Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2014 MINI cooper s
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Miles driven on tires: 727
Location: Reno, NV
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 727 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2014

The tire is true to its name. Hit road debris, tire went flat, and still had another 15 miles to dealer. Tire held its own with a major hole in the sidewall, made it safe and no issues. Nice to not be stuck on the side of the road, subjected to who knows what? Peace of mind is well worth the price.

Can You Put Non-Run-Flat Tires on Run-Flat Wheels?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Many drivers are uncertain whether they can put non-run-flat tires on wheels that originally came with run-flat tires. The short answer: yes.

Run-flat tires and regular tires that are the same numeric size will have the same physical dimensions, and can fit properly on the same wheels. The only difference with run-flat wheels is they usually have an extra hump behind the bead seat. This hump would help keep the run-flat tire in its proper place on the wheel while driving without air pressure. It does not affect the performance or compatibility of the non-run-flat tire.

A few words of caution: If you are changing to non-run-flat tires from run-flat tires, make sure you have a plan for what you will do in the event that you do have a flat tire. An air compressor and sealant can easily seal a minor puncture. A plug kit can also be useful for a temporary repair. You should have some sort of roadside assistance that you can call if you have a larger puncture. Some cars may have space to store a spare tire, though some cars with run-flats do not have any convenient location for the tire.

If a spare tire is an option, remember that you should maneuver more cautiously when your vehicle is equipped with a Temporary/Compact Spare tire and three standard tires. Any differences in tire traction can reduce vehicle handling and increase braking distances, especially in emergency situations.

Whether you're looking for a set of non-run-flat or run-flat tires, shop by vehicle and view all options available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
June 08, 2014

An excellent replacement tire for this minivan. After 9k miles, the Michelins are better in every respect than the OE run-flat Bridgestones (except running flat, I suppose). Noise is minimal, wet traction is very good (80 mph across South Dakota in the rain proved it to me), cornering/turn-in is crisp, ride is not too harsh. The only catch is not having a spare tire. Toyota's engineers couldn't find a place for it in the all-wheel-drive model, so a can of flat repair slime is one simple option.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Fair Oaks, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 15, 2014

I replaced the original Bridgestone run flat tires and immediately noticed a huge improvement in steering response, softer ride comfort, and cornering. I highly recommend these tires. I will never go back to run flat tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone DriveGuardReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2012 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Anoka, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 18, 2014

I realize that tires are the only thing between me and my family and the road! So with that being said the tires are fantastic and give me a true peace of mind, I know that no matter where my family or I am I will be able to drive on the tires if air loss occurs for 50 miles at 50 mph, and get this tire repaired, and if it cannot be repaired Bridgestone has a warrenty on the tire for a free tire for 12 months/12,000 miles. I don't have to get out of my car to put on the spare. My wife usually drives this vehicle which to me is another peace of mind. These are an awesome idea from Bridgestone! They also ride very smooth and handle excellent and are very quiet tire. I won't be able to tell you how they ride in the winter, because I was smart enough to invest in snow tires. But I would highly recommend these tires to anyone who would like an extra layer of safety built into them, Run-Flat technology.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
July 01, 2014

OK for all you people who bought this tire for track or autocross, THIS IS NOT A TIRE DESIGNED FOR THAT SO YOUR REVIEW IS MUTE AND POINTLESS! Now on to a real review. This tire at first was noisey, however after about 200 miles its very very quiet. This is the most comfortable tire I have ever owned. Driving a sports car with very aggressive driving I can say that I am truely amazed by this tire. I know its early for a review. But not as early as some people only having driven 500 miles on a tire. Thats not time enough to really write a review people. I have taken this car on the twisties of the mountians here in Southern Califonia and I have to say it never breaks loose even when trying to push the tires past their limit. As I stated above its not a track tire, but putting it through the aggressvie driving I do with AWD punishing them. Even when they get hot they dont lose grip. I know someone on here said they get greasy but that was on a track. On the highways and back roads this tire is the one you want. They help with fuel economy as well with their minimal rolling resistance. They even beat some Ultimate Summer Tires. The OEM tires were Dunlops and these tires beat them in all catagories. I have no rain reviews because it hasent rained here and I wish they would let me give a dirt review because these tires held up very well on the sand and dirt this past weekend when I did a lot of time attack runs on the salt flats. If you have an AWD car like the Evo or STI then this is the summer tire you want.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2011 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
May 20, 2014

Huge improvement over factory run flats, not as glued to the road as a Pilot Sport but for the price a great performance value, comfortable in rain and surprisingly capable in snow, pulls about 70% as hard off the line as a snow tire and lets the car move around a bit but you feel like you'll never get stuck. I have not had these on a track but based on the wear showing at 15K and my aggressive driving style I think they'd hold up well. I can buy 3 sets of these or two sets, a spare and jack for the price of the garbage run flats that BMW put on at the factory.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.73
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Corvette
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Miles driven on tires: 8,568
Location: Garland, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,568 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

These are performance run flat extremely high quality sport tires. They are on a 350HP sport car and although it is driven with care and safety in normal city and country traffic and on hard paved roads, these tires just don't wear like fifty thousand mile tires do on large less "sportily driven" slower family sedans. That being said, I wouldn't have it any other way. These tires are great at what they have been designed to do, and no matter what I ask of them, they perform flawlessly. I trust them. I just keep buying them because they suit my style of easy and sometimes spirited driving and they are run flat. My Corvette has no room for a full size spare; don't like or trust the donut. Oh, as a note, only buy my tires from Tire Rack and am totally satisfied

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2008 BMW 335xi Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Arlington Heights, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2014

I bought these tires to replace the run-flats on my MINI JCW, and had excellent results. So, I recently decided to do the same with my 335xi. The difference that the Pilot Sport A/S 3's made in ride quality, road noise, responsiveness, and overall drivaility is pretty amazing...even my wife notices how much smoother and more stable the car feels with the Michelins vs. the stock Conti Run Flats. I highly recommend these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 BMW 328i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,400
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,400 Miles on Tires
June 18, 2014

Having previously owned more than 50 cars, I was a person who distained the "off brands " and had only Michelins or Conti's on my cars.When I bought this BMW, I really disliked the run flats and discarded them for these Hankoos after using the wonderful resources of Tire Rack. I've been blown away by these tires. I recently did a fast run from Florida to Eastern Canada in 4 days (2400 miles) and was thoroughly impressed by the tires. When you consider how very reasonable these cost, they are a no brainer to recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

Running on run flat tires was the worst tire experience I have ever had within my 40 years of driving.The stiff sidewalks transmit noise. No more bang from pot holes and my X5 is now quiet at high speeds. I purchased one of the last discontinued X5 factory spares kits, but a tow service membership is a great all-around protection whether with or without a spare. My old run flat tires lasted for 30 thousand painful miles and the lower cost of the new non run flat tires equates to 20 thousand miles to break even. This SUV is now set up to run on the highway and is not going to see much off-road adventure that would justify stronger sidewalls. This is my summer tire and so far so good. Just completed my 500 mile trip from the Sacramento Valley to the Central Oregon Coast up the I 5 corridor. The diesel motor loved the added grip and mini vans faded away thru the mountains.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo
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Miles driven on tires: 11,500
Location: Waterford, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 11,500 Miles on Tires
June 16, 2014

These tires came on my BMW 328i GT xDrive. We just had a horrific winter here in Michigan and these tires were awesome. The snow was so deep the bottom of my car was dragging and my bumper was pushing the snow, and it still never felt like it was anywhere near loosing traction or spinning. The car never feels like its searching for traction. I can't say how the tread wear is going as I haven't measured the tire, but after 11,500 miles they still look like they have nearly as much tread as when they were new. I work at a BMW dealership, and the 3 series normally come with these or the Continental ContiProContact tires. These are 100% better in the snow and wet. The have a surprisingly comfortable ride for a Run Flat tire too.

Can My Punctured Tire Be Repaired?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Ben Rooney

A punctured tire is never a joyous occasion, but if it can be repaired, the hassle and expense are often minimal. Some factors are beyond a driver's control, however there are steps that you can take to maximize the chances that a flat can be repaired.

Aside from blowouts and large gashes in the tire that are obviously not repairable, there are three main factors that determine if a tire can be fixed:

  1. The size of the puncture.
  2. The location of the puncture.
  3. Whether the tire was driven on while flat.

With regard to size, if the puncture is 1/4" diameter or smaller, it may be repairable. If the hole is larger than 1/4", replacement is required.

As far as location is concerned, punctures in the tread area of the tire are often repairable. Punctures in the sidewall or shoulder of the tire are not. While it may be physically possible to plug the hole, the flexing of the sidewall is likely to work the repair loose.

Driving on the flat tire is the biggest item under the driver's control. Driving even a short distance on a tire that has lost pressure can leave it unfit for future service, even if the actual puncture is perfectly repairable. Damage to the sidewall from running without air pressure makes the tire unsafe for future use. For detailed information on repairable and non-repairable punctures, read "Flat Tire Repairs - Past the Point of No Return."

If you hope to save the tire, stop immediately when you have a flat as long as it's safe to do so. If the tire looks like it can be repaired, change to the spare, make a temporary repair to re-inflate the tire or have the car towed to a service location. Then make sure to have the tire properly repaired with both a patch and plug.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2012 Mini Hardtop
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Thomasville, NC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 07, 2014

Love these tires, have not had long but has made a huge difference in the ride and sound. Had runflats when I purchased the car and they wore out quick and we too stiff and loud! This is so much better. I get 37mpg combined and love that too! Get rid of the run flats and really enjoy the ride!!!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2009 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: North Syracuse, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 24, 2014

I purchased these tires mid winter in central NY where we get a lot of snow. I was NOT happy with the OEM run flat tires that came on the car. The side walls are extra heavy and compromise the ride TOO much for my taste. These Pirelli's are a perfect fit for me. The ride quality and comfort are excellent. Wet traction and snow traction great, even in 4 plus inches of unplowed snow ; )). They handle well although not at the level of the OEM Pro_Conti's but I'm okay with that. They still hold the sharp corners I occasionally encounter and grip well from a stop when you want a HARD acceleration. The pricing here was the best I could find and tech support 5 stars. I hope they last the 70K but if I get 50k I'd be happy.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

HUGE improvement over the OEM Michelin run-flats. With the run-flats, it was like trying to run a 100 yard dash while wearing galoshes. The Dunlops restore the ability to enjoy the spirited performance native to BMW's (yes, even a 6,000 pound X5 SAV).

Treadwear has been a pleasant surprise -- now at 32,000 miles, and have probably 10,000 more to go before prudent replacement. (The OEM Michelins were at the wear bars at 25,000 miles.) Only negative - we got some snow this winter, and they were not great in anything over an inch or two. But in northern Alabama, that is such a rare occurrence as to be insignificant. Up north, where I used to live, I'd probably swap these out in the winter for some dedicated snow tires.

Bottom line -- if you have OEM run-flats on your BMW, UPGRADE to these Dunlops, and get superior performance for less than half the price. Highly recommended!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2009 Mini Cooper S JCW Package
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
June 03, 2014

I did a fair amount of research on "mini" forums and other internet data and most everyone was very happy with the Continental Extreme Contact DW tires. I was AMAZED at the quiet ride. I purchased the car with @35000 miles and the original run-flats had already been replaced. The tires that were on it seemed pretty good on dry roads and cornering was never a problem, they had a little roll at max cornering speed. While I havent gotten to spend a lot of time cornering with the new tires they seem way more stable back and forth cornering.

The Best Run-Flat Tire for Your Passenger Car: Bridgestone's DriveGuard

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Imagine you're on a family vacation traveling with your spouse and children. After a long day of activities, you are heading back to the hotel for some relaxation. The whole family is tired and just ready to get out of the car. Just a few more miles on this busy highway and you'll be there. Suddenly, you hear the sound of a tire blowout.   

With conventional tires, the above scenario involves pulling over to the shoulder and calling for help. You are stuck until help arrives. Or if you were prepared enough to have checked your spare tire's pressure and savvy enough to change your own flat tire, you could attempt to install the replacement yourself. Even a car enthusiast will realize that changing a spare on the shoulder of a busy highway at night is far from ideal.  

Instead, you now have a choice. You can either choose to pull over, or you can continue driving for up to 50 miles at 50 mph. Wouldn't you rather drive your family to safety and simply deal with the problem when it's more convenient? With the new Bridgestone DriveGuard, you get to make that choice!

The ability to decide what's best for you is what having a run-flat tire is all about. In the past, most run-flat tires were stiff riding, fast wearing summer-only tires that were designed for use on a short list of specific vehicles. This is not the case when it comes to the new Grand Touring All-Season tire from Bridgestone. It offers a great ride, all-season traction and a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty. 

Thanks to mandatory tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) on most newer vehicles, you can use the Bridgestone DriveGuard on many common 2008 and newer passenger cars like the Ford Fusion, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, VW Jetta, Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla. Shop by vehicle to see if the DriveGuard is recommended for your car.