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Old 10-09-2019, 12:24 PM
BMW535xia BMW535xia is offline
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Question Needing New Tires Soon

Will need to purchase 4 225x50x17 for my 2008 535xi sedan in near future. Would want to keep total cost below $1K. Car is not aggressively driven and some higher speed interstate driving. Currently running Continental Contact DWS. Recommendations please...Thanks
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Old 10-10-2019, 08:17 AM
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You left out (at least) one important factor, how many miles a year do you drive it?
Square setup with xdrive, Alabama, non-aggressive daily...I'd buy an all-season with a higher mileage rating and rotate every few 1000 miles. Sites like tirerack and discounttire list all the specs and let you choose multiple to compare side-by-side and then also have customer reviews.

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Old 10-10-2019, 11:28 AM
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My last two sets of tires were bought through eBay from Discount Tire Direct. They have a pretty good sale from time to time offering 80-100 off. I bought a set of Cooper tires for my truck last year for $300 after the $100 off. I just bought a set of 225/50-16 Kumho tires for my Z4 at $312 for the set of 4. I had them installed and balanced at the local Discount Tire retail store for $91. Probably not worth the effort to do it that way unless you get in on one of the sales but did save the sales tax on the tires. The retail store guy told me he would match the online offers so I will probably price online then just have the store order what I want next time.

We have had good luck with the Kumho all season tires on our Kia Sorento. Been getting 60K per set.

The Continental Tires are great if you need/want the extra traction. I got a set of 285/40-17 Extreme Contact DW on clearance from the Tire rack for my Mustang. I have a few thousand street miles and two track days on them and can't even tell they are worn. The next set it gets will be whatever they have replaced that version with. They stick like glue in the rain or dry. Dang near race tire performance.

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Old 10-11-2019, 07:53 PM
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My rear tires are pretty much done also...
in fwy or streets when i hit those uneven road or small dips my 335 sedan seems to have a mind of its own. i heard michelin ps tires are good all around tires for all seasons. i also heard that when you buy new set of tires you should replace or move the old ones to the rear and always put the new set of tires in the front due to the heaviest part of the car is the front where the engine lays. idk if thats true or not but it kinda makes sense. can someone shine a light to all this that im saying ? greatly appreciated so i know if i needed a set of tires, balance, or just a simple alignment to cure my problem. thanks
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:28 PM
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Stick with the Continental Contact DWS. They're a great tire. I run them on mine.
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