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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 09-08-2013, 04:04 PM
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my 2005 530i with sport package needs new tires. Options other than OEM run flats?

My Good Year run flats are worn out and I need a new set of tires. The run flats are very expensive. what tires have folks switched to that have good performance and wear and won't bust the bank?

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Old 09-09-2013, 10:36 AM
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A good tire for the money and that will last you is the continental DWS. Not sure how much your looking to spend but I got a set of 4 for around $750.
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:01 PM
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Get the Continental DWS from Discounttiredirect.com They were cheaper than tire rack.com as they do free shipping and no tax in CA.These cost me $564. INstallation for all 4 tires with lifetime balancing and rotation at Discount Tire/Americas Tire was $112 including TPMS rebuild kit and tire disposal feea and taxes. I got a $ 100 Adidas card from Continental and $50 Cash card from Discount tire... So all in all I paid about $130 including installation, lifetime rotation and balancing and taxes and TPMS rebuild. Also these tires were made in Germany

This is for a 2010 535 xDrive. I have put over 1K miles on it now and the tires seem great .. quieter and much better grip... My original RSAs lasted my 42K miles..

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Old 09-09-2013, 01:08 PM
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Some more detail on what I answered another members

So they did have promotion for a $50 cash card from Discount Tire and a $100 Adidas coupon from Continental. My price above was after those discounts. Installation with lifetime balancing and rotation and TPMS rebuild cost me $112. The actual tire price listed at that time (May 2013) was $130. I did look up this tire on the discounttire direct website.. looks like it is listed for $148 per tire but you have $10 web discount per tire and then you also get a $30 cash card. So your deal could be pretty good too. 148-10-8=130 per tire + $22 for installation is about $152 per tire.. Not bad I say.. the total deal including installation would work out to be under $610. Cant get better than that I think .. IT is a great tire which you must wait about 200 miles to settle in your car.. it will feel funny initially... IT is also a Made in Germany..I say go for it.. I was in California so they shipped from Arizona and I had to pay no taxes. Also it was a fresh tire built a just about a month before they shipped to me. Good Luck.. I am very happy with the tire..

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Old 09-09-2013, 03:41 PM
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+1 on Continental DWS (DW if there's no snow where you live).
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:10 PM
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I also have Continental DWS (7k miles in) and tires are definitely better than OEM run flats. Having said that, keep in mind that the softer sidewall and non run flat set up will change the driving characteristics of the car given the factory runflat suspension set up. If you're looking for a great all around tire at a great price with great wear rating, the DW and DWS don't disappoint. However, some will debate that a more sporting driver and a more sporting vehicle like ours warrant sport tires like Michelin PSS or Bridgestone Potenza's. I say do your research and make a decision based on your needs/preferences (IE-daily driver, tracking, comfort vs. sport, etc).

Good luck and hope this helps
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:17 AM
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my 2005 530i with sport package needs new tires. Options other than OEM run fl

I had continental DWS for 40,000 miles now have continental DW and Michelin XI3 for winter driving. DW much better performance tire and dry and wet and DWS. Much better grip and road feel.

However if you want to have one tire to "do it all" DWS or new Michelin AS3's (Which are a bit more expensive) Would both be great choices.




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Old 09-10-2013, 06:00 PM
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Just bought a 2008 535xi sportwagon that had the Michelin PS2 all seasons run flats. I have the same tires but not in run flat on my Boxster S and 2001 540i 6MT and like them.
In the run flat version the handling was squirrelly and ride harsh and loud. Replaced them with the new Michelin AS3 and the ride is greatly improved, cornering seems about the same.

3 months ago I put the Conti DWS on the 540i and found them very soft and wandering on rough highway compounds. ( then switched to the Michelin PS2 )

Had Bridgestone 960 all seasons on the 540i before that and was very pleased with those.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:51 PM
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Guys thanks for all the advice, very helpful. I live in CA so obviously no snow, sounds like the continental DW is an option worth pursuing I'll do my homework on them.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:12 PM
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Guys thanks for all the advice, very helpful. I live in CA so obviously no snow, sounds like the continental DW is an option worth pursuing I'll do my homework on them.
Yes.. I almost went for DW over DWS as the DW were a bit cheaper. However what I found was that they had a lower mileage warranty and they tend to wear out very fast. I also trusted the huger Review ratings on DWS at Tire Rack.. it was over a 1000 people with a rating of over 8.3 I think.. which was a good testament on this tire. The DW had fewer people rating it and I think it was equivalent in rating though.. Just my thinking process on these...
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:23 PM
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I just put a set of Conti DWS's on our 328xi and the ride vs. the Runflats are like night and day, sans some cornering crispness. On our 550i we have about 3K miles on the Michelin Pilot Super Sports and they are freaking awesome tires, no handling difference whatsoever vs. the original RFT's, significantly less money than RFT's but bit pricier than the Conti DWS's. If you're not dealing with snow, go with the Michelin's if you can spend the extra $$$'s, you won't be disappointed and the ride is much smoother than with the RFT's. My 550i is a Summer car and is garaged during the winter months so I can get away with the Summer tires until October or so before she goes into hibernation until April!
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