My E46 320 diesel has now done 26,000 miles on its first set of
Bridgestone Potenza RE040 tyres and these have lasted me much longer
than I expected.
I have been offered Continental tyres as a replacement the type being
Sport Contact 2 or 3. All 4 need replacing and they are:
225/40 ZR18 at the front and 255/35 ZR18 at the rear.
I am struggling to find good advice on car tyres, so what do you
think? Are Bridgestones or Contental better or do you prefer another
brand and if so why? Here is my comparison site, do you have a better
The bridgestones have good grip in wet and dry and are quiet.
Although it's in the US, you might check the www.tirerack.com site as there
is a great deal of user feedback (which, of course, needs to be filtered
according to your needs).
Personally, I'm satisfied with the ContiSportContact 2 (E46) and Goodyear F1
GS-D3 tires (Z4).
Personally, I was quite happy with CSC2 on my A4. It was a great balance of
performance and comfort, and they were very quiet. I had Bridgestone S03
before that, and while they were slightly better performers with quicker
steering response due to extremely hard sidewalls, that also amounted to a
very uncomfortable ride with lots of tramlining. Now, if the roads where
you drive are good and very even, that may not matter all that much. I'm
running Dunlop SP Maxx right now, and they're OK as far as comfort and grip,
but flatspot like crazy. Next time I'll probably go back to Conti and get
I wish I knew for sure. Normally, if the tire has a lot of nylon in its
construction, then the nylon has sort of a memory effect. When the tires
cool while the car is sitting, the nylon deforms, and then it takes about 5
miles of driving for it to become round again. But honestly, I think it's a
manufacturing defect because I have not found a single other user that would
come across this same issue. I mean, I would understand if flatspotting
occured after the car sat in the same spot for days, but not after 5 hours.
Unfortunately, Dunlop/Goodear doesn't believe me, so I would have to have
the tires inspected at one of their authorized dealers. Unfortunately, by
the time I drive up to the closest dealer, the tires become round again, so
there is nothing to inpect. So, I would have to leave the car there
overnight which is not exactly convenient and I haven't yet found the time
to do it...
I've just had CSC3 tyres fitted and so far they seem OK; I will
reserve judgment until I have drive a few more miles.
As this is a leased car I didn't have much choice of tyres, though I'm
glad nobody had any negative comments on the Continentals. Thanks
We're about 10,000 miles into the life of a set of Avon Tech M550 A/S XL on my
wife's 2002 325 w/ sport pkg. They're comfortable, quiet, and outstanding in the
wet. I'd buy another set in a heartbeat.
On Sun, 21 Jan 2007 00:50:54 -0500, Walter Dishman
You got 27,000 miles out of one set of tires and you're unhappy with them?
Driving a BMW? At what -- 20 mph?
I've never gotten over 20K miles out of a set of tires in my life (44 years of
I have a set of Dunlop SP9000s in 225/40ZR18 and 225/35ZR18 on my
330ci, I am happy with them, but have not had any other make on the
car. They dont pull on white lines or overbanding (if they are at the
correct pressure - and are certainly better than an M3CS I tried the
other day which I think had Continentals and reacted to every
imperfection in the road on it's 19 inch wheels), they are quiet and
they grip well enough in the wet.
I can't comment on life, but they have lasted nearly 20k miles with
plenty of life left in them.
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