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RunOnFlat. Stay Away.
By ahsim on
2011 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
It's a first and a last time I own the car (535xi 2011)with RFT tires.
I changed 4 tires already and 2 more on a way. Each one is $500.00. The problem is always same: the buble on a side of the tire. Beside the danger to drive it (to yourself and others on a road), car will not pass the inspection. There is no spare tire. If the tire goes bad at night or on Sunday, that it.
If you live in an area with roads with a lot of potholes (NY) , forget about this car. States should regulate sale of cars with RFT tires.
Every car has problems, but this is ripoff
1. Restrict sale of the RFT tires in states with bad roads
2 BMW should offer an option for conventional tires with spare one and the jack. ( If they want to sell this cars)
Same story. Have 2012 55, fron driver tire replaced 3 times. also have needed to replace two other tires. This is a 2012 with LOW miles AND five tire have been replaced! Stay away from run flat tires!! BMW ddoes not keep tires in stock - when it needs to be replaced (and it WILL need to be replaced!) the car will be in shop for 5-7 days waiting for replacement tire to be shipped. All five tites had sidewalls blow out. This is not normal wear-and-tear, it is design problem.
I regret ever buying this car because of the run flats. will invest in set of rims and "old school" tubeless tires this summer. I am willing to give up a little trunk space for a spare.
The danger of run flats? What if I am driving cross country and tire blows out in Middle-of-Nowhere Nebraska? Hopefully there is a nice hotel nearby as I will be there for a week waiting for replacement tire. On old car, any sears or tires plus would have a new tire installed that day.
BMW, drop the run flats and sell current vehicle owners new set of rims and tubeless tires at cost.