Tire Rack Now Publishes Run-Flat Tire Survey Results

First-generation run-flat tires left many drivers wanting more from their tires. The harsh ride associated with run-flats caused many to look for replacements as quickly as they could. For those who decided to stay with the tires, they did so only for the peace of mind they provided in case of a flat.

Run-flat tires are praised, though, because they provide temporary extended mobility at speeds up to 50 miles per hour for approximately 50 miles. Are you willing to give up a smoother ride for this added safety? What if you could have this peace of mind AND maintain the smoother ride you prefer? Today’s run-flat tires do just that.

With the improvements in run-flat technology over the past few years, more drivers are choosing to stay with these tires. And with options like the Bridgestone DriveGuard now available that can be installed on your vehicle even if run-flats weren’t Original Equipment, other brands will follow suite and the run-flat market will continue to grow.

We’ve recently started to include run-flat tires in our survey results so that drivers can more accurately compare their options, as well. While we have been sharing run-flat tire consumer reviews for a few years, we now have sufficient survey submissions and reported miles of driving experience to publish the related tire survey results on our website.

For each tire performance category where run-flats tires are available and have reached ample survey submissions, the tire’s results are now published directly below the tires that feature standard constructions. This allows drivers of vehicles that can be equipped with run-flat tires to review our survey results as they search for replacement tires.

To learn more about the capabilities of run-flat tires, take a look at “Run-Flat Tires.”


Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by Dennis Schmidt

No one ever mentions what happens when you get a flat. Can it be repaired. What if you cant repair it do you have to get all new tires if you cant find an exact copy. Or if the tires are worn and you need a new one will the new one have an effect on the axels. I have been told that on all wheel drive if one tire is worn and the others arent you may be required to replace all tires due to the effect on the trans axel
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by leestar

Run flat are excellent tires and do exactly what they have to do during a flat...I have experienced it and would recommend it anytime with my bmw 2014 x3
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by Larry

The only problem with my Michelin run flats is that they are so noisy. The road noise from the treads is not good in my vette.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Ed Hickey

My experience with run-flats was not good. They were on a 2005 BMW 545. Different sizes on front and rear so cannot rotate. Misalignment caused one front and one rear to wear to the belts had to replace 4 tires to the tune of over $2,000. Run flat on a tire and it is an automatic replacement. Short tread life (18,000 miles) another factor. Not suitable for winter driving another. It is rare to get a flat nowadays so extra cost of run flats is not justified. I would not buy a car with run flats. Better to buy a high quality conventional tire.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Dennis, All tires have to be inspected to see if punctures/cuts have made them unrepairable. However, if it can't be repaired, Tire Rack offers the widest range of run-flat tires in the US, so we can typically get a replacement tire delivered the next day. We even offer a custom tire shaving service to match the new tire’s tread depth to that of the remaining tires, so owners of all-wheel & four-wheel drive vehicles don’t have to replace all four tires.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Rocky Cutuli

Have had only one car with run flats, a 2002 Vette convertible. Original tires were Goodyears. The tire technology back then wasn't as good as it is today. Those tires rode harshly and were extremely noisy. Replaced them a in 2013 after 36,000 miles with Michelin run flat equivalent tires. They completely changed the character of the car for the better. And for the first time in 11 years, I heard the car's exhaust while cruising. Would highly recommend them if wanting run flats.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Raul Rodriguez

I have a BMW/Z-4(2003), and a BMW/328i(2014) I bought the Pirelli / Snow-Blizzard Run Flats about 3-months ago, and is the best tire ever! My old summer Run Flats(Bridgestsone) were Too noisy, and rough/hard, jumpy on the streets. I'll buy the Pirelli Summer Run Flats ASAP! I recommend Pirelli Run Flats without any hesitation! GBYAT~
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by Mike Sadler

Rare happens, had my new Bridge stone pole positions 960s run flat tires less than a week and got a nail. Pressure sensor showed 26 psi so I drove 17 miles to work and 17 back to the Fire Stone dealer. Got the tire repaired and off I went. Had the tires for over 3 months now, daily driver, very wet roads and they're worthy. If you want run flats all the quality manufactures products have improved. But I've not convience I have to have them. I like having the run flats but when I have to replace them it'll be another drawn out process to decide which way to go.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Kay

With run flats, what if you get a flat and you are more than 50 miles from a car/tire dealer? Or you get a flat after car/tire dealers are closed? You can't just get to a service station and get a patch/plug. I've heard complaints about these scenarios.
Monday, September 12, 2016 by Mike

Have had two sidewall failures on Pirelli run flats on BMW 228xi within 200 miles of each other! Total mileage about 5200 miles. Side wall failure was identical on both wheels. One front left and the other front right. Both happened on highways at highway speeds. No unusual impacts with pot holes or road hazards. Normal roads. Very unhappy. Won't buy Pirelli ever again.

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