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Old 27.11.2011, 02:10
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Why are run flat tyres more expensive to change in winter

I thought changing tyres for winter would cost me around 120 in BMW agency.
But then ended up paying 220CHF !!! For run- flats...
Why?
Almost killed someone at BMW
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Old 27.11.2011, 02:44
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Re: Why run flat tyres are more expensove to change in winter

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I thought changing tyres for winter would cost me around 120 in BMW agency.
But then ended up paying 220CHF !!! For run- flats...
Why?
Almost killed someone at BMW
Did you ask them before how much it would cost and then they gave you a different final bill?
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Re: Why run flat tyres are more expensove to change in winter

really ? cause they are run flats obviously....you pay for technology. the nicer the car the more spendy the wheels and other cost. It is common (or should be ) knowledge
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Old 27.11.2011, 09:00
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Re: Why are run flat tyres are more expensove to change in winter

Have a look here for comparison:

http://www.reifen-pneus-online.ch/

But, I would say there are a number of factors:

- You bought from BMW
- Technology / development
- Production numbers - the wast majority of tyres produced are still non-run flat.
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Re: Why are run flat tyres are more expensove to change in winter

Adam Touring - 120chf to change run flats on a BMW and store them for the winter.
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Re: Why are run flat tyres are more expensove to change in winter

Not much use to the OP in Blonay, but for anyone in the Basel area, Stop + Go in Weil-am-Rhein (D) charged me EUR 42 to change (but not store) my non-run-flat tyres (and I don't have them on an extra set of wheels). And of course, I got the tax back too. Total cost after all's said and done: CHF 45.00.

Now that's what I call a reasonable charge.

I don't know how much extra they'd charge for run-flats, but I doubt it'd be CHF 175.
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Re: Why are run flat tyres are more expensove to change in winter

no need to groan at me.
1. You KNOW dealers are always higher in price
2. you KNOW BMW dealers are double that
3. And you have an expensive car with runflats which requires a special tool....

So you paid the price of not doing research and the convenience of simply popping into the dealership.....
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Re: Why are run flat tyres are more expensove to change in winter

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I thought changing tyres for winter would cost me around 120 in BMW agency.
But then ended up paying 220CHF !!! For run- flats...
Why?
Almost killed someone at BMW
I know people with run flats that change them to regular tires and rims because they're so expensive. Besides some of those special tire changing machines for run flats cost around 30,000 from what my dealer said, but its all automatic and requires special training. 220chf is not bad for run flats. Wait till you have to replace them.
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Old 27.11.2011, 16:24
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Re: Why are run flat tyres are more expensove to change in winter

Thanks to all.
I found out via PM that I am not alone and that indeed, the run flats need special toolong. Still my wallet is in pain...
Next year will do my homework...better.
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Re: Why are run flat tyres are more expensove to change in winter

Basically a run flat tyre has a far thicker sidewall - this not only make for a firmer ride - but if the tyre deflates supports the car.

The problem is that because the sidewall is so thick it is much harder to lever over the rim.

They are a pain - and the benefits don't outweigh the costs (in my view). The only tyre I had seen be harder to remove was a VERY VERY cold Yokohama A048 - a cup tyre that I had had in storage for a couple of years.
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