Hi I drive a 4x4 which handles like a half filled bath which is fine because I don't expect it to go well around corners . I would expect my wife's clubman to take a corner really well,it does to a degree but if it hits a bump or slight imperfection in the road it try's to fling itself into the nearest hedge . BMW say its the run flats and big alloys and there is no fault with the car apparently that's also the reason it sounds like all the wheel bearings have gone on anything but a mirror smooth road.anyone else got this odd handling characteristic half way thru corners ?
Get rid of the runflats and it will drive like a different car, much smoother, no more bump steer or tramlining.......swapped mine for normal tyres (also cheaper), also fitted a spacesaver sparewheel and would never go back to rf's.
With my progression from a second-hand 2005 Cooper to a 2010 Cooper and on to the current Cooper Clubman D the tires hav been, respectively: 16" runflats > 17" non-runflats > 16" non-runflats. The 16" non-runflats are the better drive IMO.
The deeper the tyre sidewall and it being filled with air will improve the smoothness of the ride no end, but too deep a sidewall the tyres become more flexible so cornering isnt so good, its about getting the combination just right to have the best of both worlds.
Dont forget to cost into the equation a new spare wheel, jack and tool kit, or as a minimum an inflator/compressor and tin of gloop. Its all extra money and extra weight - which is why runflats were fitted in the first place
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