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Old 02-17-2009, 12:58 PM   #1
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Question Quietest winter tire?

What's the quietest winter tire? I'm considering the LM-25 because the tire tread looks boring which usually means quiet. I also read the PA2/PA3 might be quiet.

My problem is the MXM4s that came on my TL are perfect in the summer but dangerous in the winter. So I need something better in snow while staying as quiet as possible. I tried the Pilot Sport A/S, but it's too loud to keep on all year. Can I hope to find a winter tire quieter than a UHP tire, or should I just use the UHP as my winter tire since it's tolerable?
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:24 PM   #2
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I currently run Hankook Icebear W300 (Performance Winter) tires. Road noise is non-existent. This is my second season running them. Fantastic tires and a great price. I would buy them again.

My father runs Blizzaks on his 335i, not the performance winter version... but the regular kind that are better able to handle the snow... and they're quiet.

Mother has Pirelli winter tires on her X5, very quiet... but that's probably not good for comparison.

However, they live in Pittsburgh (hilly) where as I live in Chicago (flat), so I opted for performance winter.

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Old 02-17-2009, 04:26 PM   #3
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What's the quietest winter tire? I'm considering the LM-25 because the tire tread looks boring which usually means quiet. I also read the PA2/PA3 might be quiet.

My problem is the MXM4s that came on my TL are perfect in the summer but dangerous in the winter. So I need something better in snow while staying as quiet as possible. I tried the Pilot Sport A/S, but it's too loud to keep on all year. Can I hope to find a winter tire quieter than a UHP tire, or should I just use the UHP as my winter tire since it's tolerable?
where the f did you hear that?
my LM-25s are loud as fock compared to my general uhp's
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:27 AM   #4
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The Michelin PA2/PA3 would be one of the most quiet winter tires I know of.

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Old 02-18-2009, 12:31 PM   #5
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I'd checkout Continental too
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:12 PM   #6
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My PA2's are pretty quiet. Decent grip for what they are too.
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:55 PM   #7
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My Michelin X-ice Xi2 tires seem to be very quiet, but my MB that I have them on is always quieter than my bimmer.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:33 PM   #8
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All modern studdless winter tires are pretty quiet. Old, knobby winter tires from the 1970s and 1980s were the loud ones.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:37 PM   #9
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PA2's from Michelin are quiet and a great tire. Of course the weather here in Seattle is more Icy conditions that Snow. With you being from Chicago,IL, local feedback will proablay be the best.
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