Best Winter Tires for X5?
Like many people here in the Northeast, my car was flooded due to hurricane Sandy. It was a 2008 X5 3.0i with 18" wheels and RFT. I had the car a year and a half and had no problems during the winter months.
I recently ordered a new 2013 X5 with 20" wheels (style 214) and after reading other post on this forum, seems like a good number of X5 owners do go with a winter tire setup during the winter season.
Would greatly appreciate any opinions on what tires you have personally used for winter driving that you are happy with.
Thanks in advance for your help!
I am running 255-55-18 Bridgestone Blizak DM-V1 on my winter set up. In fresh powdery snow and hard packed snow, they are GREAT. I have not had any real experience on ice; but, I have also never had an issue with severe loss of traction with them. (Unless I caused the loss of traction. :-) ) They are are very quiet and give a compliant ride.
Being winter tires, a taller profile and non run flats, they do feel a bit mushy. You will feel them settle into a turn during spirited driving. They have never lost traction or made me feel unsafe. They just feel different.
I would recommend them to anyone. I go to the Poconos and to the Catskills/Adirondacks regularly in the winter and I have never been stuck.
I got lucky and picked up a set recently from someone who split from their spouse and sold me the OEM 18" rims and dunlop graspic ds-2 snow tires with sensors. These tires would not be the best choice, but the price was right ($400). My preferred snow tire are nokian. I have never been disappointed with the hakkapelitta. They are expensive, but will last longer than you will keep your current SAV. Although if you want performance, you will find them loud and a little "mushy" during mild weather. But for real snow tires, these are a good set up. I have no experience with the dunlop set yet, since I haven't mounted them. However, I don't think they'll be great since they are run-flats, which are typically much harder than a snow tire should be. Hope this helps. I plan to post after I get these mounted next week and wait for a real snow storm to give them a try.
Here's my current set up:
Here's what I would suggest:
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