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BMW 3 Series, Tires, Sedan, Wagon
#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.
Oct 23, 2007 (1:06 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 (6:23 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 (6:40 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 (6:41 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 (6:58 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 (11:28 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!
#93 of 273 Re: Replacement tires [oldugly]
Nov 16, 2007 (11:36 am)
A few points:
1) If you do in fact have a 2003 330xi SP, your car DOES NOT have a true Sport Package, you have essentially the non-SP suspension adapted for the AWD system.
2) If you do in fact have a 2003 330xi SP, your car DOES NOT have RFTs (or if it does it is an illegal installation as the 2003 330xi did not come with a TPMS).
3) If you do in fact have a 2003 330xi SP, your car has the same sized tires on the front as on the rear.
4) Kumho does not make any RFTs, however, that isn't an issue as by law you must keep GFTs on your car.
#94 of 273 Re: Replacement tires [shipo]
Nov 16, 2007 (12:38 pm)
Thanks for the quick response. I must say I am more confused, as I ordered my car with a Sports Package, it came with RFTs and has the TPMS. I ordered it from the factory, and it was built to order and shipped directly to me in the states, so I'm not sure how I could get something that they didn't make. I checked a few other sites, and they reference a SP (including the edmunds price appraiser). Also, new-cars.com details the specs, and includes Wheels: Cast alloy, 17 x 7.0 (330xi Sport Pkg., run-flat tire option all models) and Tires: Run-flat option all models & 330xi Sport Package, run-flat 205/50R-17 V-rated Performance. This matches with what I thought I had.