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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#2875 of 3108 Re: Press request [cdnpinhead]
Jun 07, 2011 (11:07 am)
RFTs are for those who live in urban areas and never venture away. Period. Full stop. The end.
In general, I agree.
But, as an exercise, I decided to call a few local (large, established) tire dealers to see if they had the GFT size tires to fit my 2010 328i (Sport Package).
I live in the upstate of SC, a fairly urban area.
After 5 calls, no one carried tha sizes in stock.
So, it's as much a "unique" tire size as it is a tire "type" issue.
The relatively "recent" explosion of specialty tire sizes and types over the last 1-2 decades has made it dramatically more challenging for tire dealers to carry complete lines of tires in stock.
So, if you are in the boonies and lose a tire that happens to fall into this category, and you follow the recommended maximum mileage guidelines, you're screwed... GFT (w/space saver spare) or RFT.
The lesson is no different for brand of car. Why buy a MB, BMW or MINI (at least, for a daily driver) if the closest dealer happens to be 200 miles away? You would be much better off in a vehicle with a dealership nearby.
#2876 of 3108 Re: Press request [busiris]
Jun 07, 2011 (12:11 pm)
. . .if you are in the boonies and lose a tire. . .
I guess my biggest concern is with the need for special tire machines and the fact that almost no one will repair RFTs. Normal tires can be repaired more often than not, and outright replacement is rarely necessary, or at least that's been my experience.
#2877 of 3108 Had a loaner, this week..
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jun 11, 2011 (9:27 am)
2011 328xi with 17" all-season Continental runflats..
Couldn't tell them from regular get-flat tires... I think the latest all-season runflats are pretty much a non-issue, as far as handling and ride...
I'd still be worried about getting a flat out of town, and having to wait days for a replacement, but it doesn't surprise me that owners don't know the difference.
I'm thinking that summer RFTs might be different, but haven't experienced those in the last few years..
Jun 15, 2011 (9:53 am)
With this discussion going on for over four years, it's apparent BMW will not drop run flat tires, since money talks, and they are still making boatloads of it. That said, it wouldn't be a big reach for BMW to offer the option of conventional tires for those who want them. BMW's take it or leave it line on run flats makes their current advertising campaign ("There are a million ways to customize your BMW.") lacking in credulity. After all, what's the point of premium car at a premium price if you can't truly customize it. BMW's line that run flats are safer because you don't have to risk your neck changing a tire at the side of the road is a limited argument at best as there are many situations where one could be more than 100 miles from an open repair shop (ie., rural Wyoming, at night, etc). I will still buy a BMW but when the run flats give up the ghost, I will definitely opt for conventional tires with a space saver spare, for the myriad of reasons said in earlier posts.
#2879 of 3108 3G RFT is available now!
Jun 16, 2011 (7:44 pm)
TireRack and TireBuyer have them it.
RE960AS RF 225/45RF17
If you need to replace your RFT let us know how well it works. It's supposed to be drive like non-runflat.
#2880 of 3108 Re: Add my two cents [tutuvabene]
Jun 18, 2011 (6:21 am)
PS to my earlier message. I'll buy RFT when the price and treadlife are on par with conventionals. It appears that progress has been made in regard to quietness in running.
#2881 of 3108 A Great New Day without Run Flats
Jun 24, 2011 (5:33 am)
I bought my wife a 2006 330xi about a year and a half ago. I test drove the car over some rough roads and found the drive was incredible. The day we picked it up, we drove to a social event and I thought the car had bottomed out several times during the drive...you all know the story. I now suspect my dealer swapped tires after i purchased the car...
We lived with the horrible ride and the incredibly annoying tire noise for a year and a half. Last week, one of the run flats, went flat...go figure. So I sprung for a set of new 25/45R-17 Michelin Primacy MX tires ($720 with shipping from www.tirerack.com). Yesterday we had them installed. I am delighted to say that the car that I test drove is back!!! The car drives like a dream. The only noise I hear is the engine, instead of the overwhelming sound of tires...something that sounded like the flying saucer sound effect from a bad 1950's sci-fi movie. The other major benefit is that I can drive the car...like a car. And not like a character in the movie "The Wages of Fear," (sorry for the 1950's movie analogies) where truck driver's are carefully avoiding bumps in the road to prevent their truck loads of nitro from exploding. My neighbor, who is a BMW mechanic, recommended the new set of tires and I'm back in love with this car and no longer cursing it out. I'll need to pick up a donut and jack kit which will sit in the trunk. Its well worth the investment and loss of trunk space. Good riddance to bad run flats!
#2882 of 3108 RE960AS RF has 400 threadwear
Jun 25, 2011 (5:00 am)
but it's $221
#2883 of 3108 Re: BMW rant [busiris]
Jun 25, 2011 (5:58 am)
Yep,you have to register when you replace.,however I haven't had a problem and if I had to use a trickle I'd be upset. I just traded up and the first thing I had them do was to put grease around the terminals. I like German cars cabins and bells and whistles,but the computers are scaring me. I's exspensive to maintain a Beemer.I have a 2010 VW base HB 2.5 only because of the cabin display MFD etc and no problems. It has a 5 star rating and it's a five speed. I don't see an Audi that catches my eye though.So I'm sticking with what I know. I like RWD also.
#2884 of 3108 Are the Michelin RFT's better?
Jun 30, 2011 (8:34 am)
Having recently purchased a 2011 335d with Michelin PS2 ZP as OE tires, I am wondering if
all of the bad reviews of the previous posts on other brands of RFT's applies to Michelin?
So far I have not noticed excessive noise or other driveability issues.