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Old 07-06-2013, 01:04 PM
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Question What is a good summer tire replacement for X3's Pirelli Scorpions?

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Now that we have great winter tires (Michelin X-Ice2), I was looking for summer only tires for our X3 to replace our aging OEM Pirelli Scorpions. The most important part is safety and rain traction as this is our family vehicle. Good treadwear would be nice too. What do you guys think about Michelin Touring HPs or is going back to the Scorpions the best option?

Additionally, I have 235/55R17 now on my 8" style 204 OEM rims - can I go with a 275/55R17 for a slightly wider look?
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Wow, 79 views and no one has a suggestion? How about what tires are you running your X3s on and do you like them? Wish they could be better?
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:12 AM
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I have no experience with dedicated summer tires on our X3 but our OE Scorpions were replaced at approximately 75,000 km and they had enough tread left to go to 95,000+ and still be safe, according to tread depth measurements on each tire. I wasn't planning to keep the car beyond 150,000 km so I replaced them early to get the benefit of driving on new tires during the time we will have it, primarily for reasons related to heavy rain and puncture resistance. I was very happy with the first set so I hunted out a supplier for an identical set. The tire store halfheartedly tried to talk me into something cheaper, a second tier brand that they had in stock. I told them to save their breath and order the Scorpion STRs in. Sales rep agreed he would do the same thing himself. The new tires are a little quieter than the old ones, but same performance, all as expected. I would do the same again.

I haven't used the Touring but had great service out of the MXV4 Michelin Energy tires on my X5. For dedicated winter tires, I put the X-Ice 2 on one vehicle, Blizzak WS-60s on another, and Dunlop Wintersport M3s on another, all in the last few years. All were great, especially the Wintersport M3s on the 535.

I would stay with the recommended size on the X3, 235/55-17
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For my X3 I've been driving on kumho ecsta 4x 235/55r17 on the stock rims. They've been great year round.... smooth quiet and grippy in summer and winter. I've driven on them for the last two years and it's time to replace them.... I've enjoyed them so much and with 130k on the x3, it has been a joy to drive it so I plan to "long term" it. I've gone ahead and bought the same tire in 255/40r19 on Avante Garde m310 rims. I plan to put some blizzacks or something close on the stock rims for winter snow boarding trips. But the nice thing about the kumhos is, I won't be entirely pressed to swap wheels if I don't feel like it.

Now I just need to wait for the new wheel package to show up...

I have yokohama s.drive tires on the e30. Those are hard core grippy but noisy. Stiff side walls and what not. When comes time to replace them I'm going to go with something different.
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I am on my second set of ContiCrossContact UHP summer tires. Consistently highly rated in tire tests and I love them for their predictable handling at the limit (a nice progressive breakaway), short braking distances, and great steering feedback. Makes driving fast enjoyable and suits the vehicle very well. Good hydroplaning resistence. The only drawback is that the ride is on the firm side- not a problem here but perhaps in the Northeast or in states with poorly-maintained roads, it can get bothersome. And naturally they dont work when its cold or in the snow.

Also, the road noise is fairly good for a summer tire and last fairly long. I got about 37k mls (60.000km) out of my last set and they were quiet right to the very end.
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Hi all,

Now that we have great winter tires (Michelin X-Ice2), I was looking for summer only tires for our X3 to replace our aging OEM Pirelli Scorpions. The most important part is safety and rain traction as this is our family vehicle. Good treadwear would be nice too. What do you guys think about Michelin Touring HPs or is going back to the Scorpions the best option?

Additionally, I have 235/55R17 now on my 8" style 204 OEM rims - can I go with a 275/55R17 for a slightly wider look?
The tire size is quite different I think I'd go with a 255/50R17 if I wanted a wider tire without changing wheels. You're adding almost an inch of section width.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSe...50&diameter=17 not a lot of choices but you can read reviews on tire rack
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