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E63 / E64 6 Series (2003 - 2013)
The E63/E64 BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

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Old 10-11-2008, 08:41 AM
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Repairing Run-Flat Tires

OK, I'm sure this has been covering and I'm annoying some of you, but I'm not as regular on here as I should be AND I DID do a search and didn't come up with a whole lot...

So, how many of you have "bent the BMW rules" a bit and REPAIRED/patched your Run-Flat tires and what were the results? I have a nail in the center of my tread and the tire still has MANY MANY miles of life left.

After repairing it, did the iDrive/FTM function properly or did things go crazy and give you false alarms all the time?

Please let me know!

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Old 10-11-2008, 09:03 AM
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I spoke to the guys at Tires Plus (a local tire repair/other auto repair chain here in Florida)....asked them if run-flat tires are repairable/patchable and he told me they were, and they do them. However, it does reduce the tire rating (as does all patched tires). Just make sure the place you take it to has "run-flat certification" which, apparently, not all places have.

The only question I didn't get answered convincingly, though, was if you should drive the run flat and then repair it----rather than pumping it up/changing it before having it repaired (not driving on it)....anyone have insight on this?

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Old 10-11-2008, 09:35 AM
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I spoke my nearby Good Year Tire center and they will repair them. However, I also spoke with Tire Rack and their "official" stand is that they SHOULD NOT BE REPAIRED. If they can be repaired, due to the original damage and then driving on them with the damage the crown of the tire is permanently damaged and after repairing the tire, your next flat will most likely be a catastrophic blow out.
I'm leaving now to see what my Good Year guys tell me after they see it.
I'll report back.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:03 AM
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UPDATE: I got an estimate of under $35, but I had to leave the car there...
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:03 AM
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I just got the call. My tire is repaired. hmmm...now the true test....
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:05 AM
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I just got the call from Good Year. The tire is repaired and I can pick up my car
Now comes the true test
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:13 AM
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I just got the call from Good Year. The tire is repaired and I can pick up my car
Now comes the true test
Would be curious to know how the tire feels! I think its BS when they say you shouldnt repair a $450 worth tire...
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:47 PM
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ebay it....90 bucks shipped! 9/32's left on tread life
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Old 10-11-2008, 03:27 PM
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Would be curious to know how the tire feels! I think its BS when they say you shouldnt repair a $450 worth tire...

So true......just had a front replaced an hour ago and total was $472. It was beyond repair tho'.
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:41 AM
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The trouble with RFT's is that the sidewalls may be damaged by driving several miles with a "flat" tire, hence that recommendation to not repair it.
However if it's just a nail and the tire did not leak, then a simple repair should be possible.
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:23 AM
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The trouble with RFT's is that the sidewalls may be damaged by driving several miles with a "flat" tire, hence that recommendation to not repair it.
However if it's just a nail and the tire did not leak, then a simple repair should be possible.

I did some research on how to tell if the sidewalls were anywhere from well used to damaged and found that you should see a crease on the inside of the tire sidewall.
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:47 AM
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One of the most frustraing things about this car...... I have a flat as we speak on my rear RFT.... But it happened the day I put the 22" rims on for the summer. ANYONE recommend anyplace in Northen NJ or NYC that can fix a RFT....

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Old 10-27-2008, 03:25 PM
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Well, it's been about 2-1/2 weeks and I'm still doing fine. Goodyear was awesome. I didn't even have to re-set the tire pressure through iDrive. Either they did it for me, or it never came up. Who knows, either way, I'm really happy.
The tire doesn't feel any different at all and when I got the car back, I couldn't even tell where the repair was done, but I had marked the spot with chalk on the sidewall so I know I was looking in the right spot.

So far so good!
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:19 PM
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After reading this post, I picked up my car today and bought the road hazard rim and tire warranty. The dealer told me if I get a flat even if the tire looks worn out, they will give me a brand new tire for free, same for dented rim. I have the sport package wheels so I spent the $600 for the 3 year warranty. Anyone know if what he told is true or BS ?
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:57 AM
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Hmm...good idea. something to think about.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:47 AM
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My rear tire was 4500 miles old when it was violated by 1/4 inch-diameter screw. The puncture was really close to the sidewall. So far it's holding up fine; got about 500 miles after that. Just reset the TPMs via idrive after inflation.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:55 AM
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The trouble with RFT's is that the sidewalls may be damaged by driving several miles with a "flat" tire, hence that recommendation to not repair it.
However if it's just a nail and the tire did not leak, then a simple repair should be possible.
Yeah, forgot to mention that my tire was driven only 1/2 mile before I fixed it.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:34 PM
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I got a screw in my tire car had 4100 miles, took it to the dealer they said they would repair it then came back and replaced it with new tire cost $565 but I had the tire/rim policy didn't cost me a dime.....except for the cost of the policy it was well worth it and still have 2 more years on the policy.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:11 PM
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I just had my Bridgestone RFT repaired at a Good Year certified run flat facility. It cost $55. I landed there after the Bridgestone facility and BMW dealership said the tire must be replaced, even without having inspected it. In this case, it was a screw in the tread, a slow leak, and tire pressure that never fell below 30 PSI. Lots and lots of tread left--only 4,000 miles on the tire.

Interestingly, I found this from Bridgestone's FAQs about RFTs in response to whether it could be repaired if punctured.


"It depends on how far and at what speed the car was driven after the puncture was sustained. Repair is possible only if deemed so by the tire sales store.
Preconditions include a puncture of less than 6mm for both side-reinforced type and support-ring type Run-Flat tires, plus minimal damage to the support ring in case of the latter.

"However, it is strongly recommended that the tire is replaced as its durability will have been weakened after being repaired."
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It worked for me!

I took my 2009 X5 and had my run flat tire plugged and $10 later I was off and running with no errors in my TPS
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:47 AM
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I ride on all patched RFTs and have for over 3 years. No issues. Just have to be careful when buying off of ebay - get teh DOT number to be sure you're getting a recent tire.
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:14 AM
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Discount tire fixed my rear run-flat tire in 10 minutes--No charge. It was flat in the garage with a small bolt in the middle of the tire. I re-inflated the tire and drove it to Discount tire with a very slow leak. They did however find a bulge on my front tire and suggested replacing it ASAP. They quoted $333.33 out the door. I elected to order 4 Continental Extreme Contact DWS. They are non-run-flats, but I have AAA.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:02 AM
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Run-flats are more prone to getting punctures than normal tyres, why technically not sure, but save to say it is true even though denied by the manufacturers, especially Bridgestone. You only have to listen to all of the forums where cars with runflats often in the top five issues. When you consider the vested interest at $350 ++ per tyre, why wouldn't they? having said this I did have a major puncture on a motorway with my family on board and just drove through it safely, where a normal tyre would have blown out !! so the question becomes what price safety and convenience ??
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:18 AM
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I just had my Bridgestone RFT repaired at a Good Year certified run flat facility. It cost $55. I landed there after the Bridgestone facility and BMW dealership said the tire must be replaced, even without having inspected it. In this case, it was a screw in the tread, a slow leak, and tire pressure that never fell below 30 PSI. Lots and lots of tread left--only 4,000 miles on the tire.

Interestingly, I found this from Bridgestone's FAQs about RFTs in response to whether it could be repaired if punctured.


"It depends on how far and at what speed the car was driven after the puncture was sustained. Repair is possible only if deemed so by the tire sales store.
Preconditions include a puncture of less than 6mm for both side-reinforced type and support-ring type Run-Flat tires, plus minimal damage to the support ring in case of the latter.

"However, it is strongly recommended that the tire is replaced as its durability will have been weakened after being repaired."
This is cool. I found this on the website as well. I dont know why my local Town Fair Tire store said that Bridgestone has a bulletin out asking NEVER to repair any RFTs. Weird, guess the guy just lied...
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:59 PM
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After 1,000 miles on my 335d, the right rear run-flat tire developed a slow leak from a nail. Since I had purchased the tire and wheel protection, the tire was replaced at no cost to me.
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