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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#2646 of 3108 Re: BMW RFT Solution!!!!! Spare & Nittos [shipo]
Aug 24, 2010 (11:05 am)
I have BMW 06 325i manual with 3L engine and 2010 Fusion SE auto with 3L V6.
They are different cars for different purposes.While I admire BMW for handling and a solid built I do not see much differences in both engines as a user. Advantages of L6 look to me like a mirage in comparison with V6. Both engines are equally good. Fusion has acceleration similar to BMW 06 325i, is very quiet, has better audio, has Synk and has no BMW problems with RFT's. And it is much chipper. I am not advocating for Fusion, I am glad that at last Ford built a good car.
PS The Fusion's steering is worse than by previous models and not to compare with BMW.
#2647 of 3108 Re: BMW RFT Solution!!!!! Spare & Nittos [lehrer1]
Aug 24, 2010 (2:47 pm)
Yep, and even though you have a standard shift BMW, you had some good words for teh Ford.. Now imagine your BMW with an automatic, so we can largely remove the "sport" asoect of the BMW. Does the Fusion move even with or ahead of the BMW?
#2648 of 3108 Re: BMW RFT Solution!!!!! Spare & Nittos [boston303]
Aug 24, 2010 (5:32 pm)
Even the slowest 3-Series in years (the 2006 325i) saddled with an automatic and all season tires will handily beat a 2010 Fusion V6 around a track.
Please understand, I do like the Ford; for the money it is a screaming bargain (especially with the I4 and three pedals under the dash) and a car that I usually opt for when I'm on the road and needing a rental. That said, none of the Fusion models like to be pushed hard around curves and none of them offer the visceral feedback to let you know what is going on down there on the road surface. If you value the "drive" more than the "goodies", then putting a Fusion up against a 3-Series makes for a poor comparison; however, if all one cares about is the stuff, then why bother opting for a BMW.
#2649 of 3108 Re: BMW RFT Solution!!!!! Spare & Nittos [boston303]
Aug 24, 2010 (6:45 pm)
"Does the Fusion move even with or ahead of the BMW? "
The answer is: NEVER.
Thank you for your message.
#2650 of 3108 Re: BMW RFT Solution!!!!! Spare & Nittos [shipo]
Aug 24, 2010 (6:47 pm)
#2651 of 3108 My run-flat saga.
Aug 30, 2010 (5:11 am)
Sept '07: '06 325xi Sportwagon. Replaced Bridgestone Turanza's at 7700 miles due to cupping. BMW paid for go-flat Michelin replacements. I let BMW select the tire, don't recall the name, but they were Michelin peformance tires with about the same level of road noise as the Turanza's.
Oct '09: BMW reports uneven tire wear (15,000 miles on tires), recommends rotation, a complete reversal of their previous policy. Further examination reveals bent rim. Bought another set of Michelins. This time I picked out the tire (HX MX M4). Very little road noise.
Aug '10: Purchased 09 328i with 8000 miles and Bridgestone Potenza's. Very little tread wear. I was surprised at the low road noise.
My Sportwagon weighs about 500 pounds more than my 328i, but has smaller tires. (225/45 17 vs. 255/40 17). It appears that BMW figured out they needed a more substantial tire. Does anyone know?
#2652 of 3108 Re: BMW RFT Solution!!!!! Spare & Nittos [shipo]
Aug 30, 2010 (9:03 am)
For the price differential the BMW damn well should, however.. for the price differential Ford has made up substantial ground. ... and that's the point. With rubn flats which are hardly performance tires, the quality of ride, diminished handling characteristics, Yes I have driven it more that a few laps on a road course and I am very familiar with handling. (my S2K is a ton more fun on a raod course...but that should be expected..) BMW is becoming a Ford and they better watch out... Oh teh "Joy" of driving what used to be the Ultimate Driving Machine... That moniker is left to the few true sports sedans taht BMW still makes and provides with a stick shift, but even they are hampered by the tires...Grab a 325I, I'll drive the Fusion let's see...
#2653 of 3108 Re: My run-flat saga. [jgraffman]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 30, 2010 (7:54 pm)
Given the sizes you list, your '06 325Xi had all-season tires, and your '09 328i has summer rubber (at least, the size you give is the rear-tire size for a sport package equipped car.... that would come with summer tires)..
Even though both are runflats, those are two completely different categories of tire type. Don't be surprised if the tires on your '09 328i end up wearing a lot faster than you think... (nice choice in car, though..)
#2654 of 3108 Re: Continentals this time [bmwannabe2]
Aug 31, 2010 (3:20 am)
Today I went to the BMW dealer near me and obtained the part number for the spare wheel kit which they describe as LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT EMERGENCY WHEEL STORAGE. part number BM - 51470445340. this part number is the same world wide, and includes the 'donut' tools, storage bag and a false floor panel which covers the top of it. The parts guy said They have ordered two in the last week for people.
I will be interested in hearing if anybody follows this up and what the result is.
#2655 of 3108 Re: Continentals this time [bigkev]
Aug 31, 2010 (4:07 am)
Just go to one of the discount tire stores, buy a $100 custom rim and slap one of your runflats on as a spare, you get a full size spare for less.
BTW I test drove an Accord, a Malibu and a Fusion, before moving up to test drive an A4, LaCrosse, A5, A6, C300, C350, E350, IS250, IS350, and the 328i, ended up with the 328i, nuff said.