Ditching Your Run-Flat Tires for Non-Run-Flat Tires on Your BMW? Read This First!

Friday, August 19, 2011 by Gary Stanley

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZPMany BMW owners are opting to replace their factory run-flat tires with conventional non-run-flat tires. One can literally find hundreds of posts across popular BMW forums filled with disapproval of the Original Equipment run-flat tires. Many customers have complained that the tire is either too stiff, gets too many bubbles or wears out too quickly. 

While it seems that some drivers are happy with their switch to non-run-flat tires, not everyone is in the majority. Be sure to study the trade-offs, as well as some of the alternatives you may not have considered.

  • Since many have tested only one or two models of run-flat tires and assume all run-flats have the same problems, it's important to remember not all run-flat tires are created equal. Did you know there are newer generations of run-flat tires available today that eclipse the older technology? One shining example is the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP which is praised in forums as an improvement over older run-flat models in regards to ride comfort, wet and dry grip, as well as treadwear. Another example is the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT, which is an outstanding all-season run-flat tire. 
     
  • Run-flat tires do not wear out faster. Comparing the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 against the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP (run-flat model), both tires have the same rubber compound, same dry and wet grip and same treadwear. The PS2 ZP is an outstanding run-flat tire. Take a look at this review of the tire from a 2007 BMW 335i owner:
"Took the car out for a long drive, mostly back roads and some interstate to take advantage of our 80 degree day. This tire will take all of your preconceived notions regarding the harshness and ride of RFT and throw them out the window. I still cannot get over how smooth the ride is. This car now rides smoother than it did with non-run-flat all-seasons that just came off. Also, this is one very quiet tire.

As far as the handling, sticks like glue! The steering response and on-center feel is exceptional. While I think the Bridgestones had a slightly (very slightly) quicker turn-in, the PS2 ZP does not have the 'nervousness' that was associated with the Bridgestone that required those constant steering inputs. Bottom line, for those of you like me who did not prefer the original Bridgestones, but still want RFT capability for whatever reason, your prayers have been answered by Michelin." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 BMW 335i

Before you jump on the anti-run-flat bandwagon, consider your available alternatives and understand the trade-offs. Check out our Tire Survey Results to help you make your final decision.

Comments on Ditching Your Run-Flat Tires for Non-Run-Flat Tires on Your BMW? Read This First!

Friday, December 23, 2011 by Bert:
I have an X5 with 20 inch wheels and run flat tires. This is the worst ride I have had in a BMW in my life. I also have an E46 330ci with a lowered sports suspension and even this car is softer than the X5. This is about the stupidist thing I have seen BMW do - putting an SUV on 20 inch sports wheels. Don't buy them, simpl,as that. Make it a condition when you purchase: swap the tires or no deal.

Don't be stupid, learn from my experience, these things are really bad.
Sunday, January 22, 2012 by Tess:
I drive a 2007 BMW 328i. I ditched the runflats, and I will never look back! Bought Contintental Extreme Contact DWS. A smooth, controlled, QUIET ride. Love the handling and control. Get 5 mpg more on the highway and 3 mpg more in the city. Bought the Conti Comfort Kit and AAA for back up. Now my car feels and drives like a German-engineered performance vehicle. Give up the runflats! You won't regret it.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by Armand:
My runflats developed cupping at 15000 miles on my 2009 X5. The road noise was unbearable. Made a deal with the dealer to replace the runflats with MX4s...runs like a real BMW now. Looking for a new car and would like to get another BMW (my 6th) but I will not buy unless I can get non runflats..period!
Friday, February 17, 2012 by Chris Kittleson:
Please recommend alternate run flat and nokn-run flat tires for my 2008 BMW 528i Sport model currently fit with OEM Dunlaps.
Friday, February 17, 2012 by Gary:
Chris,

There are quite a few tires in both run flat and non runflat tires that are made in size 245/40R18 that might be appropriate based on your driving style, conditions, priorities in what is important to you, etc. For a proper recommendation based on the above, please feel free to shoot us an email or contact one of our sales specialists for assistance.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 by John Sponza:
Like others, I am having a long-time battle with the run-flat Dunlops on my 2008 BMW 535xi w/ sport pkg + 18" wheels. The dealer has balanced them numerous time to no avail. They claim cupping is causing the harshness, vibration and noise. This started with less than 14,000 miles on the vehicle. I previously had an encounter with a pothole (at 6500 mlles) which necessitated replacing the right front tire. Later, the dealer said there was a slight bend in the front and rear rims and had them straightened. Still no improvement after more balancing. I avoid using the car as it is so unpleasant to drive. Can you suggest some remedies? I live in Florida but may occasionally travel to snowy areas. I am hearing that non-runflats may be the best option. Help !
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 by Gary:
John,

While a non run flat tire will not necessarily be more resistant to potholes, you can find all-season tires in a non run-flat for your car that will improve the ride and have longer tread wear. Check out the Bridgestone Potenza RE970A/S as a great choice for what you're looking for.
Saturday, March 17, 2012 by Peter:
5BMW 5 GT (2010)supplied with Continental run flat tyres, no option available when car purchased Great car genuine GT, totally inadequate tyres for country driving. Hard ride, to canvas at 30,000 kms. Impossible to replace in the country. Shame on BMW great car, rotten expensive tyres.
Saturday, March 17, 2012 by Pete:
Hello,

As of today, I have now replaced a total of EIGHT Bridgestone Potenza RE050A run flat tires (Front: 245/40R19 94W; Rear: 275/35R19 96W)
that came with my 2009 BMW 650i. This is within 65,000 miles of mostly highway driving in New Jersey. I love the car, but with repair not an option and a replacement cost of $550 each, I am considering switching to non-run flats. Can you recommend a make and model for me? I do not drive aggressively - just use the car for my daily commute to and from work which is about 40 miles of highway driving each way. Priorities for me are just a good safe ride with good durability.

Also, what issues will I face with installing these non-RFTs regarding the electronics/diagnostics which have some sort of sensor built in to detect problems with the run flats? Can I have my local mechanic install these or would I be better suited going to the BMW dealer to install (and will they install non-RFTs at all)?

Sorry for the barrage of questions. Just a frustrated consumer. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
Monday, March 19, 2012 by Gary:
For a smoother, quieter ride and longer wear you may want to consider an all-season tire like the Michelin Sport A/S plus.

Fortunately the vehicle has no way of knowing whether or not run flat tires are on the car, so there are no problems with vehicle electronics by using on run flat tires.

Most modern tire shops should be able to handle the changeover with no problem.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Lynn:
I have a 2009 128i with less than 10K miles on it. I'm nearing lease end, and the dealer is telling me that I must replace all of my run flats due to wear. This is ridiculous on a car with less than 10K miles, and I don't want to have to do this again in another 10K miles, so I'm seriously considering a switch to non-run-flats. My only hesitation is that if I did this, I'd want a spare, and not a full-sized one, as it would eat up all the trunk space. Has anyone been able to find one of those smaller, "donut" spares for a BMW that allow you to get to at least drive to the nearest tire store when you get a flat?
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Gary:
Many dealers require the vehicle to be returned with run flat tires, so you may want to confirm you can turn in your car without them. I'm not familiar with any temp spare setups for this car, sorry.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by Alexo:
@ Gary. Yes, BMW does have a "donut" space saver spare wheel kit. While I live in Australia, I've seen the kit in dealers here and it should be available if you hunt around. Maybe via internet if BMW USA doesn't have it. Incidentally I'm just about to replace my original Bridgestone RF tires on my 2009 330d after putting 30k kilometres on them - so either you drive like Michael Schumacher or there is a mechanical problem such as misaligned wheels or chassis or really bad tire pressures.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Bill:
My 2008 335i coupe came with Bridgestone Potenza run flats (225/40 R18 front, 255/35 R18 back). I am about to change them out for the second time in four years. Is there a non-run flat tire anyone would recommend for this car? And, will changing affect the electronics/computer at all? Thanks for your help!
Friday, April 20, 2012 by Gary:
Changing to a non run flat tire would not affect anything related to the electronics or on board computer. Our top performance non run flat tire in these sizes is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
Sunday, April 22, 2012 by Xyna:
My 2009 BMW 523i came with a Dunlop RFT OEM. It only has 29km mileage yet all the four tires (Front:245/40 R18 & Rear: 275/35 R18) are already worn out and require replacement. The BMW dealership from whom I purchase the car does not have the RFT in stock and so does the other tire dealership in town. Is there any technical risk in replacing the RTF with non-RTF tires? If not, what types of non-RFT will do you commend? Also, do I have to retain the two different set of tires for the Front & Rear?
Monday, April 23, 2012 by kelly:
We tried substituting regular tires for the back (instead of run-flats) and it's AWFUL driving on the highway at 70+ mph. Don't do it! I just don't know what to replace the tires with because I hated the BMW OEMs. It was so terrible on the highway, I refuse to do it again. If you've ever been behind a tractor-trailor and been wind-buffetted, that's what it's like, for serveral hundred milles!
Monday, April 23, 2012 by Gary:
As long as all four tires match (same brand and model of tires) you can use either run flat or non run flat tires on all four wheels without a problem. Top non runflat tires in your sizes to consider would be the Michelin Pilot Super Sport for a summer tire, and the Bridgestone RE970 A/S for an all season tire.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by mike g:
I want to buy a bmw 128 and I know it can only be purchased with run flat tires. After reading these comments, I am very unlikely to buy a bmw!!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Gary R.:
Mike G, buy the 128. I have the 2009 128 with OEM Bridgestone RFTs. They have 30K miles and perform beautifully. All season, good grip, perfectly smooth and round. Rears are wearing a bit, fronts look like new.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 by ellen crow:
2012 Mini Cooper S if I eventually want to change tires to regular tires, not run flats, do I have to do all 4 tires or can you do two at a time? Can I use the same rims the run flats are on? Will the tire pressure monitor still work? What regular all season tire would you recommend?
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 by Gary:
Ellen,

If you're just replacing two tires, it is important to purchase the same brand name and model of tire. Install the new tires on the rear. If replacing all four, you can go to non run flat tires on the same wheels and the monitors will still function properly. For 17" all season tires, check out the Continental DWS or the Kumho ECSTA 4X.
Sunday, May 6, 2012 by Mark:
Tirerack has been helping us with our recent purchase. We found that the car is tuned for the stiffness of RFT tires, so we have to put our previous tires back on. We were told to just bring it by the warehouse in Southbend. Looking forward to future reviews.

Best regards,
Mark
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by Tim:
Can you recommend replacement of run flats to non rf for 2007 328i, Bridgestone Turanza EL42 * 205/55 R16 91H? I have 65,000 miles and a flat in the rear tire.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by Gary:
Tim,

If you are replacing all four tires and looking for a good non run flat all-season replacement tires, there are many good choices available. Two that we've had good experience and feedback with are the Michelin Primacy MXV4 and Kumho ECSTA 4X.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by Alicia :
I have a 2008 BMW X3. I recently had one of my original Pirellis go flat. Trying to decide whether to replace the Pirelli or purchase four new non-run flats (thinking about Michellin Primacy). Other 3 tires are good condition but are the originals and might have to be replaced soon anyway. Advice? (mix of in-city and highway driving 40/60)
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 by Gary:
Alicia,

The Michelin Primacy MXV4 is an excellent tire choice if you decide to replace all four. If replacing a single tire, be sure to match to the Pirelli.
Saturday, May 12, 2012 by Gary:
I have a 2008 BMW Z4. I need to rear tires. Can I safely put non run flats with 2 very good run flats on the front?
Monday, May 14, 2012 by Gary at Tire Rack:
Gary,

It is important to avoid mixing run flat and non run flat tires as this results in unstable handling.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Kd:
Someone please help! Just purchased an 08 328i vert and experienced the infamous "buffeting" noise at hwy speeds. Dealership contends this is due to slightly bent passenger side rims and RFT's that are splitting and need to be replaced. I desire non-rft's and would love recommendations! Should replacing the tires and smoothing the rims alleviate te noise regardless if I choose non-rft's?? Thank you!
Monday, May 21, 2012 by Peter:
My dealer told me that replacing my RFTs with non-RFTs on 2009 335i coupe will definitely affect electronics including tire pressure light and other sensors. Also dealer will not certify car if I go non-RFT, which means no BMW financing available. Any way to solve different opinions on electronics? Thank you.
Monday, May 21, 2012 by Gary:
Peter,

While I can't speak for BMW's financing or certification I can tell you with 100% confidence that the TPMS sensors will not be affected by going to non run flat tires. Keep in mind that the TPMS senors simply measure the air pressure inside of the tire, they do not have any way of determining what type of tires you have.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by katikaneni:
I have a 2007 335i and i am in a situation to replace one tire and 2 more are at bald level of their grip. Can someone suggest good RFT and non RFT tires ? one of the tire was replaced at BMW service center with a conti contact pro sir but merchants say they are the worst tires to have. Please suggest.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Clint:
I want to replace my Continental run flats 225/50R/17 on my 2008 BMW 528i with non run flats 245/50/17's. I live in Houston lots of rain, very hot summers and no snow. Whats the best tire? Looking for a smoother, quiet ride with good handling. Best bang for my buck?
Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Monica:
I have a 2009 328i coupe sport package and I have replaced my tires twice in less than four years. I am so sick of RFT...what non-RFT would you recommend for my car. I need them now...so stressed
Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Gary:
katikaneni,

If you're replacing only two tires, it is important to match to the same tire brand and model of tire for safety and stability. If you replace all four, many have been happy with the Pirelli Pzero Nero A/S RFT and Bridgestone RE960 A/S RFT for run flat all season tires. Top non run flat all season tires would include the Michelin Sport A/S plus and Bridgestone RE970 A/S.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Gary:
Clint,

245/50R17 is not just wider but also taller and it may rub. 245/45R17 would be the same height while being wider and would fit with no problem. For value oriented, smooth and quiet riding summer performance tires, I would suggest considering the Continental Extreme Contact DW.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Gary:
Monica,

Top non run flat all season choices that I would recommend you consider are the Bridgestone RE970 A/S and the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Aaron:
My 2010 335i with sport pkg started making terrible road noise at 12k miles. My car looks and runs great, but I am embarrased to take anyone for a ride due to the terrible tire noise. Sounds like I m driving a 4x4 with off-road tires.
Friday, June 1, 2012 by Robert:
What tire would you recommend to replace the OEM ContiProContact SSR (225/45R17) on a 2011 BMW 335d? RFT and GFT tire recommendations. I'm looking for a tire that will outperform and provide a better ride than the OEM RFT.
Friday, June 1, 2012 by Gary:
Robert,

I would suggest taking a look at the Yokohama Envigor ZPS and Bridgestone RE960 A/S RFT for run flat all season tires. Top non run flat all season tires would include the Michelin Sport A/S plus and Bridgestone RE970 A/S.
Friday, June 1, 2012 by Robert:
Gary,

I'm inferring from your reply the P Zero Nero A/S RFT isn't as good as the Envigor ZPS or RE960 A/S RFT.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by richard:
i have a 2007 BMW 335is and need to purchase new tires. From reading the other questions and responses i do not see any reason not to purchase non RFT as long as you have AAA and are not driving in remote areas. do you agree?
Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Art Chen:
Hi Gary,

Finally found your blog on RFT vs non-RFT. I just bought a BMW 535xi wagon (with 18" wheels) and have Goodyear RFT on front and Bridgestone RFT on the back. The ride is very bouncy and noisy. So I was looking to go back to the normal 17" wheel with new non-RFT and thus can get a spare in the trunk.

Then I read your blog. However I need all season tire (had very good experience with Michelin Primary MVX on my 2006 BMW wagon). Looks like you would recommend either 18" Michelin Pilot Sport A/S plus or Continental DWS? Which one would give me a quieter and smoother ride?

How about the Plus ZP version of the Michelin? Would it perform as well as Plus version in term of ride and noise? If so then I can only replace all four tires with the convenience of RFT.

Finally when I looked at 17" wheels for the BMW, your wheels all come with 40mm offset while the BMW OEM wheel comes with a 43mm offset. Does it matter?

Many thanks.

Art Chen
Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Gary:
Art,

The Continental DWS to have a softer ride than the Sport A/S Plus. Noise should be similar between the two. The ZP (run flat) version would have the same noise levels with a bit stiffer ride. A wide range of wheel offsets will fit your car with no problem, including the 40mm offset wheels we list on our site.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Jack:
I have BMW 335 is 2011 with Pirelli run flat tires. 255/30R19 on rear and 225/35R19 on front. Would you recommend either another run flat or a non run flat tire?
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Gary:
Jack,

For run flats in these sizes I would go back to the Pirelli. For a non run flat tire, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is the best available.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 by Mel:
Im so upset. I have a 2011535i sadan w/sport package. The Goodyear runflats lasted 11 months. I purchased 4 Bridgestone run flat tires in november 2011 and now in June 2012 i need more. The dealership is saying both of the rear tires are bold after only 9500 miles on them. Is this normal? What be done with this? Also what non run flat would you recommend ?
Monday, June 25, 2012 by Benjamin:
I have a 2009 328i and am in need of replacing my front tires. After reading previous posts I understand mixing RFT and non-RFTs is not recommended. What tire do you recommed for my car type?
Monday, June 25, 2012 by Gary:
Correct, mixing tires is not recommended due to unstable handling. If you're just replacing two tires, we recommend matching to the same brand name and model of the other two good tires.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Lisa:
I have just purchased a 2011 328ix and the dealer is trying to sell me on $1,700 4 yr tire replacement insurance. Wondering if I am better off waiting until I need to replace a tire and then go ahead with replacing all with non run-flat tires. Would really appreciate some guidance. Thx.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Lisa:
I have a 2006 550i that came with staggard 275/30/19 and 245/30/19. The rear rims kept cracking and I found out there were not runflats on the vehicle. I was told runflats were thicker rubber and prevent rim cracks with a low profile tire.
I reluctantly took the sport out of my 550 and went to 245/40/18's all around. I really miss the original sport look. If I put my 19's back on, what tires do you reccommend?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Gary:
ALisa,

We have not found that run flat tires prevent rim/wheel cracking. The original 19" sport package size would have been 245/35R19 front and 275/30R19 rear. Top summer tires in that size would be the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and the Continental Extreme Contact DW. For all season tires, I would suggest the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 by Nancy:
I am interested in replacing my original run flat tires- Continental- (2007 328i BMW) with non run flat tires. I see that I can save $$$$$. Can you please suggest a tire that would be suitable. I live in Florida and put less that 12K miles a year on my car. PLease reply soon as my tires are almost at 3 millimeters.

HELP!

Nancy
Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Gary:
Nancy,

For value-oriented choices, I like the Continental Extreme Contact DW and Sumitomo HTRZ3 for summer non run flat tires. For all-season non run flat tires, the Kumho ECSTA 4X would be a great choice.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Mike:
This may seem like a dumb question but why does the ride fail so horribly with 2 RF's on the front and 2 non-RF's on the back?
Monday, July 23, 2012 by Gary:
Mike,


This is mainly due to very different levels of sidewall stiffness.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Brian :
I just purchased a 2013 BMW 550I (Xdrive). The car came equipped with Good Year Eagle LS 245 40 19 run flat tires ($500 per tire). I live and drive in NYC and have had tire damage to 2 of the tires in less than 1 month since getting the car. Most of the tire damage has been caused by pot holes, which would have been repairable if the tire was non-RF. I am looking for a good all season non-run flat tire that has good performance ratings. I am considering the Good Year (Eagle RSA 245 40 19) all season high performance tire as an alternative. Any comments, suggestions or feedback about these tires would be appreciated.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Gary:
Brian,


While the RS-A isn't a bad tire, there are certainly better options available. My top picks for non run flat all season tires in 245/40R19 would be the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Kumho ECSTA 4X.
Saturday, July 28, 2012 by Joyce:
I need to replace at least 3 tires on my 2009 328i. I have already been through 5 new tires with this car and I am at wits end with these run flat tires. They are terrible!! But because there is no spare, I feel like I have to replace them with run flats. I hate the expensive tires that the BMW dealership uses. Any suggestions??
Monday, July 30, 2012 by Gary:
Unless you're replacing all four tires, it is important to match to the same brand name and model of tire for stable handling. For longer wearing and softer riding run flat tires, check out the Bridgestone RE960 A/S Pole Position RFT.
Monday, July 30, 2012 by Jun:
I have a 128 w/ sprt pkg...can you suggest a RFT or non-RFT that would provide a smoother ride? Currently installed RFT is the Goodyear Eagle NCT. Thanks!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by Gary:
Jun,

For run flat tires in 205/50R17 and 225/415R17, the Michelin Primacy HP ZP would have the smoothest ride. For non run flat tires, consider the Yokohama Avid Ascend and Continental Extreme Contact DWS would be excellent smoother riding tires.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by John:
I've already replaced both front Potenza RFTs on my 2009 335i due to wall bubbles. Now the rears are worn and need replacing. I want to replace rears only with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZPs, but sounds like mixing brands isn't recommended. Can I get away with this? I'd rather get away from the Bridgestones.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Gary:
John,

While you can "get away with" mixing tires, you are correct that it is not ideal. Mixing is not recommended due to less stable handling in tight corners, emergency maneuvers and highway speeds.
Sunday, August 5, 2012 by David:
I just purchased a cpo 2008 BMW 335i with sport package which came with new OEM Bridgestone Potenza RFT 18 inch tires. I do not like the harsh ride of those tires. I had a loaner 2012 BMW 328 coupe (sport suspension) with 17 inch all season tires and really liked the balance of handling, ride comfort and steering effort that car had but I don't recall the tire brand and model.

To improve the ride quality of my 2008 335i to be similar in handling and comfort to the loaner car I had, which of the following do you recommend as I am open to summer performance or all season tires (I live in San Francisco):

1) Stay with 18inch wheels but go with a different RFT? If so, which one?
2) Stay with 18inch wheels but go with a conventional tire? If so, which one?
3) Get 17inch wheels but go with a different RFT? If so, which one?
4) Get 17inch wheels but go with a conventional tire? If so, which one?

Will changing tires and/or wheels have a noticeable impact on steering effort?

If I go with conventional tires, do I need tire pressure monitor sensors installed?

Sorry for the lengthy question. Thanks!
Sunday, August 5, 2012 by jessie:
I have a 07 328xit and am on my second set of NRF tires. I still have decent tread on the front but the backs were shot. I replaced them and did a road trip and the ride was terrible. I matched the tires ( Goodyear eagle GT ) that I have on the front and I think I will have to replace the front tires as well. It feels like it is drifting a bit between the front and the back. This never occurred before so I am wondering if it was because of only replacing the back even though the front still have a decent amount of tread. What do you suggest. I wish I would have read the posts earlier and gone with your fire suggestions but it is to late. Any recommendations? Thanks
Sunday, August 5, 2012 by Jon C:
Hi, I bought a 2010 BMW 128i about 3 months ago and it is certified. Yesterday both, forward and rear passenger tires, blew out completely. The tires on there at the moment are 205/50r17 RFT's. I need help on whether I need to put 2 new run flats or if I can replace with non run flats. Thank you.
Monday, August 6, 2012 by Gary:
David,

The original all season tires on the 2012 was likely the Bridgestone Turnanza El42 or Continental Pro Contact SSR. If you liked either one of those, I would suggest you try the Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S Pole Position RFT for either size option. For non run flat tires, check out the Continental Extreme Contact DWS and Kumho ECSTA 4X. Yes, changing tires and/or wheels can have an impact on steering response. TPMS is not required with non run flat tires, but you will have a dash warning light that will stay on if you do not use them.
Monday, August 6, 2012 by Gary:
Jessie,

Driving on tires with a large difference in tread depth between the front and rear tires can cause the vehicle to feel a bit unstable. Often times simply allowing the newer tires to break in a wear down a bit can help,. If the difference in tread depth is large then you may want to go ahead and replace worn fronts for best results.
Monday, August 6, 2012 by Gary:
Jon,

Unless you are replacing all four tires, it is best to match to the current brand name and model of tire. Mixing different types of tires can cause unstable handling, especially run flats and non run flats.
Thursday, August 9, 2012 by Andre:
Gary,

I have a 2011 528i with the 17 inch continental RFT. Iam Considering an 18 inch continental RFT. I was told that I would need to have spacers on the new wheels. Is that required and what good series RFT for continental would you reccomend?
Thursday, August 9, 2012 by Gary:
Andre,

None of the wheels that we sell require spacers, but you should check with the store you are buying your wheels from to confirm whether or not their wheels require them. For an all-season 18", check out the Continental Pro Contact SSR.
Friday, August 10, 2012 by Mike:
I have a 2011 535xi with 30K miles on it. The shop says that the front tires are "chopped" and that's what's causing the road noise. What do you recommend for both a run flat as well as a non-run flat replacement? Thanks!
Friday, August 10, 2012 by Gary:
Unless you're replacing all four tires, it is important to match to the same brand name and model of tire that you're keeping on the rear for stable handling. If you're replacing all four, the Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S Pole Position RFT would be a great run flat replacement. A top non run flat replacement tire would be the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
Sunday, August 12, 2012 by Raul:
I had a 2006 330i with RFT and hated them. I went through about 4 sets of tires in 4 years, the roads here are not great, however, once it was just going over a speed bump a little too hard. I should note that I have NEVER had this problem with 4 other cars I have driven over the past 15 years, so please don't tell me it's my driving.

Was at the dealership the other day, shopping for a new BMW, and I find that RFT is the *only* way they will sell it. Not getting a BMW until they offer non-RFT tires.

PS: Love TireRack's service, got one of my set of tires from them in the past
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Mike:
I have a 09 335i coupe with sport package. I blew my right rear rft yesterday, entire inside of tire was wore to the belts, I looked around and the strange wear pattern is all over various forums. The rft may of saved my life as it was a complete failure of the tire. The car did not ever shudder, impressed with the car, not with the wear pattern! I would think twice before ditching my rft for standard tires if you have a newer BMW
Thx
Mike
Sunday, August 19, 2012 by NAOUFAL:
I have a 2008 BMW 135 convertible with sport package and 215/40R18 (front) 245/35R18 (rear) with RFT Dunlop SP sport 01 DSST. Looking to switch to non-RFT set of tires. The Dealership said that it would affect the handling of the car... Do you have an idea how that would affect it, and why ? And what set of non-RFT tires would you recommend for my car.
Many Thanks.
Monday, August 20, 2012 by gary:
Most non run flat tires in these sizes have softer sidewalls with a bit slower steering response compared to the relatively stiff SP Sport 01 DSST. One non run flat alternative that would maintain much of the handling of the original tires would be the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. If you wish to go to a non run flat tire while maintaining great handling, I would highly recommend this tire.
Thursday, August 23, 2012 by CC:
I have a 2007 328i and need to replace all 4 tires. Can you recommend a good, non run flat tire please?
Thank you very much!
Thursday, August 23, 2012 by Derrick:
I wish the steering effort on my 2008 BMW 328i coupe with sports package had a little bit light steering as it feels heavy to turn the steering wheel at low speeds. It currently has factory Bridgestone Potenza RFTs. Will getting non-RFT all season tires like the Continental DWS help to lighten steering effort? I assume all season tires would have lower rolling resistance compared to summer tires?
Monday, August 27, 2012 by Gary:
CC,

What tire size(s) do you have? Are you looking for an all-season tire?
Monday, August 27, 2012 by Gary:
Derrick,

Yes, most have found that the steering feel tends to lighten up a bit when going to a non run-flat all season tire.
Saturday, September 1, 2012 by Bob Dowie:
rear tires on my 2007 550i are about gone, but the fronts are only 50% worn. (all Michelin RFT)

the rears are the Michelin RFT "Y" rated that either came with the car or direct replacements.

i'd like to replace the rears with used ones with 50% tread left; and then get all new 4 new RFT's

do you sell used tires (or can recommend a supplier)?
Sunday, September 2, 2012 by Greg:
I bought a 2007 335i which I love to drive. I opted for the sports package that came with 225/40 R18 front, 255/35 R18 back run flat tires. I live in NJ and the pot holes are killers. Replaced 6 tires due to bubbles and leaking. I did buy tire/wheel insurance for $600+ originally, and policy maxed out at $3000. Now no insurance left and I am considering non run flat tires. Wife hates the firm ride, and I want all season tires - dealer and many folks recommend not to drive in ice/snow. Never have driven in ice/snow but one dealer rep told me it was horrible. Looking for a "donut" option.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Allan:
Thinking of changing my RFT 245/55R17 102H Bridgestone on my 2012 X3 w/ conventional tires. What would be best for my X3. Thank you in advance for the info.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Gary:
Bob,

I'm sorry, I'm not sure who sells used tires.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Gary:
Greg,

I would agree that an all-season tire would generally have a more comfortable ride than a summer tire. We do not carry any complete 'donut' mini spare setups, sorry.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Gary:
Allan,

Unfortunately there are no all season non run flat tires made in 245/55R17 as of yet. Perhaps in the future there will be some options for you.
Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Aj:
2011 BMW 328XI. Labor day weekend, monday night. Was 300 miles away from NYC, in NH. Slammed onto a pothole at 80 MPH - RFT went flat upto the rimm, and car became un-derivable. My option was to stay with the car or park it and go back to work the next day. Had to call in tow service to the get my car to the nearest airport, about 80 miles - cost $420.

Parked my BMW there, got into a rental, drove back to NYC.

Bought the following the day after:
Wheel: $340
New RFT: $289
RFT pressure value: $168
Tire mount: $55
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Total spent: $852

Rental cost: $130
Rental Fuel: $70
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Total Rental: $200

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Total money spent: $1472
Mental harassment: Limitless!!
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This is my true story. Learn from it, avoid RFTs or BMW altogether.

AJ
Monday, September 10, 2012 by David:
If I am looking for better ride quality and lighter steering feel, which is a better tire choice:
Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position or Continental ExtremeContact DWS? Thanks.
Monday, September 10, 2012 by Lee:
I am considering switching to non-run flats. Obviously, this gives me a much better selection of tires. But I am concerned about driving with no safety net (no spare and no run flats). How do run flats compare to conventional tires in terms of liklihood of a flat. I drive in New Jersey and the local roads are full of pot holes.
Monday, September 10, 2012 by Gary:
David,

Both would be very similar to each other in both areas with the Bridgestone perhaps having a very slight advantage.
Monday, September 10, 2012 by Gary:
Lee,

We have found no difference in the likelihood of tire failure on a run flat compared to a non run flat tire.
Friday, September 14, 2012 by Anil:
Gary
Considering all the negative feedback on the Goodyear Eagle LS2's, I am looking to replace these OEM tyres on my 2012 535xi with Non Run flats. What would you recommend? I will have to return the car with the OEM tyres at end of lease.
Friday, September 14, 2012 by Gary:
Anil,

Top non run flat all season tires would include the Bridgestone Potenza RE 970 A/S Pole Position and the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus.
Saturday, September 15, 2012 by Rocio:
I have had a lot of troubles with RFT (Goodyear Excellence 16R) in my mini Cooper R56 2008 (due to a potholes I've changed 4 front tires in the last 2 years), and now I want to change to a non run flat set..Do you have any suggestion of a good option?
Sunday, September 16, 2012 by Charlette:
I have a 06 335I and I have had RFT since I bought the car and the ride is terrible and the tires from beginning were bad and they were RFT as well. Can you recommend some good NRFT tires?
Monday, September 17, 2012 by Gary:
Rocio,

Top all-season non run flat tires in 195/55R16 would include the Kumho ECSTA 4X and Yokohama Avid Envigor.
Monday, September 17, 2012 by Gary:
Charlette,

What tire size(s) are you using? Are you looking for all-season tires?
Monday, September 17, 2012 by Patti:
I have 08 328I with RFT Bridgestone Turanza EL42 original tires with 46,000
miles (205/55R16 91H). BMW dealer states tires will need replacement soon--depth measured
between 4/32nds & 5/32nds.
Have been reading your comments and
considering non RFTs.
Live in Florida and would like tire
that would ride smooth, safe in wet
conditions, quiet, and last of course!
Am so confused with choices of Michelin Pilot Sport, Bridgestone Potenza,etc. as I know nothing about tires! Would appreciate your advise for best choice(s). Thanks
Monday, September 17, 2012 by Gary:
An all season tire would provide for better wear and smoother and quieter ride. The best a/s tires I could recommend based on what you're looking for would be the Bridgestone Potenza RE970 A/S Pole Position and the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S.
Monday, September 17, 2012 by Patti:
Gary, thanks so much for your suggestions. You have made the decision so much easier for me.
Thanks again, Patti
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by James:
09 BMW 128i Coupe/Sports Package....I just need to know the best non-RF tires I can get for this car. Quite & Smooth ride, great handling on dry & wet conditions
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Gary:
James,

Two top summer performance tire picks for this would be the Continental Extreme Contact DW and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Linda:
I drive a 2009 BMW 328i with a little more than 28,000 miles on it. Of the four Pirelli RFT tires, two have picked up nails and have been plugged--one is holding air the other is not. I know that the tires are not supposed to be plugged, but it worked...kind of. Anyway, I have two questions: how long do I have before the tires fail? If I trade the car will the dealer, probably Lexus, prefer that it has RFTS? Thanks for your help!
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Gary:
Linda,

Unfortunately there is no way to tell how long a tire repair will hold, nor do I know what preference a local dealer will have in regards to tires for a local trade-in, sorry. You may want to check directly with the dealer for details
Sunday, October 7, 2012 by Angelo:
Gary,

There seems to be no all-season run flat options for my 2010 BMW 535 GT w/ sports package. Want to switch to non-run flats. Do you think Bridgestone RE970 AS is the best option?
Monday, October 8, 2012 by Gary:
Angelo,

If you have the 245/40R19 and 275/35R19 sizes on your 535 GT, Bridgestone makes the RE960 A/S Pole Position Run Flat tire. If you go to a non run flat tire, I would indeed recommend the Potenza RE970 A/S Pole position tire.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Dee:
Just purchased a 2007 650i and we want to replace all four tires. We're thinking we'll stay with the RFTs, hopefully, to avoid getting stranded. This car is not a daily driver but it will be driven in dry and wet weather. What tire would you recommend?

Dee
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Gary:
Dee,

Do you have the 18" or 19" setup on your 2007 BMW 650i?
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by Dee:
Gary,

I've got Bridgestone Potenza tires, 245/35R19 and 275/35R19.

Dee
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by Gary:
Dee,

If you have the 19" wheels on the car, the sizing is normally 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear. The highest rated run flat tires in these sizes are the Dunlop Sport Maxx GT DSST.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Dee:
Thanks Gary, I'll check them out. Dee
Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Lisa:
I am looking to buy a BMW 323i 2007 and was wondering on the averge mileage that the tyres can do before requiring replacement the car has run flats.

Thanks Lisa
Friday, October 19, 2012 by Gary:
Lisa,

All tires, even runflat tires, can wear at different rates. What is the brand name and model of tire that you are referring to?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Kent:
I have a 2008 335i with sport package PSP ZP(rear 255 35 18). I'm considering the RE 960 AS RFT, but all reviews seem to be about the 225 45 17 tires on cars without sport package. Can anyone comment about the change in ride quality with sport package staggered size set-up?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Gary:
The same different would apply in 18". The RE960 A/S will have a noticeably softer ride with a sacrifice in dry grip and steering response.
It is also very important that you do not mix the RE960 A/S with the PS2 ZP as this will cause unstable handling.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 by Mike:
I have a 2011 328i with the M Sport Package and just changed from RFT's to the Michelin pilot sport AS plus and the car handles fine. The steering feels a little lighter but the car is quieter and has a better ride. As far as handling goes it feels pretty much the same to me but I don't drive like an idiot either.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 by Erich:
I have a 2011 e90 328i with 225/45/17 stock wheels & Continental Contipro-contact SSR run flats. The ride is absolutely bone jarring (even at 30 psi) and so much so that I do not enjoy driving my car! Looking at installing a new set of oem 18" wheels with 225/40/18 tires....either Continental DWS or Bridgestone RE970 A/S. I assume steering will be a bit lighter than before but I would like to know if I can expect less impact harshness? Also which tire would give a better / smoother ride? A tire that balances well is also important since I have had many problems in the past with tires that would not balance properly (I usually run Michelin because of this). Thanks in advance!
Monday, October 29, 2012 by Gary:
The Continental Pro Contact SSR is among the softest riding of the run flat tires on the market today. I would not expect you to see a much softer ride with a lower profile non run flat tire. For a more noticeable difference, stick with 225/45R17. The DWS will ride a bit more softly than the RE970 A/S.
Monday, October 29, 2012 by Karl:
I am using 205/55R16 Bridgestone Turanza EL42 RFT tires (Canadian 2009 323i premium pkg). I am using this as my daily commute vehicle to drive ~30km to work m(mostly highway). I have absolutely no issues with them. The ride is not too harsh, unlike what many seem to experience (amazing cornering too!). Perhaps, the fact that I use 16" wheels has to do a lot with my overall positive experience. Noise levels are adequate - mostly wind noise at all speeds. The tires are in great shape after 25k and still have plenty of thread left on them. I've driven to Quebec City, Montreal, NYC, Toronto and other pothole-infested areas on the East coast without any problems whatsoever - I ran into a few potholes at highway speeds without any noticeable consequences. So far the way I see it is I get 4 spare tires and extra trunk space. It seems like I am in the minority who has good experience with RFT, and from the looks of it I am definitely in the minority that use 16" wheels on a bmw. However, I can't say that I would have similar opinion if I had to commute through the country roads on daily basis...

My personal experience as well as reading other posts and forums suggests that 2nd generation RFT's are quite good for smaller diameter wheels (i.e.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Scott:
I own a 2010 BMW X5 diesel. I am on my 2nd set of 19inch Bridgestone Dueler HL. No complaints about the life of these, but I am getting a bit tired of the "heavy" steering at low speeds and while parking. Do you think that switching to non-run-flats would help? If so, what do you suggest? My current tires are fairly quiet and I would like to keep it that way. Thanks,
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by justin:
I have a 2008 135I convertable M-sport with factory rims installed. I am looking for the best winter tire for canadian winters, with snow and good dry traction in Runflat or not. I read a review on the Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat, which said it was awful for snow. I like that this tire comes in the factory size to fit on my 18's. Can you recommend another tire, Run flat or not that can be used for my rim this winter. thanks
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Gary:
Scott,

While I doubt the steering would lighten up much at low speeds by gong to a non run flat tire, you can get a tire that has a softer ride and better traction in the 255/50R19 size by going to the Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Gary:
On the 135i you can use size 225/40R18 on all four factory wheels with no problem. In this size you can get the Bridgestone Blizzak LM60 RFT which would be much better in snow and ice than the Pirelli Sotto Zero Serie II tires.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Robert Coutts:
I am looking to replace my front tyres on my BMW x5 Dueller 275/40R20 106W. The RFTs on the back wheels are virtually new so can keep them on the car and replace non-RFT on the front wheels-and any suggestions?
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Gary:
Robert,

Avoid mixing run flat and non run flat tires due to unstable handling, especially at highway speeds and in turns.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Rob:
I have a 2005 Z4 with American Specs and I live in Germany. As you know, we can go a little faster on certain highways here. I would like to go non-RFT. I currently have 16" RFT and would like to go 17" or 18" rims and tires. Question 1: If I purchase rims with TR, will the sensors (if purchased)work with the computer? Question 2: Tire recommendation (would like All-Season non-RFT) for a good riding tire with a higher speed rating?
Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Gary:
The 2005 Z4 does not use TPMS sensors, but instead has an ABS based system that does not use actual sensors.

Top choices for non run flat all season tires with good ride quality would include the Bridgestone Serenity Plus and Continental Extreme Contact DWS.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Kent:
I have 2009 X5 BMW xDrive 48i Sport Package with Run Flats (came with Michelin 255/50 R 19 XL RSC) and no spare tire. Considering Non-Run Flats, anyone try this with no spare and a paid up AAA membership? Any suggestions for a Non-Run Flat?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Gary:
Kent,

Both the Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S and Continental Cross Contact LX20 would be excellent choices for the 2009 X5 in 255/50R19.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Darryl:
I want to ditch the run flats on my 2010 BMW 335i with sport package and go with conventional tires but not sure if I want to go with summer or all season tires. I am deciding between the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS.

There is no snow where I live. How do the 2 tires compare in terms of ride comfort/quality/noise and handling? I assume the all seasons will last longer.
Friday, November 9, 2012 by curt:
2013 128i; best non-rft to replace stock rfts (17")? where to get spare donut tire kit? Thanks for your help
Friday, November 9, 2012 by Gary:
Darryl,

The Pilot Super Sport would should see about 30,000 miles compared to about 50,000 miles from the RE970 A/S. The Super Sport has faster steering response for better handling and more dry grip, but will ride more firmly than the RE970 A/S.
Friday, November 9, 2012 by Gary:
Curt,

I'm sorry, we are not sure where to find a spare tire kit for this vehicle. There are some good tire recommendations in my comments above, including the RE970A/S and Michelin Pilot Super Sport.
Monday, November 12, 2012 by Jerry:
Gary
What all season tires would you recommend for a 2008 BMW 328xi Coupe? Present tires are 225/45-17 RFT.
Monday, November 12, 2012 by Gary:
Jerry,

Two of the best all season runflat tires in 225/45R17 would be the Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S Pole Position RFT and the Pirelli PZero Nero A/S RFT.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Jerry:
Gary,

After reading most of the comments on this blog, I am considering dumping the RFT tires for conventional. Would your tire recommendations be the same?
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by jim:
I just got a new 550 and was surprised by not having a donut spare.
i usually get the tire insurance but on this lease they raised it to $1,700.
I usually drive on non RF for the winter because of pot holes. The tires that cam with the car have a larger profile and seeem quieter and not as hard a ride.
Does anyone sell a donut and jack kit for the 2023 models?
Jim
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Mike:
2013 BMW 128i M Sport. I cannot find run-flat all seasons that fit my car. Nervous about going through Maryland winter on summer tires. Kind of thinking of going non-runflat all season, not winter tires, but unsure what to get. Value sharp handling but also need decent ability to deal with snow. Advice would be most welcome.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Mike:
Another question: OEM tires on back are 225/45R17. If I put 235/45R17 on the back I can use Michelin Pilot Exaltos, a great tire. (Identical replacements for the OEM 205/50R17s are available in that tire.) What would be impact of using that slightly wider tire in rear? Bad idea?
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Kevin:
I just got a 2008 BMW 335i Coupe sports package with the staggered set-up. What would you recommend for an all season non RF? What do you recommend for RFT?
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Gary:
MIke,

235/45R17 will indeed fit the rear with no problem. The Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S would be an outstanding choice for a good all season non run flat tire. For an all-season with better steering response and a bit sharper handling, check out the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Gary:
Kevin,

Top all season non run flat tires in the staggered 18" sizes would include the Michelin Sport A/S plus and Bridgestone Potenza RE970 A/S Pole Position. The only run flat all season tire made in both sizes is the Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S RFT.
Friday, November 16, 2012 by Pete :
Gary, Currently running 4 x Goodyear 245/40/R18 93Y RFT on a 2007 550i Sports E61 Touring model for over 14 months and I can find a million escuses not to drive it due to the very hard and very harsh ride. I have punctures in 2 tyres at this momment. Glad to have come across this excellent site. I like the idea of RFT's but I would like a recommendation to change all my tyres so I can start enjoying driving my motor! Gary I've had non-run flats Michelin Sports on my previous BMW's and found them to best handeling drive ever! What do you recommend? Will the Michelin RFT vs non- runflats or what is best suited for a more comfortable drive? Thanks.
Friday, November 16, 2012 by Mike:
Thanks Gary. One more question: Would it be okay to square up with new tires? And should they be the 225/45-17s as are currently on back or the 205/50-17s currently on the front, or some other size? Any handling issues posed by squaring up? I hear there would be less understeer.
Friday, November 16, 2012 by Gary:
Pete,

You'll find a softer ride with non run flats, and the Pilot Super Sport is indeed our top summer performance tire in that category.
Friday, November 16, 2012 by Gary:
The rear 17X8.5 wheels are a bit too wide to use 205/50R17, so if you use a square setup stick with 225/45R17 all around. Typically a square setup will result in more neutral handling.
Friday, November 16, 2012 by Marshall:
Need to replace the Michelin ZP's on my 2011 335D Sport Pkg. I want to stick with Michelin but go to a non run flat model smoother riding tire. Suggestions?
Saturday, November 17, 2012 by Mike:
Actually I have 17x7s and 17x7.5s. From your web pages, looks like the max wheel width is 7.5 for the 205/50-R17s. Is there any problem with being right at the maximum wheel width? Will I have clearance issues if I put Exaltos in that size on rear of my 128?
Saturday, November 17, 2012 by Evan:
My wife has a 328I convertible with 225S run flats, can I change that to 245s non run flats?
Monday, November 19, 2012 by Gary:
Marshall,

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport would be the way to go for a non run flat summer performance tire in the staggered 18" sizes on the 2011 335D. For all season tires, the Pilot Sport A/S plus would be the way to go.
Monday, November 19, 2012 by Gary:
Mike,

There is no problem with being on the end of the recommended rim width range. 205/50R17 will fit front and rear with no problem.
Monday, November 19, 2012 by Gary:
Evan,

245 width tires are generally too large to fit up front on most three series cars.
Thursday, November 22, 2012 by Erica:
Gary,

The article and posts have been very informative. I recently bought a 2009 135i sport with the OEM 18" run flats. My husband will tell you I did not research enough ahead of time. I've had constant problems with the noise on the tires and thought there was a mechanical issue, only to be told that the noise was being caused by "tire shine" applied to the tires. Right... After looking at multiple blogs, it appears as if they are the tires themselves. I live in Northern Virginia and it looks like I need winter tires also. Since I hate the existing tires and need to replace them (still unsure of RFT vs. non) are there good all season tires that would work with the 135 sport so I don't need 2 sets?

Thank you!
Saturday, November 24, 2012 by jim:
Hello,
Aside from the cost of the tires, is there any additional cost to non-RFT's? I have a 2008 535xi with sports package and I am being told it will cost 3-4K to make the change to non-RFT's. The tires are Dunlops, 245/40R18 (front) and 275/35R18 (back)
Thanks!
Saturday, December 1, 2012 by Ken:
Seeking non-RFT replacements for 2008 BMWxi (39K miles on original RFT's). I live in NJ, and need an all-season tire reliable in snow and that can stand up to numerous and proliferating potholes. Suggestions? Thanks
Monday, December 3, 2012 by Dj:
I have a 2007 335i w/sports. So obviously it has RFTs. I am tired of the noise and ride discomfort that RFts are causing. If I wanted to put Non RFTs on my car, should I buy new wheels that are suitable for Non RFTs. Or can I put Non RFTs on the wheels I currently have???

Please suggest. DJ
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Gary:
DJ,

Non run flat tires can indeed fit the factory wheels with no problem.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Carlos:
Own a 2008 328I convertible. Tires are Bridgestone/EL42 225/45 17 91H run flat w/20,000 miles. Ride is very firm and I need to replace my 2nd tire due to nail. Can I replace 2 rear tires with non run flats? If not, can you recommend non-runflats that would result in smoother ride? I live in Florida. Thanks
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by tony:
I have a 2011 335is conv w/M sport package, At 21k I was told my tires are cupping which I always thought was from bad alignment etc and that I need 4 new tires at 2200. They are protenza run flats and apparently they are different sizes on the front and the back. I drive it on the highway to and from work. Isnt that kind of early to be replacing tires and do I have to go back to run flats. It hardly seems worth it if Im going to have to replace them every year and a half
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by Gary:
Carlos,

Avoid mixing run flats with non run flats as this can cause unstable handling, especially in corners and at highway speeds. Softer riding non run flat tires in 225/45R17 would include the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, and Continental Pure Contact.
Saturday, December 8, 2012 by Tarun M:
I am looking to replace tires on my 2008 335i. Can you suggest RF tires and non RF tires I can consider for best rain/snow handling in NJ.
Sunday, December 9, 2012 by Brad:
2010 328i xdrive with stock 225/45R17 Conti's RFT. Losing one pound of pressure per day can can't find a local shop to even talk about repair. If I go to RE970AS non RFT can I also expect a ride improvement? I know the Conti ride is supposed to be decent but to me in 17" it's pretty brutal.
Monday, December 10, 2012 by Gary:
Ken,

Top all season non run flat tires would include the Continental Extreme Contact DWS and Bridgestone Potenza RE970 A/S Pole Position.
Monday, December 10, 2012 by Gary:
Brad,

If you have the Conti Pro Contact SSR, I would not expect you to see much of an improvement in ride by going to the Bridgestone RE970 A/S. For a more noticeable improvement in ride, I'd suggest the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus or Kumho ECSTA LX Platinum.
Sunday, December 23, 2012 by Jay:
I have a 2010 335i with the M-Sport 19 inch rims. Got a crack in the passenger rear rim, had that repaired and now I'm losing tire pressure again. Know anywhere I could get a new rim other than a dealership and what kind of tire you recommend going with? Thank you..
Monday, December 24, 2012 by Kevin:
I need to replace Bridgestone Potenza RFT on 2007 BMW 328xi, 225/45R17 which have 60,000 miles on them. The wear has been great, but I would like recommendations for tires in both run flat and non run flat that should provide a smoother, quiter ride. Bumping up the width to 235 would beno problem. Live in Houston and would like a tire that has good grip I wet roads.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Gary:
Jay,

I'm not sure of another source for BMW original wheels, sorry. If you're just replacing one or two tires, it is important to match to your existing tires.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by Gary:
For a softer ride, top run flat choices are the Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S RFT and Continental Pro Contact SSR. A highly rated non run flat would be the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus.
Friday, December 28, 2012 by Manish Patel:
Hi Gary,
I have a 2008 BMW 335i, I just got a bubble in my front left tire after i hit a curb, I have run flat tires, how safe is it to drive on that small bubble? Also if i were to consider going to a non runflat tire if i have to replace, what would be the best option in your opinion for all season tires, reliabilty, etc.
Saturday, December 29, 2012 by Rob:
My son is buying a used 2008 BMW 328xi in incredible condition. I did some research on the RFT and told the dealership we wouldn't buy it with those on it. They asked me what I wanted and told them Michelin Defenders (Tirerack and Consumer Reports high ratings). When he picks it up, I will report on how they are. They just seem so much better than the RFT. Thoughts?
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Manish,

A bubble is an indication that the inner liner of the tire is torn and air is beginning to migrate out of the tire. Tire failures from bubbles are very unpredictable in regards to how long one can safely drive on the the tire after seeing a bubble, so I have to advise you to replace it as soon as possible.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Gary:
Rob,

The Michelin Defender will be quieter and have longer wear than most run flat tires. It is a good choice for the car if the owners driving style is not aggressive.
Friday, January 11, 2013 by BJ:
I have a 2011 550ix (xdrive) and need new RFTs. I want the best. Looking for all season excellent performance and smooth handling with ability to handle all speeds. Original tires are Bridgestone RFT but I am not impressed per se with handling on curves with any speed, nor on wet pavement (more slipping) and they lose air quickly. Have never had RFTs before this car so not sure if that is the difference in performance or simply the brand of RFT.
Saturday, January 12, 2013 by Stef:
I have a 2012 535xi and want to replace my RFT with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus. Do I need to be concerned that the tire sensor and more importantly the suspension need to be adjusted?
Sunday, January 13, 2013 by Carl Williams:
I currently have Bridgestone Portenza RFT. I need to replace the rear set of tires and it seems that the Michelin RFTs. They front tires are relatively new can I just replace the rear tires or will this cause stability issues?
Monday, January 14, 2013 by Gary:
BJ,

I can check on this for you. What tire size(s) are you using?
Monday, January 14, 2013 by Gary:
Stef,

No adjustment to the TPMS sensor or vehicle suspension would be needed when changing to non run flat tires.
Monday, January 14, 2013 by Gary:
Carl,

We definitely recommend against mixing different models of tires due to stability issues. It is best to stick with the same brand and model of tire unless replacing all four tires.

http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=FH8&url=/tires/index.jsp
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Jennifer:
Just purchased a 2009 335i coupe with RF's. Am really dissapointed in them...really horrible when driving on the freeway with ruts...feels out of control! Tire suggestions? I'm in Oregon, lots of rain!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Gary:
Top summer tires for wet traction in a non run flat design would include the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone S04 Pole Position. See them here : http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Saturday, January 19, 2013 by Connie:
Changed to non-run flats a few years ago and haven't looked back. However, I need to buy new all season tires but my current tires were discontinued at the 93V rating, so now I need 4 new tires and am trying to decide what works best for me. I do drive aggressively (it is a performance car :)) but I do a lot of highway driving during work week; I am between two tires I think would work best for my 2005 BMW 330xi - 205/50/17 93v needs the Michelin Pilot MXM4 or Bridgestone Turanza Serenity plus - what do you recommend?
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Ferhat:
Just ditched RFs today. I bought Michelin Pilot Sports A/S Plus from costco for a total cost of $930 everything included. I live in Seattle and go to Portland a lot and the ruts on I5 were a big issue with RFs. I will let you guys know about my non-RF experience. Thanks for all the info here..
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Gary:
Connie,

Customer survey and testing data seem to indicate that the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus is a superior tire compared to the older Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 tire.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Ping:
Three months after getting E61 with RFTs I replaced with Hankook V12 Evo non-RFTs. No problem with electronics and still warn me when one tires had slow leak. It simply measures the difference in rate. Aside from cost u get choice and comfort and quiet rides. Can't be happier. I have also tried Continental CSC5 which is even better but wears quite fast. I use 98Y XL. I think XL is recommended and definitely dun mix RFT and non-RFT but I mixed front-back pair with no problems. Hope it helps.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Susan:
I have a 2009 335xi Coupe with sport package and OEM Bridgestone Turanza's 225/45/17's (front & back) that need replacing. My dealer is insistant I stay with RFT's but I'd prefer to change to non-RFTs. All the reviews elude that the RFT's, while harsh and noisy, are not so great in snow & rain. That seems to negate the point of the Xdrive. Just a few days ago we had 2 seperate multi-car pileups. (one 80+ cars, another 50+) I want to know my car has a chance of stopping. What All Season choices do you recommend that can handle the elements? Both RFT & non-RFT.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Gary:
Susan,

Top all season run flat tires are the Continental Pro Contact SSR and Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S RFT. For non run flats, check out the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus and Bridgestone Potenza RE970 A/S.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Joe:
I have a 128i factory standard wheels with 205/55-16 tires. What are my options for a wider tire on the OEM wheel, run-flat or non run-flat considered. I went one size wider on my Volvo per recommendation, and the performance improvement is noticeable.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by Gary:
Joe,

You can move up to 225/50R16 on your BMW 128i with no problem.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Ping:
E61 stock is 225/50 R17. I also used non-RFT for winter tires in addition to non-RFT summer tires mentioned earlier. It's even comfier than the summer non-RFT and rides amazingly well even at 95mph. Btw I added a space saver spare when I switched from RFT - E61 tourer has dedicated boot space for it. This spring, I'm contemplating using 235/45 R17 on the stock 7.5" rim. Has anyone tried this and has any feedback? Thanks.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Gary:
We have not had any experience or feedback with the shorter and wider 235/45R17 size on the E61, sorry. 245/45R17 does fit and maintains the correct overall diameter.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Claudia:
I have a 2009 328i BMW with original tires Bridgestone Turanza EL42 RFT 205/55R16 and I need new tires ASAP. I just recently moved to Maryland and the winter here is cold with lil snow and rain. summers are extremely hot! Im debating between non run flats vs run flats. i want to save some $$ but by the time i buy the save space spare tire and all, both options would probably end up about the same. What is my best bet??? Which tires do you recommend??
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by michael 128 I:
I own a BMW with run flats, a little expensive but worth it.
My wife had a flat in the rain,on a cold dark night,on a lonely highway. She was able to drive home without a problem. How much was that worth knowing she got home safe? No price, it was a blessing !!!!!
Saturday, February 23, 2013 by Ron:
I just bought a 2013 X5 diesel with run flat tires on 20 inch rims. Tires are Dunlap. The X5 runs rough and steers hard. On a smooth road it steers great BUT on a rough road is wanders to the right and left and I really have to grip the steering wheel. It's like driving on bias tires. Your suggestions please. Is it the tires?
Monday, February 25, 2013 by Gary:
Ron,

The wandering you're referring to is called tramlining.

The factory 20" option on your vehicle is normally the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx ROF. This tires directional tread pattern and high performance nature will tend to tramline more than other tires. You may want to consider the other tire that BMW uses on this vehicle from the factory for less tramlining : The Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport RFT.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, February 25, 2013 by James:
I have Bridgestone Potenza 215/40R18 85Y RFT front and 245/35R18 88Y RFT rear on my '09 135i and I've had one blow out and the durability and ride comfort is pretty poor. I'm looking to replace all four corners with a non-RFT for many reasons including cost.

I live in Dubai so any recomemdations for a good summer tyre (it never rains here) with ride comfort and durability would be great.

Thanks!
Monday, February 25, 2013 by Gary:
James,

I'm not sure which tires are available in Dubai as we are located in the USA. Top choices in our market include the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by ty:
when i took my car to the collision shop for repairs i had no problem with the ride quality.upon my return a month and a week later it rode like a bag of rocks.immeadiatly i thought foul play,someone was ridding my car. i took the car to various dealers,3 to be exact,with negative results.4 road test and 3 dealers later their response was nothings wrong.please help,what could be wrong? my car rides horrible,very hard.every bump and line in the road you feel.
Friday, March 1, 2013 by Gigi Depofi:
2011 BMW 335i
225/45/17 what all season non run flat tire would you suggest
I live in Florida
Saturday, March 2, 2013 by Gary:
Gigi,

In 225/45R17, two top all season non run flat tires I would suggest for Florida driving would be the Bridgestone Potenza RE970 A/S Pole Position and the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus.


Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Rick Karsten:
I have a 2011 BMW 550i. Hate the RFTs. Comfort is paramount. Would the Michelin Primacy have superior comfort to the Pilot Super Sport?
Sunday, March 10, 2013 by Lee:
Any negative impact of mounting winter tires (235/40r18's) on BMW F30 sport line wheels? The car comes with 225/40r18's
Sunday, March 10, 2013 by P.A.:
I live in Omaha, NE. I need a recommendation for an all-terrain snow/rain based tire. I have a 2007 BMW 328i.

Not sure what is on there now. Factory tires or summer seeing as how it was purchased in CA.
Monday, March 11, 2013 by Gary:
Rick,

Yes, the Michelin Primacy MXM4 would indeed have a softer and quieter ride than the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, March 11, 2013 by Gary:
Lee,

What is the year and model of the BMW that you are trying to install the size 235/40R18 tires onto?
Monday, March 11, 2013 by Gary:
P.A.,

I can check on this for you. What tire size(s) do you have on the car?
Saturday, March 16, 2013 by Eddie:
I would like to replace my 17in Bridestone Run Flats and my options are the Continental Extreme DWS or the Michellin Pilot Sport AS Plus, which is $300 more expensive but comes with 45,000 mile warranty compared to the 50,000 staggered warranty on the Continental. Would you pay the extra $$ for the Michellin?
Monday, March 18, 2013 by Gary:
Eddie,

Both are great tires. Between these two tires, the Continental Extreme Contact DWS has better snow traction and a softer ride, while the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus has faster steering response and a bit better handling/grip.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Sean:
I just did the deed, I ordered a set of 18" wheels from tire rack mounted with Michelin Pilot Sport's for my BMW 335xi. I put them on the car last night and drove it to work this morning. What a difference.

The car came from the factory with 17" wheels mounted with the infamous run flat tires. Those wore out at 20,000 miles, and I replaced them with some Bridgestone Pole Position RFT's, which were supposedly an improved design. My experience with both sets was equally awful. Potholes that wouldnt make you bat an eyelash with normal tires caused a KaBoom that made me wonder if a grenade just went off in my wheel well. On a wide sweeping turn, the car would skip and hop through the turn if it encountered rough pavement, as if you were running a race suspension.

Switching back to normal tires has been a revelation. I realize I am driving a superbly engineered street car, and not a go kart with a 3.0L twin turbo. The move from 17" to 18" normally causes a harsher ride... but coming from RFT's it is like I am riding on gossamer wings.

I went out and got an E90 compact spare kit (BMW does make such a thing) which comes with the tire, jack, and wrench. The jack/wrench kit comes in a zippered pouch and fits in the little compartment under the floor of the trunk. The spare comes with a zippered storage pouch, and you just put it in the trunk and tie it down. I'd rather lose a little trunk space and possible change a tire on the road once every two years than drive around in a $50,000 car that has the road feel of a stagecoach.

I understand that Michelin has a run flat version of the Pilot Sport that solves all of these problems and runs like a regular tire. Well maybe so, but I find it hard to believe.

If you are finding your current run flats unacceptable, and are willing to take on the risk that you will get a flat and have to change a tire at some point, I would encourage you to try a set of regular tires because I can guarantee that you will have a better driving experience. I personally would not want to spend another $1200 on the latest RFT technology and be stuck with them for another 2 years on the chance that Michelin has done what has never been done before: produce an RFT that doesn't leave you thinking about how much you hate RFT's every time you drive your car.
Sunday, March 31, 2013 by Frank:
I just purchased a 2010 650i with 22k miles from a dealership in Vegas. I live in Chicago and I am a fireman that doesnt know much about tires. I have the original run flat tires on the vehicle. They are Bridgestone. I was told by the salesman that I will need new tires soon and he suggested the same tire. I was told by a friend who knows tires that I should opt out of the run flats and get a good michellin non run flat. I am so confused?? please advise??
Monday, April 1, 2013 by Gary:
Frank,

If you have the factory 18" wheels with 245/45R18, top all season run flat tires that I would suggest are the Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S Pole Position RFT, and Continental Pro Contact SSR. If you opt for non run flat tires instead, check out the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus or Bridgestone Potenza RE970 A/S Pole Position. Among these choices, the non run flat tires have a bit softer ride, but shower turn-in/steering response compared to the run flat tires I suggested.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Soo Choi:
My BMW 128i 2008 with 14000 miles nas front right tire with small bubble. Can I displace two Michelin non-flat in the rear, leave two origina flat-run in the front and make one original flat-run a spare one, or any better way to do?
Friday, April 5, 2013 by Gary:
Avoid mixing tire types, especially run flat and non run flat tires. Unstable handling is often the result of such a mix.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Chad:
Hi Gary,

Please recommend a good all-season replacement tire for the Turanza EL42s on my 2006 BMW 325xi wagon. 205/55/R16. Some mountain and winter driving. Thanks!
Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Gary:
Chad,

The top choices for replacement all season run flat tires in 205/55R16 are the Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S Pole Position RFT and the Continental Pro Contact SSR.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Chad:
Thanks Gary,

And the best non run flat options please?
Friday, April 12, 2013 by Gary:
The best non run flat all season options would include the Continental Extreme Contact DWS and Bridgestone Potenza RE 970 A/S Pole Position.
Friday, April 12, 2013 by Marylou:
i'm thinking of changing my bridgestone RFT tires for any other good brand do you have any alternatives? I have X5 2009
Friday, April 12, 2013 by Jennifer:
I have a 2006 BMW 330CCi convertible and am thinking of replacing the RFT's and wanted a recommendation? Currently have the Continential Extreme Contact and they have been discontinued? Your thoughts? RFT versus non-RFT advantages?
Sunday, April 14, 2013 by Satchel:
I used to have a 2003 BMW 330i with the sports package and regular all season tires. I loved the handling, ride quality that was just right without being harsh and the steering was tight enough and not loose to give good road feedback. I decided to get a CPO 2008 335i with the sports package and Bridestone 050A RFT expecting the same or even better satisfaction but have been sadly disappointed. The 2008 335i has a ride that is very stiff and steering that feels very tight that almost feels like a workout every time I drive.

Will switching to all season non RFT tires help get my 2008 335i to feel and handle like my old 2003 330i?
Monday, April 15, 2013 by Gary:
Marylou,

I can check on this for you. What tire size(s) do you have and are you looking for run flat tires?
Monday, April 15, 2013 by Gary:
Jennifer,

The replacement tire for the old Continental Extreme Contact is called the Extreme Contact DWS. This is actually one of the best tires in its category and would be an excellent choice as a replacement tire.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Sunday, April 21, 2013 by Bob:
Seriously dont laugh but if Run Flats lose a little air do you just put regular air in? I just got a BMW with run flats (first time) and have no idea what the tire maintenance should be. Thanks
Sunday, April 28, 2013 by Lori-Ann:
I have a 2010 BMW 328i xdrive wagon. I hate my run flats and plan to replace soon with non run flats. What is a good tire recommendation for this vehicle since its AWD?
Monday, April 29, 2013 by Gary:
Lori-Ann,

What tire size do you have? Are you looking for all-season tires?
Monday, April 29, 2013 by Lori-Ann:
Gary,
My tires are the standard ones that came on the car. 16 I think. I'd like all season if possible.
Monday, April 29, 2013 by Gary:
Top non run flat all-season tires in 205/55R16 would include the Bridgestone Potenza RE 970 A/S Pole Position and Continental Extreme Contact DWS.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Rajiv:
Gary,
What non RFTs would you recommend for a 2012 135i convertible M Sport? Current tires Front: 215/40 R 18 85 Y Rear: 245/35 R 18 88 Y

I was thinking Michelin Pilot SS. Basically want equal performance with less harsh ride...
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by Gary:
Rajiv,

The top non run flat summer performance tires in those sizes would indeed be the Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by Brian:
Gary,
Just purchased a 2010 328i with 225R45-17 Turanza RFT's. Don't mind the ride but the noise is awful. We plan on occasionally participating in a local High Performance Driver's Education event at Portland Int'l Raceway. Is there a quiet non-RFT tire that stand up to the rigors of track abuse and give us a quiet ride on the highway too? Since the tires will probably have a fairly short life, cost would be a consideration also. Thanks
Sunday, May 5, 2013 by Jason:
On my stock 2009 BMW 328i xDrive, I have 205/55r16. Can I swap out for 225/50r16 on th same rim? I see many who say you can, but Tire Rack is always the good and final word!
Monday, May 6, 2013 by Gary:
Brian,

Unfortunately I know of no tire that would have a quiet ride that would be suitable for the rigors of track use, sorry.
Monday, May 6, 2013 by Gary:
Jason,

Yes, you can indeed use 225/50R16 on the stock 2009 BMW 328i xDrive with no problem.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Friday, May 10, 2013 by Jesse:
I just bought a 2007 BMW M6 convertible! I can tell I will need new tires pretty soon! Currently it has RFT's on it. What would you recommend in the non- RFT's for the hot Texas weather?
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Kevin:
I want to replace my Potenza RFT on a 535XI. which seem to be 245/40/18 on all 4 wheels. I live in Ontario, Canada, and I do plan to get winter tires.

All the reading, it seems i have 2 choices? continental DWS vs. Kumho Ecsta 4X - for All season.

Any advice you can give on the difference? The reason I'm switching from RFT is i find the ride and bumps too hard. I'm looking for more of a comfort luxury ride.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Gary:
Kevin

The difference between the two is in snow traction versus handling. The DWS has better snow capability while the ECSTA 4X has better handling and faster steering response.
Monday, June 3, 2013 by gerg6z:
After 5 plus years of struggle with 2007 335i, I am opting out of run-flats. 7 tire failures in 5 years is enough! This does not count 2 front tires replaced due to tread wear. Tires make car handle very well, but failure rate is just too high.
Monday, June 3, 2013 by Joe:
I have a BMW 528i 2011. I'm looking for a couple of no run flat tire options. I am not a race car type driver just want a smooth ride. I need to replace all four tires.
The tire size is 225/R55 R17 V97. The BMW dealership is saying continental pro contact but I think that's because they don't have options. Plus they won't install the tire anyway ....so I could really use some help here. Signed Frustrated.
Monday, June 3, 2013 by Gary:
Joe,

While the Pro Contact isn't a bad choice there are better options for a smooth, quiet riding tire with good wear. I'd suggest considering the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, Michelin Primacy MXV4, and Continental Pure Contact.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Amani Escandon:
What is the best tiers to replace my flat tires to non flat tires on my 2011 BMW 740LI. 2-245/45 R19 98Y
2-275/40 R 19 101Y
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Ashu:
Need A/S tires - 245/45 R17 for 525i that currently has the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP bought from Tirerack. Tires were great but tread is 2/32 in only 15K miles (2.5 years) for mostly city driving. What would you recommend replacing with? Another set of RFTs (Potenza RE 960 A/S RFT or the new Pirelli Pzero A/S). This car came with OEM RFTs (Potenza summer) - can I replace with non RFTs (last time, dealer was recommending Conti Extreme Contact DWS) or will this result in TPMS or Active Steering alerts? I am in New England - so handling in snow is important.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Gary:
Amani,

Are you looking for the best summer performance tires for handling and steering response, or more for all-season tires with a quiet ride and longer tread wear?
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Gary:
Ashu,

You can indeed replace all four tires with a non runflat tire like the Continental Extreme Contact DWS without causing any problems with TPMS or other vehicle stability systems. If you decide to stick with a run flat design, the Continental Pro Contact SSR has the longest wear in 245/45R17.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by rob:
any problem replacing RFTs with nonRFTs on 2006 Corvette?
Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Gary:
Rob,

As long as you are replacing all four tires with matching non run flat tires, this would no problem.


Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Saturday, June 8, 2013 by Rob:
I have a 2006 BMW 325xi. When it was time to replace the original run-flats, I opted to go with regular tires. That was 45K miles ago and I've had no problem with the tires and the car drives very well. Sure, there is no spare and if I get a flat it means calling for a tow to the nearest garage for a new tire. But with the run-flats there would be no guarantee that I'd be able to get a replacement tire in a timely manner if I got stuck somewhere. It will be time for new tires again before next winter and I will go with regular tires again. I did invest in an emergency roadside kit with a tire inflator that plugs into the 9V in the car, but that may not help much, if at all, if I get a flat.
Monday, June 24, 2013 by Carl:
I have a BMW Z4 with 18 inch wheels and RFT. The tramlining is so bad with this car that it scares me to drive it over 50. I'm switching to non RFTs next week. Shame on BMW
Thursday, June 27, 2013 by bob cole:
what regular michelin tires can i buy to replace run flats tires on my 2011 528i BMW. HELP!
Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Gary:
Cole,

I can check on this for you. What tire size(s) are you using?
Saturday, June 29, 2013 by Tim:
Gary, I have a 2011 BMW 535ix with 32,000 miles. The OEM tires were replaced at 12,000 miles with Continental ProContact SSR 245/45 R18 tires because the OEM tires were cupped and worn. The replacement tires are now shot - with the same reported problem. Any recommendations on a replacement RFT that will have a comfortable ride with a long wear life?
Sunday, June 30, 2013 by Dean:
I have a 2012 M3 convertible with Michelin RFTs as OEM (front 245/35ZR19; rear - 265/35ZR19) The tread life on the rears is 10,000 miles; I use the car as my daily driver with a combination of highway and city driving. this car will never see the track as long as I'm owning it. is there a tire option for a good ride, decent handling, quiet ride, with a significantly longer tread life? anything over 20,000 miles would be a big improvement. (keeping in mind that with different size tires, rotation is not available, so the warranty is cut in 1/2 for the tires on this car.) I am open to either RFT's or non-RFT's. what is my best option?
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Gary:
Tim,

The two longest wearing run flat tires in 245/45R18 would be the Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S Pole Position RFT and Continental Pro Contact SSR. Given that you have not had good luck with the Pro Contact SSR, you may want to give the RE960 A/S Pole Position RFT a try.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Gary:
Dean,

Run flat tires are not available in these sizes. The longest wearing tires in these sizes would be the Michelin Pilot Sport AS3, however this tire would be a step down in handing, dry grip and steering response compared to a summer performance tire. Top summer tires in these sizes would include the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, Bridgestone S04 Pole Position and Continental Extreme Contact DW.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by B.J.:
I have a 2006 325i and am down to about 1 mm of tread on my rear tires. The previous owner has managed to viscously scratch every single wheel so I am looking into just replacing all four wheels and tires and switching to non-run flat. Will I have any issues moving up from a 17" rim to 18"? If not need recommended tire/wheel combo that won't cost me an arm and a leg. Prefer some sort of black 5 or 6 spoke 18"s. Thanks.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by Gary:
B.J.,

18" wheels work great on the 2006 BMW 325i and are the size that most upgrade to when replacing their wheels. Your best pricing will likely be found by using the same wheel size all around, typically 18X8 or 18X8.5 with tire size 225/40R18. We have many choices that fit, check out our complete selection here : http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by Lester Levine:
I have a 2011 128i convertible that needs new tires. I am wanting to go away from runflats to Michelin Defender? Good choice? Will I have a light on my dash forever now? Is there a donut from BMW?
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Gary:
Lester,

Yes, you can indeed move to non run flat tires on your vehicle without having problems with the TPMS light staying on. I am unaware of any temporary spare wheel/tire solutions, sorry.
Sunday, July 14, 2013 by Greg:
Gary, I have a 2010 BMW 535i with Dunlop SP Sport 01 run flat tires on front and back. Both front tires are completely worn (down to the interior fiber of the tires) on the inside shoulders after only about 22,000 miles. I live in Houston, TX so lots of heat and rain driving but no snow. Can you recommend RFT's and non-RFT's that will give me better tread life?
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Kai:
I have a 2008 BMW 528i. I hate the loud road noise of my factory run flats and would like a smoother ride. Do you still recommend the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. I live in Texas and i do a lot of highway and street driving.
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Gary:
Greg,

It is very important to match to the same brand and model of tire if you are just replacing two tires.

If you're replacing all four tires, which tires size(s) are you using?
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Gary:
Kai,

I am a big fan of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport for our top Max Performance summer tire. For a tire with an even quieter and softer ride with some sacrifice to handling and steering response, check out the Continental Extreme Contact DW.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Greg:
I intend to replace all four tires. The fronts are 245/40R18 and backs 275/35R18.
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Gary:
Greg,

Top non run flat choices in these sizes for longer tread life include the Continental Extreme Contact DWS and Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2. For a run flat tire in these sizes with long wear, check out the Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S Pole Position RFT.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Salima:
Hi Gary,
I have a 2011 X5 diesel, with 3rd row.
My dealer has advised me that I need to replace 2 of my 4 tires at a cost of $1000, I have only put 30km on the truck.
I am considering switching from run flats to non run flats. Can you recommend some brands for me? Thank you.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Gary:
Salima,

If just replacing two tires, it is very important to match to the same brand name and model of your other two tires.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Salima:
Thanks Gary.

If I were to replace all 4 tires, can you recommend a good non run flat ones?
Thanks.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Gary:
Salima,

No problem. What tire size(s) do you use?
Friday, July 19, 2013 by Jess:
I'm at my witt's end with run flats. I replaced all 4 on my one year old x3 in dec.
Now 7 months later in told all 4 need to be replaced. I haven't put crazy mileage on it. I don't have $2,000 for tires twice a year :( my husband wants me to switch to traditional tires. Did you need new rims to do it or do they work on the BMW factory rims?
Friday, July 19, 2013 by Gary:
Jess,

Yes, you can indeed install non-run flat traditional tires on your factory BMW wheels with no problem.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Jess :
Thank you Gary!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Glenn Maley:
2007 328i convertible with Sport package. Current tires are Bridgestone RE050A RFT in staggered sizes front/rear. Thinking of switching to NRFT when they come due. Suggestions? Prefer something with longer tread life. Drive roughly 6K miles per year combo highway and around town.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Paul:
Hi Gary, I have a 2012 740Li that has Dunlop SP Sport Max GT run flats and I'm looking to replace them with non-run flats for a quieter ride and longer life. These tires have less than 24,000 and are worn out with cupping. I live in South Texas so it's never cold, snows once in a hundred years, and only occasionally rains. What do you recommend as a good compromise between performance and long life? Thank you.
Friday, July 26, 2013 by Don Ivo:
Do I need to replace all 4 run-flat tires if only one is bad? I have a 2007 BMW 328 xi purchased from a BMW dealer as "pre-certified" three months ago. A tire dealer suggested that "all 4 tires must be replaced because you have an AWD vehicle." Please advise. Thanks in advance.
Friday, July 26, 2013 by Glenn Maley:
Gary,

Things have escalated in my world as I have one rear tire that is at the wear bars and the other supposedly (haven't seen it, dealer says so) has a nail. I had been considering switching over to non run flats already and now am really looking at it since replacing both rears with OEM Bridgestone RE050A RFTs will cost me almost as much as going non run flat all around. 2007 328i convertible with sport package on 18" wheels, so 225/40-18s up front, 255/35-18s on the back. Mostly drive to and from local customers and to and from the airport in Dallas suburbs with an occasional longer trip thrown in. 6K miles per year on average. I do like the feel of the sport suspension sticking to the road but not necessarily the bumpiness or bottoming out on speed bumps. Suggestions?
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Steve:
Hey, I am thinking about putting non-run flats on my 328. Are there any issues with doing this as it relates to the TPMS? I would think not...
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Gary:
Glenn,

Going to a non run flat tire will result in a softer ride, but will be less responsive than your run flat Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires. Most are still happy with the tradeoff when going to a max performance non run flat tire such as the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Gary:
Paul,

I can check on this for you. What tire size(s) are you using?
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Gary:
Don,

Yes, all wheel drive vehicles can be sensitive to using tires with different tread depths. Damage to the AWD system can occur if tread depths are not closely matched.
Monday, July 29, 2013 by Gary:
Steve,

Correct, the TPMS system is not affected by using non run flat tires.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Glenn Maley:
Gary, For my 328i sports package, what about the Conti DWS?
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Gary:
Glenn,

The Continental Extreme Contact DWS would be a large step down in grip and steering response from the RE050A or Bridgestone S04, but it would have a softer ride and longer wear.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Rick:
I have a 535i x drive with sport package. Is the new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S -3 245/45/R19 a good choice or should I choose the 245/40/R19. I live in the NY metro area and had 3 failures on the GY run flats in 10K.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Gary:
Rick,

I can check on this for you. What year is your 535i X drive?
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Rick:
Thanks Gary. The model year is 2012.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Gary:
Rick,

We have had some reports with rubbing on the taller 245/45R19, but have had success in fitting 255/40R19 and 245/40R19. The 255/40R19 is slightly taller and wider.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Paul:
Gary:

I am looking to replace tires on a BMW 335i Convert with 19" Sport Wheel package. Front tires are 225/35R19 - Rear is 255/30R19. Can I use a 255/35R19 instead on the rear (matching from aspect ratio)?? This would widen my tire options with Michelin - and I would prefer the new AS3 Pilots. Thanks in advance
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Gary:
Paul,

255/35R19 is too tall and normally rubs.

Keep in mind that 225/35R19 and 255/30R19 are the same height, but 255/35R19 is a full inch taller. Mixing different diameters from front to rear can cause problems with traction control and ABS.
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by mike:
Gary...I am considering replacing my Bridgestone Potenza Run Flats on my 2011 328i Xdrive coupe with sport package (18" staggered set up with the wider tires in back) ...I'm making a long (200 mile) daily commute and I drive aggressively AND rally on the weekends...so I want handling. My fear is the RFs will leave me in the middle of nowhere after I use their 50 miles of safety if I have a flat. Also...really need all season and don't want to buy winter tires...thoughts?
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Jim:
Gary, I recently bought a 2001 Corvette with 14,000 miles. It has the Z51 suspension. The tires appear to be the original Goodyear Eagle run flats and they're starting to crack.

I purposely bought a Z51 because I wanted the added handling capabilities. From all the research I've done on run-flat tires I really don't think I want them. But I'm concerned that a non-run flat version of a run-flat tire will, with its softer sidewall, not have the same level of grip in turns. Can you address the handling issue?
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Gary:
Jim,

Generally speaking, non run flat tires are not as stiff, which typically translates into a softer ride, but slower steering response.
Friday, August 2, 2013 by Jim:
Gary,

Thanks. Another question occurs to me.

Which will generally use less gas, a run flat, or a non-fun flat version of the same tire (Goodyear Eagle F1's come to mind)?
Monday, August 5, 2013 by Gary:
Jim,

Unfortunately we have not tested fuel economy difference between run flat and non run flat tire models, but typically the differences in fuel economy among tires in the same size is not that large.
Monday, August 5, 2013 by Rick:
Gary,
I just bought a set of Michelin Pilot Sports 245/40ZR19 AS-3 for my 2012 BMW 535i x drive with sport package. The original GY run flats took 35 psi in front and 39psi in rear. Do you recommend those pressures for the Michelins?

Thanks,
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by Gary:
Rick,

We do indeed recommend maintaining the same BMW factory air pressures when changing from run flat to non run flat tires in the same size.
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Glenn:
One tire down to read indicators so time for a new tire. Have narrowed it dow to Pilot Super Sports or Pilot Sport A/S3. PSS are special order, PSAS3 are not. What are the trade offs?
Friday, August 30, 2013 by Kevin:
I just bought a 2010 certified 328xi and am concerned about the run flats after reading about their cost and how often they can need to be replaced. At the dealership they mentioned that if non RF's are put on the car that it potentially voids warranties. Do you know anything about how this switch over to non RF's can effect warranties?
Thanks
Saturday, August 31, 2013 by Gary:
While I cannot speak for manufacturers warranties, I have never heard of a case of a vehicle warranty being voided by installing non run flat tires.
Sunday, September 1, 2013 by John Warner:
Gary
I am unsatisfied with the ride of my 2011 bmw335i xdrive sedan with sport suspension. I just purchased this car from a dealer as a two year left over vehicle (had 300 miles on it ). If I can solve the problem of the run flats transmitting every dimple in the road felt in the cabin this would be the perfect car. It's responsive fast and luxurious. The tires in the front are bridgstone potenza 225 / 40 R18 88 W and 225 / 35 R18 90W in the rears. I suspect these are not going to fare well in the winters here in the north east (western Mass). I'm willing to get a second set of rims and have them dedicated to snow tires. If I go this route should I go down to 17 inch rims for the winter set ? What winter snow tire do you recommend and since the fronts and backs in the factory set up are different sizes should the winter set be staggered as well? If I get new rims should I also get pressure monitoring valve stems so the TPMS has something to monitor or will it read error? I'm not opposed to throwing a donut spare and jack in the trunk and go with non runflats. I'm also not opposed to an all season tire for the stock rims to avoid buying a second set if they will take the road noise out . Help!!!!!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Donata:
I have a 2012 BMW x3 and a 2012 bmw x1. Both are equipped with RFT. I have never had so many flat tires in this past year on both cars in my entire life! I think run flats do puncture more easily. I live in the country side and it s a real pain having to replace tires so often. Luckily I got an insurance package on my second car so at least I don t have to pay the costs of replacement all the time. If you buy a BMW make sure you get the insurance package!! They don't always remember to offer it and I think it s because they know it will be paid off for sure!
Sunday, September 8, 2013 by Steve Bardolph:
1-need to replace 205/55 R16 run flats with NON-run flats on 2010 328Xdrive. Is Michelin Defender a reasonable choice? Any compact spare kits available?
3-tire choice for 95 M3?
Sunday, September 8, 2013 by François:
Hi Gary,
I drive a Grand Cherokee SRT8 2008 :)) and need to buy winter tire. It seems very hard to find run flat tires and most tire dealers told me that if I put non-run flat tires it could affect the electronic system. Is that true? Can I put non run flat tires to my Jeep? Many thanks for your help !
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Francois:
Hi Gary,
I drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 2008 and it's hard to find winter run flat tires. Few tire dealers told me that I need to put only run flat tires on my truck. Non run flat tires would affect electronic components. Is that right? Thank you!
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Gary:
John,
The rear size should be 255/35R18 rather than 225/35R18. You can indeed minus size to 17" with size 225/45R17. This size fits both the front and rear 17X8 and 17X8.5" wheels and work well for winter use. Top choices would include the Michelin Xice Xi3 or Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 for maximum snow and ice traction. Yes, it is recommended to continue to use TPMS sensors.
Winter Package Shop by vehicle http://www.tirerack.com/snow/changeover.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Gary:
Steve,

If you not an aggressive driver and you are seeking a tire that maximizes ride comfort and tread wear over handling and steering response, the Michelin Defender in the H speed rating would indeed make sense as an appropriate choice. We do not sell spare tire kits, sorry. For the 1995 M3, are you looking for all-season tires or a summer-only performance tire?
Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 9, 2013 by Gary:
François,

You can install non run flat tires on your vehicle without causing any problems with any electronic systems. These systems have no way of knowing whether or not you have installed run flat or non run flat tires on your vehicle.
Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Dawn:
Hi -

I have a 2008 335i convertible with RFT's. I can't stand them. I've had the car since March and I've had to stop it seems 2-3 times per month to add air or have them checked. 1) What non-RFT tires would you recommend that would give a great smooth ride, yet still be able to firmly grip the road as well. 2) Also, what will happen with the electronic sensors in car if I no longer have RFT's?
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Gary:
Dawn,

Your tire pressure sensors will still function properly as they do not have a way of knowing what type of tire you have installed. What tire size (s) do you have?
Saturday, September 14, 2013 by Jason:
just came from my BMW dealer and they said my front tires look good but rear are shot! Want me to replace the 275/35/18 Potenza RFT to the tune of 1k+!!! I see you sell almost the same tire in a non-RF.My question is can I run a set of these on the rear till they all need to be replaced? Then buy 4 new non-RF's? 2009 BMW 535i Sport thanks
Monday, September 16, 2013 by Gary:
Jason,

Mixing non run flat tires in the rear with run flat tires on the front can cause very unstable handling and should be avoided at all costs.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Debbie:
I have a 2009 BMW 328i X drive. Need new tires very soon. I'd like to try the non-runflats. I drive 70 miles a day, mostly highway. Suggestions?? Thanks!
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Gary:
Debbie,

What tire size(s) do you use? Are you looking for all-season tires?
Friday, September 20, 2013 by Debbie:
Gary,
I have 225/45R17 on there now.
Monday, September 23, 2013 by Gail:
I have a 2011 335i BMW with sport package with the original run flat tires...rear tires are Potenza 255/35R18...my car is at the dealer right now so I don't have the size of the front tires, but they are the original tires when I purchased the car new.
What type of non run flat tires should I buy for this model? It's a convertible and I hate hearing the run flat noise. I live in FL.
The rear right won't hold air...but not wanting the dealership to rip me off with their prices and hoping there is some type of quick fix until I can get to a reputable tire center to replace all 4.
Thanks for your help!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Gary:
Debbie,

Top all season tires with long wear in 225/45R17 non run flat tires would include the Continental Pure Contact and Yokohama Avid Envigor.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Gary:
Gail,

Original sizing on this model is typically 225/40R18 front and 255/35R18 rear.

Keep in mind that run flat tires are no more noisy than a non run flat version of the same tire. That being said, the quietest riding non run flat tires that are made in both sizes would be the Yokohama Avid Envigor and Pirelli Nero A/S.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Diego:
Gary,
I have a 2011 BMW 135i. I am currently on RFT but changin to conventional. I live in Melbourne, FL, what type you recommend to buy, summer or all season? Also which one is better for summer, Michelin PSS or the Bridgestone Potenza Pole Position? Last question, what is better for handling/performance, 215-245, or 225-255? I hear some people put the wider for better perfm but sometimes rubbing starts to happen.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Gary:
Diego,

Generally speaking, summer tires have better traction in dry and wet, while all season tires have longer wear.

The PSS has better handling than the S04 Pole Position. Wider tires would give slightly better cornering grip.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Mario:
I have a 2008 X5, and currently have the RFT tires on it. Unfortunately, all of the tires of off-cycle. I have been replacing as needed, but they are never in need at one time.
Finally, i have 2 that need replacing, so I decided to get away from the RFT tires.
Is there anything that will need to be changed/altered by switching to non RFT tires?

thanks,

M
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Gary:
As long as all four tires are non run flat tires, or all four are run flat tires, this is no problem. Do not mix run flat and non run flat tires.
Monday, October 21, 2013 by Randy:
I have a 2007 Z4 3.0i w/ sport pkg. It has Continental RFT that are worn and noisy after only 10k. (They were on the car when I bought it.) I need to replace them. I have always had Michelins on my other vehicles and would like to put those on my Z4. When I check Michelin's web site, they recommend the Primacy HP or Pilot Sport AS/3 for my car, but all of those are non-RFT. With the sport pkg, I am wondering if that would be ill-advised to go w/ non-RFT. (I don't really use the sport pkg setting...it is what was on the car when I bought it used.) Any thoughts? Thanks!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Peter Bertenyi:
Gary, I have a 2013 BMW 328ix with Michelin Primacy mxm4 ZP [225/50/17 94H] run flat all season tires. I want to switch to non flat run winter tires. What top quality winter tires would you suggest for this car [live in Canada; lots of snow]
Thanks
Peter
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Gary:
Randy,

Non run flat tires work with no problem on the 2007 Z4 3.0 sport package and are a common way to go to find tires with longer wear and a softer, quieter ride. The Primacy HP would be softer and quieter than the AS03, while the A/S03 has better handling and grip.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Gary:
Peter,

Top all season non run flat tires in 225/50R17 with emphasis on snow traction would include the Continental Extreme Contact DWS and the Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring.


http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Peter Bertenyi:
Gary, thanks for the info.
I am looking for non run flat winter [snow] tires of top quality for my 2013 BMW 328ix; what brand would you suggest
Thanks Peter
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Gary:
Peter,

I can check on this for you. What size wheels would these tires be mounted on?
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Peter Bertenyi:
Gary,
2013 BMW 328ix OEM wheel size. i.e. replacing the current 225/50/17 91H Michelin Primacy mxm4 zp tires on a new set of alloy 17" wheels
Thanks
Peter
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Gary:
Peter,

For best ice and snow traction, check out the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 and Michelin Xice Xi3. For more of a balance between snow traction and dry road handling, I like the Dunlop Winter Sport 4D and Bridgestone Blizzak LM32

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Saturday, November 2, 2013 by Neal:
I had horrible RFT experinec with 2011 550 x drive (16 tires and 5 rims in 2.5 years!). The ride was also rough.
I'm getting a new 750i xdrive and want a non-RFT that absorbs rough roads much bettre and has good winter / snow traction. Thoughts?
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Gary:
Neal,

For the best ride on a non run flat tire in 245/50R18, I would recommend that you check out the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, November 4, 2013 by pom norma:
I have a 2012 X5 sport with only 10,000 miles and the tires are completely worn out. I am not going to put run flats on again unless they warranty 50,000 miles. Can anyone suggest a tire for X5 fronts 275 40r20 and rears are 315 35r20.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by John:
I have a 2011 BMW X3, tire rack lists two Michelin tires I am interested in. Primacy MXM4 in 245/50/R18 in two different load/speed ratings - 99V and 100H. My vehicle's OEMs are 100V. What is the differences between both of these tires in terms of ride quality, comfort, and handling? Are the sidewalls stiffer on the 99V than the 100H? Will the 100H degrade handling quality?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Gary:
John,

The V speed rated version of the tire will have slightly quicker steering response and a bit better handling, while the H will give a slightly softer ride.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Bianca:
I have a 2012 328i. One of my tires need replacing and I honestly want to rid myself of the non flat tires. Which tire would you suggest that I replace with and would it be ok to just replace one for now? Would this affect my vehicle in any way?
Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Gary:
If replacing just one or two tires, you should match to the same brand and model of tires to avoid unstable handling and pulling problems.
Monday, December 16, 2013 by Andy:
Great thread, Gary. I have a 2011 335i convertible with OEM 19" rims (Bridgestone Potenza RE 050A: 225/35R19 front,
255/30R19 rear) that I recently bought CPO. This is my first bmw and I've been surprised by the highway road noise and slightly rough ride. I'm trying to figure out how much to attribute to the run-flats vs the rims, and if I make a change, what direction I should go. Are 17s or 18s significantly quieter? Are non-run-flats quieter and smoother? Sure, the 19s look cool, but I'm not attached to them. Thanks!
Monday, December 16, 2013 by Gary:
Andy,

Three things are working to make the ride stiffer : The tire size (shorter tires tend to be stiffer in general), the fact that these are summer performance tires, and that these are run flat tires. Changing any of these things will improve the ride as all three are contributing to the firmer ride to a similar degree.

Road noise is mostly a matter of the type of tire rather than the size and all tires tend to get louder as they wear.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by subodh:
Great post. I have 2011 328xi coupe, live in syracuse(snow capital) but moving to lexington, ky next summer, so still need to endure one full snow season. At 39,000 miles my OEM Contiprocontact SSR 225 45r17 have worn out and will need non-run flat tires. from thread above i have concluded my options as continental DWS, Bridgestone potenza re970AS and Michelin pilot a/s plus. I do prefer handling slightly over smooth ride. Which tires should i go with. Also, do i need new wheels/rims and new TPMS. Thanks
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Gary:
You can install non run-flat tires on your current wheels and use the existing TPMS sensors with no problem.

Based on the conditions and your preferences, I would lean towards the Bridgestone RE970 A/S Pole Position as the tire to go with.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Shannon:
Gary, I bought a used 2002 Lexus SC 430 which when originally made came equipped with run flat tires (245/40R18) and no spare.. Stupid to admit that at the time I bought the car,I was unaware that because the car came with run flat tires, there was no spare... When I purchased the car, the tires had been switched to non run flats. I would like to (and one of my primary reason for purchasing)drive the car on long distanced cross country road trips. Needless to say, I'm afraid to do so w/o some type of spare/emergency tire situations. I'm considering purchasing the Bridgestone Potenza RE 960 Pole Position RFT Ultra High Performance All Season tires, but am becoming somewhat skiddished base on all the horror stories I am reading about run flat tires...What is your professional/general assessment about run flat tires (and this model tire in particular)? And, if I opt not to buy the rft, where can I find a conversion kit for a donut spare for my make/model/year car?
Friday, December 27, 2013 by cortes:
Hi Gary, I was just told that my 328i BMW sport package that will be 1 year in 2 days need the four tires replaced, I took it to the dealer because noise in the front right. All tires 225/45R18. What brand would you recommend that I buy? I am a common driver, just need tires that last and a reliable car. Thanks a lot for your time!
Monday, December 30, 2013 by Gary:
Cortes,

Top run flat all season tires in 225/45R18 would be the Continental Pro Contact SSR.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 by Tony:
Gary,

2011 328i with 20k miles on Continentail run flats. Very smooth drive and now it wore out and I would like to switch them to non-run-flats.
Michelin Pilot Super Sport A/S (all season) that you mentioned on the previous topic, Are they good and can me a smooth drive? I mean no noise while driving
and i am also willing to equip a spare tire and a wheel for a long journey, can you recommend me one

thanks
Saturday, January 4, 2014 by Gary:
Tony,

While I do not know of a temporary spare setup, I can recommend a smooth and quiet riding non run flat tire. What tire size do you use?
Sunday, January 5, 2014 by Angela:
3 years ago I switched from staggered 18"RFT on my 2008 335xi for a quieter softer ride. I've replaced 2 sets of all season tires in this time. I'm considering going back to RFT for longer tire life. However, the pot holes in Chicago are brutal and I've already bent one rim. Is it wise to go back to RFT given their cost with the abundance of pot holes? Or should I opt for a winter and summer non-RFT set?
Monday, January 6, 2014 by Gary:
Angela,

A dedicated set of winter tires would work better in snow and ice traction and would indeed be recommended over an all-season set.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Tony:
Gary,
refer to my previous title.
I am using 225/45ZR17 on Continental Run-Flats
I wanna switch to Michelin Pilot Sport A/S (non-flat-tire) but not sure it can give me smooth quiet drive.
please advise!
thanks
Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Rosie:
Gary,
I bought a 2011 335i drive in Sept of this year. It came with Contintental Pro SSr tires on it. I don't know if it's the run flat experience, but my car feels like it's never touching the pavement. It slides at 20-30 miles an hour and I have to release the gas to regain control. What do you recommend in an all season non run flat tire for my car? By the way I live in Illinois.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Gary:
Tony,

The Sport A/S3 does not focus on a soft ride but instead on sporty handling and grip. If you're looking for a smooth and quiet riding non run flat tire I would consider the Bridgestone Serenity Plus and Continental Pure Contact.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Gary:
Rose,

Top choices that will offer more grip in an all season non run flat tire would include the Continental Extreme Contact DWS and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Sunday, January 19, 2014 by Tony:
Gary,

Thanks for your suggestion on size 225/45R17

How about Michellin Primacy MXM4 (all season) compare with Bridgestone Serenity Plus and Continental Pure Contact in smooth and quiet riding?
Because I am a fan of Michellin

thanks
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Gary:
Tony,

While the Primacy MXM4 does ride more softly than the Pilot A/S 3, it is still a bit stiffer than the Serenity Plus and the Continental Pure Contact which would be the softest of the three.
Saturday, February 1, 2014 by Gabriel:
Ditched run flats on my 2011 BMW 535. Installed Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. The ride is much improved, handling is also better. Highly recommend other consider the change away from run flats.
Friday, February 7, 2014 by Loren:
I have 2014 BMW 435 with x drive - came with Pirelli run-flat on 18in rims - can you recommend a non-run-flat that will fit these rims - I hate the ride!!! I live in WI - snow and pot holes half theyear.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Gary:
Loren,

Top all-season non run flat tires in 225/45R18 with emphasis on snow traction would include the Continental Extreme Contact DWS and Bridgestone Potenza Re970 A/S Pole Position.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Peter:
Hi Gary,
Time for new tires on my X5 and I am considering replacing the OEM Bridgestone Dueler 400 RFT’s with non-RFT’s, mainly due to poor tread wear and poor winter traction. (granted, some of the poor traction may be due to reduced tread depth and plentiful snow this year). I am wondering if the poor performance is due to the RFT tire itself. The Dueler and Pirelli Scorpion Verde each come in a RFT and non-RFT version. Has the Tire Rack ever performed a head to head test and directly compared RFT and non RFT version of the same model tire?
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Gary:
Peter,

There is not a difference in the tread pattern or tread compound between run flat and non-run flat versions of the same model of tire, so I would not expect a difference in wear or winter traction between them.
The most noticeable difference is that often times a run flat version of a tire rides a bit more stiffly than the non run flat version of the same tire.
Monday, March 10, 2014 by Matthew Snodgrass:
My vote is against run-flats. They are SO expensive to replace, and it seems I've forever needing an alignment on my 535i. I'm going with non-run-flats next. Glad to see in this forum that you can do that.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Mike :
Looking for some decent Winter studded tires for the 2011 335d. They don't need to be the greatest just usefull for the Nov - March time frame. Options? or get cable chains?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Gary:
Mike,

We aren't familiar with snow chains, but I can look into the tires for you. What size (s) will you be using?
Monday, March 24, 2014 by Sam:
Before closing a pending deal on a 2011 CPO BMW 35i X5, I need some more info on this RFT issue. I know the tire size will be 255/50R19 RFT's, but I don't yet know the brand.

My question is, will I be able to change from RTT's to non-RTF's if I feel compelled to, and will doing so affect my remaining "original" or CPO warranty?

Also, are there any vehicle control or safety issues that need to be considered?

Incidentally, the vehicle does have a spare tire!

Thanks
Monday, March 24, 2014 by Gary:
Sam,

While I cannot speak for BMW's warranties, I can tell you that you may change all four tires to non run flat tires with no problems or safety issues.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Frank:
Gary, I need non rft replacements for my 2013 BMW X3. OEM is 245/50 R18 RFT. Looking for an all season tire that is quiet and does not tramline. Had a 2001 X5 with regular tires and loved it. The new X3 has been a disappointment since we bought it.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Gary:
Frank,

Top choices for this type of tire in a non run-flat all season would be the Pirelli Cinturato All Season Plus and the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Mark P.:
By studying the thread above seems like best RFT option for 2011 328i Sedan base model to provide smoother ride and to replace the OEM Conti ProContact SSR R17/225/45 tires thst have 40000 miles on them are Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS Pole Position RFTS. When I tried checkout tirerack availability says back ordered. Living in NJ. What does back order mean as far as shipment time?
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Gary:
Mark,

Tires listed as back order on our site typically take sixty days or longer to get back into stock.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Mark P.:
Gary,
Thank you for replying.
That tells me people are buying this tire which is a good sign. Does this mean that if I place an order I will have to wait the full 60 days to receive the tires?I know this sounds like a dumb question but I just want to check as this has a bearing on my decision.
Mark
Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Gary:
Mark,

Yes, the wait time on these tires is at least sixty days (likely longer).
Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Chris:
What are some of the best non-run flat tire recommendations for a 2010 BMW 528i Sport?
Friday, April 11, 2014 by Gary:
Chris,

I can check on this for you. What tire size(s) are you using? Were you looking for summer performance tires or all-season tires?
Friday, April 11, 2014 by Trevor S.:
I've had both good and bad experiences with run-flats. I have had them on our Mini Cooper, my 350z, and now my 2009 328i. The Continental ContiProContacts RFT has lasted 40k miles and they are great tires. I need to replace them and I always find myself in this dilemma. Run flats have definitely come in handy twice and allowed us to drive to a safe location to get the tires repaired. A lot of people mention the wear issue, which is really depended on the exact tire and the driving style of the owner. Either way, as a few have mentioned, you should weigh the pros/cons for non-RFT and RFT and determine what is most important to you. I will most likely buy RFT again, as they have been reliable and safe. The stiffer ride I actually prefer since I’m more for the sporty-aspect. It’s a more confident, stronger tire. But, also the non-RFT have their benefits.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Evan:
Hi,
I have a 2012 328i RWD wagon with the sport package (staggered 17" wheels). I replaced the OEM summer RFTs with the Bridgestone 3G a/s RFTs 18mo ago and after 23k miles they are rough and are cupping. About what I had expected. I'll be doing a lot more driving in the next year and want less impact harshness so am thinking of getting the Continental DWS non-RFTs. The psi for the RFTs is 28/32 f/r. What psi would you use for the non-RFTs? Thanks!
Friday, April 25, 2014 by Gary:
Evan,

I'm showing that BMW recommends 32psi front and 36psi rear on this setup.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by David:
Gary -

Nice blog and Q/A. I have a 2009 335i sport package daily driver that I like to take out for aggressive road trips, and the OEM Potenza RTF need replacing. I live in NE OK where we get snow+ice several times during the winter.

I am paranoid about switching from the RFTs, but for the same money I could come close to geting separate sets of summer performance tires all-seasons for winter.

You'll probably recommend the Michelin PSS and Sport A/S plus -- but what horror stories have you heard from folks who switched from RFTs?
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Gary:
David,

As long as you aren't mixing run flats with non run flat tires, there are no handling or safety issues.
Monday, May 5, 2014 by Thomas:
I am ready to make the switch from RFT to non-RFT for my 2006 330xi sedan.my RFT are 225/45/17 and I need some help in choosing the correct tire that will fit my car. I was thinking 225/55/17?Please help!
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by Brian:
Hi Gary - great posts, thank you.

I have a '09 328xi base model sedan (205/55R16) with OE RFTs and OE rims. I find the ride very stiff...feel every minor bump in the road. The RFT's are end-of-life and I am debating replacing them with new RFT's or with new non-RFT's. Three questions for you:

1) I have heard that putting non-RFT's on the OE rims may be a safety issue because the "bead will not fit properly". Will OE rims, which were presumably designed for RFT's, work just the same/be just as safe with non-RFT's?

2) has RFT technology improved over the last several years such that ride comfort between non-RFT's and RFT's is equivalent?; and

3) what would you recommend for a replacement RFT or a replacement non-RFT?

Thanks Gary. B
Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Gary:
Brian,

1. There is no safety issue or bead problem with mounting non run flat tires on your factory wheels.

2. While the technology has improved, current runflat designs still tend to be stiffer than their non runflat counterparts with the possible exception of the new Bridgestone Driveguard which is supposed to be very soft riding for a run flat tire.

Top non run flat choices with emphasis on ride quality would include the Continental Pure Contact and Michelin Premier A/S.

Tires http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Gary:
Thomas,

225/55R17 is too tall for the 2006 330xi. Even 225/50R17 typically rubs. We have had some experience with using 235/45R17.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 by Dad in Fort Worth:
Son, not careful about warning lights, drove 2010 328i with R rear RFL flat for more than 200 miles. Had it replaced with same tire at BMW. Very happy it "ran flat".
Comments about better mileage after ditching RFL is good info for me!! I get 27.3 mpg@ 80 mph on 1200 mile 2 day drive. 3 mpg improvement sounds good!!
Friday, May 16, 2014 by Rochelle:
I have a 2007 BMW 530i and am OVER the run flat tires. Need 3 new tires due to inside cord showing. What would you recommend for a non run flat for me to replace with?
Friday, May 16, 2014 by joe:
Gary,
I have a 2006 330xi... still running RFT. continental contact pros 225/45/17 time to replace. I got only 25k miles out of them, lots of tire roar. I live in chicago, thus need all seasons..
what is your opinion of
michelin primacy mxm4 zp vs bridgestone potenza re960as pole position vs pirelli pzero nero

I want to maintain the sport ride, but looking for a little better mileage and comfort.

Has RFT technology improved in the last 2yrs?
Friday, May 16, 2014 by Gary:
Joe,

Among those tires, the best ride quality and wear will be with the Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP. These are similar to the Continental in handling but have a quieter ride and should wear longer as well.
Friday, May 16, 2014 by Gary:
Rochelle,

It is vital that you match to the exact same type, brand and model of tire if you are replacing three tires.
Sunday, May 18, 2014 by Tony:
Gary,
I am gonna make a round trip 600 miles on desert (california & nevada). My 2011 328i coupe is using 225/45/17 conti SSR. Afraid of tires may blowout in the middle of desert. I am gonna setup a spare-tire for this. can you recommend the cheapest RFT for this (I mean another branch)

thanks
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Gary:
Tony,

Pricing can vary from day to day but currently our lowest cost run flat tire in 225/45R17 is the Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Steve:
I have 2009 328 xi sedan with RFT's. I'm told I can switch to non RFT's, but that if I have a flat, it can mess with the all wheel drive and perhaps cause some damage. In fact, for this reason I am told that a full size spare would be required. Thoughts?
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Gary:
Steve,

Yes, you can indeed change all four tires to non run flat tires without problems or issues with the all-wheel drive system.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Paul:
I have a 2011 335i xdrive sport pkg with Bridgestone Potenza run flats (225/40 R18 front, 255/35 R18 back). I am thinking about replacing the RFTs with non-RTFs. What would you recommend for both a staggered and non-staggered tire? What is is the widest tire for stick rims? Would you also recommend a compact spare or mobility kit in case of a puncture? Thoughts?
Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Paul:
I have a 2011 335i xdrive sport pkg with Bridgestone Potenza run flats (225/40 R18 front, 255/35 R18 back). I am thinking about replacing the RFTs with non-RTFs. What would you recommend for both a staggered and non-staggered tire? What is is the widest tire for stick rims? Would you also recommend a compact spare or mobility kit in case of a puncture? Thoughts?
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by Joe:
I think the ride is a bit hard on RFts and am tired of replacing my OEM RFTs on my 2007 328xi. Is it true that the new pole position Potenza's offer a softer more quiet ride? Or should I make the switch to Primacy MXM4 non RF tires to get the quiet softer ride? Do you suggest another NON all season RFT as I live in NY.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Steve:
Thanks for the quick response. Do you know if I will damage the AWD if I drive on a small, space saver type spare? Thanks again.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Gary:
Steve,

I'm sorry we are not aware if any damage would occur on AWD systems when driving on a space saver spare tire.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Gary:
Joe,

Which model of run flat tires do you have on the vehicle now?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Gary:
Paul,

You can use either 225/40R18 or 235/40R18 up front. On the rear, the 2011 335i can accept 225/40R18, 235/40R18 or 255/35R18.
Sunday, June 1, 2014 by Brian:
My wife got a 2008 328 convertible two years ago. We got it used from the dealer and of course it came with RFT’s. I hate them and have always hated them. Rough riding. Current tires are:
Front: Bridgestone Potenza RE 050A I, 225/40R18 88W
Back: Bridgestone Potenza RE 050A *, 225/35R18 90W

I hit a pothole and nicked a front tire and need to replace it but it is usable for now. My wife got a flat on the same side rear so now 2 tires need to be replaced. I want to go non-run flats. Likely this car will never be run in bad weather as I have heard the warnings about BMW rear wheel drive in slick conditions. We live in the mid atlantic megalopolis. City and suburban driving. Looking for something that is quiet and comfortable without trading off too much in performance. All weather might be good. What would you recommend?
Monday, June 2, 2014 by Gary:
Brian,

Unless you are replacing all four tires, we recommend matching to the exact same tire so that you keep a matched set on the car.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Dave:
Hi,
Viewing through the comments I am still not sure what should I get for my 2009 328xi (in Toronto). My RFT got bulge and I am planning to replace all 4 of them. Currently the rims are on Bridgestone turanza 205 55 R16 RFT.

So, If someone could advise what should i get that be great. also, is it possible to get low pro tires? if yes, whats the best size make and model. Need a quiet ride though.

Cheers
Dave
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by buzz:
2008 bmw z4; if i use a compact spare and have a flat will the original full size tire fit in the trunk?
Friday, June 27, 2014 by Gary:
Buzz,

I'm sorry, we do not have the data to answer your question regarding fitting a full sized tire in your trunk.
Monday, June 30, 2014 by Carlos Bell:
I purchased a 2011 BMW 750i xdrive at 24K miles. I am currently at 30k. The tires were brand new still had the tire studs on them they are Pirelli P-Zero (front) 245-45-19 and Rear 275-40-19. I am wondering what is a good replacement run flat tire or regular traditional tire?
Monday, June 30, 2014 by Gary:
Carlos,

Are you replacing all four tires? Do you need a tire that will work in snow or are you looking for a summer performance tire?
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by norris:
I'm purchasing a 2014 BMW 435xi and I'm hearing so many horror stories about RFTs. I'm not a terribly aggressive driver, but I seem to be a pothole magnet! I don't know how many I've hit this past year, yet with my old car and its non-RFTs I never had a problem. There are some advantages to RFTs though, so not sure if I should make a swap right away. My question is, are there ANY RFTs out there that are less likely to incur damage from potholes?
Friday, July 11, 2014 by James:
Gary,

I have a 2010 BMW 328xi with 225/45/17 squared. After the factory Continentals RFT’s wore out I tried a set of Nexen 5000 AS non-RFT. For the 1st 10,000 miles they were an excellent tire. They still handle great and wear has been excellent after a total of about 20,000, but the road noise has gotten ridiculously loud. What do you recommend as an all-around (Non RFT) good tire that is QUIET?

So far my list is -
1.Continental Pure Contact
2.Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS PP
3.Yokohama AVID ENvigor
4.Pirelli PZERO NERO AS

Thank you!
Friday, July 18, 2014 by Jon:
Hello Gary,
I have a 2010 750i x-drive with M-sport package 20" wheels, Goodyear Excellence 245/40R20 run-flats. Replacing front tire with sidewall bulge (pothole hit) for the third time. Have replacement insurance, but would like to know of the best 20" run-flat on the market that is a bit more forgiving with pothole hits. Not like I aim for them, but the PA highways are just loaded, especially after last winter's deep freeze. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks!
Sunday, July 20, 2014 by Kartik:
I have a 2011 BMW Z4 Sdrive 35i w/ M sports package. I need to replace my RFT tires. I have 225/35/R19 in front and 255/30/R19 in rear, Bridgestone RFT's.
Would you recommend swtiching to non run flats? I dont use sports package much. Also, the current RFT tires worn out after 25k miles. Would the non RFT's last longer? Also, the car has TPM, does that matter for non RFT's?
Please advise.
Monday, July 21, 2014 by Debbie:
I am driving a 2013 535xi and just blew my 7th running flat tire. I am looking to replace all four what would you suggest?
Monday, July 21, 2014 by Gary:
Norris,

We have not found that any particular brand or type of tire is more resistant to pothole damage than any other.
Monday, July 21, 2014 by Gary:
Jon,

The only other runflat tire that comes in the correct sizes for your car is the Pirelli Pzero RFT.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, July 21, 2014 by Gary:
Kartik,

The TPMS system will work regardless of the type of tire that you use. The longest wearing tire that comes in both sizes would be the Hankook Ventus V12 EVO2.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8.
Monday, July 21, 2014 by Gary:
Debbie,

What tire size(s) do you have on the car?
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Cynthia :
I have a 2011 BMW 550i GT wheel size
18"x 8" star-spoke light alloy wheels (style) 271 P245/50R20 all season run-flat tires. Can you suggest a brand for non run flat tires for this vehicle.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Carl:
I have a 2012 535i BMW sport sedan, live in Florida. Need to replace the tires which are the Pirelli P0 run flats, I have 225/35 R20 90Y on the front and two 255/30 R20 92Y on the rear. I am considering switching to non run flat tires, but would like to know what you recommend as the best choice. How would this affect the car's driving performance and feel. I know there is no spare but I have AAA and roadside assistance. Thanks
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Gary:
Cynthia,

I'm not showing the 245/50R20 size as one that would fit the 2011 550i GT. If you meant 245/50R18, I like the Pirelli P7 All Season Plus and Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 .

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Gary:
Carl,

There are not many options in the 225/35R20 and 255/30R20 sizing setup, but the best non run flat among them is the Sumitomo HTRZ 3. These would have a softer ride than the OE tires but with a bit slower steering response than the OE run flat tires.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by David:
Hi Gary,
I have a 2012 BMW 535i with Sports package. (Front: 245/40ZR19 Rear: 275/35ZR19). I'm considering to switch to non-RFT. You had recommend the following two options to other folks on this thread:
1) Michelin Pilot Super Sport 2) Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position.
I live in San Francisco bay area and my commute are mainly on highway. Do I need all season tires? Which model would you recommend?
Thanks,
David
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gary:
David,

If you are not driving in snow or freezing temperatures, you do not need an all season tire. Summer tires have better wet/dry grip, handling and steering response, while most all season tires will have a softer ride and longer wear.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by tony:
I have a 2013 Toyota sienna awd with run flat tires. Would you please inform me whether or not a non run flat spare tire can be used in an emergency situation. If yes, what size of the non run flat spare tire can be used (my run flat tire size P235/55/RF18. Thank you very much
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gary:
Tony,

As long as the tire is the same size it can be used temporarily as a spare tire in an emergency situation.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by David:
I just bought a used 2014 Infiniti Q50 (21k miles on the car) less than 4 weeks ago with RFTs. DUNLOP SPORT 5000 DSST CTT, 245/40/19. Tread is 7/32 left on the car. Today on my way to work I hit a pothole and blow one out. I'm considering ditching the RFTs for non RFTs. What's your thoughts? I've done a fair share of reading and have gathered the RFTs wear faster, are noisy, more expensive, bumpier and just down right awful. Is this true? Would it be worth me changing all 4 to non RFTs now and be done with it or replace the one bad RTF, then deal with replacing them all together down the road? I do a lot of driving and do have a spare.

Additionally, I using said spare but it's a 17inch rim vs. the other three wheels are 19inch. Is this a big no-no to drive with different size wheels?
Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Gary:
David,

If you stick with a run flat design, you may want to consider the Bridgestone Driveguard for a run flat with longer wear and a smoother, quieter ride that is comparable to non run flat tires. Infiniti design the vehicle to be used with the spare tire size that it is equipped with from the factory so no worries there.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Bill:
I'm purchasing a 2015 328 d. I have had RFT on my 2008 Toyota Sienna and have not had any problems with "buffeting" noise or course ride or short life. Should I expect to encounter all these issues with the 2015 328 d I've ordered???
Friday, August 1, 2014 by Gary:
Bill,

I'm not sure exactly what size, brand and model of tires are coming with the 2015 328D as we have not seen one yet. Without knowing what tire, I cannot know what you can expect in regards to noise or tread wear.
Friday, August 1, 2014 by Cam:
Gary,

I have a 2009 BMW 335i convertible with 245/45/17 on all 4. I bought the car used about six months ago with ContiProContact SSR in front and ContiProContact non-SSR in rear. After reading this thread it seems that my first issue is having RFTs and non-RFTs mixed.

I live in the southeast and will never be driving in snow. I do drive in a fair amount of rain.

Will you please recommend an RFT and non-RFT option that will handle well on wet and dry roads and that will achieve a smooth ride?

Thanks,
Cam
Sunday, August 3, 2014 by Mark:
Hi Gary,
Thank you for your help on this forum. I have a 2012 BMW 740i with Pirelli P-Zero (Fr 245/45/19). Since I've owned the car I have disliked the run-flats and swore to replace them. Here I am at 26k miles and the fronts are looking pretty bald...
Reading your posts about run-flat improvements etc., I think I should be open minded to learn if there is a RFT tire I can love. My problems with the Pirellis are harsh ride, terrible wet grip and hopping, left-right, over road imperfections. Can you suggest the best all season RFT and non-RFT tires for me?

Thanks again, Mark.
Monday, August 4, 2014 by Gary:
Mark,

If replacing two tires, your best option is to match to the exact same tire to avoid safety issues and problems with unstable handling.
Monday, August 4, 2014 by Gary:
Cam,

Are you sure of the 245/45R17 sizing? Could you have 225/45R17 instead which would have been the correct size?
Friday, August 8, 2014 by Mark:
Gary, Sorry for the confusion, I am replacing all tires. I'm leaning away from run-flats but wanted to learn more about the advancements in the market since the Pirelli P-Zeros hit the market.

Can you help me with my decision and suggest tires in both categories?

Thanks for your help,

Mark
Monday, August 25, 2014 by Paul H.:
Hi Gary, We just purchased a 2014 Mercedes CLA 250 base model with run flat tres. The tire decision was the worst decision I ever made. Any suggestions on replacements? They are 225/45/&17's. Thanks for your help, Paul
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Gary:
Paul,

Which model of factory run flat tires do you have and what would you like to see improved with your new set of tires?
Sunday, September 7, 2014 by Kim R:
I have 2010 535i GT, lowered 1/2", Michelin pilot AS3s. The right rear is wearing severely. Any ideas? Only have 8000 miles on them and had to replace right rear. Thanks for any help.
Monday, September 8, 2014 by Gary:
Kim,

We would recommend inspection at a local shop and an alignment check.
Monday, September 8, 2014 by cindy:
I have a 2009 mini cooper s clubman with conti 16" run flats. They need to be replaced again. I'm not so impressed with their short life, rough ride, road noise. Can you suggest a different tire? I need all season tires for the Midwest and would like them to handle well b/c I'm kind of hard on my car. I'm also wondering if the new bridgestone driveguards would disappoint? Thx.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Gary:
Cindy,

The Bridgestone Driveguard would be our top recommendation for a run flat tire for longest wear and best ride quality with low noise.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Anthony:
I have a 2012 BMW 128i with RFTs that need to be replaced. The front and back tires are different sizes (front 205/50R17, rear 225/45R17. If I went to non-RFT, what size spare should I buy?
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by AUDRA:
I have a 2012 Mini Countryman All 4 S.....I am very disappointed with the runflats and the ride. Can you recommend a non runflat tire for me!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Gary:
Anthony,

You can use 205/50R17 as a spare for any wheel position.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 by Craig:
I have a 2014 BMW X5 diesel with the 20" staggered Pirelli RFT's. Over some roads, it seems like you can feel every piece of rock in the asphalt, and it is definitely road surface feedback not tire balance. Is this the harshness people complain about in RFT's? If so, they need to go and can you recommend a good replacement in an all season or summer tire. Thanks in advance.
Monday, September 22, 2014 by Gary:
Craig,

Going to a non run flat all season tire like the Continental Extreme Contact DWS would indeed soften up the ride on your 2014 X5.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
Monday, September 29, 2014 by Ron:
I had to replace a rear RFT on my 2011 335i Coupe. I decided after long thought and forums to go to Non RFT. It took 4 days to get ordered tires and I got Continental Contisport on my staggered tires. I now have the best ride ever and noise is near gone. I have no spare yet and really ponder getting one, for how often have you really used a spare? Have fun and know RFTs are not a great ride and only save car makers a little money and sacrifice a great ride experience.
Friday, October 3, 2014 by Bob:
Gary, I have a 2009 328Xi with Bridgestone Turanza run flats. 205/55/16. I have about 47,000 miles on the car...these tires are awful - very loud... started at about 35,000... I also have winter tires - I am looking to replace Turanzas with non run flats next Spring... what do you recommend?
Thanks!
Monday, October 6, 2014 by Gary:
Bob,

Top run flat choices for a smoother quieter ride and longer wear in 205/55R16 would include the Bridgestone Drivegaurd and Continental Pro Contact SSR.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8

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