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Old 05-20-2010, 08:23 AM
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Ouch.... but but but it's a really nice pretend race car

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Really, the anger should be focused on the potholes. How come no one is calling for letters to be written for the potholes to be fixed.
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A few of my own thoughts:

1) As far as I know, you only experienced the Bridgestones RFTs, there are two or three competitors. I quite liked the P-Zero RFT and thought they were a much better RFT over the RE05As. Others generally have good things to say about the PS2 ZPs

2) The larger profile (higher sidewall height) 225/45/18 and 255/40/18 in the non-RFT sizes work fine and gives a bit more "cushion" than the lower aspect ratios.

3) Eibach springs and Koni FSDs are the 3-series suspension that should have come from the factory

I can't give much of an argument to counter as to why one should have to spend a large chunk of change to make the car "right", indeed I still find myself wondering why an entry level near-luxury car costs $55K, and - most sobering - why did I spend that much.

But with only 118K miles, I still got more time to spend with this car. It isn't perfect, but some days everything feels just right, and this becomes the best car I've owned.
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One of the posters here was kind enough to suggest a Toyota Solara. Maybe I should check one out.
Oh, you had to say that. Walking out of a restaurant after dinner last year, my wife pointed to a car and said "Hey, is that the same as yours?". Turned out to be a Solara.

Thought about letting her walk home.


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How is it on bad surfaces?

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Really, the anger should be focused on the potholes. How come no one is calling for letters to be written for the potholes to be fixed.
According to Philadelphia *ALL* potholes are fixed within 24 hours of a complaint being made. So i reported a pothole, about a year ago, with the address, landmarks, AND GPS coordinates...the pothole was big...about 4 feet long, 2 feet wide, and about 8 inches deep...i mean soemthing that should have had a steel plate on top of it. It was there for a month before I reported it....it was there for three more months AFTER I reported it.

Writing to the city about potholes will do you as much good as complaining to the Philly Parking Authority about their ticketing habits.

EDIT: Before you ask there were no work crews, ever, around the potholes and work crews typically put steel plates on top of open holes....plus there weren't any pipes, wires, or cables that you could see if you looked into the pothole....it was on my daily commut so I passed it twice a day, at least five days a week.
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:50 AM
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One would think that BMW would figure out that maybe they should try to come up with a design that works for their largest market.

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I have no problems with both of my BMWs with rfts in BMW's largest market.....CALIFORNIA!

California is 25% of BMW's market. There are so many bimmers here it seems like I am driving a Camry. We have bad roads, and miles of them.

Buck up CA, and realize you screwed the pooch when it came to removing your rfts without having a donut spare.
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:50 AM
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It is very nice actually. I have the adaptive drive system which is like owning 3 different cars. In the city I drive in comfort mode and it gives supple ride where it feels like I'm driving a 5 series / E class. In Automatic mode it does a good job of switching between comfort and dynamic based on surface condition, speed, and steering behavior. In Dynamic, the car felt like my BMW and the ride is firm (not jarring as they are not RFT's) and the steering tightens up, better throttle response, and rear diff is set to sport mode. I put my car on the "individual" setting almost all the time as it allow me to customize the throttle response, steering, sports differential, and suspension. On individual, everything is on Automatic but the steering where I always set it to Dynamic otherwise you can drive the car with 2 fingers. In dynamic, the steering is like BMW's, nice and heavy.

Going from 19" RFT's on my e92 coupe, it's like night and day. The adjustable magnetic suspension is a nice feature. Having quattro is also reassuring and gives you more confidence in dry and bad weather conditions.
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I have no problems with both of my BMWs with rfts in BMW's largest market.....CALIFORNIA!

California is 25% of BMW's market. There are so many bimmers here it seems like I am driving a Camry. We have bad roads, and miles of them.

Buck up CA, and realize you screwed the pooch when it came to removing your rfts without having a donut spare.
That's ironic seeing as how the state is broke.
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The STATE may be broke, not the residents, or at least all of them.
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I have no problems with both of my BMWs with rfts in BMW's largest market.....CALIFORNIA!

California is 25% of BMW's market. There are so many bimmers here it seems like I am driving a Camry. We have bad roads, and miles of them.

Buck up CA, and realize you screwed the pooch when it came to removing your rfts without having a donut spare.
I guess the ///M Division is screwing the same pooch as M3 drivers would be in the same situation.

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True. If I were to buy an M3, I would demand a donut be thrown in the deal at purchase.
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Really, the anger should be focused on the potholes. How come no one is calling for letters to be written for the potholes to be fixed.

While I agree with you, virtually every American city has craptastic roads right now. And, America is BMW biggest export market. Shouldn't they spec a tire/suspension combination that is practical in this setting?

Note, btw, that I am personally quiet satisfied with my setup. I'm just recognizing that others are not.
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True. If I were to buy an M3, I would demand a donut be thrown in the deal at purchase.
The issue with the convertible is that it takes up most of the luggage space. The best solution would have been if BMW had provided a space for a donut spare but they are not alone in that.

It seems ironic that as roads become worse and tires and rims become more fragile the auto industry has decided to do away with spare tires. I think the issue will be solved in two ways. 1. Improved suspensions that are adjustable for different road condtiotion (some cars have this feature now) and 2. Better run flat tires that meet or surpass the performance of conventional tires.
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I just gotta throw something into the equation. When you build a car online, and in the owner's manual, there are like 50 warnings about low profile tires being more apt to be damaged by road conditions. Arncha just ASKING for trouble by tossing the RFTs (which personally I never had trouble with over 7 years of owning BMWs driving faaar into the hinterland of east upper jibib Ohio, and going spareless?

I love having you here, but it seems pretty simple.

1) Don't buy the sports suspended 19" rim model
2) Dont't do that, but keep the RFTs
3) don't, but erm... drive slower on crappy roads
4) don't, but quit whinning about predictable outcomes


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I just gotta throw something into the equation. When you build a car online, and in the owner's manual, there are like 50 warnings about low profile tires being more apt to be damaged by road conditions. Arncha just ASKING for trouble by tossing the RFTs (which personally I never had trouble with over 7 years of owning BMWs driving faaar into the hinterland of east upper jibib Ohio, and going spareless?

I love having you here, but it seems pretty simple.

1) Don't buy the sports suspended 19" rim model
2) Dont't do that, but keep the RFTs
3) don't, but erm... drive slower on crappy roads
4) don't, but quit whinning about predictable outcomes


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Does anyone have an English translation of this post?
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1) Ikke købe Sports suspenderet 19" Fælg model
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Very sorry to hear about your dismay about the car, Captainaudio. Thanks for the advice on garaging it in our neighborhood.


Not having been here for very long (car still has only 750 miles on it), what's the main issue that people don't like about the RFT's? I have the base 17" rims and RFT's that come with the conv', and it seems to drive pretty well to me. I've hit potholes but the car is still composed.

Is it that they ride too hard or that they detract from the feel of the drive? (help me out here, I'm coming from a 2000 Ford Explorer, 2000 Suburban, and 2000 Intrepid).
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As I previously stated, I am running 18s with non RFTs, the same setup that is standard on an M3.
I also have BMW rims that are exactly the same size as the ones that came with the car.

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It is the de facto national language, apparently... although there is no official language.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languag..._United_States

"these countries" or "this country's"?
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