THIS IS THE ANSWER FROM MINI USA, Added to the first post, to avoid confusion....
A buddy of mine and a fellow Mini owner just told me that according to the Mini dealer, if he puts on non runflat tires then he will not be able to call RA (roadside assistance)!? They were also going to make him sign a paper stating that the runflates were removed.
To me, this makes no sense, if you have runflats, then you wouldn't be calling RA for a flat tire (unless sidewall damage or damages wheel of course.) Does BMW have the right to deny this? I am going to be putting on Toyo G02+ for the winter, and ditching the runflats next spring in any case. I am not changing this at the dealer, but at my friends performance shop in Montreal.
Also, I can get a good deal on Toyo, Khumo, yokohama and Pirelli tires, so anyone who has some insight as the best model of the above brands for a cooper s 16" would be appreciated.
I work at a dealership, and that is the first I have ever heard of that. Runflats or not you get the 24/7 RA. I don't know why the dealer would say that, unless he doesn't get to sell the non-runflats and is thus po'd.
As for tires, I would recommend the TireRack website (www.tirerack.com). It seems to present an unbiased opinion on all the tires, and also carries reviews from those that have the tires fitted.
One of my mates changed his tyres over and got a puncture. In the AA and RAC small print it states that the car MUST have a suitable spare tyre or fixing kit at the time of the puncture or they will not retrieve it.
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Here in the UK i got retreived twice (by the same guy, who laughed when he saw me the second time) and my Cooper S is heavily modifed with non standard tyres and the guy totally didnt care. Unless you have different Terms and conditions in Canada i dont get them.
I took my runflats and S-Lites off right when I got the car and added on some nice aftermarket wheels with Yoko ES tires. My MA here knew about that and never said anything about not being able to get assistance because of it, she actually even offered to buy the originals from me.
As for flat prevention, I carry not even an emergency spare kit on board as I only have had 1 flat in about 22 years of driving. :-)
I carry a can of tyre weld and a small compressor in the back of my car as a back up and i would recommend this to all drivers or minis with non runflat tyres. Hope to never use it but it will save me time in the event of a puncture anyway.
Since my earlier post MINI Canada have advised us that cars with runflats fitted OEM and then switched for non-runflats are no longer eligible for the 24/7 Roadside Assistance. Guess it's time to carry the inflater and can o' goopy stuff.
Mini Canada told me the same; OEM runflats on the car; always on the car otherwise if you call for 24/7 service; they'll come and help you, but they wouldn't cover the cost if you hane non-RF's, You will get invoiced. Therefore you should be prepared for all situations, Mini Roadside Assistance, CAA Roadside Assistance, Tire Insurance policy, compact spare for the MC, Tire repair kits, strong husky passenger, cell phone, Visa Card and cash.
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