Is that right?
I thought it was just the sport package, but I think they're on the
My thinking was stiffer sidewalls would be needed with larger rims of
the sport package, thus necessitating the stiffer run flats. But
maybe that's not right.
My thinking is also that the larger rim with shorter sidewall gives a
much rougher ride than the larger sidewall. So for this reason I was
tending away from the larger sport rims.
But now I read the dreaded run flats are on the base rims also.
Wonder if they'll change it.
As no spare tire is included with the E90, all models (including 2007) come
with run-flats as standard. Some are summer performance (sport package) and
some are "all-season" - but all are run-flat.
But I thought you were looking for an E46 coupe...
There is indeed extra space in the place of the spare, but that little
cargo bay they built down there under the trubnk is not large enough
to fit a spare. It's not even round, but a bucket size cargo holder.
Therein lies the problem. You can put non-runflat tires on an E90, but you
won't be able to fit a spare in the trunk unless you want to take up all the
cargo area. You'll also have to come up with the tools to change a flat AND
some sort of inflator. Maybe a can of fix-a-flat too.
Accordingly to some who have done this, the non-run flat tires easily
outperform the runflats.
Hopefully, runflats aren't the 21st Century version of the TRX tire!
Absolutely. And the WORSE news is that most of the tire failures I have
had have been of varieties that would not have been prevented by runflats.
For example, tearing the sidewall out with a piece of steel rebar sticking
out of the middle of the Washington Beltway. Just about every actual blowout
I have experienced resulted in the tire being shredded into many pieces within
a second or two.
You need to have a spare. I do not think that having runflats is in any
way a replacement for a real spare.
The lack of a place to put a spare is my number two reason (behind the
front wheel drive) for not buying a Cooper S.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
I wouldn't count on BMW changing to run-flats as the 2008 3 series continues
with the same tires as the 2006 and 2007 models. Run flats aren't really a
problem although they are more expensive and tend to ride a bit firmer than
After getting 30,000 problem free miles out of the OEM performance run-flats
on my Z4, I replaced them with conventional Z rated rubber - only because of
the price difference.
Have you driven both the E46 and E90 to compare run-flats vs. conventional
No, I've just heard a lot of people complain about them. And some
said they didn't last very long. I think the new coupe is truly
beautiful, but the older series looks nice too.
How much do regular tires cost? I think run flats are $200. Did you
carry a spare tire in your trunk?
Am I right in thinking that lower sidewalls with larger rims mean a
harsher ride? I just want a sporty, fun to drive car, probably rear
wheel drive...with a good suspension and handling, but not so rigid
that it knocks my fillings out.
each from Tire Rack
(plus shipping, mounting and balancing). While a number of folks have
complained about the noise from the Bridgestones, the Contis are rated
highly and carry a treadwear rating of 400 - so you might try to have those
tires mounted, rather than the Turanzas.
If you opt for the sport package, the OEM 18" Bridgestone RE050A summer
performance tires provide great handling - but a significant harsher ride.
Tire Rack's price is $282 per front tire and $343 per rear - plus shipping,
mounting and balancing. Naturally, you don't want to drive on these tires
in snow, ice or sub-freezing temperatures.
I strongly suggest a test drive, especially on the Contis.
They are on the regular as well. I just got my wife an 07 328xiT (E91)
and it came with run flats. She didn't want the sports package since
she doesn't like the bucket seats. She's got the premium and winter
package only. I got extended coverage for it that includes the runflat
replacement coverage, as I hear they are quite expensive. It is a
rougher ride then in my e46 (sports package), but it's not that bad. I
like driving her car, but prefer the ride in mine. There's no choice
as far as I know. I guess you could fit regular contis on it, but then
you'll have to have a repair kit when you run a flat tire as there is
no more spare wheels in the E90 and E91s. I hope they change that by
the time I need to get my E46 replaced. I don't like it that they
don't let run flats be an option, but make it a standard (mandatory)
Yeah, RF tires are on all the new 3 series.
I have a 2006 330xi and it came with Bridgestone RF tires.
I work for Goodyear (who owns Dunlop) so BMW actually was happy to swap out
the runflats for a set of Dunlop SP Sport 5000's. I really like them. I
have had it in the shop for one or two things, and the 3-series loaners,
with runflats, seem harsher to me.
As far as what I do when I get a flat? I also have a set of Borbet rims
with winter tires (GY Ultra Grip G3's) on them (I live north). So I keep
one of those in the trunk in Summer, and one of the originals in the trunk
in winter (when the Borbets go on). Spare sits on the optional rubber BMW
trunk liner (which they threw in as part of deal). I keep the spare
in-place with a tie-down strap which hooks very nicely to the two chrome eye
loops in the front corners of the trunk. Thus the tire sits flat, centered
and snugged up against the front of the trunk, which is the back of the rear
seat. Not fold down seats either, so I think safety is not compromised by
the tire being there. I also bought the BMW jack kit, which I keep in that
smaller storage area under the trunk (where they REALLY should have made
room for a spare tire!).
BMW really should have given the buyer a choice - RF's or regular tires.
After all, it's still a 5-passenger 4-door sedan, NOT a Corvette (where
runflats are mandatory in order to make room in the trunk for your golf
But I'm happy with what I have. The 330xi model is a bit heavier in the
front anyway, due to the extra running gear for the 4wd and associated
beefier components (some are steel instead of alum), thus the f/r weight
ratio is a couple more % points weighted towards the front as it is,
compared to the RWD 330i. SO the weight of spare tire and jack kit in back
shifts some of the weight distribution backwards a little bit closer to the
perfect 50/50 (by maybe 1-2 percent). Of course at the expense of an
additional 55lb or so of cargo, but I figure it's worth the balancing act
plus not having to break the bank on replacing a RF tire eventually anyway
if they get a puncture.
It looks like you can actually remove that tub underneath, to give yourself
a bit more room for stuff. But alas, not enuf for a tire.
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