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

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.


Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Lou

I want to make the switch to non-run flats on my BMW. If I were to get a flat and want to use your kit, do I also need a jack to lift the car weight off of the flat tire and use your kit? Or can I just use your kit with the weight on the flat. My BMW does not have a spare or a jack.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Lou, Assuming you are referring to the Continental Comfort Kit pump assembly, this kit does not require the vehicle to be raised off the ground. The same could not be said for any type of wheel and tire assembly that would be swapped on and off. --
Thursday, June 4, 2015 by Britt

I also have a BMW and am thinking of moving to non-RFs, specifically Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology . Will the latex liquid tire sealant in this kit damage TPMS like Fix-a-Flat is known to do? Thank you in advance.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Britt, Although the sealant is water based and allows the tire to be repaired without damage to the inner liner, it can cause issues with TPMS sensors.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 by John

I have a 328 sportwagon, and I really hate the run flats. However, they're reasonably new and in good shape (until they fail!) and I can't see/afford replacing a full set with non run flats just yet. Can I get a compact wheel/tire for now so that if if I have flat I can at least get home where I have a spare run flat tire (without a rim)? And will it fit in the small space that bmw has allocated? thanks

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