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Old 07-11-2013, 09:07 AM
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New tires for my 2005 X3 2.5i

After a little research I ordered a set of Cooper Zeon RS3-A tires for my car. Does anyone have a better suggestion?
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:26 AM
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After a little research I ordered a set of Cooper Zeon RS3-A tires for my car. Does anyone have a better suggestion?

I highly recommend:

Pirelli SCORPION STR's. They came OE on my '09, are BMW Star approved, and German made. I got 91,900 out of the factory set and have 22,000 on my second with the same rate of wear. The are smooth, quiet, with nice even wear, and virtually no sidewall undulations.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:27 AM
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I highly recommend:

Pirelli SCORPION STR's. They came OE on my '09, are BMW Star approved, and German made. I got 91,900 out of the factory set and have 22,000 on my second with the same rate of wear. The are smooth, quiet, with nice even wear, and virtually no sidewall undulations.
Thanks for the tip, that's a lot of miles on a set of tires! How do they do in the snow? I'll check them out.

Is there a tire comparison on this site?
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:36 AM
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:22 PM
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:39 PM
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The Scorpions look like a great tire, but I would be buying the A model, I get up into the hills quite a bit.

I've read good things about the conti's too.

I can get the Coopers tomorrow so it looks like the way I'll go. Thanks for the input!
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:08 PM
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Thanks for the tip, that's a lot of miles on a set of tires! How do they do in the snow? I'll check them out.

Is there a tire comparison on this site?
They're definitely not snow tires but since I live in Florida I only see snow when I seek it out so for me they are perfect. When we travel to snowy areas I carry a set of Thule CB12 tire chains to keep us out of trouble.

FWIW I have yet to have to use them. And we crossed the Cascades going from Bend to Salem, Oregon a few years back in some pretty bad weather. The car went right through it.

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Old 07-11-2013, 03:26 PM
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I will say that my X3 is possibly the best all wheel drive car I've ever driven. At the bottom of the hill to my subdivision is a sign warning 4-wheel drive and/or chains required, enter at your own risk. I had no problems at all this winter even with almost run out m+s tires.

By the way, I live in Snowmass, Colorado at 8,500' with the ski area visibly from my front door. We got a bunch of snow this winter.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:42 PM
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I will say that my X3 is possibly the best all wheel drive car I've ever driven. At the bottom of the hill to my subdivision is a sign warning 4-wheel drive and/or chains required, enter at your own risk. I had no problems at all this winter even with almost run out m+s tires.

By the way, I live in Snowmass, Colorado at 8,500' with the ski area visibly from my front door. We got a bunch of snow this winter.
Very beautiful country. We lived in Colorado Springs (Ft Carson) back in the 70's. I also had an old Army buddy retire to Salida in the 80's. We used to visit him regularly but sadly he passed away in 2002.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:49 PM
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ContiCrossContact UHP. On my second set of these, they are a terrific match for the X3 and well-reviewed in multiple European tire tests. Excellent handling characteristics, short stopping distances, and very good hydroplaning resistance- I have been driving faster than I should thru some of the daily downpours in Western NC and they cut thru the ponds without fuss.

However, they are summer only.

Here's the latest one from Auto-bild: http://www.autobild.de/artikel/somme...7-3905615.html

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Old 07-11-2013, 08:06 PM
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ContiCrossContact UHP. On my second set of these, they are a terrific match for the X3 and well-reviewed in multiple European tire tests. Excellent handling characteristics, short stopping distances, and very good hydroplaning resistance- I have been driving faster than I should thru some of the daily downpours in Western NC and they cut thru the ponds without fuss.

However, they are summer only.

Here's the latest one from Auto-bild: http://www.autobild.de/artikel/somme...7-3905615.html
Interesting article I'm sure, too bad I don't read a word of German. lol
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:41 AM
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:04 AM
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I highly recommend:

Pirelli SCORPION STR's. They came OE on my '09, are BMW Star approved, and German made. I got 91,900 out of the factory set and have 22,000 on my second with the same rate of wear. The are smooth, quiet, with nice even wear, and virtually no sidewall undulations.
These are on mine too. Thumbs up from my end!
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:22 AM
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Re: New tires for my 2005 X3 2.5i

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These are on mine too. Thumbs up from my end!
I too have the pirellis, they are awesome summer tires. Which isn't an issue ever in tejas

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Old 03-15-2014, 01:50 PM
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OP LeighL, curious as to how those Cooper Zeon RS3-A are doing for you? I'm needing a new set of rubber shortly and Pep Boys has my 235/50/18 size priced at $127 less a 10% coupon less a $70 rebate on 4 tires. I can literally be out the door tax/installation for under $500 and the reviews are generally positive.
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:18 PM
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My original tires were the Pirelli Scorpians on my 2007 X3 Sport. I got 73,xxx miles from them. When it came time to replace them I couldn't justify paying $220.00 per tire when I could get almost the same warranty rating from Khumo Ecsta LX Platinum for $137.00 each.

I purchased a set of the Khumo's. I was able to get 61,xxx miles out of them and just purchased another set of the Khumo Excsta LX Platinums about 5,000 miles ago.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:32 PM
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I just change from the scorpions to Bridgestone Potenza's trying to save a buck cost me the handling I truly enjoyed, I find myself over a 100mph more often than the average driver, these new Bridgestones feel like they're running with flats at a high rate of speed. Not sure how they are in snow or rain, literally just got them and already disappointed. Pirelli's will be going back on asap!!
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:21 AM
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