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Old 09-14-2008, 09:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Run Flats: Taking a poll

I'm considering going to non run flat tires when I replace the run flats I have on my 330i 2006 sport package. I realize I have no spare. My objective is better ride. Seems like cost is higher as well with run flats.
I have been driving for 27 years and have never had a flat tire. I've had a slow leak but enough air in the tire to get it in in time to get fixed.

With that said, have you or would you consider going with non run flat tires instead of the recommended run flats.
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Old 09-14-2008, 12:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would go for 30's or 40's or 45's for a better ride and cheaper to replace than run-flats. I have 40's on the 7 and I can feel the road fine, handles great, when I bought her she had 50's on and very wishy washy
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I would make the switch to non run flats, but I would try to find a way to carry a spare for long trips, etc.
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Or at the least, carry a tire repair kit and a cheap portable compressor. Doing that has saved my ass a couple of times. Never been a fan of run flats.
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Get a mini compressor that plugs into your cig. lighter and a repair kit at a min. As they said on long trip try to fit a small spare(Make sure if fits the car to)
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I would just get the run flats, I have them on my car and I dont want to mess with having to change a tire if I dont have to.
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While I appreciate the advantages of the run-flat for BWW, the tires available presently are horrible. I've only experienced the Bridgestones, but they're not a good tire. I got about 15,00 miles on the tires that came on the CPO 325i I bought and even less on the replacements... about 12,000 miles and the shoulders are at the wear indicators. This in spite of running them at THIRTY SEVEN PSI (37 pounds pressure). Bridgestone "kicked in" for the original's replacements at 12,00 miles for 1/2 price and told me to run them at this ridiculously high pressure. This is the pressure one see's in truck tires. I can feel every little bump and imperfection in the road.
I'm going to go the non-run flat option, although I'd like to hear from those who plan on carrying a spare first... You gonna carry a front or rear? They're different sizes you know ( or do you?)
I'll carry an on-board compressor and keep an eye on the tires. Most times if one has a problem you'll notice it if you actually look at it. Be wary about any repair material you put into a tire. It will probably ruin the Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM). These things cost about $60-$70, although a dealer will likely charge a couple of hundred to remedy.
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A non run flat tire will be cheaper and you can probably get better performance from a normal tire. Like the others suggest, I would pick up a tire repair kit and a compressor for a cigarette lighter so if something does happen you won't be stuck.

Also you say you have never had a flat, you know the second you switch to a normal tire you will pick one up so (just because that seems like how life works) so be prepared.
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I just got my '07 328 wagon in July. Bought it used off eBay with just over 20K miles on it. It has had the run-flats replaced (no idea how long ago) with a cheap set of Continentals that are already showing wear. Ride and handling are ok, except in the heavy rain we get here (Florida) in the summer. So, I'd like to hear any recommendations on what to get for the next set, and also what's everyone doing about the lack of a spare? I had a wonderful set of Yokohamas on my old car - '95 325is - that were great in all conditions including rain, but still didn't last too well.
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