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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 04-21-2012, 05:06 AM
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Which tire brand?

I am going to replace the current set of tires on my Wagon. Tire size is 205/55-16. The current tires have always been too loud, sounding like a 4X4 on the highway, but ride and handling is great. I want a quiet set of tires. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:31 AM
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Continental. Still very quiet after 50,000 miles on them.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:31 AM
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I've been very happy with the Continental DWS tires I put on a few months ago. They're very quiet and a very good all season tire.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:39 AM
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+ 1 Continental DWS
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:55 AM
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Conti DWS is great - also check out the new General G-Max - (same category)
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:56 AM
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Here in Florida I have had excellant results with Conti Extreem Contacts. Sticks like glue, good on hydroplane, quiet, great value for the money.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:58 PM
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Mine came with Continental Contacts on it, but they were getting too old to trust. I put a very aggressive tire on it and now I'm paying the price. Guess I'll go back to the Conti's. I never am in Snow, and we do have a little rain in Florida........
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:12 PM
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Anyone in Phoenix reading this and know who sells Conti? Last time I looked all the big shops didn't carry them.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:21 PM
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Or is anyone familiar with Discout tire? what would be comparable there? They are close and have bought a lot of tires there. Thx!
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:51 PM
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I use Tirerack.com and buy them on line.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:35 PM
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Or is anyone familiar with Discout tire? what would be comparable there? They are close and have bought a lot of tires there. Thx!
I have used Discount Tire multiple times in the Albuquerque area. They can get most premium tires (including BMW spec tires with the star on the sidewall), and sell them at a competitive price. They sometimes have to order tires that are not common sizes.

I have heard good things about the new Continental DWS. My E46 currently wears Pirelli tires, and I have been very happy with them. I also had a previous bad experience with a set of tires from another premium brand that became noisy. The Pirellis were instant relief.

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Old 04-21-2012, 06:40 PM
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Conti DWS is great when new (up to a year) after that I would not say they are anything special. After 15K they are 50% gone, but they are still very QUIET
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:41 PM
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I never rode the Continental's. I am considering the extreme contacts...summer version since that is all that is needed in FL and they perform a little better than the all seasons.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....i&autoModClar=

However, if you can afford them..Michelin's run great on our bimmers, IMO. I had these on my car when I bought them and they are great and last too.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....i&autoModClar=

or the all season version if you need them- not a bad price on these 16"- and with a 500 UTQG you'll get 80K miles out of them:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes

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Old 04-21-2012, 11:59 PM
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So many posts where people like the Contis I'd like to give them a try but haven't found any here. Basically want a stock size tire that doesn't tramline and the ride is plush rather than firm. Commuter tires. :P
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:52 AM
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I bought Hankook ventus V12 from Tirerack a few months ago and so far so good.

I just had them shipped right to the place where I had them installed.

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Old 04-22-2012, 09:21 AM
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here in north carolina I bought the conti dws tires right from Discount tire. They had them in stock.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:54 PM
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anybody try those nexen N3000 or N5000's?
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:58 PM
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N3000 are pretty good very good in the corners and ride smooth

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Old 04-22-2012, 07:47 PM
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TannerT^ how long do they last for? and how quiet are they?
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:39 PM
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Well I ran them on my vr4 and they lasted longer than my car did(put it into some trees and sent me away with a broken arm.) I had 30K miles on them and I would say they had about 15 maybe even 20K miles left, mind you that i was driving on very smooth highway. As for noise they are pretty quiet for the price. They are not loud at all, I got them for something like $85 a piece on treadsource.com they are about $120 retail at most shops. I have only had them on the bimmer for around a month, but so far they are great.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:00 PM
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+1 on Michelin PS2s or SS, great all around tires, just expensive.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:09 PM
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+1 on Michelin PS2s or SS, great all around tires, just expensive.
I second that. It is all about budget, and simply how much you care. I drive 10 to 20 miles a week at a max speed of 45 for a quarter mile, so to me tires are not all that important.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:28 AM
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Toyo makes great tires too. I haven't had much luck with Continentals (Conti Sport Contacts and my current snows, Conti WinterExtremes).
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:16 PM
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Anyone in Phoenix reading this and know who sells Conti? Last time I looked all the big shops didn't carry them.
Have you tried Tire Rack? On their site there's a link to tire centers who will mount Tire Rack vended tires in your area. In my case, with the Tire Rack discount, my BMW dealership was the cheapest in my area, and they did a great job mounting my Conti winter tires.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:43 PM
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Yeah I looked at tire rack and it seems like it would be wash when u add the mounting and stuff. One of the links is Pep Boys.
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