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BMW 3 Series, Tires, Sedan, Wagon
#77 of 273 Re: 325i tires [thomatl]
Aug 30, 2007 (8:42 pm)
You could always buy a compact spare and keep it in the trunk.
The tire you're looking for is going to be either a "premium passenger tire" (ultimate comfort) or a "all-season high performance tire" (good mix of comfort and sport).
On the comfort side, I can personally recommend the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred as a very smooth riding and quiet tire. I put a set on my 2004 Volvo V70 and am thrilled with the way it transformed the car into a true luxury ride. Grip was also significantly improved over the original Michelin MXV tires that the Volvo came with. I was so impressed with them that I put a set on my company car - a 1999 Ford Taurus. You'd never guess it was the same car!
Other smooth/quiet tires comparable to the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred (in my opinion - based on research/friends comments, not first hand experience) are the Bridgestone Turanza with Serenity, Michelin Harmony, and Toyo Versado LX.
If you would sacrifice some quiet and smooth qualities for a sportier tire, I can also personally recommend the all-season Pirelli PZero Nero M+S. I have these tires on my BMW M3 street wheels and am very pleased with their balance of comfort and performance. Ultimate grip is somewhat lower than a max performance summer-only sport tire, but at anything below crazy speeds, these tires perform exactly like a sport tire should - razor sharp turn in and great road feel.
Other sport/comfort tires comparable to the Pirelli PZero Nero M+S (again based on research/friends comments, not personal experience) are the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position and the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S.
You'll be truly amazed at how much a set of tires can transform the ride/handling of your car. whatever your choice, if you choose the tire that fits your goals, I'm sure you'll be surprised and pleased with the results.
#78 of 273 Re: 325i tires [thomatl]
Aug 31, 2007 (9:45 am)
I agree with fedlawman regarding the Pirelli PZero Nero M+S tire. I put a set on my wife's X3 and they were a tremendous improvement over the mediocre Bridgestone OEM tires.
Aug 31, 2007 (10:31 am)
I have a 2005 330xi that came with rft's as well as a spare. For what it's worth, I just replaced my Goodyear rft's (38,000 miles and still enough tread to reinstall them when the lease ends) with Yokohama Advan S4's (UHP A/S). I wish I had done so earlier because the car is much more enjoyable to drive with the Yokohama gft's.
#80 of 273 Re: 325i tires [thomatl]
Oct 02, 2007 (12:50 pm)
Based on the criteria you have provided, I would go with the Bridgestone RE050A pole position. I have had them for about 3000 miles and they have been great.
#81 of 273 Tire Maximum Load
Oct 03, 2007 (7:32 pm)
I have a 2003 BMW 330xi without the sports package. I need new tires. My dealer recommends that I should replace them with the original Continental ContiTouring Contact CV 95 tires (205/50R-17 93V). The original tires did not, however, wear well. Both Discount Tires and the Tire Rack have recommended the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tires as a good alternative and buyers have given these tires a very high rating on the respective web sites. The Michelin tires are 205/50R-17 89V. According to the web sites the maximum load for the Michelin tires is 1,279 pounds, while that for the Continentals is 1,433 pounds. I know that the AWD is a heavier car and I'm therefore wondering whether the Michelin maximum load will be adequate for the car. I'm usually on my own in the car and at maximum there are two people in it. I also don't use the car much for transporting luggage etc. I would prefer to get the Michelins and the guys at Discount Tires tell me they will be fine for the car. Before buying, however, I would appreciate the input of experts on this forum as to whether the tire maximum load difference is an important consideration in my case. Thank you in advance, Jason
#82 of 273 Re: Tire Maximum Load [jasond]
Oct 04, 2007 (4:21 am)
The current tires on your BMW are Extra Load for a reason, so you need to match the load carrying capacity.
#83 of 273 Changing tires for 2003 325i
Oct 19, 2007 (1:34 pm)
I just renewed my maintenance program for my 2003 BMW. Last time, when I took it to the dealer to check why the car is steering away, he advised to replace the tires and do an alignment. I have around 39K miles on it.
He gave a quote of $1200 for this job and will probably put the low end tires.
I am just wondering if I can take this to some local shop and replace the tires?
#84 of 273 Re: Changing tires for 2003 325i [sjthomas]
Oct 19, 2007 (3:00 pm)
Yes. You can also hit the TireRack web site and to your tire shopping on line.
#85 of 273 Re: Changing tires for 2003 325i [shipo]
Oct 19, 2007 (5:16 pm)
I strongly second Shipo's advice. Your dealer's price sounds high. This spring I purchased a set of Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S tires(for my wife's X3) from Tire Rack for $347 including shipping. A friend mounted and balanced them for free, but he normally charges just $12 per wheel. I then had my local dealer -Swope BMW in Louisville- perform the alignment, for which they only charged $116.95. $512 sounds a lot better than $1200.