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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:32 AM
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Do all X3's come with run flats?

Can I get non run flat tires or is that going to be extra cost?
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:55 AM
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In the UK we can get non-RFTs on 17 inch wheel on our "SE" spec.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:49 AM
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In North America, all X3s are sold with RF tires.

In Europe, the basic 17" tires are non-RF.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:23 AM
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You can replace them with non RF but if leasing keep the OEMs for remounting at the time of lease return. BMW will insist that you have RFTs at that time. If buying, then sell your OEM's to some lease returner who didn't keep theirs.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:34 AM
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In North America, all X3s are sold with RF tires.

In Europe, the basic 17" tires are non-RF.
Does it mean X3 has a spare tire well?
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:17 PM
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Does it mean X3 has a spare tire well?
No, no spare tire or tire well.
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:38 PM
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So, what do the european buyers do without a spare? A "mobility kit" perhaps?
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:52 PM
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Run Flats are one of the biggest scams that car mfg have come up with in a long time. Buy a car with tires you can't repair, aren't kept readily in stock, cost a fortune to replace, give the dealer something else than can sell a warranty on, eliminate the need for supplying 5 tires and space, etc.....

On the average you will be done 2-3 days if you get a flat. So now a tire has become a major auto-repair instead of a minor fix.
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Run Flats are one of the biggest scams that car mfg have come up with in a long time. Buy a car with tires you can't repair, aren't kept readily in stock, cost a fortune to replace, give the dealer something else than can sell a warranty on, eliminate the need for supplying 5 tires and space, etc.....

On the average you will be done 2-3 days if you get a flat. So now a tire has become a major auto-repair instead of a minor fix.
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So, what do the european buyers do without a spare? A "mobility kit" perhaps?
Yes, they get a mobility kit. This is documented in the German owners manual.
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Yes, they get a mobility kit. This is documented in the German owners manual.
Funny we put one in my wife's MCS because the run flats don't cut it. So kinda pointless having them. When tread wears out on these we are putting in regular A/S Michelins.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:44 AM
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I never could figure out why RF's were so great. It does provide another "dealer profit" area as well as saving money in manufacturing costs I guess. BMW had better watch its step however the competition is snapping at their heels. Take the Kia Sportage for example -- yes, I know, another Korean tin can. Not so much any more however. If you were to take a serious look at the turbo version you would find a very attractive cute ute, with almost an Audi-like (well I did say "almost") interior and some pretty good numbers. The 0-60 clocks off at 6.0, the 1/4 in 14.9 @ 93 mph, pulls 87g, and runs the cones at 59.4 mph. Oh yes in addition to the incredible warranty (10 years & 100K miles) it runs on regular gas and has a steel wheel spare tire. Fully loaded they run about $12K less than the X3
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:43 PM
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No, no spare tire or tire well.
It sucks. We have Honda Fit, which comes without spare tire, but the tire well it there. I will purchase the donut when the road side assistans ends .
With BMW there is no such option. I carry the spare tire in my laggage compartment, but it annoys me, as I need a flat floor often.
What a scam indeed....
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