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CGSTL 09-28-2007 01:55 PM

Best Place to Buy Snow Tires
 
2005 X5 4.4i NonSport (Stock 18" Wheels)
http://www.angelfire.com/biz7/bmwhee..._wheel_153.jpg

I'm at 45,000 miles on my first set of tires (yes, my wife is the primary driver :tantrum:) and I'm about to head into winter. I've seen people reference Blizzaks and the Pirelli Scorpion snow tires. If you have mounted snows on your X can you please tell me:
1) Best snow tire to buy?
2) Where is the most cost effective place to buy them?

TIA,
Chris

Kendall 09-28-2007 03:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CGSTL
2005 X5 4.4i NonSport (Stock 18" Wheels)
http://www.angelfire.com/biz7/bmwhee..._wheel_153.jpg

I'm at 45,000 miles on my first set of tires (yes, my wife is the primary driver :tantrum:) and I'm about to head into winter. I've seen people reference Blizzaks and the Pirelli Scorpion snow tires. If you have mounted snows on your X can you please tell me:
1) Best snow tire to buy?
2) Where is the most cost effective place to buy them?

TIA,
Chris

www.tirerack.com or discounttire.com They also have a list of tire distributors that partner with online suppliers in your area and can ship the tires directly to the tire shop for installation...

Boston X5 4.4 09-28-2007 03:02 PM

FWIW, I have always bought my winters at tire rack
Even if you don't buy there the reviews are worth checking out.
I have Dunlop grandtrek winters and have no complaints.
Pirelli scorpion ice and snow seem to be more commonly used and get very good reviews

http://www.tirerack.com/

LeMansX5 09-28-2007 03:17 PM

Tirerack is best place. Dunlop Wintersport and Bridgestone Blizzak LM25 are best.

Should have posted in this forum ;)

CGSTL 09-28-2007 03:19 PM

OK, all powerful Wizard of Oz.... Can you move my post??? :)

Thanks for the recommendation.:thumbup:
Quote:

Originally Posted by LeMansX5
Tirerack is best place. Dunlop Wintersport and Bridgestone Blizzak LM25 are best.

Should have posted in this forum ;)


Mister2 09-28-2007 03:33 PM

Just curious, are you trying to replace your current tires or do you have winter wheels? If you only have one set of wheels, wouldn't it be better to get all season tires? I don't think it has snowed much here in the past winters to really say you will get your money's worth for snow tires. Just my $.02:)

CGSTL 09-28-2007 03:51 PM

Great suggestion. But this is a good excuse for me to switch to 19's when March/April comes around... I'll keep the snows on my stock 18's and buy a 19" wheel/tire package.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mister2
Just curious, are you trying to replace your current tires or do you have winter wheels? If you only have one set of wheels, wouldn't it be better to get all season tires? I don't think it has snowed much here in the past winters to really say you will get your money's worth for snow tires. Just my $.02:)


X5-4-Fighting 09-28-2007 03:51 PM

Like everyone said, I'd check out tirerack.com.

Pirelli snow tires are good!

Personally, I have Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S M+S (Mud & Snow) tires mounted on my stock BMW 18" rims so I can take my X5 up and down the mountain with confidence during winter time here in California (Big Bear, Snow Summit and especially Mammoth Mountain).

I bring the snow chains (as required by CHP) just in case but have not used them with the tires since they performed well enough in snow. These tires are also good for use all year round in all types of weather. No complaints here! :thumbup:


Here's a big photo (towards the bottom of the page) of the tires on at Mammoth during one of the storms up there 2 years ago...
http://www.xoutpost.com/x5-e53-forum/...our-x5-28.html

Mister2 09-28-2007 04:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CGSTL
Great suggestion. But this is a good excuse for me to switch to 19's when March/April comes around... I'll keep the snows on my stock 18's and buy a 19" wheel/tire package.

Great idea! I would suggest tirerack, discounttire, or these guys http://www.tiredeals4less.com.:thumbup:

chefwong 09-28-2007 04:56 PM

Nokian's would be my choice for winter
http://www.tirefactory.net/Hakkapelitta%20SUV.htm

Dunlops M3 or Blizzaks would be equally second in my book.

jayjay_dee 09-28-2007 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CGSTL
Great suggestion. But this is a good excuse for me to switch to 19's when March/April comes around... I'll keep the snows on my stock 18's and buy a 19" wheel/tire package.

hmmm, u just gave me an idea.... thanks....

[email protected] 09-29-2007 02:00 PM

I'm biased, but gimme a call.......

CGSTL 09-30-2007 12:48 AM

Do I just call 877-522-8473 and ask for Doc?

Lambeau 10-01-2007 09:17 PM

Living here in Northern Wisconsin we get around 300" of lake effect snow each year from Lake Superior. Along with that are many days of temps well below zero and lots of ice with that. I've had pirelli's, and even studded tires (weren't legal though) and I will now never use anything but Blizzaks. Here's the new DM-Z3's (From Tire Rack) I just got and put on my 17" stock rims in 265/70/17's:

A Sporty Blizzak for Sport Utility Vehicles
The sportier the vehicle, the sportier the winter tire for it. And while many light trucks feature four-wheel drive systems to enhance their poor weather capabilities, their unique ability to accelerate with relative ease (compared to standard passenger cars) doesn't convert into extra cornering or stopping traction. So if you want to maximize all of your light truck's winter capabilities, use Bridgestone Blizzak technology to help provide the snow and ice traction you need.
The Blizzak DM-Z3 features a directional tread design to help maintain good traction on wet and slush-covered roads while its zigzag sipes and independent tread blocks provide the edges to help bite through snow. It also features Bridgestone's Link Multicell Compound which is glass fiber reinforced to enhance vehicle stability on dry roads while it helps disperse water to reduce the risk of slipping on the thin surface film of water that makes ice so dangerous. This allows the Blizzak DM-Z3 to approach the traction provided by a studded tire on ice...without the use of studs.
NOTE: The first 55% of the Blizzak DM-Z3 tread depth features the Link Multicell Compound while the remaining 45% features a standard winter tire compound.
The Blizzak DM-Z3 radial meets the industry's severe snow service requirements and is branded with the snowflake-on-the-mountain symbol.
Bridgestone's Ultimate Network of Intelligent Tire Technology (UNI-T) brings advanced tire technologies together, taking tire performance to a new level. This combination of innovative tire design, roundness and tread compound maximize the tire's performance, ride quality and wear.
Install Blizzak DM-Z3 tires in sets of four only.
Due to the revolutionary traction capabilities of the Blizzak, Bridgestone recommends using Blizzaks only in sets of four to provide the best handling characteristics and tire performance.

CGSTL 10-02-2007 12:46 AM

All: Thanks for your opinions and suggestions! I really appreciate it.
CG


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