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Old 12-30-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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Tire Recommendations - 330i

We have a 330i, with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Tires have been good, but don't want to spend that much in tires again. Car has 100k miles.

Was looking at Falken tires at Discount, XE-612.

Any recommendations would be great!

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Old 12-30-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
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Hankook ventus v-12's if they have the size you need
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:26 PM   #3
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My favorite tire is the Toyo Proxes 4+ M&S; I used to run the Pirelli P Zero Nero M&S, however the Pirelli is an extremely soft tire and wears out quickly. I've been running the Toyo for the last 100k, love this tire. Just my two and a half cents worth...
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:38 PM   #4
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I had a set of Kuhmo Ecstas that I liked, and right now I have BFGoodrich gForce Sports that have worked out really well for me. The Ecsta is pulling duty as the spare, it has never ever seen the light of day.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:47 PM   #5
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The Tire Rack website has owner surveys on tires and you can even filter those reviews by BMW and possibly BMW E46. The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is the top rated maximum performance summer tire and the set is priced at $736 for my car. The Sumitomo HTR Z II is the cheapest tire for my car at $448 per set and ranked 11th in its category, Ultra performance summer tires, and scored 93% of the top score in its category versus the $448 for #1 in ultra performance summer tire, which is the Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500.

Tire Rack does not sell the Falken. I have had them before and they seemed OK, but not as good as Michelin Pilot Sports which I have on my car now. The point is, these owner surveys can be quite enlightening when trying to balance cost versus performance of tires. I doubt if Discount has these surveys, but they might.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:07 PM   #6
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My Michilen Pilot Sports are noisy... I wonder if later versions are quieter?
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:08 PM   #7
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:10 PM   #8
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TJyak50......these are on my wife's car, and have over 60k on them. They've always been noisy to me, although I don't get to drive it as much as I'd like too!
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:23 PM   #9
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+1 on the hankooks ventus v12s. I thought my michelins were also noisy. I have had my hankooks for 20k miles or so and they still have a lot of life left in them They are very grippy in dry conditions. They are not very good in wet conditions, although that is expected from a summer tire.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:59 PM   #10
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+1 on the hankooks ventus v12s. I thought my michelins were also noisy. I have had my hankooks for 20k miles or so and they still have a lot of life left in them They are very grippy in dry conditions. They are not very good in wet conditions, although that is expected from a summer tire.
The noise on your Ventus V12s is such that you never actually hear them? Happy with that aspect?

Funny, now I see I have
Michelin Pilot Sport 225/40-18 front which seem to make a noise like bad wheel bearings from 10-35 mph.
Potenza RE760 Sport 255/35-18 rear which dont seem to make any noise.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:10 PM   #11
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I have Michelin Pilot Sport A/S that make ridiculous amounts of noise. I don't recommend them.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:29 PM   #12
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My Potenza RE760s are well-priced, grip very well, are super comfortable, and are amazing in the wet. Not to mention, they're whisper quiet. You can't hear them at all. Honestly, I think they're the best bang for the buck out there for a summer tire. I've had them for a year and the rears just started to show signs of wear. The fronts look brand-new.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:06 PM   #13
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how many miles in that year Zell? and you have the stock 18 inch ZHP wheels? 255 rear, 225 front?
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:18 PM   #14
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Anyone have experience with Goodyear TripleTred tires? 80,000 mile warranty and supposed to be really good in wet conditions.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:22 PM   #15
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Good thread.

General consensus seems to be the Michelins are noisy tyres overall. Turns out I have Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres on mine from the previous owner.

Anybody have experience with Yokohama tyres? I used to run A509 and A539s on a previous car (non-BMW) many years ago and they were very quiet, but I haven't used Yokohamas in a long time so not sure how their current range is for noise.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:39 AM   #16
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:11 AM   #17
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I like the ZE612s you're looking at. Those are the same as the ZE912s, except exclusive to Discount/America's Tire.

It's an A/S so don't expect "crazy grip", but it's certainly more than enough for anything other than track work. I have it on the 325 and Benz right now.

One more note, the main reason I stuck with this tire since I "discovered" it - they're insanely quiet. More so than the Michelins that came with the 325 or the Continentals that came with the Benz, plus some Yokohama S-Drives that I tried on a whim.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:15 AM   #18
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I have Continental ContiPro Contact on the car now and they are noisy. When I pick up new wheels next month i'm gonna probably go with Yokohama Avid Envigors. Have good reviews and from Tire Rack they are less than $500.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:19 AM   #19
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I've only had two tires. My Bridgestone potenza re760 and Michelin pss. The Michelin pss are very nice and grip like no other. Especially in wet.
However I found the potenzas to be good tires. Good tread life. Quiet. Good grip. It's also a pretty decent looking tire.
I would for sure recommend it to anyone as a sub $1k set.
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how many miles in that year Zell? and you have the stock 18 inch ZHP wheels? 255 rear, 225 front?
I don't know how many miles, but I'd say anywhere between 7500 and 10,000. Standard sizes for ZHP wheels, 255 rear and 225 front.

As peytonracer4 said, they do have a pretty unique looking tread pattern, though I dunno if that's anything people care about
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