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#1859 of 3108 Re: What replacement tires do you recommend (non-RFT)? [circlew]
May 05, 2008 (7:16 am)
I did not let the Run Flats keep me form buying one, I picked up my new 335xi Friday and so far I am pleased with the tires, and love the car! . I am not getting the expected road noise, etc. In fact, the car is quieter than my 2005 Acura RL in similar road conditions.
I did go far a ride in a 2006 325 and I noticed a lot of road noise in that, but the newer run flats in the 335 are fine. I will likely buy snow tires this winter but I am unsure if they will be run flats or not.
My other BMW (e36M3) has Michelin Pilot Sport SP2's all the way around and I like them very much, they would be a high performance non RFT options for those who are interested. Tire rack is a good option and Discount Tire will bargain and match the Tire Rack price.
#1860 of 3108 Re: What replacement tires do you recommend (non-RFT)? [rfl]
May 05, 2008 (8:34 am)
Didn't you forget TAX?
#1861 of 3108 Re: What replacement tires do you recommend (non-RFT)? [mjbauer]
May 05, 2008 (8:36 am)
You have the best of both worlds! With snows, you will be at the top of the traction heap in all conditions with your new car!
#1862 of 3108 RFT's a BUMMER!
May 06, 2008 (4:45 pm)
Purchased a new 330i (Sports Package - staggered Fr / Rr tires sizes) with RFT's in 2006. Ran up 20,000 mixed city and highway before having to replace them. Now with 27,000 miles on Bimmer, looking to replace once again (although are good for another 6-7,000 miles). Two BMW dealers say nothing wrong with suspension etc. but add that RFT's do not give tread life of conventional tires. Local Bridgestone dealers do not even carry RFT's for this car as they say "not enough demand to carry in stock".
Any suggestions on GOOD QUALITY CONVENTIONAL tires for this car?
Have purchased "donut" spare and power kack and now ready for tires.NOTE: I live in an area of little snow. Do not need "All Seasons"
#1863 of 3108 2 wheel vs AWD
May 06, 2008 (5:28 pm)
My summer car is a 911s Porsche. As we live on a mountainside in Vermont, I have to park it for the winter. As November approached, I mourned the fact that I would be driving a Jeep for the winter. My wife had an SUV.I decided to trade in the SUV for a German AWD car. I test drove a Mercedes but was disappointed in their smaller AWD models. After my Porsche, they felt unresponsive. I then drove a 328xi and was immediatley impressed and bought it.We just finished a winter with it and I LOVE the car. The AWD system works seamlessly, I cant feel it engage. I drove it up our steep gravel road with 10 inches of unplowed snow up to the doors and it did it effortlessly. On dry pavement, the car tracks and handles beautifully with no AWD feel that many cars have. The 6 speed manual is incrediably smooth as is the engine. My only regret is that I didnt buy one sooner. We are also very pleased with our gas mileage. When in doubt, I would highly recommend the AWD.
#1864 of 3108 Re: 2 wheel vs AWD [upnorth2]
May 07, 2008 (2:51 am)
I have the 330xi and couldn't agree more.
#1865 of 3108 Bridgestone Potenza RE50A II RFT Tires
May 07, 2008 (7:53 am)
… came mounted on a brand-new 335d coupe with sport suspension bought two months ago. About 3,500-mile wear up now. Flawless. Excellent grip. Little noise, no harsh ride (in absolute terms and as compared to my previous ride on 5-Series with Michelin Pilot and Pirelli Nero Zero non-RFT tires).
#1866 of 3108 Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE50A II RFT Tires [jlbl]
May 07, 2008 (9:20 am)
Jose, do you have the BS or Continentals?
#1867 of 3108 Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE50A II RFT Tires [circlew]
May 07, 2008 (10:33 am)
Bridgestone Potenza RE50A II RFT tires. I had no other option left when I bought the car.
I have read about cups as well as noise and harsh ride on BS RFTs after, say, 10,-15,000 miles. But I have also be told that that was when they were made of a bad rubber compound before 2006 . Time will say if my BS will age without being a nuisance. I have read too that, given those tires are directional, the noise may increase substantially after wrongly performed tire rotations.
Until now they are great, both on dry and wet pavement. They are summer tires, yet I drove them a couple of times on mountain-road salted asphalt in freezing weather with still good grip (not that I had asked them too much under such a condition).
#1868 of 3108 Re: run flats [dohrmc]
May 09, 2008 (4:03 pm)
As I mentioned in a previous post,a BMW dealer overcharged my wife for two run flat tires. ( $780 ) In BMW's defense, the dealer called a couple days after the event checking on my satisfaction with my recent visit to the dealer. I let them have it and ranted and raved about being over charged and ripped off. The poor woman during the survey was silent but promised to send my comments along. Today the dealer called and apologized for the error. They are sending me a check for $400. They said it was a clerical mistake and humbly apologized. They are off my s_ _ t list . I still dont like run flats. But BMW is great.