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Old 03-31-2014, 12:47 PM
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HELP Tire Question (Run Flats vs Regular Tires)

I have to change my tires (all season) my car is 2007 3281. My non flats only last like 17 - 20,000 miles.....When i inquired to my local BMW dealer about the possibilty of putting normal tires they were ADAMANT NOT TO DO SO. They claimed putting non run flats could pose a danger as car is NOT DESIGNED for regular tires....I am turning to my Bimmer forum for advice. Is what my dealer saying true? Or is this a cash grab to make more money? HELP!
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:53 PM
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I changed my 2008 E92's tires to 'go flats'. I couldn't be happier.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:59 PM
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There is absolutely no reason you can't put on standard run flat tires.

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Old 03-31-2014, 12:59 PM
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I would expect a dealerhip to say this.

I would expect a dealership to say this.
Even some tire shops will say this do to liability laws
and will refuse to install non rft's in the US.
Happily my Indy shop hates runflats and
has no problem with changing to go flats. And the
guy that runs that shop used to be a foreman of a dealership
repair department.
The car is so much better in terms of ride and noise with the
Conti DWS's
Also there are endless threads on this.

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Old 03-31-2014, 01:36 PM
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A BMW dealership that I use has a gigantic sign on the wall to the drive through service bays advertising tires. It is one of those good, better best type with tires stuck on the wall in each section. Each of these sections has a Run-flat, and non-runflat example, and actually pretty reasonably priced for a dealer that is (the conti-pro SSRs are something like $245 or something). This being a real BMW dealer, I would think dumps the argument that our cars are run-flat only. I am sure that they will recommend against going with non-runflats, but still, they sell them and will gladly put them on your BMW.
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I have to change my tires (all season) my car is 2007 3281. My non flats only last like 17 - 20,000 miles.....When i inquired to my local BMW dealer about the possibilty of putting normal tires they were ADAMANT NOT TO DO SO. They claimed putting non run flats could pose a danger as car is NOT DESIGNED for regular tires....I am turning to my Bimmer forum for advice. Is what my dealer saying true? Or is this a cash grab to make more money? HELP!
I replaced the RFTs on my 2007 335i when the car was a few weeks old. I replaced the stock dampers with Koni FSDs a few years later. I have my car serviced at BMW Manhattan which is owned by BMW North America. The non RFTs and the Koni shocks have never been an issue with them.

A few years ago my car failed NYS inspection due to cuts in three of the tires. BMW Manhattan would not sell be non RFTs but said they would install them if I provided them myself. I purchased a set of Conti DWS from Tire Rack and had them installed by an independent shop. I took the car, with the new non-RFT tires to BMW Manhattan and had it inspected again and it passed.
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