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Run-Flat Tires–and No Spare!

Posted in bmw, options with tags , , , on February 29, 2008 by lee76

My 335 came equipped with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A run-flats.  Apparently BMW thinks that if you have run-flats, you don’t need a spare. We’ll see why that’s a total myth in a second.   The ‘Stones had a lot of grip in the corners, but not much else.  They were heavy, expensive, and in my opinion detrimental to the car’s ride.  After 20,000 miles, the rear tires were worn out, and no, I didn’t do a lot of burnouts.  Not too many burnouts.  Just a nice, reasonable number of burnouts.  Anyway, I replaced the ‘Stones with a set of vastly superior Continental ContiSport Contact 3’s.  The ride improved, grip stayed the same, and road feel was actually better.  The Conti’s are cheaper and they last longer than the ‘Stones.  To top it off, I bought a Continental inflation/foam kit in case I got a flat.  Continue reading

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GPS–the World’s Best Solution

Posted in options with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2008 by lee76

Navigation Systems (or GPS’s) are a very popular option these days.  People like a Navigation System because it helps them find their destinations, and they can show their passengers how they shelled out for a new gadget.   Some GPS systems even guide their drivers with an automated voice.  The voice is especially credible if it speaks in a British accent, much like Kit on the old Knight Rider series.  I know I’d much rather have Kit telling me where to go than David Hasselhoff sitting in my back seat. Continue reading