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Old 06-19-2013, 08:37 AM
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Run Flats -- 2007 328xi Tires

All,

I know I could probably find an answer on this if I kept searching -- but I wasn't able to find anything that really answered my question and don't have much time to keep looking -- so apologies if this is a worn out topic!

I've had run flats so far, and today the BMW dealership told me I need to replace the rear tires immediately. Since the 2007 328xi doesn't have any place for a spare, they said "you HAVE to go with run flats", as I guess they're almost guaranteed to never go flat. Of course this requires alignment too, and the total cost for the 2 tires comes out to over $800.

Any opinions on this? I know I can get 4 new Yokohamas from Costco for under $700, so I'm having a really tough time paying over $800 for 2. I'm not sure if having run flats in the front and another type in the rear would be problematic, or if I wouldn't be utilizing the benefits of owning a BMW if I go with less expensive tires. I could use some guidance from those with more experience!

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These subjects are covered in multiple threads, multiple times. But whatever.

You cannot (should not) mix RFT and go-flat tires at all. It's barely acceptable if you want to get through a couple days waiting for an order to come in.

You should not mix front-RFT and rear-go-flat.

You should always put the newest tires on the rear, otherwise risk hydro-planing (seems counter-intuitive, but go to tirerack and search their tech articles).

Tirerack.com shows 16 RFT 16" tires ranging from around $130-$190 per tire, and 42 17" RFT tires (also in same price range). Costco carries Bridgestone and Michelin, not sure about Continental (which would also be a good choice). Costco's price (which includes mounting/balancing) is usually within $10 +- to what tirerack + mount/balance costs.

Alignment is not required. Dealer is not required.
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These subjects are covered in multiple threads, multiple times. But whatever.

You cannot (should not) mix RFT and go-flat tires at all. It's barely acceptable if you want to get through a couple days waiting for an order to come in.

You should not mix front-RFT and rear-go-flat.

You should always put the newest tires on the rear, otherwise risk hydro-planing (seems counter-intuitive, but go to tirerack and search their tech articles).

Tirerack.com shows 16 RFT 16" tires ranging from around $130-$190 per tire, and 42 17" RFT tires (also in same price range). Costco carries Bridgestone and Michelin, not sure about Continental (which would also be a good choice). Costco's price (which includes mounting/balancing) is usually within $10 +- to what tirerack + mount/balance costs.

Alignment is not required. Dealer is not required.
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