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Factory Turanza EL42s Outclassed by Replacement Conti ProContact SSRs
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Shortly after I picked up my 2006 330i about one year ago, I started reading horror stories about the factory-installed Bridgestone Turanza EL42s -- "noisy, rough ride, early tread scalloping" were the common complaints. The first thing I noticed was severe tramlining -- the tires followed every groove or rut in the road, forcing me to fight the steering wheel on worn or uneven pavement. Otherwise, though, I convinced myself that the uncomfortably firm ride was due to a stiff suspension, and that the noise at highway speeds was part of driving a performance sedan.

Boy, was I ever wrong! Last week I finally "bit the bullet" and decided, at 20K miles, that I had had enough of the EL42s. I replaced them with Conti ProContact SSRs that I purchased through Tire Rack and had installed locally. As soon as I drove out of the tire installer's garage, I could feel the difference. The tramlining was gone completely; the ride was much smoother and more comfortable; and the noise level at highway speeds was barely louder than on local streets. The car rides and handles much better, and finally feels like the luxury performance sedan I thought I was getting.

The irony is that Tire Rack still sells the EL42s -- and they're nearly twice as expensive as the Contis! I think Bridgestone should just admit that they produced a crappy tire in the Turanza EL42, and should recall them they way they were forced to do with the Firestone Ford SUV tires a few years ago...of course, they lost millions then, and were sued by Ford to boot, so I doubt they'd do it voluntarily!
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      09-26-2007, 06:13 PM   #2

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I have only 9,000 miles on my EL-42s but the noise is starting to get on my nerves. I notice it particularly at around 35-40 mph on local roads. It sounds like a spaceship coming down for a landing. When I let a friend try out the car, he thought the brakes were grinding. I can feel as well as hear it.

Do the Contis take the sharp bumps and potholes any better?
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      09-27-2007, 01:20 PM   #3

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Absolutely. When I used to hit a bump or pothole with my factory EL42s, I would wonder if the car had a suspension. The Contis smooth everything out and make you feel in much better control of the car.
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      09-27-2007, 04:19 PM   #4
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When did you start experiencing your problems? I have 5,000 + miles on my tires and they still handle and ride great. My car is a April 2007 build.


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