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I have installed and ridden on several BMW's with regular tires that come from the factory with run flats me the BMW drives/rides better without them.

yes you can put regular tires on a car that came equipt with run flats. I have to say it but every car within the next 5 or so years will have run flats. less weight means better MPG. and with the 56 or so mpg mandatory avg mpg by 2025 or so this is how they are doing it. They are not going away. they are here to stay. Get used to it with you want that brand of car, if not than go to another brand. But a lot of makers are using them now.
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... I have to say it but every car within the next 5 or so years will have run flats. less weight means better MPG. and with the 56 or so mpg mandatory avg mpg by 2025 or so this is how they are doing it. They are not going away. they are here to stay. Get used to it with you want that brand of car, if not than go to another brand. But a lot of makers are using them now.
I agree with this. Like it or not, the spare tire is going the way of the manual hand brake. No spare in the trunk, no jack, no nothing. Some manufacturers provide "mobility kits" with regular tires, while others simply rely on roadside assistance or run flat tires. It's all about saving weight and improving fuel economy ... and there's no going back.

Run flat technology is slowly improving, and the current crop of run flats are much better than the ones of a few years ago. They still lag behind the performance and/or comfort of standard tires, but they are getting better.

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Honda tried Run Flats several years ago on their Odyssey minivan. They had so many complaints that they went back to regular tires and have not used Run Flats since.

Michelin and Hancock are working on a new design or tire/wheel package where there is cushion in the wheel and the tire is just a strip of rubber with no air inflation. This will probably be the replacement for the current Run Flat tire which will be gone in the near future.
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. . .Like it or not, the spare tire is going the way of the manual hand brake. No spare in the trunk, no jack, no nothing. Some manufacturers provide "mobility kits" with regular tires, while others simply rely on roadside assistance or run flat tires.
OP here. Stopped at the service department of my dealership and got even worse news than this:


1. There is no spare in the trunk of the 2015 C.

2. There is no doughnut spare and wheel combo listed as in the parts directory for this model so even if you wanted to buy one, they don't have one to sell you.

3. One of the service guys was of the belief that there is no space to store a spare in the trunk. (I think he meant in the drawer below the floor.)

4. There is no jack delivered with the car.

5. Apparently, if you get a flat, a warning light and message goes off on the dash. If it happens on the weekend, you're screwed until Monday.


MBUSA, what the heck are you thinking?
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Additional Bad News!

Most people lease these vehicles. Try getting more than 30K miles out of these tires before they need replacement. You will be putting a new set of tires on these cars before you turn them in at lease end. Also, an Extended Mobility Tire will cost more than a standard tire.
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Most people lease these vehicles. Try getting more than 30K miles out of these tires before they need replacement. You will be putting a new set of tires on these cars before you turn them in at lease end. Also, an Extended Mobility Tire will cost more than a standard tire.
Good points! Does anyone know how much they're charging for the wheel and tire coverage for the 2015? Seems like it's essential now.

By the way, you've also pointed out that some people might now be going for shorter term leases because of this issue although at my present driving rates, I would not put 30K on in three years. I prefer a two year lease anyway.
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I recently (September 2015) rented a C180 SW in Netherlands for almost 4 weeks. Loved the car but disappointed when I got a flat and looked in the boot to find all I had to get myself out of trouble was 4 high-visibility vests. Ended up driving into nearest town and had to wait whilst a new tyre was sent from nearest city. Cost was 155 euro.
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This is because of the dreaded run flat tires. You would be surprised how many people have these removed at the dealer because they are so terrible and like you said you have to buy a second set of rims and tires for the snow. I am glad my 204 body has regular tires on it. Mercedes is not the only manufacturer doing this now. BMW, Kia, Hyundai to name a few.
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Are owners finding these new run flats (or extended mobility is I think what they are now called) on new C-classes better than old crappy BMW run flats?

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they drive and ride like any regular car to me.

the sidewall of these newer RFT don't seem to be a hard as the older BMW RFT I was installing 10 yrs ago.
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