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#1887 of 3108 Re: What replacement tires do you recommend (non-RFT)? [emartinezdev]
Jun 09, 2008 (7:19 am)
Urgent. Please reply. Would you buy the tire insurance if you had it to do all over again? I picked up my new 2008 BMW 328xi with the Brimstone runflat tires on Saturday. They put pressure on me to buy an $800 insurance policy for my RFT's my 39 month lease and I side stepped the sales pitch. They called me late Saturday and said if I wanted the run flat insurance I could still get it today. I was shocked when I lost 2 GFT tires in the 1st month of my 2005 330xi lease when the Goodyear sidewall blowouts happened. I replaced them at BJ's wholesale club which came with sidewall insurance and never had a problem in 40,000 miles. I did not even know about the RFT situation until I picked up the car on Saturday. Should I tell the dealer to change my tires? I have 100 miles on them. Should I skip the insurance? Should I get the Michelin MV4 GFT and a donut for the trunk?
#1888 of 3108 Re: What replacement tires do you recommend (non-RFT)? [dannys1]
Jun 09, 2008 (8:22 am)
For a new set of tires you are going to pay a lot of money. The $800.00 insurance seems cheap based on most of the comments I have read here. The only down side is you will have to take the car in frequently to replace these defective tires. If you have to drive in winter conditions you will also need snow tires. If you buy them from BMW they will be covered under the insurance plan. I can't believe that this problem has been going on for so long. I wonder why is BMW being so stubborn about this issue. They should stock their cars with good tires and get rid of the run flats. I suspect they have some sort of long term financial commitment with Bridgestone and will lose big money if they back out.
#1889 of 3108 Re: What replacement tires do you recommend (non-RFT)? [dannys1]
Jun 09, 2008 (9:06 am)
I can tell you it cost me $780 for 4 225/45 Conti RFT A/W tires for my 330xi last month. That is close to what TireRack charges with installation at a recommended local shop.
I would pas on the insurance IMHO.
#1890 of 3108 Re: What replacement tires do you recommend (non-RFT)? [dannys1]
Jun 09, 2008 (10:39 am)
tell them to change the tires.And if they won't put the 800$ in a saving account and when the tires need to be changed a new good set will only cost you 500$. You wiil have a left over to fill the tank once, maybe 2xs.
#1891 of 3108 bmw 2007 335i sports sedan
Jun 10, 2008 (7:03 am)
I have an 2007 335i. I has the staggered tires. 2 different sizes and both are 18" wheels. Bridgestone is the only RFT they is made. The dealership suggested I replace the bridgestones with continentals. It is a lease. I have to return the car with the original Run Flat Tires (rft). Continental doesn't make a run flat in that size and I replaced the front 2 tires, after 1 year with Fukara 452s. They ride great and don't make noise. I had a rear one go out and had to replace it with the original tire which I bought from the dealer at $377.00. The dealer is the only one who had it in stock and the tire was basically coming apart so I had to buy a replacement.
If anyone knows of another tire manufacturer that makes a 255/35r18 that is not pirelli or bridgestone i would sure like to know.
#1892 of 3108 Re: bmw 2007 335i sports sedan [rloyde]
Jun 10, 2008 (8:05 am)
TireRack is now carrying the new Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP, which is a RFT and is acceptable for a lease return. Unfortunately they ain't cheap ($268 per front tire, and $372 per rear tire), which is even more expensive than the Bridgestone tires.
#1893 of 3108 Re: bmw 2007 335i sports sedan [shipo]
Jun 10, 2008 (12:53 pm)
Heck, it's costing a lot to go 3-series sport these days!
#1894 of 3108 Re: bmw 2007 335i sports sedan [circlew]
Jun 10, 2008 (1:49 pm)
Only if you insist on keeping RFTs on the car. Per TireRack, a competent set of 4 Yokohama S.drive GFTs (in the proper size for a 335i SP) can be had for $684 plus shipping and taxes. Not too steep, especially when compared to a set of those nasty RFTs.
#1895 of 3108 Re: bmw 2007 335i sports sedan [shipo]
Jun 11, 2008 (4:04 am)
That just about says everything regarding a true sport set up with RFT gear. The GFT route is the ONLY way to go at the present time if one considers value high on the list.
#1896 of 3108 Re: bmw 2007 335i sports sedan [shipo]
Jun 11, 2008 (5:22 am)
Excuse my ignorance, but what does the acronym GFT stand for?