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Old December 16th, 2019, 08:46   #1006
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I had the pleasure of driving home with my wife late on a Sunday evening 42 miles on a blown RFT and bent wheel a while back. The experience was unpleasant enough that I made it a priority to locate a spare. Found a spare wheel/tire on ebay and cobbled together a toolkit from Harbor Freight that should work well enough - I throw them in my trunk when I know I'm going more than 50 miles. I feel like having the spare and a plan should be enough to ensure I never get another flat!

PS- I have 17" snows on the car now and I have to say that the ride is altogether more pleasant than the 18" RFT all-seasons that came with the car. I'm seriously considering going non-RFT summers for the next set, particularly since I have the spare (and snows) as mentioned above.
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Old December 16th, 2019, 09:51   #1007
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As a design engineer, I would differ with that statement. I had no damage, didnít hit anything, crack on inside flange.
I don't think it takes a lot to crack one of these wheels. I believe Ronal makes a lot of BMW wheels, and they're known to be pretty soft. I had to have three wheels straightened when I bought my used 335d.

What I'm less happy about with runflats (other than expense, ride, and wear) is that if one fails on an AWD BMW you may have to replace all four, depending on how worn the tires are on the car. At least I don't have to worry about that on the 335d.
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Old December 16th, 2019, 14:28   #1008
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What I'm less happy about with runflats (other than expense, ride, and wear) is that if one fails on an AWD BMW you may have to replace all four, depending on how worn the tires are on the car. At least I don't have to worry about that on the 335d.
I believe the tire place will sell you a brand new one and have it shaved to match the other three in wear.
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Old December 16th, 2019, 14:31   #1009
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That's pretty cool. I knew Tire Rack shaved tires, but I thought they were doing it primarily for track use. Didn't occur to me that this was an application for that as well.
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Old December 16th, 2019, 17:34   #1010
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I had the pleasure of driving home with my wife late on a Sunday evening 42 miles on a blown RFT and bent wheel a while back. The experience was unpleasant enough that I made it a priority to locate a spare. Found a spare wheel/tire on ebay and cobbled together a toolkit from Harbor Freight that should work well enough - I throw them in my trunk when I know I'm going more than 50 miles. I feel like having the spare and a plan should be enough to ensure I never get another flat!

PS- I have 17" snows on the car now and I have to say that the ride is altogether more pleasant than the 18" RFT all-seasons that came with the car. I'm seriously considering going non-RFT summers for the next set, particularly since I have the spare (and snows) as mentioned above.
What type / size spare did you get for your car? I'm assuming you have a 535d, right?

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Old December 16th, 2019, 17:43   #1011
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As a design engineer, I would differ with that statement. I had no damage, didnít hit anything, crack on inside flange.
I have thought about changing out the run flats if I can figure out a compact spare that will work. Forums are vague on which one.
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Old December 17th, 2019, 13:53   #1012
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I have a question about tires. Our 328d M-Sport wagon came with Pirellis. As the car was CPO, we got the car with just under 16,000 kms on it, or roughly 10,000 miles. Since then, we've split the mileage up as we bought winter tires and rims. I'd say we've added another 12,500 kms or 7,700 miles since then. We knew that the car should have had a wheel alignment as we have a slight scrub on one of the front tires. The dealer at the time thought that the tire would be fine, however last time we were in for the winter tires, we were told that the tires were at end of life. I realize that these are sport tires and they will wear faster than regular, but is there some other brand of tire that might have better wear characteristics than the Pirellis? This will be my spring project, so curious to know what others have experienced/done about it. Thanks!
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Old December 17th, 2019, 14:01   #1013
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I've read the Pirelli's have a poor reputation for longevity. I'd get Michelins next time.
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Old December 17th, 2019, 14:03   #1014
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Just as a follow-up, the tire wear measurements taken by the dealer were (in MM) LF 4; RF 3; Rears 4.5. This with only roughly 17,700 miles on them. We've had the wheels aligned twice now...

Any thoughts? We're wondering if Michelins might be a better choice...
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Old December 17th, 2019, 21:02   #1015
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Just as a follow-up, the tire wear measurements taken by the dealer were (in MM) LF 4; RF 3; Rears 4.5. This with only roughly 17,700 miles on them. We've had the wheels aligned twice now...

Any thoughts? We're wondering if Michelins might be a better choice...

A certain brand has nothing to do with how long the tire will last but the UTQG rating.
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A certain brand has nothing to do with how long the tire will last but the UTQG rating.
I don't agree with this. UTOG ratings of course are a good guide, but some tires wear faster (or slower) than their rating indicates. For example, I ran Bridgestone Pole Positions on my wagon years ago and found they wore quickly, despite the (moderately) high UTOG rating. Same with Ecopias. The Generals I have now are wearing much slower.

I think driving habits, factory suspension geometry, and climate are significant contributors to wear. Also, run flats are notorious for quicker wear regardless of rating.
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Old December 18th, 2019, 11:31   #1017
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What type / size spare did you get for your car? I'm assuming you have a 535d, right?
Yes, 535dx (non-Msport if that's relevant).

The wheel is stamped with BMW part #6768861 (36 11 6 768 861 according to online lookup). It's a 5Jx18 offset 14. The tire is Maxxis brand 155/70R18. I believe it's intended for the X5/X6 cars but the diameter is perfect and it fits on the F10 just fine.
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Yes, 535dx (non-Msport if that's relevant).

The wheel is stamped with BMW part #6768861 (36 11 6 768 861 according to online lookup). It's a 5Jx18 offset 14. The tire is Maxxis brand 155/70R18. I believe it's intended for the X5/X6 cars but the diameter is perfect and it fits on the F10 just fine.
Thanks for the info. I changed to summer non RFT and need to get a spare for a peace of mind.

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Old December 25th, 2019, 05:27   #1019
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Just filled the 335d. 502 miles of mostly highway, but lots of it in cold (some single digits) weather, and most at extra-legal speeds. Still got 33.9 MPG. Not bad for a car that's this powerful and comfortable with full emissions intact. Seems some folks are seeing that kind of FE on fixed 2.0l TDIs.

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Old December 28th, 2019, 07:54   #1020
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I went from a 2011 335d sport package to a "regular" 2016 535d, which handles just fine but doesn't feel as sporty as the 335d. The fuel economy is 8 mpg better at 38 overall compared to what I got with the same driving at 30 mpg with the 335d. Much better comfort for my "portly" body as well as a bit more cargo capacity. The double wishbone suspension is better than the McPherson strut of the e90 but the steering is only so-so even with the LCI improvements on the f10.

Would really prefer to have all my previous cars in my stable but reality sinks in.....
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