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    Replacing Run Flats on a 07 Cooper S

    I have replaced 3 run flat tires in the 4 years I've had my Mini (2 because of punctures and one because of wear on the outside) at a cost of almost $300 for each tire with installation. The last tire I replaced only has 20,000 miles on it and already needs replacing along with 2 others. So I have to replace 3 tires. I'm thinking about switching to non run flats. I live in the foothills of the Sierra so do a lot of driving on hills but generally stay in the area. Each time I've needed a new tire, I've had to drive 50 miles on the run flat to the dealer. We have taken 2 long trips in the Mini. I would like some advice on what size I should get to replace the run flats. I currently have Goodyear 195-55R16's on the car. I've read most of the posts and am thinking I can get a tire patch kit or whatever you would recommend. I also have cell phone coverage and AAA. I am very dissatisfied with the amount of wear you get on the run flats. I can't see putting out $1200 for 4 new tires. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm not very car savvy and all of the posts on this subject are confusing to wade through. Would it be a good idea to go to a Goodyear dealer and ask for their suggestions? The Goodyear dealer near me doesn't even stock runflats and doesn't know much about them.
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    Nancy, I hope this is not too late. First time on the Mini forum. I replaced mine with regular tires and I notice no difference in performance while driving. I replaced mine with Bridgestone Potenza 195-55r16. I still have money for gas. :)
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    No, it's not too late as I'm still mulling over what to do. My husband is hesitant to put regular tires on because he's worried about what to do if we get a flat. Are you carrying a tire patch kit?
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    No, it's not too late as I'm still mulling over what to do. My husband is hesitant to put regular tires on because he's worried about what to do if we get a flat. Are you carrying a tire patch kit?
    Well, what did you do before these incredible run flats came to be? I dont have a tire patch kit but my car came with a spare tire and jack kit. Mine is an '04 and never had a flat tire. Though tires do go flat personally I can not remember the last time I experienced a flat tire on the road... Seems like a simple decision, spend money on security blanket or keep money for gas.
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    I have replaced the run flats on my 05 MCS and my wife's 07 MCS. I also bought a Mini mini spare. The cost of 4 new non-runflat tires and the mini spare was much lees than the cost of 4 runflats, so I saved money right from the start. If I am just around town, I will leave the spare at home. Throw it in the car for those longer trips. Doesn't fit in the back, so I have to put one of the rear seats down to fit it in. No big deal to me. I also carry a can of flat fixer and my AAA card. {Note that if you have the limited slip diff, then the mini spare can only go on the rear. A flat on the front would entail some tire switching}

    Several on line Mini parts distributers have the mini spare for much less than the dealer. They'll sell you the tire already mounted on the rim, which is the way I went. You can even get a case to fit in but I just use a big plastic bag.

    Not sure if it just me, but I would wear the edges off the tread in way less than 20,000 miles with the run flats. I'd up the tire pressure a tad a still wear the edges. Put the non-runflats on and am getting much more even tread wear and longer life on the tires. I attribute this to the stiff sidewalls of the runflats (and also probably my driving style).
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    I've replaced all 4 tires with non run flats and so far, I love them. The ride is smoother also. I just have a slime kit with air compressor and my AAA card for now.
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