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Old 03-31-2014, 07:20 PM
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New Tires for my Z3

I'm going to treat my 2000 z3 to new sneakers this year. I only drive it May through October. I'm taking recommendations on tiresÖ.please also specify rating (H, W,Y,Z) etc...
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:26 PM
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Lots of tires to choose from. What are you looking for? Size. Cost. Budget. Performance. Comfort.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:46 PM
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I put Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 on my baby back in December and it handle the snowfall like a charm. Planning to put to the test now with better weather, just got to find a good road to ride on. Plenty of pot holes throughout the Tri-state.

Size: 225/50ZR16
5-Rib Tread Design
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:24 PM
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I put Goodyear Eagle ST's on my 96 this winter drove from Idaho to Cali and Az last month, they handled great from snow to 80 degrees, I am very happy with them
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:22 PM
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If you are only driving May through October, and presumably not in snow, I'd skip any snow considerations and get Conti Extremecontact DW's.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:37 AM
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Just did a arms, bushings etc. on front end. rear shocks and rear shock mounts, I have Bridgestone potenza tires and it wants to chase every rut in the road. As you know from living in Idaho there are more than our share of ruts. Its worse with the front end redo than before but steering is more responcive. Scary loose. How does your do with the ruts?? Thanks Ron G. 97 Z3 1.9
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:04 AM
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If you are looking at tires, some might say stay away from Run-Flats, however on my Z4 I put on the Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP (Zero Pressure) tires. Love them to death. They do also come in non-funflat.

On my Z3, I have the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S on the rear (almost new) and will add them to the front this spring. Or if I can't find the match, I will add the newer Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires.

As some say it really is more of when and what roads you plan on driving. If I would not have gotten a super deal on the MXM4 tires, I was seriously looking at the Continental options others have or will post. I donít think you can go wrong on a top brand. it all depends on the look on your car, and the type of driving you will do as well as the roads you primarily will be on.

Either way...have fun with your purchase!
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:09 PM
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Jinx Got New Sneakers.

My Z is an '02, 3.0 Sport Package, she is named Jinx (after the Bond girl in the film of the same year). In this Sports package BMW saw fit to spec a slightly wider rear than the front even though the wheels are the same size (17x7.5").
Front 225/45Z R17
Rear 245/40Z R17

These tires were installed by the PO, I actually considered changing them before driving on them for a while, I did not have a great experience with another set of Michelin Pilots (read on). They were installed less than a 1000 miles prior to my purchase. the PO had a tidy folder with 4 years of BMW service records along with the receipt for these tires. To my surprise they were filled with Nitrogen.... never had this before. I found a local tire shop that will top it up for $5 from time to time. During spirited driving I find the Traction Control Light on the dash flicker... warning of the near disaster averted... so they do slip a bit in both wet and dry conditions. Jinx has been a garage princess her entire life, with only 75,000 miles recorded in 12 years. These sneakers are likely her 3rd or 4th set as I've been warned that I should only expect 25,000 miles from them.

We are in Vancouver BC. It rains a lot and occasionally snows, while I do drive Jinx every month of the year, my daily driver is a more suitable Acura RL with Tech and SH-AWD (non PAX run flat). Not a super performance car. We recently replaced the horrible Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 with the Continental Extreme DWS tires. These tires have transformed this 4,000 lb car into a sure footed touring sedan. Confident and smooth. Firm when pushed but never, ever slipping (it was a common occurrence in the other shoes).

Point being you will be very pleased with the Conti DWS if you want to receive a smooth ride and sure footed traction but still be in an all season tire. But my faith is renewed in the Michelin Pilot line after driving on the Super Sport Z rated tires. Both tires receive regular inflation checks along with frequent 100+mph thrashings. with over 2500 miles on both... I'm pleased recommend them. Good Luck with your tire hunt, and consider the slightly offset set-up that came stock on my Z.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:20 AM
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Here's a different approach: I replaced the tires on my '96 Z3 (1.9) a few years ago, not necessarily due to mileage/wear but as a precaution due to age (15-year old original OEM tires...I don't drive it much). For my driving (usually fair weather only) and engine size I found that Z-rated summer or A/S performance tires were overkill. I chose a set of Falken ZE912 tires (P225/50/R16) H-rated A/S. They have superior grip than my OEM Pilots in rain and light snow here in Colo (when it gets exposed to the elements). I'm typically a Euro Michelin/Continental/Dunlop kind of guy and hadn't considered an Asian brand such as Falken or Toyo, but so far they've been fine for Zippy2 and were a better value for me at the time over other Z-rated performance tire options. But again, it all depends on your driving style and frequency. GH
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:15 PM
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My Z is an '02, 3.0 Sport Package, she is named Jinx (after the Bond girl in the film of the same year). In this Sports package BMW saw fit to spec a slightly wider rear than the front even though the wheels are the same size (17x7.5").
Front 225/45Z R17
Rear 245/40Z R17
Are you sure your wheels are the same size front and rear? My 2001 3.0 Sport Package has 7-1/2x17 in the front and 8-1/2x17 in the rear. You can tell the difference because the rear wheels have a slightly deeper "offset" than the front wheels (and the size is cast into the wheel centers next to the roundel).

BTW - I've been running Michelin Pilot Sports since the original Dunlops wore out, and have been very happy with them.
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:49 AM
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This is not an M car so there really isn't the room for the 8 1/2" wheel in the rear. The rear wheel tread is a little more square to the wheel and the front tread is a little narrower. It's only 1/2" difference but it has a "Staggered Look" without the different wheels. I have the original window label from the dealership and this tire set-up was described in the "Sports Package". See the photos in my "garage".

As for the Falken Tires I too recommend them. I installed them on a '03 330i with M-Sport Package for winter tires. I sold it to my Brother In Law the next year and he ran the for 5 more years without any trouble at all.
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:52 AM
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Beemer Mike... I like your '72 - 2002. I missed a chance to buy a silver one 18 years ago and have regretted it ever since. good for you that you grabbed that one. more pictures in your garage pls...
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:48 PM
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Beemer Mike... I like your '72 - 2002. I missed a chance to buy a silver one 18 years ago and have regretted it ever since. good for you that you grabbed that one. more pictures in your garage pls...
2002? The '72 car is a Porsche 911E. Currently disassembling it for a complete "street" restoration. Going to visit a couple of 356/911 resto shops in the San Antonio area next week.
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:52 PM
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Sorry Mike, my mistake. the '72, 2002 is in Granbys' Garage... post above yours. I got them mixed up. ... How about pics in your garage.... like to see the 911e before and after.
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:58 PM
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This is not an M car so there really isn't the room for the 8 1/2" wheel in the rear. The rear wheel tread is a little more square to the wheel and the front tread is a little narrower. It's only 1/2" difference but it has a "Staggered Look" without the different wheels. I have the original window label from the dealership and this tire set-up was described in the "Sports Package". See the photos in my "garage".


BMW may have changed the Sport Package wheels for 2002. My 2001 has staggered 7-1/2" and 8-1/2" two-piece (BBS) wheels (I believe the M Roadsters have 9" rear wheels), and they fit fine under the 3.0 fenders. They look like this:
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:35 PM
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How about pics in your garage.... like to see the 911e before and after.
OK, I posted a couple of pics in My Garage.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:39 AM
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My 2001 Z3 3.0 L, 45000 miles, also has the two piece staggered wheel. I need to buy new tires, but the last set I bought are 255's in the rear and they fit with no problem. (replaced the 245's) I thought I had a nice picture of the rear of the Z, but I can't seem to find it. I was starting a brake job in this picture.
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ID:	451053 Any body have a suggestions on winter tires. I was going to buy new 16" rims and 205/55-16" tires as well. This would give me more of a side wall (for pot holes) and a thinner tire to cut through the snow.


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Old 07-11-2014, 10:55 AM
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As long as we are talking tires, are there any thoughts regarding replacing OEM 16 wheels on a 2001 Z3 2.5i Roadster with 17" rims? What are advantages and disadvantages? Thanks. Signed, new to BMW cars and this forum. Hope this is the correct place for this request.
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Old 07-12-2014, 06:06 AM
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Well I'm no expert but, you need to make sure that you have the clearance. One thing for sure you would need to go with a lower profile tire if you did. My backs tires are 255/40 - 17, and my front are 225/45 - 17. Plus because of the suspension your car might be set up to run 16". Mine is set up for 17" but I'm dropping down to 16" for winter tires. I figured it out and the OD of the winter tire would only be .150 smaller. I'm looking at 205/55 - 16.


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Old 07-15-2014, 06:50 PM
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I have a white version of BimmerMikeTx. Original owner had Michelin Sport Pilots which lasted about 8 years, which was the second set of tires replaced at 25k, (car only has 55k right now!). I drive it when it is fairly cool, Florida gets as hot as Texas so mid May through October she sits in the garage. Anyway, I needed tires and I went with Continental Sport Contacs for about $480 for the set. I am very happy with them. In Florida I need a summer tire and the Contis fit the bill. Very happy so far.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:26 AM
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The previous owner of my '01 3.0i Roady had Kumhos installed and while they had plenty of tread life left I ditched them due to an issue with one of the rear tires. I replaced them with Michelin Pilot Super Sports approx 1500 miles ago. While they are pricey they are incredible tires! Grippy, ride well, and are quite.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:08 PM
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Winter tires

I was going to go with Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires, but change my mine, since I don't drive much in the winter. I still need good tires when I do need to go out. I decided to go with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3. From the reviews they seem to be pretty good. I have an older set of all seasons Continentals which are terrible in the snow, and are not much better in the rain. My Z hydroplanes when the road gets wet.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:05 PM
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This is not an M car so there really isn't the room for the 8 1/2" wheel in the rear. The rear wheel tread is a little more square to the wheel and the front tread is a little narrower. It's only 1/2" difference but it has a "Staggered Look" without the different wheels. I have the original window label from the dealership and this tire set-up was described in the "Sports Package". See the photos in my "garage".

As for the Falken Tires I too recommend them. I installed them on a '03 330i with M-Sport Package for winter tires. I sold it to my Brother In Law the next year and he ran the for 5 more years without any trouble at all.
This is so wrong I can't even begin. I'm certain you can fit 9.5"-10" wheels in the back as I have 9" wheels front and rear on 255/40-17s with 12mm spacers and it still has tons of space. I'm not here to shout someone down but if you don't know, don't speculate.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:47 AM
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Question I have a Z3 2000 when I went for an oil change they didn't reset the oil monitor. Does anyone know how to do it ??


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Old 08-20-2014, 04:35 PM
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There is a tool that does it. There are workarounds on the internet that work. Here is a couple of examples.


and info here..
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=497645
Many companies make tools for the reset here is an example:
http://www.peakeresearch.com/products.htm
There are some cheaper ones on ebay that work as well.
I hope that helps
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