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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 06-13-2005, 06:46 PM
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need new tires...

Its about that time to replace my tires on my 04 330ci. Currently, I have contisport 2's, and I am not exactly in love with them, to say the least. I want to stay with a pair of dependable all seasons, but possibly a better handling tire if possible. Any opinions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-13-2005, 06:51 PM
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Best bet is to check out the Tire Rack website (they`re a `Fest sponsor) They have a tremendous selection at reasonable prices, and very good service.

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Old 06-14-2005, 07:23 AM
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Best bet is to check out the Tire Rack website (they`re a `Fest sponsor) They have a tremendous selection at reasonable prices, and very good service.

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Approx. 30K miles ago, I bought Bridgestone Potenza RE950s (IIRC) from Tire Rack... they were top rated at the time... Quite happy with them, started getting a little noisy at 20K, but really good tread wear, also good in snow...
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Old 06-14-2005, 10:09 AM
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I replaced my stock Goodyear RSAs with Pirelli PZero Nero M+S. Went from 205 to 225. Can't say the difference is night and day, but they definitely better (and 30% cheaper to boot). We are talking all-seasons
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Old 06-14-2005, 10:20 AM
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Approx. 30K miles ago, I bought Bridgestone Potenza RE950s (IIRC) from Tire Rack... they were top rated at the time... Quite happy with them, started getting a little noisy at 20K, but really good tread wear, also good in snow...
Over the years, I`ve purchased 3 or 4 sets of wheels, and probably 9 or 10 sets of tires from them, all without a glitch. I have also discovered that, particularly with summer tires, a lower treadwear number usually indicates a tire that will stick like crazy, but not last too long. And, at least under dry conditions, tires that are fairly worn (70-80% wear) *really* stick well, but are much noisier dut to all the "cushioning" rubber being worn away.

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Old 06-14-2005, 10:36 AM
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new tires for a 1-2 year old car????
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Old 06-14-2005, 12:29 PM
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My 3rd set at 33K miles are 4 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 205/50/17. About 920 out the door using Tire Rack and after 1100 miles worth every dollar they cost. These for my '02 330ci. Check if you intend to use them in snow however.
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Old 06-14-2005, 12:49 PM
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I replaced my worn out Conti's with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's about two months ago and I'm amazed at how big a difference the Pilot Sport's make. They handle great and are much more quiet than the Continentals. Better in the rain, too.
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Old 06-14-2005, 01:23 PM
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new tires for a 1-2 year old car????
I drive 20k a year, and on average, usually replace my tires at the 40k mark... so yes, 2 years is doing well...
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Old 06-14-2005, 04:14 PM
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new tires for a 1-2 year old car????
It's not age, but miles and driving habits that determines when to replace tires.

I'm replacing my OEM equipped Dunlop SP Sport 2000E's with Pilot Sport SP2's this week after 23k miles and 1.5 years. I still have plenty of tread left on the front Dunlops, but the rears are worn pretty bad and I don't like mixing tires. Next time, I should just have to replace the rears instead of all 4.
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I replaced the same Dunlops with Goodyear F1's, to be honest I miss the Dunlops. They are underated tire on the TireRack surveys.

The goodyear tires are quiet and handle nice but I miss the stiff sidewall of the Dunlop tires. According to TireRack's survey responders the Goodyear tires are twice the tire but in my opinion they are not. The Dunlops were cheaper too.

Gary from tire rack says over and over that OEM tires take a beating on the surveys with no real explanation why.
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:24 PM
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I replaced my stock Goodyear RSAs with Pirelli PZero Nero M+S. Went from 205 to 225. Can't say the difference is night and day, but they definitely better (and 30% cheaper to boot). We are talking all-seasons
Ditto. Nice tire.
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Old 06-14-2005, 08:15 PM
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Another good choice in all-seasons is the BF Goodrich Comp/TA KDWS....great wet & dry grip, acceptable in snow, and absolutely stable at 100+ mph.

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Old 06-14-2005, 10:52 PM
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Gary from tire rack says over and over that OEM tires take a beating on the surveys with no real explanation why.
Yeah I have no doubts that is very true. People just naturally assume anything OEM must suck. I really don't think Continentals are that bad, but they come with the car so they naturally are. It's just the mentality.
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:33 AM
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new tires for a 1-2 year old car????
Some people do drive more than 10,000 miles per year, you know.
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