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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-14-2006, 05:01 PM
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I'm sure this topic has been written up many times but I need to purchase some new tires for my 1997 BMW 528i and I'm not sure which are the best. Currently, I have Perellis, but my two front have 30K on them. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-14-2006, 05:06 PM
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Look at ratings and reviews at Tirerack.com or search the forum for numerous threads on this topic.
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Old 05-14-2006, 06:51 PM
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ALthough I run the OEM Bridgestones on my 7 , my wife just put KHUMO ECSTA SPT tires on her MB. I was shocked at the price and performance they are really good checck out Discounttire and Tire Rack for the ratings on the tires. Road and track had an article on them in a performance contest and they finished up there with the best.
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Old 05-14-2006, 07:17 PM
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Khumos are the way to go. I have them onall my cars.
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Old 05-14-2006, 08:21 PM
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i would rather put on used Michelins then put Kumhos on. i've driven on a lot of performance tires and i have to say, Kumhos are as low as you can go. price tells it all. sorry for those to who like them but they didn't impress me at all... on the contray.

i had yokohamas and while they are nice, they are noisy... at least the AVS's I had. gripped ok but god damn, it felt like i was on snow blocks!

BFG Comp T/A's (back in the day tires) were great but damn did they wear out fast. great in the rain.

Bridgestones are good in the beginning 10-15K miles. afterwards..... afterwards....... they end up like the Yoks. they get noisy. the nice thing about Bridgestones is the wear thing they have where the more it wears, the stickier it gets. but the tradeoff is the noise factor. would i get them again... eh... maybe.... maybe not.

EDIT: Forgot to add that i've also used Firestone Firehawk SZ50EP's which were also very nice and actually better then the Bridgestones RE730/750's. they are suppose to be the "same" targeted tires since they are the same company but for some reason, i would rather pick the firestones over the Bridgestones. they weren't as noisy and gripped equally well.


Michelins A/S's are what have now on my 540 and it's great. a bit on the noisier side but in the light/mid snow to hot summer days to raw rainy days, it performs. it grips and it'll let you know when it's going to break loose on you. i went sideways on a curve once but during the whole slide, the michelins were very responsive and it didn't snap me into the slide/drift, it easied me into it. yes, i had lots of fun doing it.

Conti Extremes are on the Benz right now and they are just what the dr orderedf or that car. it's grippy as hell for that car and it's like a match made in heaven with the suspensions on there. would i put them on my 540... eh.. maybe since the price is right though i've got a set of Michelin A/S 18's in the garage waiting for the Fiske rims to come in... ohs hit, did i say that out loud??? the fiske rims


look, here's the gig about tires. they are like girls. everyone's got a different opinion. some never go to the edge with their cars so 90% of the tires out there will suit them fine. if you are one of those, then i'd suggest the General UPS (i think that's what they care called... check tirerack). they are $90's a pop and from my friend who's got them on, it's great. it works and it grips. it doesn't hydroplane and isn't very loud or at all. if you are in the 10%, then your world is definately not suited for those everyday tires. i can trash a set of those Generals in about 6 months what most can get out in 2 years. The Michelins i have on right now has stood up to my abuse. i've rotated them and after this season, it's time for new ones. they only last a year on me. I could get the PS2's or the S03's but that would mean changing the tires 2 -3 times a year with minor gains in my books.

do what you got to do but just keep in mind that your whole life is on those 4 contact patches.
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charateristics of Best tires would be good wet handling, good dry handling, long thread life look for those.
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Old 05-15-2006, 12:40 AM
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I have toyo t1r's on my stockers now and also have them on the rgr's I am putting on soon. I have been pleased with them so far. I have about 8k on the current set and theyre probably worn about 40-50%
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:09 AM
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www.fk452.com, this is a brand new Falken tire just out.

click on technical at top of page then on bottom right click thru 7 pages of specs.

tiresavings.com has them at the lowest price i've seen. better than discount tire.

they are rated 340, AA, A.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:54 AM
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want a secret location for tires at some insane prices?

http://www.campbellperformancetires.com/

thank me later.
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:16 AM
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want a secret location for tires at some insane prices?

http://www.campbellperformancetires.com/

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That's great. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:38 AM
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That's great. Thanks in advance.
NP!! going to get my next set of S03's from them once i wear the A/S's down. at the price they sell it at, i can't go wong.
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Old 05-15-2006, 12:09 PM
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I have 17's on my wagon, and I run Continental contacts. They give me lots of grip.

I may get some Kuhmos when I need new ones though.
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Old 05-15-2006, 12:14 PM
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NP!! going to get my next set of S03's from them once i wear the A/S's down. at the price they sell it at, i can't go wong.
I had tramlining issues with SO3s. Otherwise they are a great tire. Stick like glue wet or dry. I was running 275/35-18s all around. Other tires of same size did not tramline.
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Old 05-15-2006, 12:21 PM
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I had tramlining issues with SO3s. Otherwise they are a great tire. Stick like glue wet or dry. I was running 275/35-18s all around. Other tires of same size did not tramline.
thanks for the heads-up! i'm going to see what else they have for 18's once i wear the Michelins down.
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Have you tried the Falken ZE-512? I've gone through 4 expensive sets of Michelin Pilot Sports (staggered setup) and with the rising cost of gas, something has to give.

Here's some reviews on the Falkens: LINK


Not much drop off in performance compared to the Michelins and I'm saving a grip.
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I love the new Bridgestone RE960s. They have to be my favorite All Season Tire I've ever driven on. Living in Ohio an All Season is a must.
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Old 06-02-2006, 09:20 PM
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OK, i just got a set of 1K miles left of S03's on the Fikse rims and OMG they are LOUD!!!!!!! i felt like i was on knoby tires going off roading!

The Michelin A/S was so quite compared to it. granted i am now running on 245/40/18's then 235/45/17's fronts (275/XX/18's rear) but still... the rumbling!! not sure if it's because it's so worn out. fill find out tomorrow when i go put the A/S 18's on them.
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Old 06-02-2006, 09:56 PM
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I have had the Falken 512's. Didn't have them for long, but there were "so so". The tramlining was really bad with those though. Not sure if it makes a difference but those were on a FWD Nissan Maxima. I just put on some Kuhmo Ecsta SPT's on a 530i. I don't drive real hard, so for me they seem pretty decent. One HUGE improvement over the Michelin Primacy that were on the car when I bought it, is noise. Sounded like someone had a lawnmower running in the trunk with the Michelins. Now with the SPT's.....absolutely no tire noise whatsoever. I have about 2500 miles on them. So far, I'd say they were not a bad buy for the price.
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What would be the most quiet tire??? My car came with no name tires (cheap) and they are LOUD so I want to change them for someything smooth and quiet, no performance here, I live in Miami -flat - so I just want comfort, my size (in tires) is: 235-45-17 on all fours. What would you guys recomend? Thanks

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I used to run Michelin Pilots, but found that they wear way too quickly for the high price you pay. About 2 years back I tried Yokohama's AVS ES100s and have used them ever since. They grip very well (and break-away in a predictable manner), they last, they're comparitively inexpensive (waaaay less than a set of Pilots), they're great in the rain, and they're NOT noisy, even after much wear.

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I used to run Michelin Pilots, but found that they wear way too quickly for the high price you pay. About 2 years back I tried Yokohama's AVS ES100s and have used them ever since. They grip very well (and break-away in a predictable manner), they last, they're comparitively inexpensive (waaaay less than a set of Pilots), they're great in the rain, and they're NOT noisy, even after much wear.

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The Pilots do wear very quick but the A/S's lasts for a VERY long time. i have about 30K on my stock Type 19's and they have about 20K miles on them with another 20K to go. not sure what i'm going to do though since i'm on Fikse's right now and they might be up for sale since i have a set of snows already.... not sure.....

but yeah.. the S03's are SO DAMN NOISEY and they had bad VIBRATION!! it felt like i was on metal grates the whole time with he noise and vibration... ug.... i heard they are great new but as they wear, it goes to ****. oh well.... i was going to get another set after i run these A/S's out but... eh.. i still might just to give them another chance with more tread.
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Mmm, Pirelli's? Expensive but nice
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I have Dunlop FM901's in Front and 9000 on back. I *THINK* that the 901's are super loud. So much so that a droaning (druming) sound comes back into the cabin. I don't think its the wheel bearings as that sound is coarser and more metalic sounding in the cabin. Tirerack reviews are contradictory.
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Old 06-05-2006, 07:58 PM
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I'm running Falken Ziex 512 on the 86 e30 and Kumho Ecsta ASX on the 95 e36.

The e30 has a fresh and tight performace suspension and handles great, only little scare is hitting water there will be a quick movement.

On the e36 with fresh M3 and poly bushings , bars, and Bilsteins waiting to go on the suspension is fairly stock and a bit sloppy.

The Kumho's are actually a bit scary over certain surface irregularities since they will move the car abruptly. Handling does improve slightly with increased tire pressure.

If the Kumho's don't feel safe after the suspension upgrades they will go back. No matter how many great tirerack reviews they get.

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