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#83 of 273 Changing tires for 2003 325i
Oct 19, 2007 (12:34 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 (2:00 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 (4:16 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.
Oct 23, 2007 (12:06 pm)
Thank you for your replies.
I think I have decided with Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S as I want more all season and ride comfort all for $506.32. I guess, I have to put additional $200 for mounting and alignment. Also, I have a $50 Mail in rebate making it around $600 which is way less than the dealer quote of $1200.
According to reviews, this tire looks like a good one.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Pilot+Exalto- +A%2FS&vehicleSearch=true&partnum=055HR6EXAS&fromCompare1=yes&place=75&speed_rat- ing=H&speed_rating=V&speed_rating=Z&speed_rating=W&speed_rating=Y&speed_rating=(- Y)&minSpeedRating=H
#88 of 273 Performance Winter vs. Studless Ice and Snow
Oct 29, 2007 (5:23 pm)
I am wondering what would be better suited for my 04 325iT. I've seen good reviews for the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D. They rated best among all snows. But I live in S.New Hampshire, where we get a good amount of snow. On my old 323i, I had Continentals, which were fine, but I want something a little more quieter. I'm also looking at the Revo's, LM-25 and WS-60. Shipo, I know you live in SNH, so what would you recommend? I'm sure either would be good, but I want to be sure. Thanks in advance.
#89 of 273 Re: Performance Winter vs. Studless Ice and Snow [canman1971]
Oct 29, 2007 (5:40 pm)
I've never used Dunlop or Continental winter skins, always Bridgestone and Michelin, and I prefer the Michelins. The Bridgestones seem to have a little more bite when they are new, however, as they wear they yield the traction advantage to the Michelins. Regarding road noise, I've run two different types of Michelins now, the Arctic Alpin and the X-Ice, and they are both WAAAAY quieter than any set of Bridgestone Blizzaks that I've run or that my neighbors have run.
Sorry I couldn't help you with the two tires that you're considering.
#90 of 273 Re: Performance Winter vs. Studless Ice and Snow [shipo]
Oct 30, 2007 (5:41 am)
Don't be sorry, I am considering Michelins as well, just didn't want to post every tire I was looking at. I value those who have the same vehicle as I do and many of the reviews are not BMW owners. Thank you very much.
#91 of 273 Re: Performance Winter vs. Studless Ice and Snow [canman1971]
Nov 03, 2007 (5:58 pm)
I will second Shippo's recommendation. I have Michelin X-Ice on my 325 and they are very good in the snow and ice. As a matter of fact Shippo recommended them to me and I am happy with the results.
I don't live in NH but I live in the mountains of central Pennsylvania.
#92 of 273 Re: Replacement tires [circlew]
Nov 16, 2007 (10:28 am)
I need new tires for my 2003 330Xi w/ SP (205/50 R17 93V) after 42K miles. I've seen this discussion but it concerns a non-SP car. My car came with RFTs, but I don't know that I want to get new ones. Do I have the option of regular tires, and is there an issue with different front and rear sizes? I've seen the Kumho Ecsta ASX rated highly, but searches on the local tire shop websites don't show that as an option (tirerack.com does, though). Are these RFTs? Will they go on front and rear? Thanks!