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#2652 of 2671 Re: runflats vs reg. tires [joem5]
Mar 20, 2009 (2:54 pm)
Thx for the info. Do I need to replace all 4 tires if I switch to non runflat ?
Are original wheels ok to replace w/ reg tires vs runflat ?
Should I purchase a mini spare or just get a kit to reseal a flat ?
#2653 of 2671 Re: runflats vs reg. tires [joem5]
Mar 20, 2009 (3:02 pm)
joem5, can I contact you via your email for additional help/ info ?
#2654 of 2671 Re: runflats vs reg. tires [wazjane]
Mar 20, 2009 (4:20 pm)
You have to buy 4 new tires if you switch from run flats.Your original wheels will be fine. I'd get a kit. The only time you can't fix a tire most of the time is ,if the itegrity of the sidewall is compromised. So don't hit a curb. I don't give out E mail. My wife thinks I fool around enough on the mtn givin' lessons. Day off to day. Look for Shipo or Axteria on the Mazda 3 forums they are quite knowlegeable.
#2655 of 2671 Re: runflats vs reg. tires [joem5]
Mar 21, 2009 (5:41 am)
#2656 of 2671 Re: runflats vs reg. tires [wazjane]
Mar 23, 2009 (10:34 am)
I have a Clubman S, which means runflats. Since I had a completely empty spare wheel well, I bought a spare from Mini Mania. This is in preparation for switching to non-runflats, and also because I didn't want to wait around while the shop fixed my current runflat (this actually happened). HOWEVER, be aware of the following:
1) The spare wheel fits on the BACK ONLY for the "S" models. The front brakes are too big. If you have 15" wheels now, you are OK. If you have 16" or bigger, then this post applies to you.
2) So if I have a front leak, I have to move the rear wheel to the front, then put the spare on the rear.
3) The spare wheel makes a great charcoal grill anywhere you go!
#2657 of 2671 Re: runflats vs reg. tires [ltq]
Mar 25, 2009 (7:16 am)
Itq, thx for your info. I am now beginning to regret having purchased my mini cooper s !! Instead of getting easier, replacing tires is now proving to be very complicated !
My brother has suggested not buying the spare, but just a tire seal kit for flats if I decide to switch to reg. tires. Not to mention there is no room in my mini s for the spare !!
Any thoughts ?????????????
#2658 of 2671 Re: runflats vs reg. tires [wazjane]
Mar 28, 2009 (8:22 am)
Not to mention there is no room in my mini s for the spare !!
Any thoughts ?????????????
If you fold down the rear seats, you'll have plenty of room for a spare. Surely you aren't planning to carry people back there.
#2659 of 2671 Re: runflats vs reg. tires [andys120]
Mar 29, 2009 (12:26 pm)
My question for all is how many flat tire have you had? I am almost 50 and never had a flat tire or has my wife. I would say you need to make sure your tire are in good shape and keep air in them. What about AAA to get a tow.
I can tell you I LOVE the Mini and its been a great car.
#2660 of 2671 Re: runflats vs reg. tires [wazjane]
Mar 30, 2009 (11:43 am)
yup,put the rear seat down. Did you buy the all season tires.If you bend the rear seats a spare won't stand upright? I really think a Mini is a toy ,in other words not a daily driver.Hey, I've coupe and no one has ever sat in the back seat and why put a back seat in.
It's a car that wants to run through the gears and challenge twisty roads and hills. Rough ride with sports suspension. The car isn't practical and wasn't built to go the grocery store,but to be driven.(with a six speed)
Also, the realiability is a concern to me especially the tranny.Yup, to me it's a 50k miler. Then buy a new one. My wife wants one because it's cute. Yester -day I got her a IS lexus to shut her up. She still has a picture of her Mini S on the fridge.
Also, you should buy AAA plus they will tow you a hundred miles IMAO
#2661 of 2671 Re: runflats vs reg. tires [joem5]
Mar 30, 2009 (3:43 pm)
Actually our experience with our Mini has been quite the opposite. We use ours daily. To us, it's a perfect grocery-getter (as long as you don't have a haul half a side of beef home, or have to buy bulk at Costco). And it has been as reliable as our Acura TL.
As for flat tires, between our 2 cars, I couldn't remember the last time we had a flat, until last year when we had one on the Mini. Cost me over $200 for a new one. Then a couple of months after that one, I thought I spotted another nail in a second tire. So I though, "crap"! I could almost visualize the smug "I told you so" look on the Mini business manager's face since I turned down her offer to sell me ridiculously expensive tire insurance. But the tire pressure didn't drop and I decided just to keep driving on it. Now, about 4 months later, I can't seem to find that nail anymore! We don't go out of town with the Mini, so as long as the pressure doesn't drop, I don't care if there is a nail in there.