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Old 08-07-2005, 01:24 PM
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Help to get new tires on a 325ci 2004

I need advice to get a new set of tires for my 2004 325ci. What brand? a good website to buy them?

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PD: Does anyone know if bmw factory warranty covers tires.
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Old 08-07-2005, 02:49 PM
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I just got a kumho tires from tirerack.com
It cost me $80 for each tire.
I had a continental tire but kumho is way better than
continental.
Check review from tirerack.com.
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Old 08-07-2005, 03:01 PM
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TireRack is a great place to go. The average price per tire was at least $30 cheaper than the cheapest store I visited (at least for the expensive tires I was looking for). You can order on-line and have the tires shipped to your local tire shop for fitting, balancing etc.

Now....you need to define your driving style, specs of your car (wheels dimensions), weather conditions, and the $ factor to get proper advice on the tire that's best for you.

I am not a tire guru, but I got Michelin Pilot Sports, which are performance tires, and I am very happy with handling and noise levels.
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Old 08-07-2005, 03:04 PM
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What size wheel? If you have 17" the the Bridgestone G009s rock. If they are 16" the the Bridgstone Turenza is great! Both have excellent wet/dry handling, low road noise and long tread life. Not cheap but you gets what you pays for.
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Old 08-07-2005, 04:55 PM
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What size wheel? If you have 17" the the Bridgestone G009s rock. If they are 16" the the Bridgstone Turenza is great! Both have excellent wet/dry handling, low road noise and long tread life. Not cheap but you gets what you pays for.
Bridgestone G009s are H rated and they rock? Even though the speed rating is not the only factor when choosing the tire it's a first sign if this is performance oriented tire. On a BMW with SP and 17" wheels you need a W rated tire, if you're happy with anything less then you probably made a mistake getting a SP, maybe getting BMW.


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Old 08-07-2005, 05:44 PM
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Bridgestone G009s are H rated and they rock? Even though the speed rating is not the only factor when choosing the tire it's a first sign if this is performance oriented tire. On a BMW with SP and 17" wheels you need a W rated tire, if you're happy with anything less then you probably made a mistake getting a SP, maybe getting BMW.


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Maybe he just does`nt spend much time between 131 and 168 mph.... :-)

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Old 08-07-2005, 10:19 PM
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Maybe he just does`nt spend much time between 131 and 168 mph.... :-)

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Speed rating gives us more info then just the top speed, in most cases the tire with the higher speed rating is also better handling tire, both wet and dry.

Tirerack divides tires into performance categories, the 2 major factors when assigning a category are speed rating and tire profile. IMO the only categories to consider when picking a tire for sport package equipped bimmer are Max Performance, Ultra High Performance Summer and Ultra High Performance All-Season.
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Old 08-08-2005, 10:42 AM
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... IMO the only categories to consider when picking a tire for sport package equipped bimmer are Max Performance, Ultra High Performance Summer and Ultra High Performance All-Season.
I second that. Although I stick to all-seasons for the xi, I couldn't imagine getting anything but Ultra High Performance All-Season - kind of defeats the purpose of spending all that money on high performance car to get cheap on the tires
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Old 08-08-2005, 02:05 PM
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PilotSport 2

I have become a huge fan of the "rail-like" cornering.

They're not cheap, though. TireRack has a better price than retail shops.

Be sure to check the alignment.
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Old 08-08-2005, 02:09 PM
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I have Nitto's on my car. They stick like glue.
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Old 08-13-2005, 10:21 AM
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In reference to comments on the Bridgestone G009s

With a 325Ci and an automatic transmission 168 mph does not seem to be a reality. I simply wanted as quiet a 17" tire that handles well for that specific car, gave me long tread wear and had decent performance in weather. If I owned a 330 or M3 it would be a different story. Not everyone is racing their BMW. The hilly two lane roads we have around here allow me to push this car as far as I need to (my car, not your car) and without sport seats and their extra support in cornering it would be imprudent to try what you are referring to. This snob factor that shows its ugly head from time to time on this site is really uncalled for. The more of us that own BMWs (mine is paid for, is yours?) makes BMW a stronger car maker and accepting all levels of driving habits (albeit safe ones) makes this site useful to all. If there is a technical reason (i.e. the tire has a history of failure) blast away but since I normally do not cruise much above 85, my tires seem just fine, for me.
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Old 08-13-2005, 02:21 PM
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Not knowing anything else, I was reasonably happy with the Bridestone tires that came with the car. But, luckily for me, I ran over something on the interstate and ruined two tires.

After consulting lots of sources, I bought Michelin Pilot Sport PS2's and have been wildly happy with them. You'll experience a remarkable improvement in handling!
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Old 08-13-2005, 02:54 PM
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I agree with F1Crazy's line of thought. BMWs are known for their handling. Putting anything less that a high performance all season tire on one is nothing short of blasphemy. (And even that is pushing the limit. I prefer max performance summer, and if you live in a climate that gets snow you need a set of dedicated snow tires.) Why limit the car by putting inferior tires on it?
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