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Old 03-25-2016, 11:04 AM
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My dilemma is that I already have 3 sets of 255-55-19 tires in my garage for my LR4. (Road tires, offroad tires & winter tires) Until the new Q7, the LR3/LR4 were the only vehicles with that odd tire size. If I use any of these conventional tires on the Q7, I'll have to get a spare.
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Old 03-25-2016, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by EvergreenQ7 View Post
I would stay away from the run flat tires. On Mini Coopers the ride is much harsher with them due to the extra stiff sidewalls, always replace them with non run flats as soon as original tires wear out. The other huge disadvantage of run flats is they can not be repaired while a normal tire can often be repaired. The key here is that if you are in the middle of nowhere and have a flat tire with run flats there is not going to be a replacement tire to be found and you get stuck waiting for a replacement tire to be shipped to your location or wait for Audi Roadside to go fetch you and take you back to a dealer

I had a 2005 and 2008 Corvette, both with run flats. They absolutely can be repaired.
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Old 03-25-2016, 05:02 PM
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In the US, there is no "runflat option." 18" & 19" come with runflats (no choice) and 21" do not have runflat. None have a spare.
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In 30 years of driving I've had about 6 flat tires, all of which a can of "fix-a-flat" could have gotten me by until permanent repairs could have been made. Once the RFTs wear out they'll be replaced by standard tires. I'd prefer having a spare tire, but there's no way I'm going with the "Indian" option shown above.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:08 AM
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Glad there is a five seats version in Europe which can be opted with full size spare wheel.
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:44 AM
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I bought two new Corvettes; a '99 and an '05. As soon as the run flats needed replacing, I switched to Michelin Pilot Sport non-run flats. A total of four sets of Michelins and never a flat tire. That is the good news.

The bad news is we ordered the 21" sport wheels with the non-run flats. The dealer screwed up the order and we got the 20" bi-color wheels with run flats. As a result, we received a $2K discount. but still not happy.

We will be looking for new wheels and non-run flats. If anyone out there wishes to trade their new 21"s for our 20"s, we are interested.
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:39 AM
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Whats the avrg mileage run flats give you?
Old 03-31-2016, 09:56 AM
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Whats the avrg mileage run flats give you?
Too soon for me to say. Only have 126 miles on the Q7 so far. Perhaps others can respond.
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