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#1985 of 3108 I have the 2008 BS Runflats - they're OK
Aug 19, 2008 (9:28 am)
I have the 2008 BS Runflats on my 328i (Please see my post above).
They're no more noisy than the Michelin Pilots that I had on my 2003 325i.
I have about 10K on them and they still look OK, but when I bought the car the sales rep told me flatly and honestly that I wouldn't get more than 25K from them.
They weren't a deal-breaker for me...
I do miss the better performance from the Pilots (particularly in the wet, as I mentioned above), but to be fair, the Pilots are exceptional summer tires, while the RFT's are not only RFT's but all season as well.
The honest opinion would be that if you're not pushing the car that hard, the RFT's won't be an issue at all.
Regretably for me, I like to push the car. It's not an M3, but for me the whole point of having a BMW is to drive [only a little, for all you lawyers watching] too fast.
The electronics seem to make up for some of the lost cornering capability, but I'm not used to feeling the rear end slide and then jump into line- and I'm not used to hearing the squeal in a turn. Never happened with the Pilots.
I'm a little confused by your story - were the go-flats just the wrong tires, or were they deemed incompatible with the rims?
I'm still musing about changing the BS RFT's out for some Pilots. As I've tried to say above, there's nothing wrong with the BS RFT's on my 2008 - I just miss the better Michelins.
Oh, and I'm on my 4th BMW and I've never rotated the tires on any of them. It's never become an issue with accelerated wear at one end or the other, at least for me. Keep the rotation money, and use it to buy better tires the next time.
#1986 of 3108 Re: I have the 2008 BS Runflats - they're OK [lokki]
Aug 19, 2008 (9:42 am)
I rotate the tires myself so no coin lost there. Always have, for every car I've owned.
#1987 of 3108 Re: I have the 2008 BS Runflats - they're OK [circlew]
Aug 19, 2008 (9:55 am)
Hi OW, do yourself do tire balancing as well?
(7500 miles on 2008 RFT BS Potenza without nuisances; I am also satisfied with their overall performance)
#1988 of 3108 Re: [teeeye]
Aug 19, 2008 (10:22 am)
Hey there. I knew you looked familiar!
What you need to do is email Karen and ask her to fix it for you, karen AT edmunds.com. She'll let you know what she can do.
#1989 of 3108 Re: I have the 2008 BS Runflats - they're OK [jlbl]
Aug 19, 2008 (11:19 am)
I do not balance the tires as I do not own a dynamic balance machine!
Thanks for the feedback on your Bridgestone RFT experience.
#1990 of 3108 Re: BMW 325i Wagon Run flats [circlew]
Aug 20, 2008 (2:38 pm)
Here's a hybrid "question" instead of the other kind of hybrid (0-60 before the next millenium - by the way, how DO you turbocharge an electric car??? 220 volts? Cattle prod up the tailpipe? What do you do when there's NO tailpipe?!).
It's hybrid because it bridges 2 or more forums. My dealer is offering a 2008 328xi w/Dakota leather (LC), Power Seats (459), Heated Seats (494) and iPod (6FL). Invoice is $36,200, MSRP is $39,320. He is asking $37,870. I think this is too much and I'm thinking $37K flat is reasonable. If I ask for the Bridgestone RFs to be replaced with the ContiProContacts as I have on my 335xi, and assuming he goes for it, what do you think it's worth?
By the way, did this show up as xeye? If it did, I'M BAA_ACK!!!!
#1991 of 3108 Re: BMW 325i Wagon Run flats [densmith1]
Aug 20, 2008 (5:49 pm)
Do you guys not read the boards before you buy a $40,0000 car? Did you buy the car knowing there was a problem? I have a 328i coupe and it has the Continental tires, WHICH ARE FINE. Nearly every board out there on nearly every car out there claims the OEM tires are a disaster.There is a guy on the BMW boards whose only mission in life are BMW's tires and how horrible they are. Don't buy the f-ing car if the S-man says to get different tires and you want to believe some tire geek! Get a life!
#1993 of 3108 Re: BMW 325i Wagon Run flats [xeye]
Aug 21, 2008 (10:13 am)
Yes, you are BACK, xeye! I think it's worth $37K flat with the Conti's. You are not getting anything extra so you should not pay extra. I'll bet they are getting the BS for a discount because 90% of the new cars on the BMW lots have BS on them. They are going to be quite rigid not changing to Conti. I would take the BS and $37K and call it a day...you can always put Conti's on if you are not happy with the tires. Then you can pay that extra money.
Aug 22, 2008 (11:26 am)
I need help asap. I have a 2006 325i with the bridgestone RFs. I need to replace immediately, but don't know what to get. Can someone help?