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BMW 3-Series Run Flat Tires

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  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 445
    I was at a local tire shop today to have them look at the TPMS on my Mazda and I started talking to the owner. I asked him about run flats. He said they don't sell many at all.

    I then asked if he has replaced many RFT with GFT. His response was puzzling. He said they will not replace RFT's with GFT's because of the liability involved.

    I don't know what liability for who because I didn't ask since that converstion had ended at that point.

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  • The closest tire shop to me (a local chain), won't mount a used tire.. Doesn't matter if it's your tire, or if you bought it used.. If your tires are already mounted on other wheels, they'll swap them for you, but that's it...

    Sucks for me, because they are within walking distance and open on Saturdays and weeknights.. The independent guy I use is only open M-F, and closes at 6:00pm... He doesn't worry about liability... lol.

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  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,453
    I then asked if he has replaced many RFT with GFT. His response was puzzling. He said they will not replace RFT's with GFT's because of the liability involved.

    I don't know what liability for who because I didn't ask since that converstion had ended at that point
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    Well, I gues its his choice. Many tire dealers refuse to repair flats now for the very same reason.

    But, in fact, there are no reasons as it relates to liability for changing between the two as it relates to BMW's.

    It would be nice to know if he sees liability both ways...ie, replacing GFT's with RFT's on cars with TPS systems.
  • nkeennkeen Posts: 316
    2006 325i ZSP -- my second round of 17" RE050As are much more compliant than the originals -- less prone to tramlining and better able to absorb expansion joint and pot-hole shocks. Very expensive, but they stick.

    Base euro models now come with GFT tires -- more upscale models get the RFTs.
  • ublaubla Posts: 3
    Try 2 1/4"
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Two and a quarter inches of suspension travel? You've got to be kidding; I don't think there's a single production car on the roads these days with a suspension that goes from stop to stop in only two and a quarter inches.
  • larry175larry175 Posts: 68
    I put them on my09 335ix and 35lbs seems to do the job.

    PS I hit a pothole and blew the right front tire with less than 5000 miles. Conti guarantee was great. Because I had to get a replacement tire in a hurry they reimbursed me 100% This happy camper is actually looking forward to buying another set of DWS's
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,453
    Two and a quarter inches of suspension travel? You've got to be kidding; I don't think there's a single production car on the roads these days with a suspension that goes from stop to stop in only two and a quarter inches.

    I agree.

    I certainly know of no production vehicle with such short suspension travel.

    It may be so, but I have doubts it was delivered from the factory that way...

    Heck, my Harley has more than that!
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Geez, I think the fork on my mountain bike has at least that much travel. :)
  • todd_skitodd_ski Posts: 2
    All:

    I need a little assistance. I have a 2007 328i Convertible and need replacement tires. I have seen all the chatter about RFT vs. GFT. However, I like the convenience and security of the RFT's. Also, it seems they have made great improvements in the technology and resultant ride.

    I would immensely appreciate it if someone could provide me some feedback on the replacements. Specifically, what brand and model of tire would be the best all-around. I live in Henderson (Las Vegas), NV and we do not experience severe weather often.

    Thanks,

    Todd_Ski :)
  • larry175larry175 Posts: 68
    Your mind seems made up. Try a set and you will see. Run flats allow you to drive to the nearest BMW dealer who will replace the tire at about $400. Difference being that if you had a spare you call AAA to change the tire and then have the soft tir repaired or change the tire yourself. Notwithstanding the noise and rough ride and short life try them. I am 70 y.o. and drive fast occasionally but don;t abuse the car and all I got on these tires was 22500 miles. They look brand new but drive like you are on R.R. tracks. And you have to be hi end ear phones because the radio can't be heard over the tire noise.
    But do what you will
  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    In my last two 328's I had Continental Conti-Pro Contact RFTs and found them perfectly acceptable in all regards. Our new 2011 328 i convertible came with the Contis and they are terrific. As well...we just also took delivery of a new 2011 X-3 and it came with Bridgestone RFTs which used to be horrid. I must tell you that the RFT tire technology has improved and I find these tires equally impressive to the Conti's. The days of lousy RFTs I think may have passed. I agree, the security of having them now outweighs any handicap. The ride now equals GFT's and I, as a former RFT hater have now been convinced that RFTs are the way to go. Just don't have a dealer replace them...buy them at Tire Rack and have a local tire dealer install them. You will save $$$$$$$$.
  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    put Contenental Pro Contacts on my wheels.I only drive it summers and I can't say if run flats have inproved because I never went back to them, but I drive my car like like larry.
    I always buy the insuance too. I think I paid $10.00 a tire ever since, I hit the curb at a drive in bank. You can't fix a sidewall.
    Although, my state says they are broke and watch out for the pot holes. So, I'm going to hug the center line.My neighbor said he already bent a rim on his Escalade and this is March and more snow or rain is going to make it worse.Maybe RFT's will take pot holes better?
  • rflrfl Posts: 100
    My 2011 X 3 is the BEST BMW I have ever owned (and there have been 13 of them). Made in America, too! The electronics compare favorably to any US or Japaneese car and the handling is superb. Do not think twice. This is a 5 star vehicle. Oh...and btw... the dealers seem to have a better markup in them... I got a discount of 6% off of the list price without a hassle.
  • 1socalgal1socalgal Posts: 10
    Having resolved the run-flat tire issue (change them out for radials and put a small spare in the trunk) I'm wondering if it's possible to buy a BMW that's been lease terminated --- i.e., a leased BMW turned in by the owner. I've pretty much settled on a 2010 3 series sedan. Such a car would be a year old so it isn't likely to go to auction. And no I don't want to pick up someone's lease: wouldn't be able to change out the tires on a lease. Any ideas?
  • boston303boston303 Posts: 35
    I wouldn't buy or lease a BMW on a bet.. I am that disgusted with them. Yep my S2000 is so much more car price per pound than BMW can ever remeber what made them "hip" to begin with (2002). 3 Series is a joke. Can't wait for my lease to end. I absolutely hate run flat tires and that BMW has taken away our ability to customize our cars for our performance preferences. Ultimate driving machine? Used to be... Having read several posts I have to remind myself that the people who respond may not know what a clutch peddle does...or where it is...
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,453
    Having read several posts I have to remind myself that the people who respond may not know what a clutch peddle does...or where it is...


    Not only do many of us know what a clutch pedal is, we also know the correct spelling for it as well....

    Sorry... I couldn't resist.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,453
    You can certainly change out the tires on a leased vehicle. All you have to do is turn it back in with the original RF tires. I know several people that have done exactly that.

    As for finding the abbreviated leased vehicle, a great place to start would be a BMW dealer, since that's the place where a car would be returned in that situation...
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,950
    Check lease assumption sites like Swapalease.. Those people want out of their leases.. Sign up (it's under $50, I think), and you can communicate with those lessees.. If you see a car you are interested in, ask them to find out the current buyout (not the residual).. If you purchase the car from BMWFS (through them), then they are off the hook for the lease... Some of them might even chip in, to get rid of the car.

    That may or may not be cheaper than what a dealer is asking for a comparable car. Most lessees don't terminate within the first 18 months, because it can be very expensive... If you find a late model car on a BMW lot, it's likely to be a factory official or demo/loaner (not that those can't be good buys).

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • boston303boston303 Posts: 35
    HA! Very fair comment! Thanks for the correction and I should have known better. I do mean that in a very friendly way, I screwed up. However I think the majority of BMW owners do not have a clue about a clutch pedal.. Given the majority of BMW's sold in the US are automatics. Today it seems to be more about the brand or status than it is about performance and being the Ultimate Driving Machine. My S2000 does much more for my performance enjoyment and competition than the 3 series could ever hope to achieve. Hate to be negative but I think BMW has absolutely lost it. Add to that, if I wanted to spend the equivalent amount of money I'd buy a Lotus.
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