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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#2468 of 3108 Re: RTF's [bigkev]
Jan 13, 2010 (4:06 pm)
Continentals........HUMM. Never tried Continentals. I am tempted towards Michelin but as yet have not decided. Appreciate your comments.
Just received a "prod to order - European pickup" from BMW NA on the upcoming 2011 3 series. NICE INDEED! The "pictures" are merely drawings so a bit difficult to commit for 11 months away. We did that for a 2001 but so little changed from the 2000, there was no guessing involved. I will still have to do the new tire thing as the Bridgestones will not last after July - August.
Hope all is well.
John - Springfield OR (sunny and high 50s today - nice)
Jan 15, 2010 (10:53 am)
My question is this. My BMW '06 currently has run flat tires. As the tires are coming up for a change, can I put on regular radials or must I have the RFT put on? And will there be any adverse effect to the cars handling without the rft's. Thanks
#2470 of 3108 Re: rft [niacin]
Jan 15, 2010 (11:02 am)
After evaluating messages in this forum, several months ago I replaced the Conti runflats on my '06 325i by regular tires. I bought a large can of Fixaflat in case of emergency; the can says it has been reformulated so it does not damage tire pressure sensors, and in any case the sensors are not very expensive.
The regular tires (I forget the exact type but I did the research) were a small but noticeable improvement in handling and quietness. So far I have had no problems.
#2471 of 3108 Re: rft [niacin]
Jan 15, 2010 (12:22 pm)
RE YOUR QUESTION ON RFT's REPLACEMENT WITH CONVENTIONALS.
Still have BMW wheels? If so........
Still have BMW warranty? If so check with local dealer.re warranty invalidation problems. I did 2 years ago and he nixed conventional tire replacement. Then went to BMW NA and they ok'd. Appears local dealer was not aware of BMW North America's policy. If you do not still have BMW Warranty AND NO EXTENDED WARRANTY THAT "MAY" BE A PROBLEM, then you have no problems whatsoever changing to conventional tires.
One fellow that I was blogging back & forth tha other day recommended Continnentials. I prefer Michelins myself but that is merely my preference.
Be careful to keep your sizing correct especially with the Sports Package being different front and rear.
I have had to change my Bridgestone RFTs twice in 48,000 miles and will go conventional this time around. THEY WILL BE DUE FOR ANOTHER CHANGE BY THIS SPRING AS THEY ARE WEARING POORLY AGAIN. I love the concept (have always carried a donut spare and tools just in case) but the wear problem with tires with a "1" wear rating is not acceptable especially when they cost whet they do. Mine are again getting to the unsafe stage (this set has 23,000 miles) as they track POORLY on "rutty" concrete. Luckily we have no snow here. That would be desasterous. Have driven for 51 years........Love the car..Very concerned about the tires.
#2472 of 3108 Re: rft [niacin]
Jan 15, 2010 (12:37 pm)
I was given the same response from the local dealer as others. They said I could not put regular tires as the suspension was tuned specifically for the run flats...
#2473 of 3108 Re: rft [niacin]
Jan 15, 2010 (6:36 pm)
Yes you can - I did it. I put Pirelli tyres on and it was a different car. There is no reason whatsoever not to do this - warrantee is NOT AFFECTED. Go for it - you'll feel like you have a new car, handling and ride were both IMPROVED out of sight.
#2474 of 3108 Re: rft [johnsam]
Jan 15, 2010 (6:43 pm)
I replaced the Bridgestones on my car when it was only 2 months old because I couldn't stand them as I have said before. I fitted Pirelli's and they were much better. The new car I got this year has the Continental runflats and they are so much better than the Bridgestones. I fitted the Pirellis because I couldn't get Michelins the right size and spec for the car at a reasonable price. Here is Australia we pay double for just about everything auto. For example, Lexus IS 300 $68,000. Govt gets 40%.
#2477 of 3108 run flat tires
Jan 29, 2010 (12:59 pm)
Just got back from the dealer after having the 35,000 check. They informed me that the tires needed replacement. The cost $1450 plus tax. Thats quite a bit for four tires and from what I have read ordinary tubeless aren't up to par. Before i shell out this kind od dough, somebody has to have found a tire that will work on a "02 325 Thanks