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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 03-04-2015, 11:05 AM
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Summer tires or all season tires

Where I live, we have mostly hot summers, spring and autumn are great.

Winter is not really cold, only a few days with around 32F, ice on roads is very rare, and the last time I saw snow was about 10 years ago.

Are summer tires a good idea (not too risky for eventual cold days) for such conditions?
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:37 AM
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I hate all seasons up here in New England. They aren't quite good enough for deep snow and they aren't as good at handling on nice warm days. Im a fan of having a dual tire setup. 1 set of winter 1 set of summer and then you get the best performance all the time. if you don't have winter then I'd suggest just summers. All seasons are cheap which is nice and if you don't get/drive in much snow, all seasons can get by
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:58 AM
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I hate all seasons up here in New England. They aren't quite good enough for deep snow and they aren't as good at handling on nice warm days. Im a fan of having a dual tire setup. 1 set of winter 1 set of summer and then you get the best performance all the time. if you don't have winter then I'd suggest just summers. All seasons are cheap which is nice and if you don't get/drive in much snow, all seasons can get by
I live in Dallas and our climate isn't as mild as yours in Mex. I picked up some Hankook Ventus s1 Noble2 tires and they are some of the best tires I have ever owned. Very good dry handling, very good wet handling, and we just had a lot of snow and ice and the car ran like a Jeep.

With your climate as mild as it is, I think I'd go for really nice summer tires and just be real careful if/when it rains. You already noted how seldom you get snow, so your tires will be worn out before your likely to see the next snow anyway.

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Where I live, we have mostly hot summers, spring and autumn are great.

Winter is not really cold, only a few days with around 32F, ice on roads is very rare, and the last time I saw snow was about 10 years ago.

Are summer tires a good idea (not too risky for eventual cold days) for such conditions?
Where you live summer only tires are all you should need. You can't get anything better than Michelin Pilot Super Super tires.
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:08 PM
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Per Tire Rack, summer tires should not be used if the temperature is "below 40F (4.4C) consistently." How common does that occur where you live?

On a second note, having driven many years on all-season tires, and then having switched to summer/winter sets four years ago, there is a big performance difference for dedicated seasonal tires. Even using winter tires in rain between 45F (7.2C) and 32F (0C) is a major improvement in performance over summer or AS tires.
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:28 PM
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I would go with summer tires, but what do I know, I live in socal, haha.

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Old 03-04-2015, 11:29 PM
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Where you live summer only tires are all you should need. You can't get anything better than Michelin Pilot Super Super tires.
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I have summer tires on the car and put it away for the winter and then drive a winter beater, perhaps that's the way to go. Keeps the old girl in good shape.
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Where I live, we have mostly hot summers, spring and autumn are great.

Winter is not really cold, only a few days with around 32F, ice on roads is very rare, and the last time I saw snow was about 10 years ago.

Are summer tires a good idea (not too risky for eventual cold days) for such conditions?
Yes, just get summer tires. In fact, that is what all the E39s with sport package came with from the factory.
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