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BMW 3 Series, Tires
#3074 of 3108 Re: Wheel and Tire Insurance DOES Cover Replacements [foxyesq]
May 25, 2012 (11:35 am)
The policy doesn't include replacement costs of worn out tires, but it does include replacement of tires due to road hazard damage.
The coverage envelops the new, OE style tires used as replacement of worn out tires, as long as the coverage remains in effect (time period).
Frankly, why would anyone think replacement tires wouldn't be covered? Why would anyone buy coverage that only covered the original set of tires until they were worn out?
#3075 of 3108 Re: Looking for brand recos for RSC 205 55 R16s for my 06 325xi wagon [tagsalegirl]
May 25, 2012 (11:41 am)
If you have the wheel and tire insurance from Mini, and it's still in effect, seriously consider replacement with RFTs. If not, then you have other, possibly more suitable options.
You can move to non-RFT's, called GFT's. A suitable alternative many consider for a spare is a repair kit such as the ones offered by Slime and Continental.
Go t o www.tirerack.com and enter your make/model info and go to the tire section. There, you can see all the tire options available for your car, as well as read reviews and opinions of others that have tried them.
#3076 of 3108 Re: Looking for brand recos for RSC 205 55 R16s for my 06 325xi wagon [kyfdx]
Jun 09, 2012 (7:23 am)
Good question, thank you for making me consider that. OK, so if I need to keep run flats, is there one brand/type/model that's better than another? It's got Continental ContiProContact tires on there now...
Thank you again for your reply, my apologies for my delay in responding.
#3077 of 3108 Re: Looking for brand recos for RSC 205 55 R16s for my 06 325xi wagon [tagsalegirl]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jun 09, 2012 (7:33 am)
I threw my MINI's RFTs over a fence and put on a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE760s, and am very pleased. It's like someone switched cars on me overnight. I can't say yet about how they will wear, however, but over 10K so far and no problems.
#3078 of 3108 Need some help with new tires
Jun 17, 2012 (8:25 pm)
I have about 60K on my 328XI 2008 model and got my state inspection and they stated I needed by tires changed but not urgent was wondering if anybody can guide me for a new set of tires.
Presently have bridgestone, heard conntenental is good but not sure at all. My car has run flat tires.
Hoping to get good long lasting tires and fairly smooth. Don't mind spending money if they last long and are smooth.
#3079 of 3108 Re: Need some help with new tires [skinhealer]
Jun 18, 2012 (5:33 am)
I assume you have size 225/45/R17 (it is important, because not all sized are avaialable with all tire models). I also assume you are looking for all-season tires. You probably have previous generation of Bridgestones (most likely Turanza EL42 RFT). Tirerack tested newer RFT all season model, whish is 960 (they did it against the EL42 and non-RFT version of 960) and they really liked it - much quiter, much better grip etc. Continental has three models: ContiSportContact 2 and 3 SSR (those are summer UHP - are not design to last) and ContiProContact SSR, which are all-season - heard some good things about those. There are also Yokohama Avid Envigor ZPS - those are brand new, so no tests available.
Go to tire rack, read a little and you get an idea. If wear is your primary concern, look for UTQG rating (rating directly related to treadwear) of 400 and above. Advantage of Contis and Bridgestones 960 they have AA traction rating. Yokos have only single A rating, but in your case it may suffice, as it seems you get an outsised mileage on your tires (must be driving really gently).
#3081 of 3108 BMW 335i Sport w/RFTs
Jun 24, 2012 (3:46 pm)
Hey there... my 335i Sport came with Bridgestone Protenza RFTs 22540R18 Front, 25535R18 Rear... The rear tires are coming close to wearing out and it is time to think of replacement. I did some quick searching at tire rack, which list both RFTs, and GFTs. A few questions as I research:
1) The rears wore quicker than the front (about 30K on the rears) and the protenza has very poor treadwear rating (140). In fact, they were not driven in the winter as I have winter tires and rims. There is a Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP which has a better tirewear (220 vs.140) and better traction (AA). While they are more on tirerack, they are still significantly less than the dealer. Has anyone tried the Michelin tire on the 335i/325i, and if so, what was your experience?
2) A question that has been asked repeatedly, but I will pose it again, has anyone switched from RFTs to GFTs, and is there any concern in switching one axle at a time? The GFTs have considerable advantages in tirewear over the RFTs. I believe the GFTs are still superior in performance (handling, noise, and wear) vs. the RFTs.
3) If switching to GFTs, I assume people are carrying slime or a repair kit as the backup plan?
4) If you have switched to GFTs in this 3 series, have you suggestions of the tire you switched to and your impressions of the tires?
Thanks for any suggestions, thoughts, etc.
#3082 of 3108 Re: BMW 335i Sport w/RFTs [runningdoc]
Jun 24, 2012 (6:00 pm)
Scratch question number 2... can only replace the OEM RFTs in complete sets...
#3083 of 3108 Re: BMW 335i Sport w/RFTs [runningdoc]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jun 24, 2012 (7:41 pm)
I wouldn't put too much weight on treadware ratings...some consideration, but less than you'd think.
for one thing, this rating is a RATIO, not mileage based. So tire A has twice the ratio of tire B, but if they are driven under different conditions, then they might end up wearing out at the same time.
Also, the ratings are put on the tires by the manufacturers themselves, and they have become more of a marketing tool than the ratings were initially created for.
In short, you'd be better off using the mileage warranty as a gauge of how long the tire will last---the treadwear rating is pretty much not to be counted upon. ( you will often find a tire with a treadwear rating of 400 warrantied for 40,000 miles and another with the same 400 rating warrantied at 60,000 miles---huh?)
PS: The tests performed by tire companies are not actively monitored by the gov't.