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Old 03-17-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Wink 2002 330xi Time for new tires. Any Suggestions??

was looking into the bridgestone potenza tires but I still would appreciate some of input....
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:04 PM   #2
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:11 PM   #4
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Every place is saying that the speed rating matters....is that true
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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Every place is saying that the speed rating matters....is that true

do you drive your car 100 miles an hour???
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:27 PM   #6
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:38 PM   #7
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Every place is saying that the speed rating matters....is that true

One time I got something quick and it was fine. Like I got a Conti that wasn't a Z rated but you find mostly on your grandma BMW sedan lol I think it was a S or T rating. So no it doesn't matter. WHat matters is the right size and proper air in them.



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Old 03-17-2013, 05:56 PM   #9
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i went with these for summer tires just bought em.... http://www.bridgestonetire.com/tire/potenza-re760-sport
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:19 PM   #10
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Those are a very good match for our cars.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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but when winter comes i'll need something to compromise my performance in the harsh weather.
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Of course. IIRC, Glenns Falls is way up the Hudson R. What's the winter climate like? How good is the highway department at getting the roads clear when you need to drive?

Whether you can get away with a very-good-in-the-winter all-season such as the Conti ExtremeContact DWS (which won't compromise performance so much), or a performance-oriented winter tire (next step down), or need a "serious" studless winter tires depends mostly on the condition of the roads when you need to drive them.

For example, even though we get lots of lake effect snow, someone who lives on a main road can get away with good all-seasons on all but a handful of days. But someone who doesn't have adequate clearance and lives even a couple hundred yards back in a subdivision may have significant trouble getting to the main roads until the back streets are cleaned. Those that live out in the country (there are many corn fields within a mile of my house)....

The good news is that the xi gives much more clearance than our ZSP and spreading motive force over twice the number of contact patches makes it easier to get going.

You asked whether speed rating matters. The short answer is "yes"...but not because you expect to drive 135 mph on the tires. The construction of tires with higher speed ratings makes for a more responsive tire. A good place to start learning is the Tire Rack site and its Tech Center articles about tires.

For me, I'd not have tires rated lower than "H" for summer.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:57 PM   #13
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It's pretty bad winters from November til March. Ya shoulda seen me driving today haha. DSC going nuts.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:26 PM   #14
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I have Conti DWS on mine. Great tire.
I couldn't disagree more. They drive like a bloated underinflated beach ball compared to the Pilot A/S sport plus(similar price point, slightly more expensive) that I had on there before. Plus, I don't know how people are getting any decent mileage out of them, i'm at 12k and the rears are over half gone.

Of course, I could be speaking apples to oranges to you, I don't need to drive in snow, and cannot rotate my tires. Majority of my mileage is highway though so i'm very dissapointed with treadwear that was supposed to be fantastic.....
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I couldn't disagree more. They drive like a bloated underinflated beach ball compared to the Pilot A/S sport plus(similar price point, slightly more expensive) that I had on there before. Plus, I don't know how people are getting any decent mileage out of them, i'm at 12k and the rears are over half gone.

Of course, I could be speaking apples to oranges to you, I don't need to drive in snow, and cannot rotate my tires. Majority of my mileage is highway though so i'm very dissapointed with treadwear that was supposed to be fantastic.....
An all-season tire, esp. one with a strong winter bias like the DWS, is not an ideal choice for a Florida car. But the DWS would walk away from the Pilots in the snow.

As you pointed out, though, this is why asking for advice about tires on a national forum (international, in this case) can lead to conflicting information. There are differences in driving style, personal biases for what makes a good tire, and the compromises that are made to constitute "value". Even when all those are the same, what is a great tire for, say, San Diego, may not be a good choice for Seattle. And what works well in Minneapolis isn't a fit for Miami.
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One time I got something quick and it was fine. Like I got a Conti that wasn't a Z rated but you find mostly on your grandma BMW sedan lol I think it was a S or T rating. So no it doesn't matter. WHat matters is the right size and proper air in them.
You guys don't seem to be very knowledgeable when it comes to tires. Sure S/T/H/V/Z rated tires have specific "speed" ratings, but it really comes down to how soft the rubber is and how well the tire grips the road. My 330 came with Z rated tires when the car was brand new. Why would I put hard ass, poor handling T or S rated tires on it? Please read up before giving poor tire advice.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:51 PM   #17
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I had ContiSports Contacts on my car.
Replaced them with Pilot Sport PS2's. WOW. SO much more grip.
Still terrible in the snow, but that's just what makes it fun !
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I had ContiSports Contacts on my car.
Replaced them with Pilot Sport PS2's. WOW. SO much more grip.
Still terrible in the snow, but that's just what makes it fun !
Michelin Pilot anything are pretty good! I got the Pilot Super Sports and couldn't be happier. They are expensive though..
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