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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#2007 of 3108 I am living proof!!
Aug 31, 2008 (6:01 am)
I have driven BMW's exclusively since 1993: two 3 Series and a 545i.
I wanted to lease another 3 Series, but wouldn't settle for run-flats. I decided on a VW GTI, but couldn't find one optioned the way I wanted it quick enough with the 545i lease running out... so I bought a VW Rabbit that was. The car handles around 80% of a 3 Series and is fun to drive.
If BMW still uses run-flats in 2-3 years, I will be trading for a GTI. There are other choices, if status is not important.
Of course, if BMW takes to heart the overwhelmingly negative feedback concerning the run-flats, I will return to my beloved 3 Series.
#2008 of 3108 BMW & BS RFTs
Aug 31, 2008 (8:35 am)
Little hope BMW will break its alliance with Bridgestone in the near future, I'm afraid. At least over here they have started together a TV ad campaign on the advantages of RFTs.
#2009 of 3108 Re: BMW & BS RFTs [jlbl]
Aug 31, 2008 (10:21 am)
"advantages of RFTs".
Must be a very short TV ad.
#2010 of 3108 Replacing RFT with regular... replace rims too?
Sep 01, 2008 (7:15 pm)
I have a new 328i and am not a big fan of the RFT's (Guess no one's heard that one before...) I didn't mind them much until I went on a longer road trip. Not the end of the world if I keep them, but I'd be interested in replacing them with regular tires. Will the rims be damaged with regular tires? Do I also need to replace the rims (as BMW claims, at the cost of $4000!) Maybe they're not BS'ing me, but I wanted to find out if anybody here has replaced their RFTs and been fine without springing for a new set of rims.
#2011 of 3108 Re: Replacing RFT with regular... replace rims too? [ames59]
Sep 01, 2008 (7:24 pm)
Short answer: no, your rims will accept conventional GFTs with no problem.
Long answer: scroll back a couple of hundred posts and read. This issue has been discussed since the very start of this thread back in 2005. There's lots of meat to sink your teeth into around here.
If you want to mess with your dealer a bit, ask them to put it in writing that GFTs will damage your rims, and then ask them to describe why damage will occur.
#2012 of 3108 Re: BMW 325i Wagon Run flats [ckh19]
Sep 01, 2008 (7:30 pm)
I read that you replaced your RFT's with a regular tire a while ago. I'm thinking of doing the same with my new 328i. I'm concerned that I'll also have to replace the rims, as I've heard that they can get damaged when switching to regular tires. If you would post how it went with your tires, I'd appreciate it! The tires (and the stupid cupholders) are my only complaints about my car, so far.
#2013 of 3108 Re: Replacing RFT with regular... replace rims too? [shipo]
Sep 01, 2008 (7:34 pm)
Thanks so much for the quick reply.
#2014 of 3108 Re: Replacing RFT with regular... replace rims too? [ames59]
Sep 02, 2008 (2:24 am)
just change the tires. you don't need new rims as the dealer claims. the dealer only wants your $'s. I have an 09 335xi coupe on order and if the tires rot i will change over to regular tires right away.
#2015 of 3108 jack kit and donut
Sep 02, 2008 (2:49 am)
Does any one know where I can order a donut spare and jack kit for my on order 09 335xi? 17x8
thanx and ciao for now
#2016 of 3108 Re: Replacing RFT with regular... replace rims too? [ames59]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 02, 2008 (7:23 am)
Is there a fan of RFTs around here? C'mon out, we won't hurt you