2012 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Run Flat Tires will Fail

2012 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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550i xDrive Sedan (4.4L V8 Twin-turbo AWD 8-speed Automatic)

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Run Flat Tires will Fail
By ptfive on


2012 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)


2012 BMW 550, low miles but already 5 run flat tires have failed on me. Sidewalls splitting - effectively destroying tire. The left front tire has been replaced THREE times. Unfortunately BMW does not stock these tires, so when it falls apart your car will be in shop 5-7 days while they order new tire. Motorwerks in Minneapolis does not have any loaner cars when this happens, so consider your BMW a $70,000 bus pass. YOU WILL BE TAKING THE BUS A LOT. Not a fan of run flats - what are you supposed to do when the sidewall splits and you are 1000 miles from home in the middle-of-nowhere? . Give me a spare BMW!!!

Best Features

the twin turbos, and the floor mats are nice

Worst Features

cabin noise; idrive system in general - nav system specifically (steal Honda's design, it works well); the run flat tires - give me old school tubeless and spare; a constant and annoying rattle over by the passenger seat which no one at bmw can figure out; the battery cannot hold a charge; put a spare tire in the trunk!!
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