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#2492 of 3108 New Bridgestone tires
Feb 17, 2010 (1:05 am)
I have own three BMW's and do not like the run flat tires, but I do not see people on this post talking about the new Bridgestone run flat tires third generation. If you do a search on the web, the new third generation tires are almost as good as regular tires as rated by different car magazines and customer reports agencies. The reason why tire rack has more run flat tire options for sale are because of these third generation tires. As for me, This will be my last BMW. Tired of the bull. BMW never fines nothing wrong with their cars during inspections, too costly, their 5-series looks like a Toyota and their electronics European style of cause (electrical).
Feb 17, 2010 (6:11 am)
I just put on a new set of RFT's on my 2006 325i. I had 35,000 on the originals. The only reason a new set was put on is that I picked up a nail in the left front. While the tire did not go flat it was time for a new set. As you know the car has two different sized tires on the front and back. The bridgestone Potenzas that were original were replaced with bridgestones Potenzas. Make sure the tires are replaced with the two different sized tires and happy motoring.
#2494 of 3108 Re: New Bridgestone tires [jagost]
Feb 17, 2010 (9:11 am)
Bridgestones not too highly rated by Consumers Reports Mag. (See November 2009 issue)
ALL-SEASON: Rated 19th out of 23 tested.
PERFORMANCE ALL-SEASON: Did not even rate out of 14 tested. :
WINTER: Rated 7th out of 17 tested. (not bad but I rarely drive in snow,
As far as RFTs tested against RFTs, Bridgestones came in 11th out of 14 also recently tested by Con. Reps.
No other RFT has such a poor wear rating (1)
You speak of the "new generation" Bridgestone. Where did that phrase come from? Perhaps a Bridgestone advert?
I am on my third set now (2001 330i / 2006 330i & 2009 335i all with Sports Packages) Still own 2006 and 2009. Both are experiencing same old problems. Friend and owner of local BMW dealership tells me that RFTs are here to stay, on BMWs on BMWs at least. When all is added (no tire changing tools / jack etc / no spare etc etc / trunk space looks roomier) it is cheaper for BMW to produce a vehicle after collaborating with Bridgestone for "xxx" many tires over "xxx" years..
Again GREAT ARTICLE.
Feb 20, 2010 (8:15 am)
I am not aware of any 3G RFT for sale except the one upcoming from Bridgestone, those are 2Gs.
The reason why tire rack has more run flat tire options for sale are because of these third generation tires.
#2496 of 3108 Replace my RFT's on BMW 2007 328 wagon?
Mar 18, 2010 (8:19 am)
Hi...need some info. Sick and tired of my run flat tires. I own a 328ti sportwagon with the sport package. Had the RFT's replaced at dealer expense after BMW was contacted by my lemon law attorney. Now 20k miles later these tires are shot. I want to replace them with normal tires and buy a donut and jack. BMW tells me that my suspension must be adjusted for these different tires? Is this true? What tires do you recommend for my vehicle? Thanks! Jack
#2497 of 3108 Re: Replace my RFT's on BMW 2007 328 wagon? [jackdelia4u]
Mar 18, 2010 (8:25 am)
BMW tells me that my suspension must be adjusted for these different tires?
The ONLY reason why you might want to keep the RFTs is if you leased your car AND you'll be returning it before the next set of tires. Other than that, your car is 100% compatible with conventional Gets Flat Tires (GFTs), so swap away.
#2498 of 3108 Re: Replace my RFT's on BMW 2007 328 wagon? [jackdelia4u]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 18, 2010 (8:30 am)
Huh? How's that? By turning the BMW "Adjust-a-Suspension" knob?
Dealer is blowing smoke. I switched the RFTs off my new (used) MINI with another car recently at the dealer's lot, and I am the happiest man alive. Bought a bottle of "Slime", an electric air pump and I'm good to go. I do feel sorry for whoever buys the other MINI, though.
#2499 of 3108 Re: Replace my RFT's on BMW 2007 328 wagon? [jackdelia4u]
Mar 18, 2010 (9:35 am)
I presume you mean some BMW dealer told you this. If so, who is that dealer so I can be sure to avoid them for service.
#2500 of 3108 Re: Replace my RFT's on BMW 2007 328 wagon? [shipo]
Mar 18, 2010 (11:43 am)
Any recommendations for GFT's? Much appreciated! Jack
#2501 of 3108 Re: Replace my RFT's on BMW 2007 328 wagon? [jackdelia4u]
Mar 18, 2010 (6:02 pm)
TireRack.com is your friend.