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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#2093 of 3108 This has been running since November 2002.
Oct 25, 2008 (11:04 pm)
I just purchased a new 335I with the sport package so different size rfts. Life has now come to end! BMW has ruined our lives with these RFT's. Maybe they should have jet engined helicopters standing by to fly to those in critical need. Maybe they can assist a customizer to build those fiberglass wheel carriers extending out off the back bumper like they had on some old luxury cars like Lincoln's. Wouldn't that be cool. The difficult choices we have to make.
Oct 26, 2008 (6:04 am)
did you just have a problem with your tires or did one blow?
#2095 of 3108 Re: 20% etanol for your BMW [bemer]
Oct 26, 2008 (7:51 am)
I hope not. While once a proponent of ethanol, it's pretty clear that using corn or other food for fuel raises prices on a world wide basis (see EU study, which was once a leader in ethanol use) leading to huge rise in corn prices, widespread rioting, etc. We have a serious "fuel security" problem, as in we get out oil from people that hate us, which inevitably leads to oil wars, but ethanol (at least using food crops as in N. America) causes "food security" issues world wide. Full disclosure: I'm a hypocrite with a 328xi coupe that gets less than stunning mileage.
#2096 of 3108 Re: reply [larry175]
Oct 26, 2008 (9:26 am)
One tire developed a flat when it was less than 3 months old. The low pressure warning light has come on since then. RFT's are a scam, engineered to favor the manufacturer and take advantage of the consumer. I will never take ownership of any vehicle that has these again.
#2097 of 3108 Re: reply [larry175]
Oct 26, 2008 (6:34 pm)
is 20,000 miles the magic number?i just had a rear RFT Bridgestone fail by blowout at 20,000 miles,plenty of thread left on it.i am so upset by this,i would like to meet the morons who made the decision to put RFT on 3 series and also remove the space on the trunk for a spare.I cannot believe how stupid they are!
#2098 of 3108 Re: 20% etanol for your BMW [suttree]
Oct 26, 2008 (10:00 pm)
We need to pass messages like this to the government officials.
One of the proponents of ethanol is governor of Minnesota - Tim Pawlenty.
Letís him know how we feel about this issue.
#2099 of 3108 Re: reply [aviator01]
Oct 27, 2008 (7:22 pm)
I had read so much good comments about Bimmerís inline6 tt engine, as a car nut, I bought a 08 335xi to start with, indeed, the small sweet 3. L engine felt as good as my 07 S8 5.2 L V10 until the bumpy ride of the Conti-RFT tires shook me out of that car. The 535xi is a much better car to house the same engine, even with the cheap stock Eagle tires on the wheels. 5 months later, I still pick up the 5er key more often than the other cars.
#2100 of 3108 Re: reply [aviator01]
Oct 27, 2008 (8:24 pm)
They are famous idiots from Bavaria.
#2101 of 3108 Run Flat & Tire Punctures
Oct 31, 2008 (9:20 am)
I have a 2008 328xi with Bridgestone rft's. A simple nail puncture with virtually no other tire damage resulted in a $350 expense. The tire never had less than 25 psi and I did not travel more than 50 miles on the flat, so any damage to the side wall was not likely. Only 8,000 miles on the tire. Nevertheless the dealer would only replace the tire. So BMW's vaunted bumper to bumper no cost maintenance for 50,000 doesn't mean much to me. Sadly these tires have a real big down side in my opinion. Oh by the way, if the punctured tire had more than 60% ware, I would have been replacing the second tire on that axle as well.
Oct 31, 2008 (9:27 am)
it sucks getting screwed over!!! plain & simple. it is so obvious that no one at bmw researched the tire before accepting a deal with bridgestone.