Further my previous review on my 2006 330d Tourer - today I had the front tyres changed - they had covered just 22000 miles and the outer edges were wearing - not illegal but it's peace of mind. What a difference! I junked the OE Bridgestones for Continental SP2's. I drove away like I was on ice, terrified I would still get the awful tramlining. I did about 10 miles on a variety of country roads and couldn't believe it! No more tramlining, no awkward lurches over bumps, it's too good to be true. I just hope it's not because the tyres are new, I hope it's because the OE one's are just rubbish and Continental run-flat technology is better.And they were cheaper than Bridgestone! Call me cynical but with so much publicity about this problem, I reckon BMW have a deal with Bridgestone and that's why dealers aren't interested. I'll keep you updated.
Run flats, this does give a firm ride and over small bumps in the road the car will bounce which is not very comfortable. The handling and steering feel are fantastic though. I have the SE spec with added DAB, upgraded speakers; (both great) heated half leather sports seats. The look and feel of the cabin is of the quality expected from BMW. I would say that the layout is not that well thought out and the stereo and heating controls are low down. The sports seats sit low on my back and give no shoulder support. It's taken me 2.5k miles to get a comfy position but that’s because there is so much adjustment. I would go for memory seats next time. My wife drove the car last night so I guess it will be a while before I find the perfect position again. As will most new cars they have the indicators which are pressure sensors. It’s a bad system. The window buttons are way to far forward I am getting about 47mpg on an average run which is not bad. It’s quiet and smooth and produces ample power. The car indicates when to change gear to aid economy and I think this has changed my driving style. I also have the automatic engine cutoff when stopped but I have to say that even with heavy traffic you are usually moving. Manual gearbox, Very stiff, it will improve but it’s so bad that my wife can't get reverse. I had it jump out of 3rd gear several times. Overall for every 2 good points there is a bad one! Glad it’s a company car as I would not be happy to have spent 27k of my own money
bought the car new in Sept06, done 25k miles. got the sat nav and privacy glas & manual box. quality car, fast, reliable and leaves other cars for dead fro the lights with the manual box. engine sounds wonderful. 3rd & 4th gear pull is frightening ! not massive inside, which is making me think of the 5 series touring 3.0d, but the worst thing is the tyres ! not the tramlining for me so much, but the cost of replaing them. £270 quid each ! had 3 pucntures in a year and 2 couldn't be repaired, the latest one was repaired (fortunately) but they're so expensive ! off to france with a roof box on top later this year (new baby luggage requirements!) so there goes MPG. I only drive 5 miles to work now, and the MPG is down at 30 at present. Was 38 on the motorway ! Anyone found whee to get cheaper run flats cos mine will need new ones very so ! thats over £1000 ! thanks
FYI: This is an update, I did more research. I found that folks in the US seem to be much more tyre-savvy then here. Anyway, I changed the front tyres from the Bridgestone Potenzas to Continental Sport2s (which are also run-flats).
The tramlining was virtually eliminated and the front of the car seems so much more assured. I am keeping the other tyres, and will use them as replacements for the rear.
I have 17" alloys (225 45 R17). The car is now perfect... except for that stereo.
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