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#2337 of 3108 Re: Run Flat / Fix a flat [texhorn]
Jul 10, 2009 (4:35 pm)
Thanks to everyone for great insight on the run flat tires. I have a 2003 325xi which I absolutely love. Recently I decide to trade it in for a new 09, I even put a deposit down to hold a car do to come in in a week, until I read these posts. Needless to say, I called the dealership today to cancel my order (they were not very happy). I really want another BMW but definitely will NOT buy one as long as they put these tires on them. I mean, you pay enough for these cars, who can afford to replace the tires every 10 to 15K miles.
I mean it's pretty bad when a BMW mechanic (fixes my car on the side)tells you he would never buy another BMW because the ride sucks since they put these tires on the car.
I am do to pick up my new Honda Accord in the morning with regular tires and a very smooth ride. Believe me when I say, I will miss my BMW terribely...I love that car! But after 6 years it began to nickle and dime to death . Until they replace the tires with regular tires I will just drive my Honda.
Good luck to everyone!
#2338 of 3108 Re: Run Flat / Fix a flat [nomorebeamer]
Jul 11, 2009 (6:25 am)
Horrible, horrible choice made by BMW for truely selfish reasons. They want the trunk space for electronics and other things. I lease my BMW's . First thing I do is remove the horribly overpriced pieces of vermin feces and replace them with real tires costing much, much less and performing much , much better. I bag up the afor-mentioned over-priced vermin feces and re-install them when I turn in the car at lease end. I will never forgive BMW for allowing us no say in this matter...AND....I WILL NEVER, EVER BUY A SET OF THESE TIRES AS LONG AS I LIVE. Thank you, I feel better now.
#2339 of 3108 which tires do you recommend for a 325i?
Jul 11, 2009 (6:48 am)
I have an 06 325i without sport package, just the base 16 inch wheels, tire size 205 55R16. What tires do people recommend? I'm looking for a balance between price, comfort, and handling. Either summer or all-season tires, since I live in southern California.
#2340 of 3108 Re: No RFTs Here [srs_49]
Jul 11, 2009 (6:53 am)
Sounds like the folks here are brutal about the RFT--
I have RFTs on my '08 335 and at 13k miles show very little wear--might have somehting to do with how one drives
The low profile has a lot to do with the ride and as well the sidewalls (regardless of how small they are) are less flexible.
My 99 Vette had Goodyear rfts--got 20k miles out of first set--wheel hop--poor ride--switched to Firestone firehawks RFT's--far better--quieter, softer ride, far less wheel hop-
Replaced the fronts at 45k but I had a wierd alignment problem that in no time wore them out. 58k miles now and just replaced the rears about 5k miles ago.
no complaints at all (other than cost of rfts).
I will not replace the BMW rfts till needed and then either the firehawks or something comparable.
Oh yeah--I am just as anal about my car as anyone else.
#2344 of 3108 Re: which tires do you recommend for a 325i? [celkan]
Jul 16, 2009 (8:09 am)
Can you get Michelin Pilot Primacy HP ZP (run flats) in the USA?
I run a late UK spec. 2005 E91 320d SE with standard suspension and 205/55R16 wheels.
I've been through Continetal Premium Contact SSR's which are as bad as any description found on this long thread. Dead at 14K miles but really needed replacign at 9K miles. I ran standard Continetal Premium Contact 2 for 20K miles and it was a different car.
I now have these Michelin's and all the time the outside temperature is above about the 45DegF mark they are virtually as good as a standard tyre. Sadly for me it means 3-5 months of the year I get tram-lining and some skittish behaviour in the colder months of the year.
Goodyear NCT 5 EMT's are meant to be fairly reasonable too.
#2345 of 3108 Re: which tires do you recommend for a 325i? [agh]
Jul 16, 2009 (8:27 am)
Yes, Michelin Pilot Primacy HP ZPs are available in the US but Michelins are overpriced compared to all other brands here.
I ended up getting Goodyear Eagle GT non-run-flat tires, and a can of Fix-A-Flat. Most people say the can does work if you need it, and the manufacturer says it is safe for tire pressure sensors. I will get a second can because some people say one can can be not enough. A can is only $5... I would use it even if I had a spare tire because changing a wheel in traffic is no fun, nor is it safe.
Compared to the previous Continental runflats, the Goodyears are noticeably quieter and softer. They may grip better, but I can't say that for sure yet. We haven't had any rain yet here.
I bought the Goodyears at 25% off special offer at Sears. That made the price the same as at tirerack.com. The shipping charges, delay, and hassle make tirerack not worth it, when local places have "4 for 3" sales, which they do regularly.
Usually Sears offers a treadwear warranty. I have claimed on this successfully with an Audi A4 in the past. This time, Sears offered no treadwear warranty supposedly because the tires are being discontinued. I don't see the logic of that, but oh well. The tires and the price are still good.
#2346 of 3108 Re: No RFTs Here [hal56]
Jul 17, 2009 (1:41 pm)
hal56 - just curious, do you have an xi and do you have the Sport Pkg? My RFTs are shot at 9,500 miles. I am religious about checking the air pressure and I do not drive the car excessively hard.