10-05-2012, 01:54 PM
Location: Not In Kansas Any More
Join Date: Dec 2005
Mein Auto: 535i M Sport; 328i Wagon
Gosh. Wish I'd had you there to tell me what to buy. After 9 BMW's (4 of which were X5's) I'm obviously clueless.
The tires in question are the Dueler HP Sport RFT, one of the two different OE tires BMW fits (the other being the Dunlops). If my X5 wasn't leased, I likely would have gone with another tire, probably the Conti DWS. But since I need to return it at lease end with RFT's, my choices were limited to:
1. Re-up with the Dunlops, which are truly dreadful tires;
2. Switch to the Bridgestones, which couldn't possibly be worse than the Dunlops;
3. Buy non-RFT's and let BMWFS charge me $1,600 at lease end for tires;
4. Buy non-RFT's and hope I could find a set of takeoffs from another Fester when my lease is done.
Opion 1 wasn't an option. Option 3 would have cost me at least $2,500, vs. $1,400 for the so far eminently acceptable Bridgestones. Option 4 was a crap shoot. So I got the Bridgestones thinking they might suck, but so far I like them a lot. As they say, YMMV. But I find Callaway's comments reassuring.
2014 535i MSport
Space / Black, ZCW, ZDA, ZLP, ZLS, ZPP, H-K and 704
2014 328i Sport Wagon
, Glacier / Black, ZSL, ZD2, ZD3, ZDH, ZLP, ZPP, ZTP, and H-K
2011 535ix MSport
2011 X5 35D
2008 ///M3 Vert
2008 X5 3.0
2007 X5 3.0
2006 X5 3.0
2006 550iA SP
2003 540iA M-Technic