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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 08-20-2013, 09:49 PM   #21
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^Hey I here you on that but all I am saying is this is a DD and is clearly not a sports car. Michelin makes the best tires on the road. This car came stock with them and if you think so highly of BMW you should also respect their tire choice. Every tire shop I have ever been to highly recommends these tires. When I first had a flat and went to the dealer I asked what the best all around tire for this car would be and every tech in their did not hesitate to agree that this was my best choice at the time (2.5 years ago). I am a big fan of running the best tires you can and for me these are them. They fit they driving I do and I have never accidentally cut loose (I try sometimes in a safe situation). Safety, ride comfort, and reliability are my main factors and these have that for me. There not sports tires but its not a sports car. I am not trying to argue here but I would like it to go down in the record, for future readers, that these tires are a great fit for a 325xi.

I got my two used tires mounted and balanced and am very pleased with the drive once again it took car off some vibration issues that were annoying the **** out of me.

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Old 08-21-2013, 09:36 AM   #22
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Whoever at the dealership told you these tires are the best for your car was either trying to sell you stuff or needs to get fired.

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Michelin Energy MXV4 S8 - 3/5 star rating, 6.5/10 consumer reviews, 4.3/10 would buy again, 4.6/10 in the snow, $142.00 per tire.

Here's a quick comparison of other tires in the same class (all seasons that is):
Continental Pure Contact EcoPlus - 4.5/5 star rating, 9/10 consumer reviews, 8.7/10 would buy again, 8.5/10 in the snow, $108 per tire.

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus - 4.5/5 star rating, 8.6/10 consumer reviews, 8.0/10 would buy again, 7.6/10 in the snow, $108 per tire.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS (I personally have these) - 4/5 star rating, 8.3/10 consumer reviews, 7.8/10 would buy again, 7.7/10 in the snow, $117 per tire.

Michelin Pilot Exalto - 4/5 star rating, 8.3/10 consumer reviews, 8.1/10 would buy again, 7.3/10 in the snow, $119 per tire.

Goodyear Eagle F1 - 4/5 star rating, 8.3/10 consumer reviews, 9.0/10 would buy again, 6.7/10 in the snow, $108 per tire.

So...tell me again why you want the Energy tires when there are so many other better, cheaper, higher performing, and easier to come by tires in the market today?

Again, I'm not telling you to get racing slicks, just get the best tires on the market today for your purposes and even for your "grocery getter" the Energy tires are not the best at really anything.

FWIW, I don't think all that highly of BMW and I've said it publicly on many occasions. I wouldn't hesitate to offload my 330xi as soon as I find a good deal on something else that's better, faster, and more reliable.

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Old 08-21-2013, 10:50 AM   #23
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I get the grocery getting thing and I'm not telling people to buy sticky track tires, slicks, or drag tires. Getting good tires is one of the best performance and SAFETY things you can do for your car and for yourself. Get something good now and don't regret it later.

Remember, anything and everything you do to your car is in an effort to make your tires spin faster, stop harder, stick better, and turn faster. You can mount a 1000hp engine, 20in 12 piston brakes, and super stiff suspension but none of that will do sh!t unless you have the tires to make it all useful.
I have the MX4Vs on mine and I haven't had any problems. I don't think they are "horsesh^t" or whatever was posted above. But in general I agree your view that the tires are "where the rubber meets the road" so to speak......
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:05 PM   #24
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I get the grocery getting thing and I'm not telling people to buy sticky track tires, slicks, or drag tires. Getting good tires is one of the best performance and SAFETY things you can do for your car and for yourself. Get something good now and don't regret it later.

Remember, anything and everything you do to your car is in an effort to make your tires spin faster, stop harder, stick better, and turn faster. You can mount a 1000hp engine, 20in 12 piston brakes, and super stiff suspension but none of that will do sh!t unless you have the tires to make it all useful.
So True........Just replaced some Dunlop Sport Signatures (IMHO, awful tires) with a set of Continental Extreme Contact DWS's. Car is a DD, basically OEM '05 330i . DWS's are very good in the rain (hoping good in light snow ) and give pretty decent feed back thru the dry, hi speed, twisty stuff around Western PA,MD, and WV. Being an ex superbike and competition kart racer, it's all about the rubber.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:07 PM   #25
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So True........Just replaced some Dunlop Sport Signatures (IMHO, awful tires)
They really are... That's what I have on mine. They are noisy and they SUUUUUUUUUUCK in the wet.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:08 PM   #26
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So True........Just replaced some Dunlop Sport Signatures (IMHO, awful tires) with a set of Continental Extreme Contact DWS's. Car is a DD, basically OEM '05 330i . DWS's are very good in the rain (hoping good in light snow ) and give pretty decent feed back thru the dry, hi speed, twisty stuff around Western PA,MD, and WV. Being an ex superbike and competition kart racer, it's all about the rubber.
Make sure you use a Genuine BMW Grocery Retaining Strap (PN 341 667 77828) to ensure the jug of milk and bag of groceries is properly tied down when you're hitting the twisty stuff. Also make sure to center the load in the trunk to ensure proper weight distribution and avoid extra stress on the rear diff.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:55 PM   #27
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Make sure you use a Genuine BMW Grocery Retaining Strap (PN 341 667 77828) to ensure the jug of milk and bag of groceries is properly tied down when you're hitting the twisty stuff. Also make sure to center the load in the trunk to ensure proper weight distribution and avoid extra stress on the rear diff.
Who took the jelly out of your doughnut? I didn't mention anything about groceries in my post. Anytime you'd like to take a trip thru the twisties next to me, you better wear some depends. FHO
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:11 PM   #28
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Who took the jelly out of your doughnut? I didn't mention anything about groceries in my post. Anytime you'd like to take a trip thru the twisties next to me, you better wear some depends. FHO
Nahh it wasn't directed to you specifically.....was just feeling frisky based on some of the earlier notions that our Ultimate Driving Machine E46s need only the finest Pirelli P-Negative-10 tires in order to "perform properly"

I was just joking in general about how serious some people are on this forum about any and all things BMW, and I imagined that someone might suggest if some poor sap is gonna use their Ultimate Driving Machine as a mere grocery getter, that they must at least use the approved accessories made in Germany for said grocery getting........just being silly

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Old 08-21-2013, 04:58 PM   #29
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Nahh it wasn't directed to you specifically.....was just feeling frisky based on some of the earlier notions that our Ultimate Driving Machine E46s need only the finest Pirelli P-Negative-10 tires in order to "perform properly"

I was just joking in general about how serious some people are on this forum about any and all things BMW, and I imagined that someone might suggest if some poor sap is gonna use their Ultimate Driving Machine as a mere grocery getter, that they must at least use the approved accessories made in Germany for said grocery getting........just being silly

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Old 09-01-2013, 10:16 AM   #30
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i put pirelli P4's on my girl. quiet and aggressive handling. Great in the snow!

love railing my 325 xit over the mountain. feels like a sports car to me.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:18 PM   #31
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Part of the problem is that different tires are made differently. For example, I have 205/50/17's all around, however, the Goodyear's in the back are actually half an inch taller in overall diameter than the Dunlop's on the front. It's not really about the tread pattern, it's about the different tires possibly having a slightly different rolling circumference plus the difference in the tread depths could possibly (MAYBE) cause an issue with your transfer case.
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