The Continental tires on my 323 still have good tread but I'm sick of the
things. Wheels need balancing, but I'm not gonna bother, just get new
Continental tires apparently behave extremely poorly on wet roads while
going around curves. Mine have been so bad that I almost wonder how
they could be legally sold in America. A tire guy told me right after I
bought them that they were terrible in the rain...he spoke the gospel!
What should I get? I'm not a hell driver in the beamer, but not an old
lady either....average middle-aged driver I guess. I'm thinking of
buying at Big 10 Tires. They sold me a great set of cheap tires for
my old car, and they still don't need balancing after several years.
I know you can't go wrong with Michelin, but pricey. How about
Bridgestone? I've been to the Big 10 site and that seems to be
their major brands for "regular" tires.
On Sun, 10 Jun 2007 20:16:34 GMT, Speeders & Drunk Drivers are MURDERERS
Stupid response! If the guy was in Euroland (inc UK) it would be illegal apart
from being totally reckless and stupid.
Oh! I forgot you are in the US so please carry on and kill yourself along with
several innocent bystanders or other drivers when you decide that you are late
one day and start driving at 100 mph and the tires disintegrate.
Buy tires that match the max speed of the car or buy a car that matches your
You can't generalize like that between manufacturers. Tire quality is very model
-- and sometimes even size -- specific.
And while I have always loved high-performance Pirellis for their wet weather
performance and currently have them on two of my three cars, I would say that
"most people" favor Michelin over Pirelli. Pirelli is very little known among
the general public.
The all season type (don't remember the exact model).
Excessive noise that sounded like bad spots on one or more tires.
One tire delaminated at 20000 miles. It had tread separation.
The replacement Michelin are noise free.
Not if their Pirellis delaminated during a long trip where the car sometimes
reached 80 mph. It certainly is
hard to keep the car at the speed limit. I am not interested in risking
tire problems at such speeds.
Neither of these sets of tires are performance models; I would expect to
performance tires to need
replacement at about that mileage.
I have no input on Big 10... I share your opinion of Continentals, I
had a set stock on my GTI 1.8T and I don't understand what posessed VW
to put rolling bricks like those on a supposedly "sporty" car. I
often inadvertantly chirped the tires backing out of parking spaces,
they were that pathetic. wet, dry, it didn't matter, they sucked. I
replaced them with Michelin Pilots and couldn't be happier.
If you don't want to spend the $$$ for Michelins, I've heard that
Kelly-Springfield makes a decent "bargain" tire. Can't be any worse
than Contis, anyway, and they're a lot cheaper. I have had good luck
with Kumhos as well.
I'd recommend checking out the Tire Rack web site. They have comparative
road tests on most of the tires (and they often use the 3 series for the
comparisons). Also user reviews/ratings.
I put Pirelli P-zero Neros on my 5er. Reasonable price, the promise of good
durability, and some good past experiences with their product. Good (not
great) grip and excellent in the rain.
Bridgestone makes an excellent tire. Also the Goodyear F-1 D3 has gotten
R / John
I replaced the overpriced Michelin Pilot Sports with the Goodyear Eagle
F1 GS-D3's. The performance was marginally better (the Pilots are
already great!) and the wear was reduced significantly. Wet traction
also seemed better but it's difficult to compare new tires to the old
ones at that point. No snow here so that wasn't a factor for me. These
were on my '02 330i w/sport package and 19" wheels. I saved $100 per
tire but still dropped $1000 with installation, etc.
You don't say which Continental tires you have on your 323. Are they
performance or so-called "all-season" or touring tires? It can make a big
The Conti SportContact2 performance tires on my E46 are wonderful in the
rain as were the OEM Conti SportContacts, but if you want to switch brands,
try the Goodyear F1 GS-D3. Of course all of these are unsuitable for snow &
ice if that's an issue where you live.
Agreed. I had CSC2 on my A4 and I thought they were very nice, very well
balanced. Not top of the line performance, but close. Bridgestone S03 was
a tiny bit better in the dry and wet, but S03 was also hard as a rock. If
you drive on roads that are less than perfect, stay away from S03. CSC2 is
way more comfy and quiet, while giving up very little in the performance
department. Definitely a good wet weather performer. I am hoping to get
the CSC3 for my e39 when the current crappy Dunlops (SP Maxx) wear out.
I think the ones I had on my GTI were "Touring Contact" and they blew
dead goats. I honestly think that General tires would have been an
improvement. I can't believe that those things were legal, they were
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