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      03-30-2011, 07:30 PM   #23
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It is amazing that the BMW service guys even think all BMW's have run flat tires. I had this issue on my 08' 550, and the dealership paid for my rim and tire since I drove it to the dealership and it ruined the rim. I want to double check, but I think the window sticker specifies run flats as well on the M3. Unfortunately, I hit a pot hole last night and to no big surprise, it blew the OEM M. Pilot PS2. I just got off the phone arguing with the service guy that not all BMW have run flat tires. Seems they have some responsibility here. I was in the market for a new set of wheels and tires anyways, but this sucks. If it is posted on the window sticker and the sales guys sell it, I believe BMW has some liability. Any one else have any experience with this?
I looked at the window sticker for my 2010 E90 M3. I couldn't find anywhere that it talked about the tires. It's common that people on this forum insist that their M3's have run flats which they know because their salesman or service adviser told them so. I think you'll have a hard time getting your dealer or BMW to replace your tire (or wheel if required) as you'll likely find that all the written BMW documentation will not identify the M3 as having run flats. Now, if you called your dealer or BMW when you had your flat and someone that you can identify (or at least document the conversation) told you to drive it on in to the dealer, then you can probably get whoever screwed up to cover it.
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      04-13-2011, 12:49 AM   #24
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Just got back from the dealership today and I was telling my CA who sold me my M a couple of weeks ago how I got a flat on Sun and how in fact they were NOT run flats. Evident to me due to the fact that my rims were practically touching the concrete because my tire was fully deflated. Not only did he insist that they were run flats he called over another well informed idiot I mean CA who said with absolute confidence that they were run flats A-F*CKING-MAZING!!!lol
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      04-15-2011, 05:14 PM   #25
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You will never find a performance tire on a performance car to be run flat. Run flat tires decreeses lateral grip by vibrating when sliding especialy in understeer situations. Its really sad that the people who sale this car can be so uninformed. And I see that a lot of bmw dealers have this problem.
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      04-23-2011, 12:09 AM   #26
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Does my 09 E90 have run flats?
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      04-25-2011, 03:16 PM   #27
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Does my 09 E90 have run flats?
If it is not an M car, then yes. If it it is an M3, see thread title.
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      05-09-2011, 05:04 PM   #28
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You will never find a performance tire on a performance car to be run flat. Run flat tires decreeses lateral grip by vibrating when sliding especialy in understeer situations. Its really sad that the people who sale this car can be so uninformed. And I see that a lot of bmw dealers have this problem.
Well the GTR comes with RFTs..
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      05-26-2011, 02:53 PM   #29
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If they are run flats, they work for sh!t

2 stories.

I had a 2003 M3 Convertible, sold as having run flats. I got a flat on the 10 west in Los Angeles. I was already moving slow, say 35-45 because, traffic.

I moved to the right lane, took the first exit, I think Washington, and a tire place was in sight. I drove there, and in those 5 miles at low speed, the rim was pretty much mangled.

So, if those Conti's were actually runflat, they did a shit job of running while flat.

Story 2.

In my 2008 M3 Sedan, I was heading south through the grapevine, and had a pretty dramatic blowout at speed. I quickly pulled over.

I continued in the emergency lane at 15 mph or so, but the tire was clearly not doing the right thing. I stopped and called BMW roadside (2 AM). By 5 AM, they finally found a tow truck to come get me and take me to Valencia BMW.

$850 and 24 hours later, I had a new tire mounted and balanced. There was no way that "runflat" tire Michelin Pilot I think was gonna make it very far.

Both cars were billed as having run flats by the dealership.
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      05-31-2011, 09:06 AM   #31
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It is.
It is except for some dealers. Don't know how that can be?
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      06-27-2011, 07:22 PM   #32
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It is amazing that the BMW service guys even think all BMW's have run flat tires. I had this issue on my 08' 550, and the dealership paid for my rim and tire since I drove it to the dealership and it ruined the rim. I want to double check, but I think the window sticker specifies run flats as well on the M3. Unfortunately, I hit a pot hole last night and to no big surprise, it blew the OEM M. Pilot PS2. I just got off the phone arguing with the service guy that not all BMW have run flat tires. Seems they have some responsibility here. I was in the market for a new set of wheels and tires anyways, but this sucks. If it is posted on the window sticker and the sales guys sell it, I believe BMW has some liability. Any one else have any experience with this?
No, I haven't ,I bought mine at a private dealer but,I thought they came equipped with RFT's myself, since my wife's 325i came with them , then a couple weeks after I got my 08'M3, I asked our service rep at BMW and gave me the low down on the tires on My M....anyway I went online and got me a reconditioned matching wheel at a fraction of what the dealer charges and a tire from TIRE RACK, and toss it in the ride when I take a far trips out of town, and use AAA as back-up since we take long trips year long!
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      07-28-2011, 10:30 PM   #33
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had a flat recently... best part was when i called bmw assist since i couldn't patch a 3/4" hole with the m mobility kit, and they asked... do you have a spare sir? no... do you have run flat tires? no...

i mean really... why would i be calling you for a flatbed if i had a spare or run flat tires...
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      08-06-2011, 01:06 AM   #34
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Ben, Do you sell a spare tire for the M3? Looking for a reduced mileage type spare.
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had a flat recently... best part was when i called bmw assist since i couldn't patch a 3/4" hole with the m mobility kit, and they asked... do you have a spare sir? no... do you have run flat tires? no...

i mean really... why would i be calling you for a flatbed if i had a spare or run flat tires...
Haha, I had the exact same experience.
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      08-06-2011, 12:50 PM   #36
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Ben, Do you sell a spare tire for the M3? Looking for a reduced mileage type spare.
There's a thread on putting a compact spare together: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=253769. It's a big thread. Start with the most recent postings to get the most up to date info.
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      08-08-2011, 09:18 AM   #37
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Ben, Do you sell a spare tire for the M3? Looking for a reduced mileage type spare.
We do have some compact spare tires, but we do not have the compact spare wheel. As posted above, it can be done, check that thread and you will see posts by folks who have done it.
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      08-10-2011, 06:21 PM   #38
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I hear you guy's not having RF's etc. definitely sucks,,...forget the compact spare tire jazz!!...I just went ahead and bought me a front reconditioned 19" M3 OEM wheel and a tire tote and I set it in the trunk on road trips, it cost me some $$ and takes up some cargo space, but who wants to show up somewhere with Doughnut on there car when out of town visiting !....good luck having AAA finding a tire or anywhere else when you have to have it ordered from a warehouse, beats putting your car on a Rollback on a road trip!

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Just read the sidewalll on the tire. It will indicate whether the tire is a run flat. RFT (Run Flat Tire) DSST (Dunlop Self Supporting Technology) ZP (Zero Pressure) etc... Do not let those idiots fool you
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OMG THANK YOU, you would not believe how many BMW employees think the m3 rolls run flats. Technicians, service reps, everyone always assumes cuz its after 2008 models, it has run flats. SO MANY TIMES I had to tell them, no it doesn't and what m3 driver wants run flats anyway? and then they ask me "are you sure?" staring at me like I'm some idiot pfffff.
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so what do you do if you get a flat on your m3 ?
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      08-31-2012, 04:40 PM   #42
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so what do you do if you get a flat on your m3 ?
Call for a tow truck or try to use the fix-a-flat thing in the trunk.
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      08-31-2012, 04:43 PM   #43
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Call for a tow truck or try to use the fix-a-flat thing in the trunk.
okay lol it does come with a fix a flat thing that was my question... I have non run flats on my z06 that im getting rid of I bought a tire foam inflation kit thing i figured if i ever needed it but knock on wood never got a flat !
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RuN FlAtS SuCk...period, the end! Unless your on a tricycle.
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