BMW are continuing to get a kicking from Sunday Times readers over their decision to fit run-flat tyres to their vehicles.
The letters page of the ingear motoring section has just published the third letter on the subject of BMW’s commitment to run-flat tyres in the last few weeks.
In the latest installment, Clive Miller responded to Christopher Lyster’s letter, which was responding to the first letter from Peter Seamons about punctured run-flats (keep up!).
Mr Lyster wrote: “…what he does not mention is the discomfort of the hard ride in a 3-series BMW (with obligatory run-flats) that the driver experiences over every speed bump, manhole cover and pothole.
“What may not be a problem in BMW’s homeland, on well-maintained German road surfaces, is very different in London where on many roads it feels as if one is driving over a ploughed field. Certainly, there is no “joy” in driving such a car and the sooner BMW faces up to the fact, the better.”
Which prompted Mr Miller to respond: “Having been through the problems of BMW run-flat tyres giving a hard ride and contributing to bent alloy wheel rims – and being told I couldn’t replace them with ‘normal’ tyres – I traded in my 18-month-old 5-series.
“Christopher Lyster (letters, last week) will be interested to know that the BMW main agent was quite open in telling me German motorists are just as unhappy with run-flat tyres as British drivers (once you are off their country’s motorway system, their roads are not necessarily good) but BMW was not going to change tack, as it has invested heavily in run-flat technology.”
It will be interesting to see if any more readers come forward to describe how they feel let down by BMW and their run-flat tyres.
Denna Bowman, Head Office