Editor’s note: Our friend John Goreham at TorqueNews wrote a great piece on run-flat tires based on first-hand experience. The article and commentary below it are well worth reading if you are considering purchasing a vehicle that has run-flats as an option or own a vehicle with run-flat tires installed.
Run-Flat tires are standard on most BMWs. Why we think you should avoid them, and a selection of other opinions on the subject.
We recently had an unplanned opportunity to put run flat tires to the test. Our impromptu test vehicle was a 2013 BMW X3 xDrive 28i crossover. During a Sunday trip to a park we had a puncture that gave us the chance to see how a run flat preforms while driving deflated, as well as explore the repair/replacement options and see how they might compare to other road hazard management options like a full size spare or temporary spare. We learned quite a bit from the experience and hope you find this information helpful if you’re considering a vehicle with run-flat tires.