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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 03-08-2009, 08:57 AM
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looking for the best tires for 2003 530i

Hello, can somebody help me choose the best tires for my 03 530i
I'm looking for quite and confy ride

Thanks...
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:06 AM
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:10 AM
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i recommend the General Exclaim UHP, excellent price and great tread rating. I've ran them on my 18" e36, 19"s e46 and now my e39 on 19"s again. I've also ran 19" Kumho ECSTA SPT's, they are sticky however the rears only lasted me a season, and that wasn't even tracking my car, they were way too soft.
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:31 AM
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best tire next to r comp or something race related would be michelin PS2.

some will argue about another brand but you will have more tell you michelin ps2.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:14 AM
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best tire next to r comp or something race related would be michelin PS2.

some will argue about another brand but you will have more tell you michelin ps2.

You forgot to say, if you have the money for PS2's....
LOL!
I have been looking at the Bridgestone RE-01's, the Dunlop Dirreza Z1 Star Spec's, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus's, the Michelin Pilot Sports, and the General Exclaim UHP's.

I have the Good Year Eagle F1 all seasons, but I am having problems with the increasing noise and belt rotations from them, even after re-balancing and rotating.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:24 AM
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Check out the ratings on Tire Rack. lots of user feedback and data. In addition to ride, remember to consider tire noise. The OEM Michelin Pilots (not the Sports) begin to howl at 10K and by 12K, many users have had to replace them. Not sure if this applies to sport suspensions only. I went with Pirelli P-Zero Neros and they were a significant improvement.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:24 AM
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Isn't there information about this in the Faq? Or is that something I could compile in my neverending search for more work.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:32 AM
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Hello, can somebody help me choose the best tires for my 03 530i
I'm looking for quite and confy ride

Thanks...
I have used and recommend the Continental CH95 that come as OEM and replacement tires on both my CPO 528i and CPO 530i.

They are reasonably priced, I got over 50,000 miles on the three sets I have had, and they are quiet their whole tread life.

They are not track tires. They are not for driving aggressively on public roads. They are OK as all-weather tires, but I learned to put dedicated snow tires on during the winter. They will be fine for an occasional snow storm in NC.

I would characterize them as tires for "old people" who own BMWs, or for people like myself who drive to get the best MPG possible (i.e. conservatively).

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Old 03-08-2009, 10:34 AM
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Check out the ratings on Tire Rack. lots of user feedback and data. In addition to ride, remember to consider tire noise. The OEM Michelin Pilots (not the Sports) begin to howl at 10K and by 12K, many users have had to replace them. Not sure if this applies to sport suspensions only. I went with Pirelli P-Zero Neros and they were a significant improvement.
Significant over the Michelin Pilots?
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:02 AM
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You forgot to say, if you have the money for PS2's....
LOL!
I have been looking at the Bridgestone RE-01's, the Dunlop Dirreza Z1 Star Spec's, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus's, the Michelin Pilot Sports, and the General Exclaim UHP's.

I have the Good Year Eagle F1 all seasons, but I am having problems with the increasing noise and belt rotations from them, even after re-balancing and rotating.
please show me where the member listed money as a factor in the original post.

thats why i think this discussion is pointless. you get what you pay for.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:23 AM
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I had a set of Pirelli P-Zero-Nero M+S. Loved them. They lasted about 22K miles. Now I am running Michelin Pilot Sport AS...which I love even more. Last december they were $148 each + 45 from Tirerack (245/45ZR17)...the whole job, 4 tires installed, balanced, old tires disposed...came to about $700. You can find tires for less...but I love the ride, handling, and relative quietness of these tires. ...Just checked Tirerack; looks like the new Michelin Pilot Sport AS "plus" model has gone up...which means a similar set-up is now about $850 out the door. Still a good deal, I think.
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:51 PM
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I ran General Exclaim UHP 18's and I liked them as well. If I buy tires again, they will be either the Exclaim UHP or Altimax all seasons.
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Old 03-08-2009, 02:14 PM
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I've also ran 19" Kumho ECSTA SPT's, they are sticky however the rears only lasted me a season, and that wasn't even tracking my car, they were way too soft.
I had some Kumhos on my VW; they were really sticky….and 5000km ate through ~40% or so. But they were fun….
I like my Toyo Versados, but haven't really tried too many. They're pretty quiet and comfortable.
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Old 03-08-2009, 02:51 PM
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Significant over the Michelin Pilots?
They were the Michelin Pilot Primacy, which was the OEM tire. Great handling and ride but absolutely terrible on the noise. Avoid these at all cost.
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:45 PM
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To the O.P, tire size & usage info would help.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:56 AM
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looking for the best tires for 2003 530i

the 530i that I have has sports pkg

just bought the car and when I drive on the HWY I hear noise from the back

right now I have 2 Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position in the back
and 2 Dunlop SP Sport Signature in the front

the ones in the back is in better shape that the ones in the front


is that coming noise for the 530i, I used to have 2000 528i with good year tires with no problem


I'm looking for quite ride, that noise I'm not a crazy driver
thanks,
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:16 PM
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Hmm...seems like your best bet is to buy 2 new Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position, dont'cha think?
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:36 PM
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I had some Kumhos on my VW; they were really sticky….and 5000km ate through ~40% or so. But they were fun….
I like my Toyo Versados, but haven't really tried too many. They're pretty quiet and comfortable.
I had the ectas in my last car and i did not like them much.
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