Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i
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Miles driven on tires: 1,800
Location: James Island, SC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,800 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

After a sidewall issue with the OEM Goodyear Eagle LS2's, decided to give the Bridgestones a try after reading the reviews. Wanted to stay with a run flat for piece of mind for my wife and young daughter. I was pleasantly surprised with the upgraded ride quality and noise reduction over the Eagles. The car feels like the luxury car it was meant to be now. Not sure why BMW refuses to offer the next gen run flats on their vehicles, but these are certainly a welcomed upgrade to ours. Highly recommend these tires if you are looking for run flats.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2011 BMW 328i Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Penfield, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 02, 2014

I replaced the factory install bridgestone run flats with the A/S 3's about 1500 miles ago. Bridgestone's were ok but the Michilins transformed the car. Very smooth and quite with great handling. Liked them so much we put them on my wifes 2003 bmw 325iT.Great tires for both models

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: Freeport, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
April 30, 2014

These tires are absolutely awesome! I cannot comment on the treadwear, but the performance is outstanding. My X5’s inner Beemer has been released! Great steering, cornering and ride. Had to turn the radio off so I could listen to and enjoy the quiet. Don’t know why they put run flats on a performance vehicle. Feel like I have a new car. Have separate snow tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: New Bedford, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

This is the second time I have purchased these tires for one of my Corvettes. I switched from the OEM Supercar tires and the ride comfort is now fantastic. It was like switching from heavy stiff work boots to soft cushioned sneakers. These are much quieter than the run flats. I bought an emergency tire repair kit for piece of mind. These tire have an attractive tread pattern for a performance car. The best thing was that they cost half the price of the OEM tires!

Introducing the Bridgestone DriveGuard - A Perfect Choice for the Safety-Minded Driver

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The thought of being stranded on the side of the road trying to change a flat tire while traffic's whizzing by is an agonizing situation for just about any driver. Bridgestone hopes to change this scenario by offering the new DriveGuard Grand Touring All-Season self-supporting replacement run-flat tire. Designed to satisfy drivers looking for a longer wearing, better riding option to replace Original Equipment run-flat tires, the tire is also an option for safety-minded drivers whose cars were not originally available with run-flat tires.

The safety and piece of mind with owning a run-flat tire can now be offered on many mainstream vehicles like the Camry, Accord, Civic, Corolla and others. It's important to note that all vehicles must be equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Featuring Bridgestone’s latest run-flat technology, DriveGuard tires offer almost the same riding comfort as conventional tires while providing temporary extended mobility for a distance of 50 miles at up to 50 mph even after a puncture has allowed complete air pressure loss. DriveGuard tires can help drivers better manage their busy schedules by avoiding becoming stranded in a rural area, on a crowded expressway or in inclement weather because of a flat tire.

Choose to keep moving! Let the Bridgestone DriveGuard give you the confidence to handle almost any driving situation.

Shop by vehicle to see if the Bridgestone DriveGuard is offered for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.4
 
 

2014 Infiniti Q50S 3.7
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Shingle Springs, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2014

These are horrible. Loud, stiff, unresponsive junk. They are a Run Flat tire so that's got a lot to do with it. I replaced them in 1000 miles with a set of Bridgestone SP-04s: what a HUGE difference that made in the car! These go into the cellar for the end of lease return.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

Goodyear will score well with the Eagle F1 Asymmetrical 2 offering. I wanted an non-run flat for our 09 Corvette and this new Goodyear seemed to be the pick of the litter. With a 45k mi. tread wear warranty it fit our expectation for performance in a daily driver that would see all types of driving conditions. Our most recent outing included a 700 mile round trip to south Texas. We drove in highway and urban traffic, heavy rain and dry highway miles combined. The Goodyear tires surprised this driver particularly in the wet in heavy San Antonio traffic never a slip and providing predictable steering feedback in either wet or dry. For some reason, Goodyear just can't seem to calm the road noise its products generate. Michelin just has Goodyear whipped in the category but with the 500 tread wear rating and expectations of lots of miles to be turned the tires will last years on the Corvette.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2014 BMW 535i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
March 28, 2014

This is an initial review. Like all initial reviews, the first impression tends to be a comparison to the previous set of tires. At 4,000 miles, I replaced BMW's utterly incompetent choice of OEM all seasons: Goodyear LS 2 that were bastardized into a run-flat tire with a BMW spec tread compound. Turning a bottom-rated touring tire into a run flat tire yields exactly what you'd expect: a noisy, harsh ride, poor hydroplaning resistance, poor on-center stability, unresponsive steering, limited grip, numb road feel, and an expensive $400 tire.

These ExtremeContacts (245/40ZR19 XL) yielded an immediate improvement in all the areas where the Goodyears were lacking. This may be the perfect tire for a BMW five series because it provides very good performance without compromising luxury sedan comfort. I notice none of the "squishiness" reported by others from soft sidewalls. These are XL rated and that might have helped firm up the ride. They are very quiet, with a soft whir or hum at highway speeds that is entirely acceptable for an high performance tire and they are quieter than some touring tires that I've used, including the Goodyear run flats. Cornering and stability in dry and wet conditions are very good so far, but I haven't had to try them in snow or ice yet. The only place where they fall short is that they're not run flats, but I'm not losing any sleep about that.

I shouldn't have to pay for new tires on a new car (thanks for that, BMW), but I'm glad I made the decision and selected these Continentals. The fact that they were the least expensive option in that tire class didn't hurt either.

Do I have to Put Run-Flat Tires on My BMW?

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

When it comes to tires for a BMW, many aren't pleased with the harsh ride and short treadlife of the Original Equipment run-flat tires. However, many owners are unsure if they're able to make the switch to a standard tire. The answer is not as difficult as you might think.

BMWs can make the switch to non-run-flat tires, the same is true when switching to dedicated winter tires. It's important to note that in most cases, the vehicle did not come with a spare tire. If you decide to make the switch to non-run-flat tires, a road hazard would leave you stranded on the side of the road without a spare to put on the car.

A solution to this issue is to purchase the Continental ContiComfortKit. The kit is capable of comfortably sealing typical tire punctures, making it possible for you to complete the drive home, to work or to a tire repair facility. It combines a powerful, high-volume, 12-volt air compressor, integral pressure gauge and a latex liquid tire sealant packaged in a compact, lightweight unit that's easy to store in a vehicle.

Another option worth considering is buying a full-size matching spare tire and wheel. Going this route essentially creates a set of five tires that will last longer than just four. The spare should be integrated into the vehicle's tire rotation from the beginning, as this will wear out the spare tire before it becomes too old.

The choice to switch to non-run-flat tires boils down to your comfort level. If having a tire failure and being on the side of the road until roadside service arrives or changing a spare on a busy highway are things you could never cope with, then staying with run-flats is probably best for you. If you're confident changing a spare tire in only a matter of minutes or waiting for roadside service is not a big deal, then you may be someone who could easily make the switch to a non-run-flat tire.

To view available non-run-flat tire options for your BMW, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Dallas, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
March 18, 2014

Tire is a good match for mini cooper S handling and ride is very good much better than the original run flats. Tire seams to have very little wear at 3500 miles Tires handle the curves very well.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2010 BMW 335d Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Oakville, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 19, 2011

The dry and wet weather performance of this tire is excellent at low temperatures in fact I would say the car handles better than it does on the OEM Continental Run-Flats. The tires are good in light snow and traction is excellent but when snow gets deeper, although the car never gets stuck,the tires do not feel as if they are gripping that well and you have to be careful not to brake too hard or they will slide. The tread pattern is not an aggressive winter tire patten. I have had no problems so far due to the fact I drive on roads that usually get ploughed soon after a snow fall but if I was diring in deeper snow more often I'd get something with a slightly more agressive winter tread and forego some of the really excellent dry and wet wether performance.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2008 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 25, 2014

I replaced the original Pirelli run-flat tires with these Michelin Pilot tires. Immediate impression is much less road noise, less jarring over road ruts and equally good handling and feel in corners and acceleration. These are NOT runflat tires, and I deliberately chose this to imporve the comfort of the ride of my lowered Cooper S.
I recommend these tires over the OEM pirelli run-flat tires. I carry a can of slime in case of a puncture, but have not had a puncture in several years so am not too worried about that, and I would probably call BCAA or AAA if it was a serious blowout.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2007 BMW 328xi Wagon Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: River Forest, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2014

These tires have amazing grip. I purchased these in the late fall shortly after the first snowfalls this year. The OEM all-season tires would just slide when stopping with any snow cover. These tires stop and accelerated in snow as if it were dry pavement. My only complaint would be some additional road noise on dry pavement, but that is a small price to pay for good winter tires. I purchased the tires and rims together. The total cost for the package was less than my insurance deductible, which I figured would have been used if I kept the OEM tires on for the winter.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2010 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Holyoke, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

I,ve had these tires for a short period,the ride comfort is very good almost feels like a conventional tire. The road noise is a different story these tires are noisey almost pickup truck noise.I'm hoping warmer weather brings a softer tire and less noise.I had the continental ssr all season run flats less noise but harder ride overall the bridgestone is a good tire but they need to fix the tire noise

Hard-to-Find Tires for the Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia, Dodge Journey and MINI Cooper

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Many new SUVs and CUVs are coming equipped with hard-to-find tire sizes. Therefore, when the time comes for replacements, there are often few options to choose from. In almost every case, we work hard to stock these unique Original Equipment sizes (like the 19" and 20" options for the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave). If you're looking for alternative tires, we can often recommend different sizes to provide you more options for your vehicle.

A few examples include:

  • Current generation Toyota Highlanders use a 245/55R19 tire size, but we can guarantee the slightly wider 255/55R19 to work on your Original Equipment wheels.
  • The Dodge Journey uses a unique 225/55R19 tire size, and as an alternative, we can guarantee you can use 235/55R19 tires.  
  • The MINI Cooper Clubman comes with a 205/55R17 run-flat tire that can be tough to get. For a better selection in both run-flat and non-run-flat configurations, the 225/50R17 size is a great option.

When developing alternate tire sizes, we have to maintain the correct load rating as required by the manufacturer and stay within 5% of the original tire's diameter to make sure that none of the vehicle's safety systems are affected. Shop by vehicle and view the tire options available for your application.

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

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2013 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Alpine, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

I live in San Diego County in SoCal, but work in the far east county area, so have a commute that takes me from SD metro area to rural work location on a paved county road @ 3100" elevation. I get there via freeway to county road. This tire came as OEM with vehicle & I expect I will get 35,000 out of them before they have to be replaced (with the same tire). County road I drive on is winding & old asphalt (course, but not rough or broken), so these tires have gotten a workout. Seem to still be as quiet now as when I first got vehicle new. I get about 30 MPH average fuel economy on a car that has a 300 HP six-cyl engine with twin-turbos. I attribute a good portion of that to these tires (better than US EPA specs for fuel economy on this model). Car has been from West Coast to DC via Atlanta & back via Fla Gulf Coast - no problems at all in any conditions encountered. Went conservative on snow performance since I've only had limited experience with that (we do get some snow where I work in SD - I know, we're not supposed to get snow in San Diego). Wet & dry performance are exceptional. They have held grip in circumstance when I would have expected they would let go (hard braking). Can't say enough about this tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 ZP

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 ZP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2011 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

excellent tire. Replaced OE run flats - was tempted to go non-run flat with the snows, but chose these instead. Very glad I did. Car handles very well on dry and ride comfort is great. I was worried I would get the same ride as the OE run flats which felt like driving on bricks. Huge difference from the OE tires. First experience in snow was in a big storm with several inches on the road. Tires were fantastic - great grip, total confidence. Combined with 335's xDrive, this will get you anywhere you want to go. Highly recommend.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400 RFT

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL400 RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.86
 
 

2011 Toyota Sienna AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 30,500
Location: Orinda, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,500 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

Original equipment tires. Started getting noisy after 5000 miles. Mostly long distance highway driving, with camping gear. NO, off-road driving. Even with rotating every 4000 miles, air pressure checked monthly and alignment twice a year, they started wearing on both inner and outside front tire edges faster than center tread and rotating just made all look the same. Three nail caused flats and the dealer would only USE some high-tech plug to repair them (Toyota instructions) Replaced original tires at 30500 miles with same brand RFT but dealer suggested I try the Turanza 400-02 RFT instead. Result are EVEN WORSE tire wear, with mini chunks in the tread at happening from 8000 to current at 15000 miles. (45,000 total) on mini-van. Received the Toyota recall regarding load rating door frame decal. Because we have an OE rear Cargo Container and AWD, they offered NEW more heavy duty tires that will meet the max load rating requirements. Dealer told me there are not any 235/55R-18 RFT Heavy Duty tires available. He offered to remove the Cargo Container so the load rating decal would confirm. NO WAY, or go to a smaller RFT with a better load rating. NO WAY . Do not want to resort to non RFT (no spare) due to our out of the way camping. He then suggested I get a can of that green goo and a small air compressor. That will screw up the TPM's and sometimes leave a hard green goo on the insides of the rim. Has anyone found solution to these crappy tires that are still Run Flat and the same size or a size that will still fit without any tire interference?

 

Non-Run-Flat All-Season Tire Option for BMW X5 (20" Wheels)

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

One of the most difficult vehicles to outfit with all-season tires is the BMW X5 and X6 with staggered 20" wheels. Unfortunately, with the 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tire sizes, there aren't any run-flat options up to the task of performing in snowy conditions.

Luckily, for drivers willing to step away from a run-flat tire, Continental offers a fantastic choice. Their ExtremeContact DWS (DWS for Dry, Wet and Snow) has been one of our highest rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tires for quite some time and is available for the X5 and X6. While some tires in the category don't perform well in cold temperatures, the DWS has the highest ratings in the category for light snow and deep snow traction.

The ExtremeContact DWS features Tuned Performance Indicators -- visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder to alert drivers of the tire's performance levels. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire is only suitable for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

To view all tire options for your BMW, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 6

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Manchester, NH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
September 16, 2012

I'm having trouble closing the gap between most other reviews, Tire Racks test of this tire, and my experience. Replaced the OEM Bridgestone Potenza RE92's with these and the ride is a little softer and much quieter, but steering response is terrible. I'm seeing few complaints of this in the reviews, and Tire Rack puts steering response as one of the strong points of the tire, but I can drive down the highway, wiggle the steering wheel, and feel the car yaw like a boat. It's a similar feeling to when I drive my parents 12 yr old Buick LeSabre, not really an acceptable driving characteristic in anything in a "performance" category. Outright grip when cornering and braking seems good, but again, any steering inputs mid corner result in a delay while the outside tires load up, then the requested change in direction. Maybe I was spoiled by the rock hard sidewalls of the run-flat Bridgestones, but I find it hard to believe all tires in this category behave like this.