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Yomama 12-05-2012 09:04 PM

Winter tires for CT
 
Hate starting a new thread as there appear to be many on this subject. i stopped at Town Fair Tire, a regional tire/wheel dealer in New England, and asked for a recommendation on snow tires. They were pushing: Champiro WT-AX. Cost with mounting, balancing taxes etc is $612 ($125 a tire+ the other stuff).

I have never heard of this brand. The guy said they are the 9th largest tire manufacturer in thw world, the tires are V speed rated (better than the recommend H).

Anybody have any experience with these. There was very little on the web that I could find in the way of reviews.

pl869 12-06-2012 08:16 AM

I wouldn't go back to TFT...as they sell to the price point and not the tire! You might end up hating your X3 only b/c of the tires. If you do a lot of driving up into VT/NH/ME/NY for skiing, etc. and still need something for the dry pavement/slushy snow driving in CT I would recommend Nokian Tyres...Hakkapeliitta R. My first set of snows were bought on a budget...and I hated the tires/car & myself for it...these are worth every penny...but don't come cheap! BTW...I wouldn't worry about speed rating if you plan on putting your all seasons back on after winter!

Supercourse 12-06-2012 09:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pl869 (Post 7234307)
....... You might end up hating your X3 only b/c of the tires. ......... for the dry pavement/slushy snow driving in CT I would recommend Nokian Tyres..

+1

Champiro is based in Singapore and for years has been a popular choice for inexpensive tires throughout Indonesia, Australia and Europe.

That's why they may be the 9th. biggest tire maker in the world.

Have been marketed in N. America for at least 10 years but haven't caught on much.

Not a good choice for the X3 IMHO.

Yomama 12-07-2012 01:33 PM

Thanks for the advise. I went to Costco and ordered the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70. $650 out the door, although I think they are going to charge me something for the TPMS sensors. Big sign that the batteries are designed to last 5 years. Car is a 2006.

Anybody driving on the same tires? Good/Bad?

Thanks

nightmareuki 12-09-2012 01:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yomama (Post 7236667)
Thanks for the advise. I went to Costco and ordered the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70. $650 out the door, although I think they are going to charge me something for the TPMS sensors. Big sign that the batteries are designed to last 5 years. Car is a 2006.

Anybody driving on the same tires? Good/Bad?

Thanks

I have Conti Winter Contact on my x3 and ws-70 on my G37xs, on Dry or wet Conti seem to be better or maybe its the G that is tail happy. no snow this year so far here so cant tell on snow performance.
if you want ultimate show/ice performance WS-70 is a great choice, they ride nice, there is a little tire noise but its to be expected.
i did not add TPMS to neither of my cars.

mlukas161 12-09-2012 04:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yomama (Post 7236667)
Thanks for the advise. I went to Costco and ordered the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70. $650 out the door, although I think they are going to charge me something for the TPMS sensors. Big sign that the batteries are designed to last 5 years. Car is a 2006.

Anybody driving on the same tires? Good/Bad?

Thanks

I have a set of the WS-70 on our x3. They are amazing in the snow and have a soft compliant ride quality. They sacrifice a little handling but that's to be expected. Overall I'm extremely happy with them. I wanted a good/great snow tire for my wifes car as its the primary car we drive with our 1 year old.
I would definitely buy the same tire again when these wear out.

Yomama 12-09-2012 04:57 PM

Excellent!! Looking forward to getting them now. Unfortunately they are back ordered.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mlukas161 (Post 7239772)
I have a set of the WS-70 on our x3. They are amazing in the snow and have a soft compliant ride quality. They sacrifice a little handling but that's to be expected. Overall I'm extremely happy with them. I wanted a good/great snow tire for my wifes car as its the primary car we drive with our 1 year old.
I would definitely buy the same tire again when these wear out.


BMW220i 12-09-2012 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yomama (Post 7233701)
H Champiro WT-AX. Cost with mounting, balancing taxes etc is $612 ($125 a tire+ the other stuff).

I have never heard of this brand. The guy said they are the 9th largest tire manufacturer in thw world, the tires are V speed rated (better than the recommend H).

An.

Without googling it, I thought Champiro was an Indonesian brand, not a Singaporean brand. Maybe ok for a cheap car but for a BMW X3, I'd stick with the best snow tires possible which might be Nokian Hakkapeliitta R, Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, etc. There are winter performance tires but I prefer to get the best snow traction possible for 3-4 months of the year rather than cut corners.

MichiganApril 12-10-2012 08:46 AM

Michigan April here-
Finally breaking down and getting myself a brand spankin' new set of Michelin Defenders! rim size 17. Supposedly REALLY good for our michigan winters! Also, a warranty of 90,000 miles on them! ;)
Out the door price at Discount Tires here in Traverse City, MI- 817.00, with a rebate of 100.00 it brings it down to 717.00.
Guess I'm getting new tires for Christmas!
Merry early Christmas ya'll, happy off-roading!

Yomama 12-10-2012 02:06 PM

Costco is telling me they will not be able to get them after all. The other tires in the same price range are BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI. Anybody have experience with these

nightmareuki 12-10-2012 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yomama (Post 7241311)
Costco is telling me they will not be able to get them after all. The other tires in the same price range are BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI. Anybody have experience with these

go to tirerack.com

Yomama 12-10-2012 05:00 PM

That is one of my options. Not as good a deal since Costco had $100 off special. I called PepBoys and if I can get a written estimate from Costco they will price match. The estimate I have is hand written and they will not take that.

Quote:

Originally Posted by nightmareuki (Post 7241504)
go to tirerack.com


Yomama 12-11-2012 04:16 PM

Pep Boys not only matched the Costco price but gave me a 10% discount.

Yomama 12-13-2012 08:47 AM

Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow.

Only drove them 30 miles back from the shop but they felt good and I didn't really notice any significant change in road noise compared to the Michelin Pilots I had on. They also seem to have softened the ride a bit.

I know, I gotta clean those wheels. That brake dust seems never ending :-(

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...MWsnowtire.jpg

Yomama 12-13-2012 01:12 PM

They say timing is everything. Browsing circulars for xmas gift ideas and I came across this. If I am reading it right, with the discounting and free mounting, the cost would be $138 a tire.

http://www.sears.com/bridgestone-bli...3&blockType=G3

jdauria 12-14-2012 05:04 AM

blizzak is the one way to go

Supercourse 12-14-2012 07:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yomama (Post 7248046)
If I am reading it right, with the discounting and free mounting, the cost would be $138 a tire.

Sears would add on higher valve stem and balancing charges so it would come out about the same.

Everything is better than those Champiros that you first got quoted on.

Yomama 12-17-2012 10:39 AM

Agreed. So far they are great. Actually hoping for some snow now

Quote:

Originally Posted by Supercourse (Post 7249414)
Sears would add on higher valve stem and balancing charges so it would come out about the same.

Everything is better than those Champiros that you first got quoted on.


Steven J Haas 12-22-2012 09:17 AM

Winter Tires
 
I have a 2008 X3 with 19" wheels, I purchased a set of 18" wheels and had a set of Michelin X-Ice Xi3 put on then. I'm very pleased with the ride and handling.

Yomama 01-01-2013 11:09 AM

The car with the Blizzak's has been phenomenal in the snow. Could not be happier


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