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Old 09-10-2019, 07:32 PM
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Figured I would start a new thread so that I can try and stay on topic.
I used to think Pirelli made a great tire, they are priced as if they are some of the better tires on the market, but from my experience thus far I can only say that the Pirelli Z series run flats that come standard on BMWs are junk. I have already been through a brand new set plus an additional couple of tires in the past 11 months. I have kept up with my service as recommended but not only have these tires literally fallen apart in a couple instances they feel mushy if that makes sense to anyone... They just dont feel like they are made for these cars. With that being said, anyone have any recommendations on another brand or series of run flats, or even non run flats That they have run on their 7- series and would recommend?

All the input is greatly appreciated! Thanks again!


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Old 09-10-2019, 09:08 PM
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I've found that the Pirelli P Zero RFTs are the "least bad" summer performance RFTs available. They don't last very long, which is typical for a summer performance tire, but I'm going to try the new Pirelli PZ4 RFTs with my next set. Keeping them inflated to the OEM recommended pressures of 35 PSI front and 38 PSI rear does help a bit with ride quality, road noise, and treadwear.

If you want to go with non-RFTs, you can't go wrong with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S or Continental ExtremeContact Sport. I'm not sure if I would spend the extra money on the Michelins though, as they are quite a bit more expensive.
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:53 PM
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I've had good experience with Continental DWS 06 and Goodyear F1. These are reasonable tires at around $250-265 each none RFT. With wife driving, I can get well over 2 years (~30K mile).
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:52 AM
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I usually get a couple people wondering if I am out of my mind whenever I say this..... I only buy used tires from www.bestusedtires.com. I got tired of buying a set of the RFT every 8 months or so, especially since they were running me about $1300 set. I ditched the RFT and purchased a set of Michelin MXM4 for my 2013. They have worn like iron and had 90% of the tread when I bought them. Paid somewhere around $500 for all 4. This place is located in PA and offers free Fed Ex ground shipping. If I order by noon today I get them tomorrow. I have used this place for tires on all my cars for the last several years and only once did I get a bad tire.....I had to send them a photo of the tire and then they sent me another one. I didn't even have to send the original one back. Check them out if you want to save some money.

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Old 09-11-2019, 05:17 PM
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I usually get a couple people wondering if I am out of my mind whenever I say this..... I only buy used tires from www.bestusedtires.com. I got tired of buying a set of the RFT every 8 months or so, especially since they were running me about $1300 set. I ditched the RFT and purchased a set of Michelin MXM4 for my 2013. They have worn like iron and had 90% of the tread when I bought them. Paid somewhere around $500 for all 4. This place is located in PA and offers free Fed Ex ground shipping. If I order by noon today I get them tomorrow. I have used this place for tires on all my cars for the last several years and only once did I get a bad tire.....I had to send them a photo of the tire and then they sent me another one. I didn't even have to send the original one back. Check them out if you want to save some money.
I do the same thing for buying tires, actually from the same place. The MXM4 tire is for trucks or SUV's I think, you might want to check on that. I have also ditched the run flats, & will take my chances on a flat.
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:46 PM
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I usually get a couple people wondering if I am out of my mind whenever I say this..... I only buy used tires from www.bestusedtires.com
I'm worse, I buy used sets of wheels from eBay.

A lot of Los Angeles area wheel shops sell used wheels with nearly new tires, which seem to be CPO takeoffs (no other logical explanation for the spike in used wheels with nearly new tires for sale at the three-year mark). Since these base model 19" wheels aren't particularly attractive, prices are generally less than $1K for the set including shipping, which is less than the cost of four new RFTs so the rims are basically free.

I now have a set of winter wheels for each car and no more space in the garage for more wheels...
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:12 PM
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I have bought from the used tire site mentioned earlier once. I did it to get a tire with matching tread when my 12 tires in the garage didnt match. Worked out well. Years ago I scored 12 Bridgestone Run Flats that are normally $450 a piece for $250 total. Brand new. A guy was looking to make extra money at a tire recycling center. Apparently once a manufacturer mounts and psi tests a set of tires they cannot be sold to the public. I got 5 years of tires for $250.


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Old 09-11-2019, 06:13 PM
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I dont mind the Bridgestone run flats but they do get noisy.


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Old 09-11-2019, 07:56 PM
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I don't like Bridgestone tire! The ride bad & get noisy!
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:48 AM
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I like to buy Goodyears from Discount Tires. However my last set were Pirellies. I got all 4 for under $1K! That was about 10K miles ago, and they seem quite fine.

When I shop for tires, my main issue is noise. Those can be quite noisy. The Pirellis were the quietest at my price point.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:22 AM
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I like to buy Goodyears from Discount Tires. However my last set were Pirellies. I got all 4 for under $1K! That was about 10K miles ago, and they seem quite fine.

When I shop for tires, my main issue is noise. Those can be quite noisy. The Pirellis were the quietest at my price point.

The last set of Pirelli run flats I had were completely shot in less than 20,000 miles..They were the all seasons and after about 4 or 5 months the road noise was horrible. I paid $1300 installed and swore never again.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:31 AM
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The last set of Pirelli run flats I had were completely shot in less than 20,000 miles..They were the all seasons and after about 4 or 5 months the road noise was horrible. I paid $1300 installed and swore never again.
I'm not a fan of all-seasons. They tend to be fine initially, but after they start to wear, you either get really bad wet traction (Bridgestone) or road noise (Pirelli), or both (Goodyear).

Pirelli summer tires tend to have more road noise but it's an acceptable tradeoff for improved wet traction (very much needed for the 750i, especially if you have 245's in the rear).
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:39 AM
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I need them for winter around here..... not a fan of having to swap snow tires every year.
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:50 AM
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I need them for winter around here..... not a fan of having to swap snow tires every year.
All-seasons are about as bad as summer tires if there is any snow or ice on the road though, especially if they are even the slightest bit worn (like less than 8/32"). But yes, storing and swapping wheels is a bit of a hassle. However, being in the Seattle area, wet traction is the most important aspect for me and this is where all-seasons really fall short.
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Old 09-13-2019, 04:36 PM
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I usually get a couple people wondering if I am out of my mind whenever I say this..... I only buy used tires from www.bestusedtires.com
I'm worse, I buy used sets of wheels from eBay.

A lot of Los Angeles area wheel shops sell used wheels with nearly new tires, which seem to be CPO takeoffs (no other logical explanation for the spike in used wheels with nearly new tires for sale at the three-year mark). Since these base model 19" wheels aren't particularly attractive, prices are generally less than $1K for the set including shipping, which is less than the cost of four new RFTs so the rims are basically free.

I now have a set of winter wheels for each car and no more space in the garage for more wheels...
These LA Shops that you speak of... How far do they ship? I've been looking for a pair of stock 19" Msport style wheels. My current RFTs will likely be toast after this winter and I don't plan on getting new ones.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:37 PM
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These LA Shops that you speak of... How far do they ship? I've been looking for a pair of stock 19" Msport style wheels. My current RFTs will likely be toast after this winter and I don't plan on getting new ones.
The wheels were boxed up so it was a normal UPS delivery, anywhere in the continental US is probably fine. Here's the link to shop I bought my last set of wheels from:

https://www.ebay.com/str/nitrous2017

If you look around all of eBay, most of the used wheels for sale right now are from the G12, which will not fit.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:40 PM
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I hear that some shops get some big discounts on ground shipping for these items.


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Old 09-13-2019, 09:21 PM
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