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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#2403 of 3108 Re: djtesq [sbyron]
Oct 28, 2009 (3:35 pm)
Bite the bullet and put a full-sized spare on it's own matching wheel in the trunk. The jack easily fits into the well beneath. I know it takes up a lot of trunk space, but believe it or not, you will never miss it. We do our weekly marketing, drive on 2000-3000 mile vacations yearly and are never at a loss for space. Granted, there are only two of us and the back seat sometimes gets piled high...but as an alternative, it beats any option I can think of. The fold down rear seat helps but is not a necessity. By the way...after 5 BMW's...hating the RFTs on the last two...I've grown accustomed to them and actually drive more comfortably not having to worry about a flat 100 miles from nowhere.(where I often find myself). As to the cost of a replacement...if you have a spare, you have a choice and Tirerack sells replacement Conti Pro Contact SSR's for around the same price as a comparable GFT. My Conti's now have over 20k on them and hardly show wear...I fully expect to get 30k out of them. They ride comfortably (forget the Bridgestones...they're dogs) and I have grown to accept the pros outweighing the cons. The spare's the answer to either the GFT or the RFT problem.
#2404 of 3108 Re: djtesq [sbyron]
Oct 28, 2009 (4:37 pm)
I got rid of my rfts and 3 weeks later hit a pothole and blew the right front tire. Had a rft in trunk but no jack etc. The car was towed to the tire installers garage. He asked if I was sorry now that I got rid of the rfts. Ya know I had a new tire put on for 1/2 the rft price and NO!!! I am not sorry I got rid of the dunlops.
#2405 of 3108 For thoose with RFT
Oct 30, 2009 (2:06 pm)
With the ContiProContact SSR RFT for $136 at tire rack, it seems that the price issue with these tires is no longer valid. I just bought a 07 CPE that came with these tires and was wondering what would be the best way avoid some issues associated with fixing/replacing these tires. My main concern is while traveling, being stuck with a flat RFT in a small town with no shops that can fix/replace/install RFTs and having to wait forever for a tow truck, etc. Or worse, having to pay what BMW dealers charge for replacements.
So what do you guys recommend? Fix a flat with compressor, Conti Comfort kit, buying a tire and wheel and leaving it in the trunk? Any solutions or suggestions would be very welcome.
#2406 of 3108 Re: For thoose with RFT [bmwqa]
Oct 30, 2009 (2:14 pm)
Read my reply in message 2403...go for the full sized spare rft and sacrifice the trunk room. Some day you'll be glad you did!
#2407 of 3108 Re: For thoose with RFT [rfl]
Oct 30, 2009 (3:44 pm)
yup, i concur. go for the full size spare and jack. peace of mind, guaranteed
Oct 30, 2009 (4:07 pm)
How much did you pay for the tow, would AAA or BMW Assist tow for free for this case?
#2409 of 3108 40k miles on Conti RFT
Oct 30, 2009 (4:09 pm)
80% highway driving and the wear level is still good for 10k miles... however it is noisy.
I'll see if I can ride out the winter and see if 3G RFT will be out by early next year.
#2411 of 3108 Re: Where do you see $136 RFT? [Firebird_EOU]
Nov 02, 2009 (9:14 am)
It is $136 for the 16'' and $172 for the 17'' wheel size.
So you guys think it is better to have the full size RFT spare?
Now, which wheels should I get and which jack & tools can I use (reasonably priced)?
With the full spare, how do I secure/store it and the tools? I think saw a pic somewhere of someone with a really neat net setup. Anyone has a link or any info?
Thanks again for helping!
#2412 of 3108 Re: Where do you see $136 RFT? [bmwqa]
Nov 02, 2009 (11:14 am)
Full Size spare on a BMW wheel (whatever style wheel is on the car (if you are to match them). The wheel will cost you(from BMW ---for a style 159 wheel which is what is on my 335XI) about $300 +/-, You can get an aftermarket wheel that doesn't match but of course will work for a spare for about half of that). I covered the tire in a Tirerack "Tiretote" bag---2 of them cost about $20. The wheel fits tight to the rear seat wall and I have a tight bungy cord going around it to 2 "D" rings that are on either side that came on the car. As to the jack... I have an old BMW jack (from 3 cars ago) and an "X" wrench and they both fit into BMW's excuse for a well under the floor.Takes up lots of trunk room, but as I said previously it's liveable and provides terrific peace of mind.