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E46 M3 (2001-2006)

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Old 05-01-2010, 09:24 PM
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Bad Rear Tires?

Question for those of you with an M3. How many miles do you normally get out of your rear tires? I have the OEM19's. I know the run flats don't last long but here's my concern. I replaced both rear tires with conti contact run flats, which were the same that came on it from the factory. I got about 7k miles out of them. Is this about right? I'm needing to know if I should call the tire factory and see if there is anything they would do. Any suggestions on what to do or what tire to use in the future? The front are ok right now so I really don't want to replace all four right now.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:40 AM
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The E46 M3 did not come with run-flats. It came with either Continental ContiSportContacts or Michelin Pilots.

Mileage on the rear tires can vary depending on a couple of factors - how hard you drive em and camber/caster. 7-10K miles is probably about low to average for the rears. 10-15K is average to high. Fronts seem to last about 15K, unless you're tracking it. In which case they last 1-3 weekends.....
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:21 AM
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Ok thanks MJS. I guess I'm normal then. I don't track it and have really only spun this set of tires one time. I have the Continental's but I'm blown away that they are not run flats. Are you positive? I was always told that the pump in the trunk was due to the car having run flats. I'm shocked. When I bought this set that's on it I was told they were run flats as well.
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:34 PM
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Yes, positive. No run-flats on the E46 M3. The pump in the trunk also includes a can of useless goo/fix-a-flat. Don't ever waste your time with that sh1t.
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:10 PM
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Drive more sanely.

I get about 25K out of a set of tires. I am on my third set and have just over 60K miles. Michelin Pilots OEM, Bridgestone SO3s, and now Michelin PS2s. And it do occasionally run a track session on my street tires, but not that many.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:49 PM
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Thanks guys and your absolutely right on the fix a flat!! I've seen it.
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