for. If you cannot maintain tire pressures, you should not be driving.
Loosing enough air leak on tire, would cause the steering wheel would shake like operating a jack hammer. And continue to drive the car in this condition, than the State should take his driving license away.
Is as stupid as those BMW auto sensing wipers. If you cannot operate these wipers without depending on the technology doing it for you, then you whould not be driving the car. (reason why I don't drive the new BMWs)