There’s good news on the horizon for BMW drivers fed up with their runflat tyres, according to Honest John, the Daily Telegraph’s excellent motoring agony aunt.
J.R. is one such owner who emailed the columnist to say: “I have a 2005 BMW 535d M Sport Touring fitted with standard run-flats that give a hard and uncompromising ride.
“I’m swapping them round with a view to wearing them evenly so I can change to standard tyres, and buy a space-saver wheel kit from BMW for about £180.
“Trouble is I’m getting mixed messages from tyre suppliers and garages. One school of thought seems to be that the change transforms the car for the better in terms of ride and handling, while the other advises sticking to the run-flats as BMW designed and set the vehicle up specifically for these.
“I would like to change, not least because of the greater choice and cheaper price of standard tyres, also because run-flats have to be written off after a puncture.
“I can live with the prospect of a roadside tyre change if it happens, and really don’t hold with the argument that a space-saver adds significant weight to a large car like this. I’d appreciate your views. J.R, via email.”
Honest John replied: “There will soon be a new type of runflat: Bridgestone RFT3s, coming as original equipment from October and aftermarket from around the end of the year.
“These use new technology to allow softer sidewalls and ride as well as conventional tyres. I know.
I’ve driven them.
“So best to wait for RFT3s and retain the runflat advantage of not being turned into strawberry jam by an HGV while you’re changing an offside tyre on the hard shoulder.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office