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pokemon 11-18-2011 01:58 AM

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.

grudge 11-18-2011 02:50 AM

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.

SCardamon 11-18-2011 07:06 AM

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.

cravin 11-18-2011 08:32 AM

Looks like some of you don't realize that you need RFTs on X5s with third row since there is no spare.

motordavid 11-18-2011 09:20 AM

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.

Price 11-18-2011 11:06 AM


Originally Posted by motordavid (Post 852315)
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.

grudge 11-18-2011 11:18 AM

There's always AAA or any other similar services if you choose to pass on run flats.

cravin 11-18-2011 12:37 PM

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.

4MoJoe 11-18-2011 12:38 PM

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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SCardamon 11-18-2011 02:08 PM

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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