our MC has now done 14,000 miles and when it was recently in at the dealers, they said that we need to 2 new front tyres .
We have 17" Pirelli run flats on and I am quite surprised that we need new ones already. the car has been driven fairly normally (obviously cornering quickly - why else would buy a MINI?!, but rarely wheel spin etc).
I'm quite disappointed that they have only lasted this long - especially considering how much they cost to replace - even with a girlfriend who works for BMW and can get them at cost.
I have a friend who owns a MINI and his MC has done 25k and still doesn't need new tyres which is what made me ask the original question 'cos I thought even with harder driving the difference wouldn't have been so great.
he does have 16" on his MC so maybe those tyres are harder wearer?
I was told to have the wear checked at about 6000 and then swap the fronts for the rears between 8000 and 12000 depending how much wear was measured at 6000
they said this would result in max tyre life for the first set
S BRG/W Randolph 3 PAC NAV Mid Coast Maine, U.S.A.
Well Chris, you didn't mention that you rotated the tires. Considering this, I'm not surprised you had to change out the fronts so soon.
I also had Pirelli Uforia runflats. I rotated rather late, around 18000 miles, but I just replaced all four at 30,000 miles with Falken Ziex ze512 tires (19 lbs as opposed to 25 lbs.). I also replaced my S spoke wheels with a set of ATS 17 x 7.5 Comp. Lite wheels (16 lbs. as opposed to 25 lbs.) for a toatal weight savings of 15 lbs. per corner.
I cannot stress to you how much of a difference this has made in the performance of my 2002 MCS. It's like I bought a newer faster better car and all I had to spend was $450.00 for the tires and $290.00 for my wheels (including the money I got for selling my used S spoke wheels).
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