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      04-08-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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Angry God do runflats suck or what!

I can't imagine what BMW was thinking with these damn things. Every pothole and bump rattles your teeth. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with conventional tires when I need to replace these though that'll mean putting together a spare kit which will gobble up a fair amount of trunk space, but I REALLY hate the ride with these things. I had a Mini S back in 2004 with them and swore I'd never get them again but assumed that BMW wouldn't put them on every model unless they'd solved the comfort issue. It wasn't readily apparent during the short test drive, but I can't imagine what the logic was. In the Mini it was a a space thing, but there's plenty of space in most of BMW's line to accommodate a spare. Just seems bone-headed.
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      04-08-2013, 09:09 PM   #2
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Avoid pot holes and bumps. Problem solved.
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      04-08-2013, 09:11 PM   #3
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they do what they are made to do, plain n simple.
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      04-08-2013, 09:13 PM   #4
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If you have the Turanza get rid of them. Not only are they unconfortable, but they have low grip (especially on the wet, borderline dangerous) and tend to flipflop under hard cornering and let go without proper warning. Another type of tires, even RFT, would be better.
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      04-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #5
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^^ Wish I knew that 2 mnths ago..
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      04-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #6
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You mean run flats plus pothole riddled roads suck.

The Potenzas I have are fine on GA roads, but we don't get the freeze/thaw cycles that tear up the roads so much.
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      04-08-2013, 09:34 PM   #7
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I think I'm the only person here sticking with rfts. Don't mind the ride much at all but then again I left the Northeast and its sinkholes a long time ago and am not looking back
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      04-08-2013, 09:42 PM   #8
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I can't imagine what BMW was thinking with these damn things. Every pothole and bump rattles your teeth. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with conventional tires when I need to replace these though that'll mean putting together a spare kit which will gobble up a fair amount of trunk space, but I REALLY hate the ride with these things. I had a Mini S back in 2004 with them and swore I'd never get them again but assumed that BMW wouldn't put them on every model unless they'd solved the comfort issue. It wasn't readily apparent during the short test drive, but I can't imagine what the logic was. In the Mini it was a a space thing, but there's plenty of space in most of BMW's line to accommodate a spare. Just seems bone-headed.
I love my Pzero RFs

yeh just avoid the bumps!
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      04-08-2013, 09:44 PM   #9
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Basic AAA plus normal tires. Money saved plus your teeth dont rattle.
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Yeah I live in Houston...absolutely has to be the worst roads in the nation...has to be. I'm definitely ditching the runflats when I get new tires
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      04-08-2013, 09:46 PM   #11
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big time!
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and when they are not sucking, they blow!
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      04-08-2013, 09:59 PM   #13
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Yeah I live in Houston...absolutely has to be the worst roads in the nation...has to be. I'm definitely ditching the runflats when I get new tires
Visit PA, NJ, NY ... may need a Hummer. We live in a third world country when it comes to infrastructure.

This last weekend I saw a PA DOT truck with two workers behind it getting asphalt out to fill in potholes without pressing it in and closing off repair area. They simply loaded asphalt on their shovels, dumped it in a pothole and left. Unbelievable ...
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The Continentals that came on my '11 ride OK, even on broken Maine pavement, at least in a 17" size. The Bridgestones that came on the older cars felt like they were made of cast iron.

My issues with them are the cost and the weight. And the fact that all they will do is get you to a tire store that won't have one in stock anyway.
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Yeah I live in Houston...absolutely has to be the worst roads in the nation...has to be. I'm definitely ditching the runflats when I get new tires
You've never been to NYC or Philly, Houston is paradise
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and when they are not sucking, they blow!
And those are their good qualities.

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I love my Pzero RFs

yeh just avoid the bumps!
And if you learn to drive around the raindrops you don't need windshield wipers.

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I just keep an inflator kit under the trunk floor. Never had to use it. Sure, it won't work on a blowout, but if you're a careful driver and mind your tire pressure, you probably won't ever suffer such catastrophic failure.
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RFT's wear out so fast! I have a air pump and AAA so im not too worried.
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This last weekend I saw a PA DOT truck with two workers behind it getting asphalt out to fill in potholes without pressing it in and closing off repair area.
PA DOT paved over a deer carcass back in the 1990's: http://articles.mcall.com/1996-08-31...th-billig-deer
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I'm in Jersey too and did the switch a week ago.
Definitely a smoother ride. Hit some bumps and it didn't feel as if the front end blew up and dropped out from under the car and ran it over with the rear tires.
I like it, I have a plug kit in the trunk for now, I intend to get a small compressor as well. I never had AAA but owning a BMW I really should consider it.
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      04-08-2013, 10:49 PM   #22
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Didn't like Run-flats.. Riding on Potenza's for now.. soon going to Michelin PSS .. much smoother ride now
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