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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 03-10-2013, 02:33 PM
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Update on the DWS.. Around 3000 miles on the tires and they seem to be holding up well. I have been gentle with them but have done the occasional hard cornering. The ride quality isn't very good but that i believe is a function of the horrid roads in Houston and stiff springs on the car. The low profile setup ain't helping! On better roads, the ride is very smooth.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:51 PM
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Update on the DWS.. Around 3000 miles on the tires and they seem to be holding up well. I have been gentle with them but have done the occasional hard cornering. The ride quality isn't very good but that i believe is a function of the horrid roads in Houston and stiff springs on the car. The low profile setup ain't helping! On better roads, the ride is very smooth.
Your opinion/judgement is being clouded by the fact that this is your first time in a BMW, and a Sport Pkg. Coupe to boot ! Don`t know what your previous ride was, but I`d venture to guess it was nowhere as aggressive as your present car.
Relax, enjoy it, and try to avoid potholes, etc.

(What tire pressures (cold) are you running ?)
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:19 PM
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My wife's '02 525i sport pkg has a set of Kumho Ecsta 4x's on it and they are no joke. Smooth, quiet, and VERY GOOD traction at high speeds. I run the Pittsburgh to Philly PA pike pretty regular and triple digit sweepers cause nothing but giggles. Conversely, my car ('05 330i ) has a set of Dunlop Sport signatures that came on it. Talk about noisy !! Unless the road is pretty smooth, ride comfort is awful and the road noise is just about intolerable. They are freakin' terrible. I can totally recommend the aforementioned Kumho's.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:29 PM
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Your opinion/judgement is being clouded by the fact that this is your first time in a BMW, and a Sport Pkg. Coupe to boot ! Don`t know what your previous ride was, but I`d venture to guess it was nowhere as aggressive as your present car.
Relax, enjoy it, and try to avoid potholes, etc.

(What tire pressures (cold) are you running ?)
I am running 36 in the rear and 34 in the front. Going to go 1 psi up some time soon.
The ride is fine for me considering the low profile, sport package setup i have but my yardstick for judging the ride quality is asking the question would my mom complain if she sat in the car....I think she might! Like i said, it is not because of the tires.
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