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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:59 AM
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TPMS vs FTM on Winter tires

I'm looking into buying some Winter tires and wheels for my 2013 X3. Dealer wants over $3300 for the set. I am going to shop around to compare but I'm wondering about the FTM. Is the FTM located on either the tire or wheel, or is located somewhere else. Tire Rack sells a TPMS with their package, but do I need this? Also thinking about getting NON run flats and minus sizing from 245/50/18 to 235/55/17.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:45 AM
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Canadian models don't require the TPMS.

Our cars employ various other sensors like the traction control/ABS sensors to verify pressures using (I assume) tire diameters.

I just picked up a set of 307's and winter tires for $2600 from a dealer.

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Old 09-18-2012, 10:13 PM
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Hi
what type of tires did you purchase? Thanks.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:14 PM
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Pirelli Sottozero II 245/50R18

I would have preferred Blizzaks...
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:18 AM
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If it's any consolation, I had those (Pirelli) on last year. First time in my X3 in snow (I was used to a Merc C220. Not cool at all in the white stuff).

I must say, I was f**king stunned at the traction. I even went looking for hills to drive up and down because I coulnd't quite believe how these babies stuck. Clearly this was on isolated roads, and just for educational (know the limit) exercises ...

Whether it was the tyres, the 4wd, or the combination of the two I don't care, it was just so grippy!

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Old 09-19-2012, 02:00 PM
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Thanks for the feedback John.

I was a little concerned because the Pirelli tire tread isn't very agressive... now I'm looking forward to the white stuff.

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If it's any consolation, I had those (Pirelli) on last year. First time in my X3 in snow (I was used to a Merc C220. Not cool at all in the white stuff).

I must say, I was f**king stunned at the traction. I even went looking for hills to drive up and down because I coulnd't quite believe how these babies stuck. Clearly this was on isolated roads, and just for educational (know the limit) exercises ...

Whether it was the tyres, the 4wd, or the combination of the two I don't care, it was just so grippy!

John
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:05 PM
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Thanks for the info. I purchased the 17" Pirellis and prefer other brands. Not excited about the snow, but if the tires work well then will definitely head more often to the ski hills.
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