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Old 11-18-2011, 01:58 AM
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Run Flat Tires

I am looking to buy new summer tires for my '08 3.0i w/sport pkg in Spring, would like to know which RFT has the best all around performance( ride, control, wear etc); Bridgestone, Continental, Michelin or Pirelli.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:50 AM
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check out and see if you like the nitto nt-05's. they're not run flats but cheaper alternative than some on your list and a really good performance tire.
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Interesting, I saw "Run Flat Tires" in the title and my mind completed the phrase with "suck"

Go for non runflats, better for your suspension, ride, and chicks dig them. Everything is true except for that last part.
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Looks like some of you don't realize that you need RFTs on X5s with third row since there is no spare.
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The RFT vs non-RFT debate has literally pages of threads on the topic...
but, 'no spare' is not the deciding factor on whether to run non-RFTs or not, imo.
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but, 'no spare' is not the deciding factor on whether to run non-RFTs or not, imo.
If you have 3rd row and no space for a spare - yes it is.
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There's always AAA or any other similar services if you choose to pass on run flats.
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I don't happen to have a whole day to blow sitting in the middle of nowhere waiting for a tow truck. You folks make it sound like RFTs make the truck ride like you're on a snowmobile. RFTs are fine and definitely serve a purpose.
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We bought the BMW mobility kit for our 3 series when we ditched the run flats. Plus we have road side assistance with our auto insurance as well. Knock on wood, but in 5 years no problems yet.

For me, the run flats were the first thing to go on my X5. I looked specifically for an X5 with the spare tire (and got it) but honestly if I didn't have it I'd still have dumped the RFT's.

I also got an email today from getbmwparts.com for the OEM BMW E70/71 X5 & X6 Series Emergency Wheel/Tire Set - $335. I know hauling it around is a pain, maybe needed for longer trips out of town, but it's an option to consider.

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Yep, had a 328i vert, got rid of the run-craps and tossed some fixaflat in the trunk, if that did not work it was roadside assistance time!

So to the third row drivers I say go for it, be risky with a flat situation and not with your suspension.

To those who think RFTs are OK and like them, super.
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