Last post on Apr 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM
You are in the BMW 3-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 3 Series, Tires
#1932 of 3108 Re: Spare Tire and Rim [jp900]
Jul 04, 2008 (2:02 pm)
i bought a full size spare and an extra wheel. I know it takes up a hell of lot of space but with the drop down rear seat in the 335xi it's tolerable. I had a jack left over from my last bmw and it fits nicely in the (inadequate) well. I got the wheel from my bmw dealer ($286) and the tire from tire rack $145. had it put together at my local tire guy ($30). I bungy cord it in the trunk and so far everything fits nicely (luggage for a 2000 mile trip for 2 as well).
#1933 of 3108 BMW 2006 330i RFT problem Mileage 18K
Jul 05, 2008 (9:10 am)
I have major problem with my tires, this is the second set of tires I purchased, a total 8 tires $2500. just brought another one today, 328.00 from Tire Rack. I keep getting side wall damage , Bridgestone Potenza runflat tires are horrible. I also declined the tire insurance, which I now regret, I drive safely avoid potholes and it doesn't matter, still get side wall (bubble) damage, does anyone know if I can replace these RFT with
regular tires, the car does not have a spare. There is a sensor that tell you when the tire pressure is low, will this work if I remove the RFT, any help is appreciated..
#1934 of 3108 bridgestone run flats
Jul 05, 2008 (11:29 am)
bridgestone/firestone same company. dump the run flats and buy a good set of regular tires. save one for a spare in case of flat and be happy.
caio for now
#1935 of 3108 Re: bridgestone run flats [larry175]
Jul 05, 2008 (10:29 pm)
the 335i is my second car with RFT. My first is my 99 vette which I still have.
First--only lose air as the temp changes and by that I mean when we go from summer to winter type temp changes.
Second--each mfg RFT handles differently, rides differently etc. ie--I found the Firestones to be better than OE Goodyears on ride, handling and quiet.
Finally--I have driven cross country several times--got a sidewall bubble from a pothole on the interstate in New Mexico, it happens.
and I got a flat late nite in Joplin Mo--what happened as I finished an all day run i added air as I was headed north te next day and expected cooler temps-in doing so--on on etire the air hose locked to the vale and broke the valve--the FRT allowed my to drive the 5 miles to the hotel and a local goodyear dealer put in a regular valve so I could continue the trip. That was probably 7-8 years ago so now more dealers have the equipment and knowledge to work with RFT's. But all you need is to be caught 1 time without a spare or not have the right air and sealent and you are in a heap of trouble!
Jul 09, 2008 (3:55 pm)
Can you just substitute any 4 regular tires of 225/55 R16 size to replace the RFTs, or do they have to be special types to replace them?
Jul 09, 2008 (5:03 pm)
put on what your wallet likes but make sure its speed rated. ya know check em out. do your home work. i just put a set of cooper 2xr (or some thing like that) on my boxster. they ride great, stick great but if i get 2 years on them i will be happy. so do whatcha ya gotta.
ciao for now
#1938 of 3108 Road Hazard insurance
Jul 12, 2008 (4:43 am)
I am picking up my new 328xi in a couple of weeks. My dealer is offering road hazard insurance - will repair or replace tires and wheels due to damage from road hazard. 60 months for $795.00. Any opinions on this.
#1939 of 3108 Re: Road Hazard insurance [stephend]
Jul 12, 2008 (4:57 am)
ask yourself this question... would you insure your household appliances for an extended warranty period? Save your money! The tires cost around $150 from Tire Rack and the wheels are about $250(and you RARELY totally ruin a wheel).. What are the odds that you'll do road hazard damage to two of each during that period? The words "repair" or replace also bother me... it's said that RFT's cannot be "repaired"...and if it's a "repair" on a wheel, like grinding out a curb scrape...it doesn't cost that much. I scrapped the wheel on my 335xi on a curb and my Dremel tool ground it out in 30 seconds. Had the wheel rebalanced for insurance (cost $10) and it was done. Also... you don't mention if you are buying or leasing.... if it's leasing....don't even think about insurance! Lastly... if you're still convinced that you want the insurance... offer them $400 for it. It's a high profit item and if you are buying the new car from them don't be surprised if they take the lower offer!
#1940 of 3108 Re: Road Hazard insurance [stephend]
Jul 12, 2008 (9:09 am)
the tires may be 150 at tire rack-plus another 50 to mount esp as they are run flat.
The wheels are costly.
This is especially important if you drive in an eastern city where potholes and rough railroad tracks are abundant.
I have the 335 with sport package so my tires are even lower profile and the wheels a bit more costly. I have 1500 miles on car and already have hit small potholes that felt like craters.
My vette with RFT--already changed tires two times for damage--paid for more than half of the insurance before wheel damage.
Jul 12, 2008 (4:34 pm)
i'm a skeptic. When you blow a tire the manufacturer usually gives a road hazard warrantee. But when they start depreciating the tire they usually don't pay much. But the insurance from the dealer doesn't make much sense to me because you would have to blow more than four tires to break even. My opinion for whatever its worth is take the $800, clams and put it in the bank, draw a little interest and if you need a tire, draw down the cost.