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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 05-29-2011, 10:16 AM
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Best Tires for the E46?

Hey guys,

I'm lookin' to get a new set of tires for the E46 and looking for suggestions tires (under $120 each).

I'd really like my ride to be quiet. And looking for tires that will last around 40,000 miles.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:41 AM
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I'm running Sumitomo HTRZ III's and they have been pretty good for me. They were around 105 a piece at Americas tire. They are pretty much needing to be changed and I'm pretty sure I've gotten around 40k miles on them with proper rotations. Do a search on tires and you'll see many threads of discussions on good tire choices. Everyone usually says that Michellin Pilot Sport 2's are the best but they are no where near 120 a piece. Lol.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:53 AM
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i´d say ones that are rubber and fit
maybe searching the forums WILL give you a better answer there are millions of threads on this
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:04 PM
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Go on The Tire Rack website, select a couple of different brands of tires, and check the owner`s reviews on that model.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:10 PM
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We was doin great until you threw that under $120.00 per tire crap.
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:18 PM
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We was doin great until you threw that under $120.00 per tire crap.

Yeah unfortunately, I'm kind of on a budget.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:58 PM
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I would buy Yokohama S.Drive again. My specific tires wore out incorrectly (cupped) and are now very noisy - but that was due to bad shocks. They have tons of grip for the money ($93) and were rather quiet before cupping. However, don't take them to Big Bear or Mammoth in the winter - these are NOT to be driven in snow.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:10 PM
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Beyond Fast Bob's advice of looking at TireRack for tires that suit you needs, you probably should define your "needs". Are you looking for maximum performance? High performance summer tires? All season tires? Your location shows SoCal, so you probably don't need a lot of seasonal change tire ability, unless you go to the mountains. If you're not really expecting to run the car like most days are a race (or occasionally running on a track), I'd opt for the higher mileage rating tires on TR for comparison and research. Maybe search on high performance summer tires, look at reviews, look at tests (by TR), and then look at wear ratings. A $100 tire is great if it lasts 15k miles, but is crap compared to a $120 tire that lasts 40k miles, if that's what you are looking for.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:11 PM
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I would buy Yokohama S.Drive again. My specific tires wore out incorrectly (cupped) and are now very noisy - but that was due to bad shocks. They have tons of grip for the money ($93) and were rather quiet before cupping. However, don't take them to Big Bear or Mammoth in the winter - these are NOT to be driven in snow.
Where did you find them for $93?
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I got them at america's tire company... With installation and other various fees, ended up at $430 for all four tires.

RSPDriver brings up a good point about treadwear - I've had these since December 2009 - translates to about 20k miles for me. They still grip well and the tread will probably last another 7.5k - 10k miles.
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I bought General Tire UHP's. $91 each at tirerack for 225/45R17's. I've put about 10k on them so far with no complaints. I think the treadwear was like 350, so they may not last that long, but they're ultra high performance summers. You could get some grand touring tires if you don't mind sacrificing some cornering grip for longevity.

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Old 05-31-2011, 11:04 AM
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I am in the same boat looking for replacement tires and too would like to spend around $120 or less per tire.

Here are my specs:

Live in Tampa, FL.
Looking for about 40k miles
Wife drives the car mainly in city and occasional long hauls
We generally put 8k per year on the car.

Thanks
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i was told by strictly bmw for my 2001 325i e46 i should buy the michelin pilot sport a/s plus. but they are 185.00 at discount tires. i have michelin pilot on my cbr and i love them. also was told bridgestone potenza RE960 a/s are a good tire too and they run 152.00 ea. at tire rack
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:39 PM
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I totally HATED the Yokohama's!!!!!! Loud, wore funny and didn't grip so good. The Bridgestone Pole Position Protenza's were much better, but I thought they were a little hard and didn't grip so good! I finally changed to the Michelin A/S and loved them lots! Sorry, I don't remember how much any of them cost!
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:17 AM
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My Yokohamas were the worst tire I've ever owned. Loud, harsh, wore quickly, etc. I put on Kumho Zetums which I picked up on clearance for like $85 a tire, and they have been great. I think I like the Kumhos better than the OEM Continental ContiSports.
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