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If you’re planning on traveling through any kind of remote areas, shopping for the best run-flat tires (RFT) for BMW options can save you from being stranded on the side of the road with no help in sight.

Last month we showed you some of what we thought were the best options for new tires for your BMW. Because the factory supplies some your new BMW with run-flat tires, we put a set of those on the list, and seemed to have really touched a nerve. RFTs, it turns out, are more controversial than the size of the kidney grille or the lack of a clutch pedal in an M-car. So, we asked what your favorite run flat tires were, and combined that with our expert research and analysis to find the best run-flat tire options for your BMW.

1. Editors Choice - Bridgestone Driveguard

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Bimmerfest forum member Merton said that "I recommend them regarding noise, safety and performance in heavy rain." How well do they work as getting you to safety on a flat tire? "I can't comment about tread wear as none of my tires has survived that long." The user said they've had two separate blowouts at highway speeds and were able to slow down and drive 30 miles home safely. That's the biggest perk of the run flat. Bridgestone offers this all-season tire with up to a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, and features cooling fin technology to help it run more safely at low pressures. Furthermore, the tire is designed to be smooth and quiet, a feature many reported lacking in older run-flat designs.

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2. Best All-Season Run-Flat Tire - Pirelli Cinturato P7 Run Flat

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"I have a 2019 330i with Pirelli Cinturato run-flats. I do have a donut and jack for peace of mind. Despite a slightly harder ride, I am a fan. Especially after hitting a major pothole on a local parkway on Long Island. Two front tires blown out on the sidewall at the rim." said forum member MrBlz, who was able to safely get off the highway. The P7 RFT is an all-season tire for sport coupes and sedans, and is meant to offer high levels of grip in both wet and dry conditions as well as offer improved fuel economy for daily driving. The tire is also available with Pirelli Noise Cancelling, a sound-absorbing material added inside the tire that Pirelli says can reduce noise by half.

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3. Best High Performance Run-Flat Tire - Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP

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Michelin ZP (for Zero Pressure) tires were a popular choice mentioned by several responses to our post. The Pilot Sport PS2 tire is a great choice for your performance-oriented BMW model. It's a tire that was original equipment on 3-Series cars with the sports package and has even been found on the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. It's an advanced asymmetric tread design with large outboard shoulder lugs and continuous ribs to help maximize dry grip for cornering and braking. It has wide grooves and lateral notches to channel water and has Michelin's latest materials and designs for its run-flat casing. The stiff internal belts are reinforced to help make the tire respond more quickly to your steering inputs, making driving even more enjoyable, though it's best used outside of near-freezing temperatures.

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4. Best Winter Run-Flat Tire - Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV

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Winter weather means winter tires, and when it's sub-zero and snowing, you're even more likely to want a run-flat tire on your BMW. Finnish tire company Nokian is known for making some of the best winter tires in the world, and they offer one of their best in a run-flat design. Forum member 3-Series-Only called this line of tires, better known as the easier to say Hakkas, "the dog's bark," which we must assume is a good thing. While they don't need to be studded, they are offered that way, which does give you the best possible performance on ice. Extra-strong sidewalls are designed to be resistant to the extra road damage of winter as well as cuts from rocks and ice, while two different types of studs are meant to maximize grip in different extreme circumstances. These tires also come with a molded-in wear indicator to let you know when it's time for replacement with just a glance.

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5. Bridgestone Alenza 001

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Forum member Rick47591 said they loved their run-flat tires, with a set of Bridgestone Alenza tires fitted to their BMW X5. The Alenza is meant for sport trucks and SUVs like your X-series BMW, and BMW picked them as the OE tire for the BMW X3 as well as the X5. Improved performance in the city and on the highway let you make full use of the sports suspension fitted to your BMW, though they are designed to offer some capability off-road as well as withstand the weight of cargo in your SUV. Chamfering on the tire treads allows better contact with the road when braking, while new grooves that appear midway through the tire reduce tread movement and are supposed to give the tires 11 percent longer life.

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6. Continental ContiProContact SSR


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The Continental ContiProContact SSR is a wonderful choice for your BMW. Forum member mdspadeccom said that the Continental tires, their third set of run-flat tires, were the best. "And they saved our lives," allowing a 30-mile desert drive to get to the nearest service center on a busy highway. The ProContact has circumferential grooves for water evacuation and better braking in the wet as well as shoulder lugs designed to be more stable for better steering response. At least 800 edges put more active edges into the road surface and contact patch giving you better traction in stormy conditions. Stabilized sidewalls are designed to stop the tire from rolling under itself while running flat, adding some safety and security to your drive, while minimized road noise was an important part of the design brief.

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7. Bridgestone Potenza S001 Run-Flat

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Yes, this list has a lot of Bridgestone tires, but they're one of the leaders in the run-flat segment. The company has also had a long relationship with BMW, so many of the cars and crossovers were tuned with 'Stones in mind. The Potenza S001 is a max performance summer tire, designed to be at home carving through corners or cruising at high speed in dry or wet conditions. High-angle lateral grooves pump water into the wide circumferential grooves to resist hydroplaning with interlocking tread blocks and a solid center rib improve steering response, high-speed stability, and are meant to offer you precise handling. Some owners do complain that these tires are noisier than some others, but the stickiest most high-performing tires need to sacrifice somewhere, and that's the only place to do it.

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The Pros and Cons of Run-Flat Tires on your BMW
Run-flat tires work by adding extra-stiff sidewalls to the design of the tire. So, if the tire loses all of its air pressure, the tire is able to support the vehicle and drive safely for up 50 miles at 50 miles per hour (depending on the tire, so check your paperwork). It's not meant to finish a road trip, but it is meant to get you to a repair facility or the rest of the way home.

Because of the stiff sidewalls, there are some downsides compared with conventional tires. A stiffer ride is the most noticeable because the sidewall does much of the work of the suspension. They're also louder, and because you can't see if the pressure is low, you'll need to have a functioning tire pressure monitor system.

RFT tires do tend to be more expensive because they are more expensive to manufacture. They are also frequently not repairable, the reason being that even though they are designed for it, driving on a flat can damage the reinforced sidewalls. There is no way for a tire shop to know how far you've driven flat, or how fast, so many shops will not repair the tire with your safety in mind for the next blow-out.

Because RFTs are not as common as conventional tires, your local tire store (or the one you find on a trip) is less likely to have the right tire and size, though a conventional tire can be fitted to the same wheels until your run-flat arrives.

For that small penalty, though, you get a tire that means you'll likely never again be stranded on the narrow shoulder of a bad highway in worse weather as you struggle to change a flat tire. If that's worth the price, then these are your best choices.

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