I have had my mini cooper clubman S for 14 months and have had three tire blow outs and replacements. Is this common? I am disgusted.

Asked by Jun 28, 2017 at 10:49 AM about the 2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I am leasing a Mini for the first time and did not purchase the additional tire insurance.  Now I know why it even exists. three flats in 13 months. I have been driving for 30 years and never had this happen with any other vehicle, old, new, rental, owned, SUV or car, country road or city highway. I am beyond disgusted. Is this reality with these run flat tires? Or am I just experiencing a bad string of events?

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Maybe you have crappy tires or you drive on bad roads. Run flats ride terribly and people hate them. I don't know that they are any more susceptible to damage than ordinary tires.

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Runflat tires have ridiculously stiff sidewalls so that when the tire looses pressure, the sidewalls will still hold the weight of the car for some time. If you're in a city where there's potholes or many bumps, road construction etc, you can reasonably expect tire damage. Another possibility is that there's something going on with the wheel(s)

I had a blowout tonight and when I pick my Mini Clubman S up tomorrow, that will be the 13th tire I've had to replace since the lease began in April 2016. It is insane.

I should add, I've only ever had one other flat in my entire 28 year driving career

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