Last post on Apr 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#3099 of 3108 Re: Sport vs standard [nkeen]
Apr 18, 2013 (4:35 am)
AGREE with nkeen 100%.
Had used run flats on 2 Bimmers (2001 330i & 2006 330i) until I smartened up and changed to standard Michelins 4 years ago. Never looked back. As nkeen states, wear too quickly.
My words.....son't waste your money on RFTs. Yes they do serve a purpose but my experience, keeping a spare "donut tire" in the trunk + all the required tools including a jack that simply plugs into the carr's lighter solves all the problems that "may" arise.
Well stated "nkeen".
#3100 of 3108 Re: One data point Re: Sport vs standard [dino001]
Apr 18, 2013 (8:35 am)
Has anyone gone to the Bridgestone 960AS RFT from non-RFT? We had RFT on a 325 that became exceedingly noisy at 10,000, so we went to Michelins, got over 50,000 smooth miles, but now it's time to choose the replacement.
#3101 of 3108 Re: Sport vs standard [johnsam]
Apr 18, 2013 (4:22 pm)
The RE050 excels at dry handling and they're not bad in the wet. They have a really sharp turn-in too. When they are in their prime they really mean business, but they don't stay in their prime for long. I think the wear issue is more related to the no-compromise high performance nature of the tire -- their wear rating is a solid 140. The noise they make is like a rough, oscillating, grumbling rumble whose pitch varies with speed. It is independent of any road noise generated by varying road surfaces (milled concrete, etc.)
I am loath to switch to a non-runflat as I believe that the car is engineered to work with the stiff sidewall of the RFT. I swap to 16" LM22 Blizzaks in the winter.
#3102 of 3108 Wear Ratings Re: Sport vs standard [nkeen]
Apr 19, 2013 (3:16 am)
The Michelin Pilot Sport ZP [ run flats ] are rated at 220.
One data point...
#3103 of 3108 Re: One data point Re: Sport vs standard [dino001]
Apr 19, 2013 (1:59 pm)
I have Continentals ExtremeContact2 runflats..."
My wife replaced the original Goodyear RFTs on her 05 Mini with those Continentals, and for the first 10K miles they held up well, and were mostly quiet.
The next 20K was a totally different story, with extreme tire wear and noise, but there had been no change in driving habits. That's something I've seen with other RFTs as well as performance tires. Little evidence of wear for some period of time, and then a period of exponentially increasing tread wear.
Fortunately, her Mini came with a spare, and I convinced her to go with a GFT setup this time. She ditched the Continental RFT "slicks" and I put a set of General GFT's on it. The tire noise is now 1/10 of what it was with the RFTs, and I can't see any difference in handling, other than the ride is much more pleasant now. BTW, neither of us are overly aggressive drivers, so one that routinely pushes the car's limits might feel differently...
Apr 21, 2013 (8:49 am)
Want to get new tires for my 328XI 2008 base model 205/55R1691H. It has about 67K miles. Don't want to get Run Flat Tires.
Most of the time I am on the highway/city. (70/30).
I am thinking of buying either a Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus or Michelin Primacy MXV4.
They are both the same price.
Please advise on which one to choose.
#3105 of 3108 Re: New Tires [skinhealer]
Apr 21, 2013 (8:58 am)
Whenever you can buy a Michelin tire for the same price as a Bridgestone...it's a no brainer. Bridgestone makes and in my opinion has always made an inferior tire. (especially their run-flats) .Have you thought about Continentals?
#3106 of 3108 Re: New Tires [rfl]
Apr 21, 2013 (10:13 am)
I didn't know that Michelin was better than Bridgestone. I did want the conti's but that isn't available at the wholesale store where I want to go.
Thank You for your input.
#3107 of 3108 Re: New Tires [skinhealer]
Apr 21, 2013 (11:56 am)
Go Michelin.....Go Michilin
I switched after RFTs for 2 Bimmers both new 3 Series cars.
Finally smartened up and had Michilins installed keeping "donut" in trunk with all required tools to change tire (if necessary-----has not been necessary so far after 40,000+ miles on conventional Michilins.
For the needed car jack, I opted for a power unit (from Harbor Freight Tools---RECOMMEND THERE JACK FULLY EVEN THOUGH IT IS DIRT CHEAP)
Hope you are ultimately happy with your choice as I was.
#3108 of 3108 Re: New Tires [skinhealer]
Apr 21, 2013 (12:52 pm)
Hi. I had a 2007 328 xi coupe that I couldn't wait to change from run flats. I purchased a set of Conti's DWS. They were OUTSTANDING. Great grip in all weather ( Never took the car out in more that 4 inches of snow) and quiet. I purchased the BMW donut and jack kit , put it in my trunk and I never looked back. Only problem was that my son smashed the front end of the car about 6 months later, we ended up totalling the car because both airbags were set off and the damage was almost as much as the car's value to fix. Now I have the donut and jack kit ….but no car!!! Actually we replaced it with a BMW X3 and we are back to run flats again..