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Old 06-25-2019, 01:11 PM
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3.0i Tires What to Buy? 235/65/17

Looking at tire options for our 2005 3.0i. The stock size is 235 65 R17.

Any experience with $500 and under sets of tires such as the Bridgestone Ecopia, Falken, Nokian, and so on?
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:46 PM
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Looking at tire options for our 2005 3.0i. The stock size is 235 65 R17.

Any experience with $500 and under sets of tires such as the Bridgestone Ecopia, Falken, Nokian, and so on?
I've used the stock bridgestone all season tires I got for around 800 at my local Costco Tire Center and have never had any issues. Curious what others have used since I will be needing to replace mine soon.
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Old 06-29-2019, 03:41 PM
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I went with the Pirelli Scorpion Verde all season plus for $580 delivered from Tire Rack. Tires look great, the "plus" model has good reviews 4/5 stars. Looks like a good mid-range tire for the money.
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Highly recommend trying out the tirerack.com decision guide. Will help choose a tire based on your driving habits (snow, off-road, price, etc.)

Definitely wouldn't skimp on tires. Premium levels for the X5 at that size only run 700-800 a set. Worth it for improved braking.

TL;DR: Get these Bridgestone Duelers https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...Standard+Model
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One of the things I really liked about the X5 I bought a few months ago, was that it came with nearly new Cooper Discoverer HTP's. I've had a few variations of Discoverers on vehicles over the years and have always found them to be good all-around tires for SUV's, trucks, Jeeps, etc. They aren't necessarily the absolute best at any particular thing, but they work well in a wide variety of conditions, they last reasonably well, and they are not terribly expensive.

The HTP version is a Discount Tire exclusive model, but DT is usually very price competitive and is a quality company. There's probably a very similar model sold at other tire stores, but I'm not sure what it is.

I've also used the AT/3, which is a little more offroad oriented. Also a great tire, but probably a little too aggressive for an E53.

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I've been happy with Bridgestone Dueler H/L on several trucks/SUVs now.
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My last 6 sets of tires have all been Yokohama. They really have excellent wet road traction, especially for braking. They last a decent amount of time and don't break the bank either. I currently have about 35,000 miles on a set of the YK-HTX series and they look like they'll go another 25,000.


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+1 Yokohama. The '01 has been driving on them for the last 15 years. Went with the Geolandar A/TS and they have handled everything from the New England winters before we wised up to the 2 miles of dirt road we now live on in SW MO. Wet or dry they perform well.
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I went with the Falken ZE950 A/S ZIEX. This is my second set and I would buy a third if we wear these out before we trade. Inexpensive and they perform well. No noticeable loss of brake ability or cornering. Good in the rain, (we get lots of that here in SE Texas).
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