Tires - E46Fanatics E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > The Tire Rack's Tire & Wheel Forum

The Tire Rack's Tire & Wheel Forum
Use this forum to discuss anything in relation to wheels to tires to offsets.
Sponsored by The Tire Rack

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-16-2016, 06:32 AM   #1
Yankeebmwgirl
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Stockdale, TX
Posts: 322
My Ride: 2001 BMW 325xiT
Send a message via ICQ to Yankeebmwgirl
Tires

When we get my 325xiT on the road again and all the kinks worked out I want to buy new tires. What brand were stock on these cars, what would you reccomend. I'm not out racing or doing 100mph, just a good daily driver for rain and travel. Nothing $200 a tire please.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using E46Fanatics mobile app
Yankeebmwgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 12-16-2016, 07:20 AM   #2
Rob43
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Richmond VA
Posts: 8,006
My Ride: 03 331Ci 5spd R1200R
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...4#post17138744



Rob43
__________________



Rob #43 ITS/ITR/STU, BMW 325I, STU LAP RECORD
SUMMIT POINT WV 1:24:229 SCCA
(DynoDynamics https:vimeo.com/8486878 Dyno Video)
"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

I BUILD SUSPENSIONS (Consult) FROM MILD TO WILD FOR RWD & Xi E46's
Quote:
Originally Posted by RacerX View Post
Nitrous is a little trickier than boost, but it's not the spray that kills motors, it's STUPIDITY!!
I Know How To Fix The Rear "Bouncing" Problem On Your Cheap Coilovers Like: Jom RL FK SE & RK.
Rob43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 07:25 AM   #3
markusmarkus
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 6,204
My Ride: 2001 330Ci
Are you looking for an all season tire or a 3 season tire (spring, summer and fall)?
markusmarkus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 07:25 AM   #4
Yankeebmwgirl
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Stockdale, TX
Posts: 322
My Ride: 2001 BMW 325xiT
Send a message via ICQ to Yankeebmwgirl
I read through that thread but can someone maybe post a list of the best choices. No clue what is available in my area and I don't want to buy online.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using E46Fanatics mobile app
Yankeebmwgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 07:27 AM   #5
Yankeebmwgirl
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Stockdale, TX
Posts: 322
My Ride: 2001 BMW 325xiT
Send a message via ICQ to Yankeebmwgirl
We are moving to Texas in may. So I don't need to buy winter tires. Need something for rain and a lot of highway driving.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using E46Fanatics mobile app
Yankeebmwgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 09:15 AM   #6
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Old Greg's Cavern
Posts: 12,674
My Ride: '13 128i, '04 330Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yankeebmwgirl View Post
I read through that thread but can someone maybe post a list of the best choices. No clue what is available in my area and I don't want to buy online.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using E46Fanatics mobile app
You should buy online. It's much cheaper than in store. I buy on TireRack, get them shipped to a shop in two days. Then you just call the shop and schedule install after telling them you have some tires coming in. You CAN use the online price as leverage if you want. I did on my first set. They offered $1300 for Michelin Pilotsport AS3 installed. I said I could get them online and shipped to their store and installed at THEIR price for less than $900. They almost matched the online price so I used them.
__________________

I have a dream that one day our children will live in a
nation where they will not be judged by the color of
their skin but by the color of their coolant.
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 09:17 AM   #7
Yankeebmwgirl
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Stockdale, TX
Posts: 322
My Ride: 2001 BMW 325xiT
Send a message via ICQ to Yankeebmwgirl
I want to see the tires before I buy them. I am just looking for the brands most commonly used on these cars. Not an exact tire style to buy. For example... Goodyear or Yokohama...etc.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using E46Fanatics mobile app
Yankeebmwgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 09:20 AM   #8
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Old Greg's Cavern
Posts: 12,674
My Ride: '13 128i, '04 330Ci
All brands are used. Brand is very nonspecific. You SHOULD be looking for the specific tire to buy. "Seeing" them does nothing. It's all about how they drive in the end. I'm about as discriminating as they come for buying things for my car and I don't even do anything but verify the correct tires were sent when I get to the shop.
__________________

I have a dream that one day our children will live in a
nation where they will not be judged by the color of
their skin but by the color of their coolant.

Last edited by WDE46; 12-16-2016 at 09:21 AM.
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 09:22 AM   #9
Spannerhead
Save the Manuals!
 
Spannerhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 2,289
My Ride: '02 330i/5 slicktop
Unless you're tracking the car, get the cheapest tire in the correct size. Seriously. Even cheap tires have to adhere to DOT standards and if you have issues, you can exercise the warranty.
__________________

Current: '02 330i/5 '10 Mazda5 '72 240Z
Past: '85 GSL-SE '95 540i/6 '95 525i/5 '86 635CSi/5 '88 JZA70 '86 4K quattro '85 RX-7 S
Spannerhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 09:25 AM   #10
CylonRed
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: SW Ohio
Posts: 1,044
My Ride: '01 E46 330i sport
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yankeebmwgirl View Post
I want to see the tires before I buy them. I am just looking for the brands most commonly used on these cars. Not an exact tire style to buy. For example... Goodyear or Yokohama...etc.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using E46Fanatics mobile app
There is no one commonly used tire - lots of different tires manufacturers according to budget and experience. Yokohama, Michellin, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Dunlop all make raelly good tires. I am a fan of Michellin A/S 3 but I really dislike the Continentals (even though lots of folks swear by them). A friend of mine swears by Sumitomo tires.
CylonRed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 09:28 AM   #11
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Old Greg's Cavern
Posts: 12,674
My Ride: '13 128i, '04 330Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spannerhead View Post
Unless you're tracking the car, get the cheapest tire in the correct size. Seriously. Even cheap tires have to adhere to DOT standards and if you have issues, you can exercise the warranty.
I don't like this advice. Cheap tires will be safe enough, yes, but good tires can make or break a car's driving character. Not to mention, nicer tires ARE safer since they generally allow shorting stopping and better lateral grip.
__________________

I have a dream that one day our children will live in a
nation where they will not be judged by the color of
their skin but by the color of their coolant.
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 09:36 AM   #12
WDE46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Old Greg's Cavern
Posts: 12,674
My Ride: '13 128i, '04 330Ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by CylonRed View Post
There is no one commonly used tire - lots of different tires manufacturers according to budget and experience. Yokohama, Michellin, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Dunlop all make raelly good tires. I am a fan of Michellin A/S 3 but I really dislike the Continentals (even though lots of folks swear by them). A friend of mine swears by Sumitomo tires.
I'm getting AS3+ or Pilot SS for my next set after my front Conti DWS06 wear out. I just don't like them AS much. They're pretty damn good, but the Michelins are better.
__________________

I have a dream that one day our children will live in a
nation where they will not be judged by the color of
their skin but by the color of their coolant.
WDE46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 10:26 AM   #13
Solidjake
Zero. Leaks.
 
Solidjake's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 31,106
My Ride: '02 330i 6MT
+1 on Michelin AS3's if you want all seasons, if you're looking for summer tires get the Pilot SS's which is what I'm getting in the spring for the non-winter months
__________________
Solidjake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 10:38 AM   #14
orb
OEM ///Member
 
orb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: FL
Posts: 2,811
My Ride: 325Ci
I'd get whichever may have a rebate among the top brands (Michelin, Continental, Bridgestone, etc.). On Tirerack, my 225/45/17 DW's were on clearance and after the rebate they were $260 for the set of 4 less shipping IIRC.

Don't cheap out on tires. The QC of Chinese tire companies is years behind the big players even if they're technically approved. Not to mention the mediocre performance.
__________________
orb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 03:55 PM   #15
OnTheFence
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 1,122
My Ride: 2001 330i (and 530i)
Michelin and Continental are the top two tire makers in their rankings.
Most of the tires from these brands
1) wear well over the life of the tire
2) maintain the ride quality consistently after having a considerable amount of mileage

For you, I vote for cheaper tires since you don't know how long this car will last.
OnTheFence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 07:53 PM   #16
redfeathers
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: arizona
Posts: 407
My Ride: 2001 bmw 330 ci
I use to run expensive kumho/hankook tires, now I'm using cheap NEXEN/ACCELERA TIRES. Can't see any difference. They seem to last/perform the same at xxx mph across the desert.
__________________
2001 bmw 330 ci 260k miles (and climbing) white AUTO A5S 325Z steptronic
redfeathers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 08:06 PM   #17
lingon300k
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: NJ / USA
Posts: 1,834
My Ride: 2005 325xi Automatic
Quote:
Originally Posted by redfeathers View Post
I use to run expensive kumho/hankook tires, now I'm using cheap NEXEN/ACCELERA TIRES. Can't see any difference. They seem to last/perform the same at xxx mph across the desert.
The response to this comes from the post above it:

Quote:
Originally Posted by OnTheFence View Post
Michelin and Continental are the top two tire makers in their rankings.
Most of the tires from these brands
1) wear well over the life of the tire
Most cheap tires feel fine when you first put them on. They don't feel so fine once they get some miles on them.

What Kumho and Hankook tires are very good/expensive compared to Pirelli, Continental, and Michelin? (And why only Korean tires for you?)

Last edited by lingon300k; 12-16-2016 at 08:08 PM.
lingon300k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 08:34 PM   #18
redfeathers
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: arizona
Posts: 407
My Ride: 2001 bmw 330 ci
Read my post closely, I can't tell any difference and their cheaper. Spend the money if you want but these work for me.
__________________
2001 bmw 330 ci 260k miles (and climbing) white AUTO A5S 325Z steptronic
redfeathers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 08:53 PM   #19
Drfritts
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 38
My Ride: 2002 325i 2004 325Ci
My 2004 325ci came with Michelin MXV4 energy Plus and I replaced them with the same tires. My 2002 325i came with continental ContitouringContact plus and I replaced them with Michelin Primacy MXV4. I reside in NM and rarely drive in the snow unless needed, but the tires handle well on wet conditions and are a performance all weather tire (michelins). About $115 per tire (1-2 years ago). Last about 50k miles. I've never ordered tires online, but I know several from the car club and cars and coffee that swear by it as being cost effective and easy as long as you know what tire you want.
Drfritts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2016, 09:06 PM   #20
jmo69
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,633
My Ride: 03 325xi 98 328is
I can't tell you what specific model my daughter had on her Jetta, but she got almost 60,000 miles out of a set of Kumhos, winter and summer and mostly highway. 110 miles a day for work.
__________________
][/2003 325xi auto Stahlgrau almost modless, just lots of new parts. 1998 328is 5sp lowered, X-brace, Sparco strut brace, HIDs and almost everything blacked out
jmo69 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.