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Old 10-12-2013, 01:01 PM
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Best tire for ride and noise?

My 2007 328xi will need new tires soon and I am on my second set having ditched the RFTs after about 25000 noisy miles. My "turnin & burin" days of driving are long gone and I am more interested in a good ride for noise and comfort. Any suggestions?

The car is stock with 60K plus a few on the odometer. Please don't suggest a noisy, performance based tire that will get me 25000 miles before changing. I am using Tire Rack but the reviews are all over the place. One tire gets "too noisy" and the next reviewer says "best tire I have had".

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Old 10-12-2013, 01:06 PM
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I have a 2010 328i and just recently installed a set of Kuhmo Ecsta's. They give good traction, are very quiet and have a good ride. They are not for the hard core enthusiast, but you sound like your driving profile is like mine. Additionally, they are an excellent value.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:33 PM
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I am very pleased with Continental DWS but I know there are other good (and possibly better) choices.

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Old 10-12-2013, 01:51 PM
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If you're looking at the user feedback, don't. Read the comparison test results that tirerack posts for many tires.

Michelin Primacy seems to be the BMW OEM tire for F30s. They have many more go-flats than the couple RFT sizes for the F30. I am a Michelin fanboy, though.
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even this tire.... Pirelli made in in Indonesia is really good tire for bucks

very reasonable price, grippy and quiet... Achilles ATR Sport... about $110 each for 19 inch

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Floyd,
I use Tire Rack a lot but for some reason, I completely forgot about the Consumer Survey results, with its categorized and graded ratings. This is very useful.

To all,
Right now, I am leaning towards the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season. They fit all of my needs although they are quite expensive. Oth, they are #1 in Ride comfort, Noise Comfort, Ice, and deep snow. These are all of the things I am looking for my 328xi here in Pittsburgh. We either get monster winters with big snow falls or almost nothing.

I still have to look hard at Michelin and Continental Pure Contact.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:39 PM
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I still have to look hard at Michelin and Continental Pure Contact.
I have these Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 on order from tire rack for my sons 135i convertible. Hopefully they will ship early next week to my local Sears for installation.

Review.

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Old 10-12-2013, 03:46 PM
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This is the link I was referring to - http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey....jsp?type=GTAS
and looking at Grand Touring All Season.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:52 PM
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I had the same need for my 2009 328i and have about 35k miles on a set of non-RFT Michelin MXM4s. Smooth and very quiet. Handling is a bit less sharp than the original Continental run flats but more controlled overall. Noticeably better in rain. Not likely to get more than 45 of the 55 warranty miles but would buy again.

Post what u decide and experience as I'll be due to replace soon.
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Have 22K on Conti DW 245/275 19" summers. Excellent ride, very good sound control along with good performance. Back when I got the they came in second to the PSS, but the spread was tight enough that it would take a track day to separate them.
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My 2007 328xi will need new tires soon and I am on my second set having ditched the RFTs after about 25000 noisy miles. My "turnin & burin" days of driving are long gone and I am more interested in a good ride for noise and comfort. Any suggestions?

The car is stock with 60K plus a few on the odometer. Please don't suggest a noisy, performance based tire that will get me 25000 miles before changing. I am using Tire Rack but the reviews are all over the place. One tire gets "too noisy" and the next reviewer says "best tire I have had".

Performance tire lasting 25,000 mi on a 3? I don't think so....
You're a Continental DWS kinda guy - check 'em on TireRack & Google
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:54 PM
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I too dumped RFTs because of tramlining. Bridgestone offered their Serenity tire as a replacement and they were perfect for touring. Both quiet and smooth with good wet traction.

They are probably considered Grandpa tires but they worked for me.

Over the years I have discovered that tires with a solid centre section of tread seem to be the quietest.
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I can't say enough good things about my Bridgestone RE970AS. After a serie of average tires, that is.
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I'm a fan of the Conti DW's as well......or DWS's if you need all season. Great ride and comfort and low noise.
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I have sold and installed on customers' cars, or used on my own cars, almost all the tires mentioned above. I've used a few sets of the Ecstas on a Saab Aero, and the Kumhos and Conti's among others on the E92. I'm a TireRack dropship installer so many of them came from TireRack.
I think the OP should consider Michelin MXV4's as a contender, they are a high mileage smooth riding and quiet tire which many of my performance/sports sedan customers love and buy repeatedly. They are a fantastic tire, and a real value when lifetime is factored into the equation. And when noise is the dealbreaker, I have never experienced a quieter tire.

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I'm a fan of the Conti DW's as well......or DWS's if you need all season. Great ride and comfort and low noise.
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Performance tire lasting 25,000 mi on a 3? I don't think so....
You're a Continental DWS kinda guy - check 'em on TireRack & Google
Calwaterboy,
Your post has me confused. Are you saying I did NOT get 25000 miles out of my Conti RFTs? If so, let me clarify. While the tires may or may not be performance tires I am no longer a performance kind of driver. I enjoy the heck out of my 328xi and rarely drive it beyond brisk . The most I do is keep up with traffic on the interstate at 75-80 but never beyond that and I almost never corner aggressively, preferring the great ride that I have.

Now, if you are saying something else, it is about as clear as mud! Oh, no more RFT tires for me and my Contis turned me off to the entire brand. I understand that the newer RFT are better but I am quite happy with standard side walled tires.
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Calwaterboy,
Your post has me confused. Are you saying I did NOT get 25000 miles out of my Conti RFTs? If so, let me clarify. While the tires may or may not be performance tires I am no longer a performance kind of driver. I enjoy the heck out of my 328xi and rarely drive it beyond brisk . The most I do is keep up with traffic on the interstate at 75-80 but never beyond that and I almost never corner aggressively, preferring the great ride that I have.

Now, if you are saying something else, it is about as clear as mud! Oh, no more RFT tires for me and my Contis turned me off to the entire brand. I understand that the newer RFT are better but I am quite happy with standard side walled tires.

Nope, saying almost, but not quite, unheard of - performance tires, especially on the rear, wear quickly on a 3.

But Conti DWS, top rated and all season, looks like a great tire for ya. Search here or Google, you'll hear good things. TireRack, please!
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I don't know if it meets your criteria, but I love my Pilot Super Sports. Great tires. N4S
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even this tire.... Pirelli made in in Indonesia is really good tire for bucks

very reasonable price, grippy and quiet... Achilles ATR Sport... about $110 each for 19 inch

From my experience, a "unidirectiional" tire would be the worst possible choice for low noise (as the tire accumulates miles and wears). Unidirectional tires are notorious for "tread pattern noise" as they wear.

This is one of the reasons that tire makers have abandoned the unidirectional tread pattern in favor of 'assymetrical' designs in the past ten years.

If you were inclined to ignore BMW's "anti-rotation" policy, you have more options with assymetric tires vs. the unidirectional tire.
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From my experience, a "unidirectiional" tire would be the worst possible choice for low noise (as the tire accumulates miles and wears). Unidirectional tires are notorious for "tread pattern noise" as they wear.

This is one of the reasons that tire makers have abandoned the unidirectional tread pattern in favor of 'assymetrical' designs in the past ten years.

If you were inclined to ignore BMW's "anti-rotation" policy, you have more options with assymetric tires vs. the unidirectional tire.
Aren't most summer tires designed to rotate only in one direction? I have had Conti, General, Yokohama, Bridgestone, Michelin summers over the past 10 years & they all had the rotation arrow.

Both the Conti & Generals were pretty quite. The older design Yokohama ES-100's were the most noisy
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Aren't most summer tires designed to rotate only in one direction? I have had Conti, General, Yokohama, Bridgestone, Michelin summers over the past 10 years & they all had the rotation arrow.

Both the Conti & Generals were pretty quite. The older design Yokohama ES-100's were the most noisy
Some of my recent tire purchases, though not summer tires, specify "outside" and "inside" allowing for rotation of tires from one side of the car to the other. I rearward cross rotation: Fronts go to opposite side rear. Rear go to the front same side.
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