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BMW 3-Series Tires and Wheels

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  • 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

    Thanks again.
  • 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.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    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. :(

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • 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.
  • ventureventure Central PAPosts: 446
    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.

    2014 Fusion, 2013 Impreza, 2011 Forester

  • 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? :confuse: Thanks!
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    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.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • 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.

    http://www.new-cars.com/2003/bmw/bmw-330xi-sedan-specs.html
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Hmmm, I think I stand partially corrected as this is the first I have ever heard of a pre-2006 BMW being shod with Run Flat tires. I checked around a bit and so far at least, the only web site that confirms the information you linked on the NewCars.com web site is TireRack, and as I have a fair level of confidence in they're data, I guess it's true. My bad. :blush:

    I'm curious to find out exactly what make and model tire you have on your car (TireRack says it came with a set of rather pricy Goodyear Eagle RS-A EMTs)? Yes, no? If yes, geez, at $248 per tire, those suckers are expensive.

    With the above in mind, your "xi" doesn't truly have a Sport Package as what comes on the "xi" models is just trim items and not the suspension and better wheels and tires. Said another way, unless you had non-standard wheels and tires put on your car, it came with 205/50 R17 tires all of the way around and as such you don't have to worry about different front versus rear tire sizes.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,704
    I know run-flats were a possible option on our '05 E46 convertible... I was surprised to find that out..

    But, they were using them on the Z4 as far back as the '03 models... so, offering them on the E46 wouldn't have been much of a stretch, I don't guess...

    You've got room for a spare, buy another wheel, and ditch those runflats...

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  • Yes, they are the Goodyears, and the dealer quoted well north of $1K to replace them, though even they mentioned I could get cheaper ones. Every tire on it now is a 205/50 R17, so I think I'm good there. Thanks.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "You've got room for a spare, buy another wheel, and ditch those runflats..."

    I whole-heartedly agree. Lose those RFTs, the savings will more than pay for a full-sized spare.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • sky11sky11 Posts: 7
    Got a 2005 330cic with the zhp package, Michelins for tires and they are run flats. Can I simply replace the tires with the appropriate sized GFT's? Not familar with how the TPMS works but is it even an issue if the tires are replaced? Would it be better to go with 17s' since I am not a track guy and do mostly highway with some twisties just to keep the smile in place?
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    No issues. You can replace them with go-flats.

    Not sure what you mean by "go with 17s." If you mean your car currently has 18" wheels and you're thinking about moving down to 17's, then the answer is yes, it will probably smooth out the ride without a noticeable decrease in handling. Of course, it will cost a lot more money to replace both the wheels and tires.

    FWIW, I think that after driving on 18" RFTs for this long, going with an 18" Grand Touring GFT tire will improve the ride considerably - probably enough that you won't need to go with 17s.
  • sky11sky11 Posts: 7
    Thanks for the reply - just thinking about the difference in height of the sidewalls between the rft and gft - non issue?
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    The fact that the tire is GFT or RFT doesn't matter. RFT's simply have a stiffer sidewall in order to support the weight of the vehicle in the event of a loss of pressure.

    If the RFT and GFT are the same size, eg. 225/40R-18, then they are the same size (sidewalls included).
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,704
    I agree... stick with 18"... But, go with regular tires...

    If your car doesn't have a spacesaver spare, I'd buy one, though... It should fit in any E46 model trunk.

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  • Well, I think I am going to go with the Michelin X-Ice. I was going to go with Tire Rack but Town Fair Tire quoted me a total package for $949, which is a bit lower than Tire Rack, plus I get a free alignment, lifetime snow change over, and lifetime flat repair and lifetime tire rotations. Sounds good to me. Am I missing anything? Thanks for your replies.
  • I eventually went with a Toyo. Talked to some people and said they were the best for the money and Michelin was ok, but you paid for the money. Lets hope they are right. Same price, but seem to be a little more what I was looking for.
  • I have a 2007 328i without sport pkg. The manual allows 205/55/16 or 225/50/16 or 225/45/17. Given the same tire, say a Yokohama Advan S4, what are the specific advantages and disadvantages of each size. I asked at the dearlership where it was apparent that no one knew. BMWUSA did not respond to my email query.

    I understand that all 3 sizes have the same diameter. What is gained and lost by changing the section width between 205 or 225? What compromises were BMW engineers trying to achieve in choosing the 205/55/16 as original equipment rather than either of the other sizes?
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