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#2551 of 3108 Bridgestone 3G Tire Availability
Apr 09, 2010 (2:34 pm)
I've ordered a new 2011 335i xDrive to replace my '07 335xi. I have ContiProContacts on the 335xi, but it's pot luck, sadly, what I get on the new version. I have 28,000 miles on the current set with not a single issue.
I have heard 'not-bad' things about the 3G version of the Bridgestone RFTs. I like the idea of the RFT and I've not had any bad experiences. Some of you will insist staying away from RFTs but I have to rely on my own experience.
My question is: Does anyone have specific driving experience, hopefully with BMW AWD, with the Bridgestone 3G RFTs in 225/45R17 All Season?
By the way, the '07 Sparkling Graphite Metallic version has only ~28,000 miles after not quite three years. I am due to receive better than KBB and Edmunds.com trade-in value for the car. The new one will be Tasman Green Metallic, Oyster w/black interior, ZSP, ZPP, ZCW, H/K stereo, satellite radio, PDC front & rear. It's being built as I write this. Oh, and the heated steering wheel and HD Radio at no extra cost.
Here is a quote from Bridgestone's own web site:
Bridgestone's first run-flat tire was introduced in the early 1980s with an aim to keep disabled drivers' vehicle mobile, even after complete air loss. The Porsche 959 was the first mass-produced vehicle equipped with run-flat tires, making them standard equipment in 1987. In this early application, these tires could not offer the smooth, comfortable ride as compared to conventional tires.
Striving to solve this problem, Bridgestone developed a second-generation run-flat tire in 2005 which offered improved riding comfort. And, in 2009, Bridgestone introduced new technology in the third generation run-flat tires, which offers almost the same riding comfort as conventional tires.
#2552 of 3108 Re: Bridgestone 3G Tire Availability [xeye]
Apr 10, 2010 (3:12 am)
Have you got Bridgestone 3G's in the States? There is nothing over here yet, the word is, they have not been signed off as approved tyres.
Bridgestone certainly are not saying when they are due in the UK either.
#2553 of 3108 Re: 4 tires, 1 month [larry175]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 10, 2010 (8:07 am)
Geezer Power! Today's Grandpa is yesterday's Uncle I have a SC MINI (no longer with the dreaded RFT on top of sport suspension---ouch!) and a Norton with which to challenge mortality.
#2555 of 3108 Re: When is 2011 Sienna going to be available? [Firebird_EOU]
Apr 11, 2010 (12:26 pm)
Wonder what the wear rating is on these "new" RFTs?
Current tires are rated "1" which is the lowest possible. Even WalMart does not sell tires rated this low.
GIMMICK or not a GIMMICK. Only time will tell.
Regards to all.
#2556 of 3108 Re: 4 tires, 1 month [shipo]
Apr 13, 2010 (5:09 am)
So...if I wanted to change my rears to 17s when my rears are rundown, is it just a matter of getting a wheel made for a 17" tire, or are there suspension, brake, or other modifications that'd be needed?
#2557 of 3108 Re: 4 tires, 1 month [taxesquire]
Apr 13, 2010 (5:27 am)
If/when you decide to change to 17" wheels, you should change all four wheels, not just the rears. Assuming you buy wheels that fit your car, then no, other than different size tires so that you keep your overall diameter the same, you will not need to make any modifications.
#2558 of 3108 Re: 4 tires, 1 month [xeye] - 335i [runningdoc] [highlandpete]
Apr 13, 2010 (5:42 am)
Thanks for your thoughts everyone. It just seems so anti-intuitive to be unable to rotate the tires to get the most wear out of them possible....
#2559 of 3108 Re: 4 tires, 1 month [runningdoc]
Apr 13, 2010 (6:33 am)
If you change your tires to be the same size all around, then there will be no issues vis-a-vis tire rotation.
#2560 of 3108 Bye Bye Bimmer
Apr 16, 2010 (7:30 am)
Tired of the red exclamation point, tired of the run flats not lasting and the rough ride, tired of being blamed by BMW for my "poor driving habits" which apparently was the cause of my recent cracked rim ($457). I see an Infiniti or an Audi in my future.