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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:10 AM
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What brand of tires does your X3 come with?

My X3 has Pirelli tires. Why do same model cars have different brand of tires installed? Could the difference on driving experience be noticeable?

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Old 10-24-2012, 12:01 PM
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Probably just due to supply. BMW would be foolish to only buy tires from one manufacturer. If that manufacturer were unable to deliver the quantities that BMW needs, BMW would be screwed. So BMW approves tires from different manufacturers to ensure they always have enough. When the BMW factory runs out of one brand, they switch to the backup brand.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:18 PM
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:22 PM
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:22 PM
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My X3 has Pirelli tires. Why do same model cars have different brand of tires installed? Could the difference on driving experience be noticeable?

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From what I observed from 2013 US models, the 18inch are Pirelli tires and 19inch are GoodYear.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:36 AM
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Pirelli on my 2.8 - 2013. The brand of tire might vary by model year due to supply.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:51 AM
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Pirelli on my 2.8 - 2013. The brand of tire might vary by model year due to supply.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:05 AM
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:44 PM
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Which Pirelli do you have?

For those of you with stock Pirelli tires on 18" wheels, could you please tell me:
- the name of the tire (Scorpion STR? something else?)
- size (235/50/R18?)
- are they run-flats?
- are you happy with them?
- how good are they in snow?

I am thinking about downsizing from my stock 19" wheels to 18" wheels and I want to make sure I get a tire that works well on the car.
I am thinking about the Scorpion STR or Scorpion Verde All Season

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Old 10-27-2012, 09:52 PM
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For those of you with stock Pirelli tires on 18" wheels, could you please tell me:
- the name of the tire (Scorpion STR? something else?)
- size (235/50/R18?)
- are they run-flats?
- are you happy with them?
- how good are they in snow?

I am thinking about downsizing from my stock 19" wheels to 18" wheels and I want to make sure I get a tire that works well on the car.
I am thinking about the Scorpion STR or Scorpion Verde All Season

Thank you!
My 2013 X3 28i come with 245/50/R18 Pirelli Cinturato P7, apparently the most expensive one of its kind on the internet.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:38 PM
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My X3 has Pirelli tires. Why do same model cars have different brand of tires installed? Could the difference on driving experience be noticeable?

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As others have pointed out, BMW produces many cars globally. They cant risk being in a position where the supply of tires is less than the needed amount for the cars they produce. Hence, BMW usually has a minimum spec (the suspension geometry and the tires specs like sidewall firmness etc), that is needed to be met before a supplier can work with BMW. Once they have met spec, BMW will just order tires for say 1000 cars. Depending on cost and availability they will go with that. There supply managers tend to ensure, that they have more than enuff tires on hand, in case there's a recall or some tires are exhibiting poor quality control (aka bubblegate on the first F10s).

You'll find that most tires that posters have listed, are within spec of each other, when comparing like vehicles with like option sets.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:08 PM
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:20 PM
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Pirelli on my 2011 x28 with 18 inch wheels. Seem to be pretty good tires. Wearing good, balanced and handle well.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:01 PM
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:44 AM
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My 2013 X3 28i has Goodyear Eagle LS (245/50 R18).
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:48 PM
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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 (245/55R17) on my 2012 x28.
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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 (245/55R17) on my 2012 x28.
Same here.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:45 PM
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Pirelli 18" on my Wifes 2013 X3 2.8i.

I'm surprised how smooth they do ride. No excessive noice or harsh ride, as opposed to my E90 with Michelins which just about knocks your teeth out when you hit an expansion joint.
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