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Old 03-21-2011, 06:07 PM
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Advice on replacement tires 2008 528i

I need to replace all four tires on my '08 528i non-sport package. I live in Southern CA and am most concerned with noise, as I am in the car on the phone a lot. Any advice from the gurus?
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:11 PM
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What are you looking for in a tire? Handling? Price? Durability?

For smooth riding tires, I highly recommend Michelin tires - there are a couple of choices out there. Personally I would look at the Pilot Sports - but they are sporty tires. Take a look at tire rack.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:40 PM
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The Exaltos are also rumored to be nice for ride quality.
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:24 AM
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I always recommend replacing tires with the same brand as the ones that were on the car from day 1. I have the Continental Conti Contact Touring tires. Car rides great and is very quiet. I'm sure they are not the original set but a replacement from the originals. However, I've never priced what they cost brand new. Most other 528XI's I've seen have these tires.
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:36 AM
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I run these on my 550 ... quiet and good wear rating. They are a little less "sticky" then other tires, but they last longer and still give me the handling that I like.

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Front: 245/35ZR19
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
Serv. Desc: 93YLoad Index 93 = 1433lbs (650kg) per tire
Speed Rating "Y" = 186mph (300kph)
Load Range: XL
UTQG: Treadwear: 500

Rear: 275/30ZR19
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
Serv. Desc: 96YLoad Index 96 = 1565lbs (710kg) per tire
Speed Rating "Y" = 186mph (300kph)
Load Range: XL
UTQG: Treadwear: 500

They do come sized for your car too ... $172/ea

Size: 225/50ZR17
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
Serv. Desc: 94WLoad Index 94 = 1477lbs (670kg) per tire
Speed Rating "W" = 168mph (270kph)
UTQG: Treadwear: 500

or these (optional equip) ... $232/ea
Size: 245/40ZR18
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
Serv. Desc: 93YLoad Index 93 = 1433lbs (650kg) per tire
Speed Rating "Y" = 186mph (300kph)
UTQG: Treadwear: 500

All from Tirerack.com
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:24 AM
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If you most interested in low noise go with a "grand touring" tire like the Michelin Primacy HP. Stay away from agressive/open tread designs which are typically more noisy.

Size: 225/50R17
LRR: Green XLow Rolling Resistance Tire Technology
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
Serv. Desc: 94YLoad Index 94 = 1477lbs (670kg) per tire
Speed Rating "Y" = 186mph (300kph)
UTQG: Treadwear: 240
Traction: A
Temperature: A

Tirerack.com $896 for set of 4 less $70 rebate.
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:31 AM
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I always recommend replacing tires with the same brand as the ones that were on the car from day 1. I have the Continental Conti Contact Touring tires. Car rides great and is very quiet. I'm sure they are not the original set but a replacement from the originals. However, I've never priced what they cost brand new. Most other 528XI's I've seen have these tires.
Got to disagree with you here - both my 535XiT and wife's Infiniti G35X came with Goodyear RSA's which are IMHO one the worst OEM tires for a performance car. I have Conti DWS on my car now and Yokohama AVID S4 on the Infinity - both are FAR better than the RSA's in dry, wet and snow.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:01 AM
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I run these on my 550 ... quiet and good wear rating. They are a little less "sticky" then other tires, but they last longer and still give me the handling that I like.

Front: 245/35ZR19
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
Serv. Desc: 93YLoad Index 93 = 1433lbs (650kg) per tire
Speed Rating "Y" = 186mph (300kph)
Load Range: XL
UTQG: Treadwear: 500

Rear: 275/30ZR19
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
Serv. Desc: 96YLoad Index 96 = 1565lbs (710kg) per tire
Speed Rating "Y" = 186mph (300kph)
Load Range: XL
UTQG: Treadwear: 500

They do come sized for your car too ... $172/ea

Size: 225/50ZR17
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
Serv. Desc: 94WLoad Index 94 = 1477lbs (670kg) per tire
Speed Rating "W" = 168mph (270kph)
UTQG: Treadwear: 500

or these (optional equip) ... $232/ea
Size: 245/40ZR18
Sidewall Style: Blackwall
Serv. Desc: 93YLoad Index 93 = 1433lbs (650kg) per tire
Speed Rating "Y" = 186mph (300kph)
UTQG: Treadwear: 500

All from Tirerack.com

What brand and type of tire are you running? I only see specs.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:00 AM
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I always recommend replacing tires with the same brand as the ones that were on the car from day 1. I have the Continental Conti Contact Touring tires. Car rides great and is very quiet. I'm sure they are not the original set but a replacement from the originals. However, I've never priced what they cost brand new. Most other 528XI's I've seen have these tires.
I thought Conti Contact Touring were the originals. At least as per tire rack. Plus, my car also had them but mine is a CPO.

Though they are smooth and gripping, I was puzzled at their relatively low rating (6.5 I think) on Tirerack and when it was time to change my front tires, I changed all four last week to Michelin (which was among the 'best sellers' on tire rack for my car and ranked 8.6).

Too early to comment on the Michelin but they are yet to blow me away to warrant this big difference in the tire-rack customer rating.

Also, I get a sensation that my steering has become slightly light/i.e. more play but that could be my imagination or because the tires are new. (I had them aligned @ the place where I installed them.)
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:29 AM
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I thought Conti Contact Touring were the originals. At least as per tire rack. Plus, my car also had them but mine is a CPO.

Though they are smooth and gripping, I was puzzled at their relatively low rating (6.5 I think) on Tirerack and when it was time to change my front tires, I changed all four last week to Michelin (which was among the 'best sellers' on tire rack for my car and ranked 8.6).

Too early to comment on the Michelin but they are yet to blow me away to warrant this big difference in the tire-rack customer rating.

Also, I get a sensation that my steering has become slightly light/i.e. more play but that could be my imagination or because the tires are new. (I had them aligned @ the place where I installed them.)
What I was saying is that my car probably has the second set of Conti Contacts on it. I don't go by ratings by dealers. I know my car handles well with them and would probably replace them with the same brand again instead of taking a chance and going through what you are now experiencing with the Michelins.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:38 AM
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Got to disagree with you here - both my 535XiT and wife's Infiniti G35X came with Goodyear RSA's which are IMHO one the worst OEM tires for a performance car. I have Conti DWS on my car now and Yokohama AVID S4 on the Infinity - both are FAR better than the RSA's in dry, wet and snow.
Ditto here the RSAs are not that good. My wife's car has contis and it handles much better. These tires slip way too easily.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:27 AM
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Ditto here the RSAs are not that good. My wife's car has contis and it handles much better. These tires slip way too easily.
same here...rsa on car when bought, not impressed with even light cornering and somewhat noisy. lookin' to buy 124s and add summer tires
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:29 AM
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I am looking to switch to 18 inchers (perhaps VMR VB3 or 701s) and Conti Extreme Contact DWS. While winter tires would be the best, I don't have enough room to store them. I found even in the nasty snow the X-drive is pretty phenomenal. So I think at least in the DC area you can get by (preferable of course would be snow tires).
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:10 AM
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What I was saying is that my car probably has the second set of Conti Contacts on it. I don't go by ratings by dealers. I know my car handles well with them and would probably replace them with the same brand again instead of taking a chance and going through what you are now experiencing with the Michelins.
ok.

I am not referring to the dealer ratings; as I mentioned in my post, those #s are the customer ratings on tire-rack. In fact, I sorted the reviews to focus only on those driving a bimmer.

I always take chances if the reward is >= existing reward and the risk is less.

In this case, the Michelin Pilot Sport reviews are significantly better than ContiTouring Contact on all sites; plus, Michelin was cheaper and currently offering a $70 rebate. So, it was an easy call. (I wanted to try the Conti DWS but it's been on backorder for quite some time and I didn't want to wait longer.)

Don't get me wrong on what i am experiencing with the Michelins. In city driving, I experience no change in my ride quality or sound or the hard/sudden stops on dry surfaces, and so am very happy. Which is why I am puzzled that Conti Touring is ranked significantly lower; but then, I have not taken the car to an autox or the highway yet. Maybe that will reveal the Michelin's strength.

The 'play' that I feel is very very slight, which is why i am open to the possibility that i am imagining it or it may disappear once the tires have some miles on them.
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ok.

I am not referring to the dealer ratings; as I mentioned in my post, those #s are the customer ratings on tire-rack. In fact, I sorted the reviews to focus only on those driving a bimmer.

I always take chances if the reward is >= existing reward and the risk is less.

In this case, the Michelin Pilot Sport reviews are significantly better than ContiTouring Contact on all sites; plus, Michelin was cheaper and currently offering a $70 rebate. So, it was an easy call. (I wanted to try the Conti DWS but it's been on backorder for quite some time and I didn't want to wait longer.)

Don't get me wrong on what i am experiencing with the Michelins. In city driving, I experience no change in my ride quality or sound or the hard/sudden stops on dry surfaces, and so am very happy. Which is why I am puzzled that Conti Touring is ranked significantly lower; but then, I have not taken the car to an autox or the highway yet. Maybe that will reveal the Michelin's strength.

The 'play' that I feel is very very slight, which is why i am open to the possibility that i am imagining it or it may disappear once the tires have some miles on them.


New tires have a break in period before they feel right. Also check your tire pressures to make sure they are at what you are used to. I have the Michelin PS2 ZP's and like them as well or better than my OEM Dunlop's with under 2000 miles so far.

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Old 03-23-2011, 12:17 PM
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I need to replace all four tires on my '08 528i non-sport package. I live in Southern CA and am most concerned with noise, as I am in the car on the phone a lot. Any advice from the gurus?
My 08 528i has conti on it, it performs very bad in snow so that I had to get a set of Firestone snow tires in a hurry this winter. The Firestone snow tires are much quieter than conti.

I am about to get rid of the set of conti very soon, have the same question to see what I should buy for the replacement.
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Michelin Pilot SUPER Sports will be out around April 15th.

These are brand new tires that will replace the Michelin Pilot PS2's.

They are as good or better than the PS2's, which are equivilent to the Sport package tires, but will have better wear.

I'm waiting to see how the Super sports are.
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I am looking to switch to 18 inchers (perhaps VMR VB3 or 701s) and Conti Extreme Contact DWS. While winter tires would be the best, I don't have enough room to store them. I found even in the nasty snow the X-drive is pretty phenomenal. So I think at least in the DC area you can get by (preferable of course would be snow tires).
the vb3 is one on a very short list [so far] of aftermarket wheels. got some pricing from michael over here... http://www.velocitymotoring.com/index.php. there are more choices on the vmr but only in 19 inch, but gonna stick with 18s.

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the vb3 is one on a very short list [so far] of aftermarket wheels. got some pricing from michael over here... http://www.velocitymotoring.com/index.php. there are more choices on the vmr but only in 19 inch, but gonna stick with 18s.
Have you seen the mega Xi-wheel thread on 5series.net (http://forums.5series.net/topic/9513...1#entry1126145) tons of choices there. The other ones I love are Breytons, Beyern or even some Forgestars.
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Very good thread.

My 08' 528XI came with Conti's no complaints on dry or wet roads. I haven't had my car long enough to see how they handle on snow.

They grip very well on banked curves like turnpike entrances and exits.
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