Last post on Apr 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM
You are in the BMW 3-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 3 Series, Tires
#2590 of 3108 Re: new bmw owner need help w/ tires [xeye]
Jul 01, 2010 (7:30 pm)
Hey there. I was wondering the same thing....I just purchased a 2009 BMW 335 convertible hardtop with run flat performance tires. I live in Missouri, but it does occasionally snow/ice here. Will I still be able to get to work? Does anyone else have a comment? the above is the only positive comment about the tires I've seen. I'm trying to decide if I should get different tires now, or try it out later.
#2591 of 3108 Re: new bmw owner need help w/ tires [scubachic]
Jul 01, 2010 (8:01 pm)
Boy, this discussion keeps going on and on!! I have yet to speak with a single BMW owner on the streets or even with the BMWCCA who likes run flats!! When is BMW going to wake up? These tires are aweful! They are costly. They are unforgiving on ride quality, they are not readily available in areas we like to drive BMW's... a stupid idea that only diminishes the ability of BMW owners to fine tune their ultimate driving machine to their preference...
#2592 of 3108 Re: new bmw owner need help w/ tires [scubachic]
Jul 02, 2010 (3:17 am)
my 09 is ix. in new england it drives through snow fine. but in missouri with big tires and rear drive you may slip and slide. it might be fun.
#2593 of 3108 Re: Tire pressure falls below 20psi replace? [papanellie]
Jul 02, 2010 (7:09 am)
yes I had the same thing. (in Australia) my Bridgestone tyres were made in Poland and Bridgestone Australia told me that they would not allow any of their dealers to repair the runflats if punctured and I had to buy a new one. Contacted BMW Germay through my brother in law who lives there and he was told the same thing because Bridgestone claim that if the tyre ever failed or was damaged in an accident the insurance co might claim on them because it has not been proven that runflats are as good if they've been repaired. It's bullsh##t to protect the agreement between bMW and Bridgestone. I changed to non runflats and the ride is 300% better. I now have the lates model 3 series and it's got Continental runflats which are miles better than the Bridgestones but I don't know about repairs (yet - fingers crossed)
#2594 of 3108 Re: Tire pressure falls below 20psi replace? [bigkev]
Jul 02, 2010 (9:12 am)
I have Continental RFT,s on my 08 328i and have no issues with them.
#2595 of 3108 Re: Tire pressure falls below 20psi replace? [bimmer4me]
Jul 02, 2010 (9:43 am)
Maybe a better thing to say is that you have no perceived issues. My bet is that if you put GFTs on your car you will not believe how much better it rides and handles.
#2596 of 3108 Re: Tire pressure falls below 20psi replace? [bigkev]
Jul 02, 2010 (6:11 pm)
. . .I had the same thing. (in Australia). . .
Interesting to hear that this is even more of a world-wide situation than I had thought. I can't remember the guy's name, but there's a Scotsman who posts from time to time here as well.
The RFTs are one of the two primary reasons I'm not driving a BMW today. It's apparent BMW couldn't care less. There's always more at the door who will hock whatever they have to to drive a BMW, regardless of much else.
Some of (many of?) the enthusiasts are dropping away, but so long as the numbers go up, who cares (besides several of us, that is)?
#2598 of 3108 Re: Tire pressure falls below 20psi replace? [cdnpinhead]
Jul 03, 2010 (1:31 am)
Run-flat tires are certainly a major issue here in the UK. One of the most discussed issues on the forums, between customers, BMW garages and emails to BMW UK.
Run-flats have really messed up BMW cars, don't work at all well on a lot of UK roads and without replacing with conventional tires, will have lost a lot of BMW users. In fact some users have turned away from BMW because of the tire issues.
With normal rubber, the cars can be transformed to what some of us are used to as a 'real' set of BMW dynamics.
#2599 of 3108 Re: Warranty for RFT? [Firebird_EOU]
Jul 03, 2010 (1:38 am)
Bridgestone 3G's.....? Seems there is a delay in getting them to production. I've been in contact with a Bridgestone engineer and offered to try a set, they are not yet available in the UK. Word is, they haven't been signed off by BMW. Not sure that is a fact, or just chatter.
What we do know, they have to be the total solution, or ''egg on face" comes to mind.