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Old October 19th, 2007, 09:33 PM
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I was just curious, since many of you have other performance & luxury cars in addition to your Defenders, which tires you would recommend. I am looking for a set for a BMW 545i in size 225/50/17. Its been a long time since I have shopped for performance tires and am just trying to get some first hand impressions. The car gets used in dry and rain, and occasionally in the snow, but probably not more than a dozen times or so per year, so I am really looking for a good performance tire.

I was thinking Michellin Pilots, Contis or Yoks but all three make quite a few performance tires in this size which just confuses the issue since they all appear to be pretty new and most testimonials are from people with only 1,000-2,000 miles on them.

Thanks guys!

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Ok, I think I've got it narrowed down to the "Yokohama S.drive", "Michelin Pilot Sport A/S" & "BF Goodrich g-Force Sport"

Does anyone have any experience with any of these? Any other alternatives that I should be looking at?

Thanks again!

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Old October 20th, 2007, 03:01 AM
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Pirelli P Zero tires are what I had on my BMW.

Toyo Proxes or Pirelli P Zero!
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Old October 20th, 2007, 08:47 AM
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we just swapped out the run flat brigestone's sports on my wife's car for the BFGoodrich g-force sports, defn a good move they are cheaper then the run flats and i've noticed no performance issues with them.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 10:33 AM
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I ran Dunlop SP Sport 9000 on my 5er...worked pretty good and lasted well considering they were staggered so no rotating was possible. I think it came with the Michelin Pilots.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 12:20 AM
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Not sure if you know about these forums but they might have some good feedback on tires from other Bimmer 5 owners.

http://www.bimmerforums.com
http://www.m3forum.com

I'm running some General Exclaim UHP's on my Audi S4 in 245/35/19. I needed some cheap 19" tires and they had good writeups on Tirerack. They have been a great tire especially at $129 each. But from what I've read what works with Audi quattros might work differently with the RWD Bimmers.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 02:56 AM
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I don't know how hard you drive your car but my BMW was ver sensitive to the tires I put on it. I have a 540 sport, so same situation... big, heavy, relatively high horsepower. I tried three different sets on dunlops, none take well to abuse. If you're the run of the mill fast car, slow driver type and drive ur car from work to the country club any tire under the sun will do. With a rear wheel drive Bimmer forget an all around tire. dry and rain is all you can be concerned about. For snow u need something dedicated. Honestly the best tire I had on my car were DOT approved R-compound slicks. Michelin pilot cups. Fine in the rain and amazing in the dry. Scary in the cold temps.

Pirellis are good tires for lighter cars. For a heavy 5-series under spirited driving my experience shows they are prone to chunking. Dunlops the same. I actually corded a set of Dunlops in 3K miles. The Michelin Pilot 2's are a very good tire but very expensive. They are the only set of tires I've had on the car that can do a wekend at the track and keep their balance.

I have a cheap set of Sumitomos on my car now and they are great but offer a harsher ride then pilot sports do. Sorry for the long post, just offering my opinions.

On a side note, I would ditch the stock tire size. For better braking and acceleration I would upgrade to a 245 size tire on all four corners. U can do this with ur current rims.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:50 AM
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I have 2 sets of wheels and tires for my 540 wagon. On the stock 15ers, I run Michelin Pilot Exalto's and I am very happy with them. On the 17 inch Alpinas, I have Michelin Pilot Sport A/S's, which I also like a great deal. The car had Pirelli P6000's on it previously and they were ununspiring. I run my 15" set most of the time to keep my mom and wife from curbing my Alpinas. I just had them refinished last year and they are already rashed up again. Sorry for the rant.
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I have 2 sets of wheels and tires for my 540 wagon. On the stock 15ers, I run Michelin Pilot Exalto's and I am very happy with them. On the 17 inch Alpinas, I have Michelin Pilot Sport A/S's, which I also like a great deal. The car had Pirelli P6000's on it previously and they were ununspiring. I run my 15" set most of the time to keep my mom and wife from curbing my Alpinas. I just had them refinished last year and they are already rashed up again. Sorry for the rant.
OT/ probably not as bad as these!!

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I have 2 sets of wheels and tires for my 540 wagon. On the stock 15ers, I run Michelin Pilot Exalto's and I am very happy with them. On the 17 inch Alpinas, I have Michelin Pilot Sport A/S's, which I also like a great deal. The car had Pirelli P6000's on it previously and they were ununspiring. I run my 15" set most of the time to keep my mom and wife from curbing my Alpinas. I just had them refinished last year and they are already rashed up again. Sorry for the rant.
Alpina = Nice ^10. Any pics of those on the 5 wagon? Nicely modded wagons are always a pleasure to see.

You can rant all you want about curb rash - it drives me crazy too. I just noticed a little one on my BBS CH's (bought new this spring) and I know everytime I drive the S4 I'm super careful near curbs. My wife did drive it one day a few days before I noticed it.
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Have a 700hp 07vette. Found a balance in tires by going with the toyos. The nittos are great but have some road noise. Some of the other suggestions here are good but it depends on your goals. The pilots would still be spinning at 100+mph.
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with 700 horse i don't doubt it.
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Alpina = Nice ^10. Any pics of those on the 5 wagon? Nicely modded wagons are always a pleasure to see.
Found a pic, yes its an E34 540 wagon.
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I like it! Is it 5spd or Auto?
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Sadly, auto...
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Old October 24th, 2007, 09:07 PM
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Found a pic, yes its an E34 540 wagon.
Wow! Love those Alpina wheels. Classic strong looks.

About the gearbox, BMW never only sent slushboxes w/ the wagons to the states, right? A manual in that car would be awesome but I can see why BMW wouldn't do it here.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 12:55 AM
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My understanding is that there were a few but dealers don't stock order them b/c they end up sitting on them forever...there aren't many of us that would buy a 5spd wagon. Our Parts Manager, who is a friend of mine, is an Ex BMW/LR tech and has been watching for a 5spd 540 wagon but I think he is looking for the e39. Either way, Europe gets all the cool stuff like the e34 ///M5 Wagon!
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I raced with a guy (at the track) who had a customized 540 wagon with the same 6 speed from the sport sedan. It was mated to a stg. 3 supercharged dinan v8. Not worth the cash in my mind but the look on corvette owners faces when a station wagon pulled a car length off a red light was priceless..
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