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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#2663 of 3108 Re: BMW RFT Solution!!!!! Spare & Nittos [edwardsf]
Sep 07, 2010 (12:56 pm)
The point you miss is that I own or actually lease a 2010 328XI with an automatic transmission. Definitely a mistake. The run flats are not only harsh on rough pavement, they offer no performance, they wear quickly and they are expensive. God forbid you have a flat someplace where run flat replacements have to be ordered... Not sure if it was you or someone else who suggested the 325, but either way, dollar for dollar, the value the Fusion offers is hard to dispute. I have hung onto Fusion but there are plenty of other worthwhile cars, but the stark contrast is worth considering. There is little sacrifice over the car I am driving now. I am looking forward to the end of the lease. This is about as vanilla a car as you get, yet it says "BMW"... Not worth it. Will not buy or lease another BMW. Tires for my S2K are less expensive, immensley higher performance, fast wearing albeit, but that's why I bought them. No options on the BMW side...What a "joy"... too bad the y left the Ultimate Driving Machine behind..
#2664 of 3108 RFT fix for 2007 only?
Sep 07, 2010 (5:52 pm)
I had a slow leak in my rear passenger RFT - it's the stock runflat that came on my used 07 335i.
Anyway, the service guy firestone agreed to loolk the tire but warned me that they don't fix runflats b/c the tire thickness makes it hard to do right unless its a problem with the valve stem.
From reading posts here, I was already prep'd to leave and go somewhere else, after waiting 10 min he actually said that because my car is an 07, they can fix the flat, which they did.
It sounds fishy that they could fix a RFT on an 07, but not a later model. Comments?
#2665 of 3108 Re: BMW RFT Solution!!!!! Spare & Nittos [boston303]
Sep 07, 2010 (10:02 pm)
So you have two main issues with your BMW 328, first the x-drive, then the runflats, I recall the auto was an issue before but not anymore?
Luckily I can live without AWD, I leased a 2011 328i. I also replaced the stock RFTs with a new set of Hancook V12s, I call it the "best $570 option" for my new toy As mentioned by another member, the 328i auto with DS/manual mode, I then turn the DTC on (I only do so on dry pavement), now the only thing I regret is not buying the sport package, because the soft suspension on my 328i suddenly became the limiting factor Can you say that about a Fusion? I did test drive a Fusion just you know.
#2666 of 3108 Re: BMW RFT Solution!!!!! Spare & Nittos [boston303]
Sep 08, 2010 (11:32 pm)
So if RFTs are the only issue, go get some goflats. I have no issues with mine but when they wear out, I am going to get goflats.
It sounds like you, like a lot of drivers, value safety, reliability, ease of use, and economy; handling just does not seem that important to you. Fair enough. But if you believe that you are going to convince anyone that your 175 hp 4 or noise-heavy 6 cylinder Fusion steers, handles, or accelerates similarly to the BMW, you got a tough challenge.
#2667 of 3108 Road Hazard Tire Insurance Question
Sep 09, 2010 (10:03 am)
Hi, I am buying a 135i coupe with 18" RFT. The finance guy offered me 5 yr road hazard insurance for $1371. I've researched online and never saw anyone paying that much. What do you guys think? Should I decline it? THanks
#2668 of 3108 Re: Road Hazard Tire Insurance Question [bballww21]
Sep 10, 2010 (4:38 am)
That's about half a dozen replacement rims.
#2669 of 3108 Re: Road Hazard Tire Insurance Question [bballww21]
Sep 12, 2010 (9:20 am)
Yes,you decline it.
#2670 of 3108 Re: Road Hazard Tire Insurance Question [bballww21]
Sep 13, 2010 (12:12 pm)
Yes you should decline it at that price. Offer $600 and I bet they accept. They are still making money at that price.
#2671 of 3108 replace RFT's?
Sep 23, 2010 (9:23 am)
I have read/ talked ad nauseum with people. I have a 2009 328i with continental all season tires. I am in Chicago worried about winter driving .
Some say, go to a parking lot with current tires and practice should be fine. some say replace with winter tires and rotate each year.
Others still say get rid of RFTs and replace with a good GFT all season
Any input on driving with the current tires?
Also if I choose to go with GFT"S would I have to purchase new wheels also or can I use my factory wheels?
#2672 of 3108 Re: replace RFT's? [neu1]
Sep 23, 2010 (11:53 am)
You're overthinking things a bit. A few points:
1) I lived in Chicago (and the surrounding burbs) for over a dozen years. The winter weather they get there really isn't all that severe, and as such, my opinion is that a good set of all-season tires is all you really need.
2) Wheels are equally capable of sporting RFTs as well as GFTs, so no, you don't need to buy a second set of wheels for your winter and/or all-season set.
3) With #2 in mind, if you are inclined to change your tires seasonally, then it will be MUCH CHEAPER over a three to four year period to simply buy yourself a complete winter wheel/tire set as opposed to swapping the tires on and off your factory rims twice per year.
4) Were I in your shoes, I'd buy a set of winter wheels and tires and then when your factory rubber is say, 10,000 miles gone, I'd buy a set of summer GFTs. I would then keep the factory rubber to be remounted on the car just prior to disposing of it (either because you're selling it or turning it back in at lease end).