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Old 09-30-2012, 05:01 AM
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Run Flat / Regular

I am planning to replace my run-flat tires with regular tires. Is it good option to drive with regular tires for 2008 BMW 328i ?

What difference will I feel after switching as far as driving style is concerned?
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:26 AM
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I am planning to replace my run-flat tires with regular tires. Is it good option to drive with regular tires for 2008 BMW 328i ?

What difference will I feel after switching as far as driving style is concerned?
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The ride will be a lot smoother and quieter with the go-flat tires. I just put a set of Coni-DWS tires on for the winter here in Germany and I was really surprised at the differences in the ride. The only down side is, I will be carrying one tire from my performance set as a spare and it does take up room in the back.

Are you going to run two sets of tires summer and winter or and all-season set?

There are lots of debate on this subject use the search at the top to find all kind of information!

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:03 PM
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I did just that on my old E90 (don't have it anymore). That was the best decision I've made as far as tires concerned. I am not sure about tires on 2008 models but those first runflats on the first E90s were absolute and utter garbage.

For $200+ per run flat tire I was getting:

- Super noisy ride
- No grip on wet road
- No ability to even start moving in snow (I know those are summer tires but I couldn't even get into garage from driveway)
- Well... $200+ price tag
- I've replaced 3 sets of run flats (always been getting the same kind as my new car had from factory) and each set lasted about 15k miles

Now... After I did switch to $120 per tire all season tires I've got:

- Quiet and comfy ride (all that time I thought that noise was normal for BMW)
- Confident driving on wet roads. Don't care about snow anymore
- $80 saving per tire
- 2 years so far and still have 75% of tire thread

Yes, there is a debate about what you lose switching from BMW recommended tires to after market but cmon. Just follow common sense. Don't switch to crappy cheap tires. Make sure the size is right. Switch at least two at a time (rear or front). all four is probably the best choice.

I've added towing to my insurance to mitigate possible flat tire clusterf... . As an alternative I can pay $3 or so for cell phone. Even some credit cards offer roadside assistance as a benefit.

I can only speak for myself but I absolutely loved the non run flats I've switched to.
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What difference will I feel after switching as far as driving style is concerned?
Better ride

Less noisy

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The ride will be smoother and much more quiet.

With that being said, you do want to invest in a spare tire
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