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      08-10-2020, 11:56 PM   #1
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Tire Recommendation for e90 330i

I am shopping for tires for my 06 e90 330i rwd (manual txn) with staggered setup. Switching from Bridgestone Driveguard RunFlats to Non Run Flats All Seasons. Have shortlisted the below. Which one would suit best ? This is my daily driver. I am in upstate NY and roads are one of the worst of its kind here . I have to drive on potholes and bumps almost daily. Looking for recommendations.

i) Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+
ii) Michelin Pilot Sport AS 4
iii) Continental ExtremeContact DWS06
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      08-11-2020, 09:05 AM   #2
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Do you have separate winter wheels/tires?
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      08-11-2020, 09:46 AM   #3
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I have Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06 on my wife's 330 that stay on all year round and I a set that I use on my 535 as winters and they handle very well in the snow, not as good as winters but much better than the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ that I use to have before. If you have a set of winter tires than I would go with one of the Michelin's that you mentioned, if not, look at the Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06.
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      08-11-2020, 09:59 AM   #4
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My story is opposite of E90330xi -- I had DWS on my e91 bought used. Louder and harsher ride than Pilot Sport A/S 3+ on my e90 (or e60). Bought some used wheels (193's) that came with Pilot Sport 4s that I prefer over the DWS. However, will be going with A/S 4's on e91 when I wear out these tires.
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      08-11-2020, 11:55 AM   #5
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My story is opposite of E90330xi -- I had DWS on my e91 bought used. Louder and harsher ride than Pilot Sport A/S 3+ on my e90 (or e60). Bought some used wheels (193's) that came with Pilot Sport 4s that I prefer over the DWS. However, will be going with A/S 4's on e91 when I wear out these tires.

Does your Michelin's handle better in the snow than the Continentals DWS?
You`re right the Continentals are more noise than the Michelin's, they have a strip of winter tire tread almost in the center of the tire, but the Michelin's were terrible in the snow for me, I was sliding all over the place with just a couple of inches of snow on the ground, not the same with the Continentals DWS. We can get anywhere from 2 inches to 2 feet of snow some days of here in the winter time, (Ontario, close to Niagara Falls) sometimes more, especially close to the lake which is where I live. The Michelin's are great in the summer, dry and wet, I have a set on my Subaru, but they suck in the winter snow, at least for me. OP does not mention anything about snow, just that he would like to buy All Season tires. I just assumed by the list that he posted that he is looking for a Dry-Wet-Snow type of tire.
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      08-11-2020, 12:48 PM   #6
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Do you have separate winter wheels/tires?
I have separate winter tires but not wheels.
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      08-12-2020, 06:26 AM   #7
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I'd recommend dedicated summers and winters for a RWD if it's for year round driving, better than half assing it in the winter epecially. It's hard enough to get going sometimes with in icy conditions, and more importantly, braking suffers greatly with all seasons vs winters. It's usually the people behind you that you need to watch out for with winter tires on.
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Does your Michelin's handle better in the snow than the Continentals DWS?
You`re right the Continentals are more noise than the Michelin's, they have a strip of winter tire tread almost in the center of the tire, but the Michelin's were terrible in the snow for me, I was sliding all over the place with just a couple of inches of snow on the ground, not the same with the Continentals DWS. We can get anywhere from 2 inches to 2 feet of snow some days of here in the winter time, (Ontario, close to Niagara Falls) sometimes more, especially close to the lake which is where I live. The Michelin's are great in the summer, dry and wet, I have a set on my Subaru, but they suck in the winter snow, at least for me. OP does not mention anything about snow, just that he would like to buy All Season tires. I just assumed by the list that he posted that he is looking for a Dry-Wet-Snow type of tire.
I never drove the DWS' in the snow. I'm in South FL for the past couple of years now.
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      08-25-2020, 12:36 AM   #9
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I just installed Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 4. Tires are quite, and my E90 rides smoother. I’m still trying to figure out if I should get a spare tire kit, or a tire plug kit. I have AAA too.
I have to bring it back to the tire installer. I keep loosing pressure on one rear tire. This happened with my Bridgestone Potenza Run Flats too. It’s probably a bad tire valve.
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      08-26-2020, 10:49 AM   #10
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I've carried nothing more than a plug kit and compressor in my junk for 60K+ miles. I don't even bother with it unless I'm travelling outside my AAA tow range from home.

In that time I've not had a flat.
but I have plugged many tires, and not had issues.
Do it properly and it will be just fine until you can patch it on the inside properly.
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      08-26-2020, 08:35 PM   #11
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I've carried nothing more than a plug kit and compressor in my junk for 60K+ miles. I don't even bother with it unless I'm travelling outside my AAA tow range from home.

In that time I've not had a flat.
but I have plugged many tires, and not had issues.
Do it properly and it will be just fine until you can patch it on the inside properly.
I carried a full size spare for a while, but reverted to carrying a compressor and plug kit because the spare was taking up too much space. On my last car I didn't carry a compressor, but have plugged a few tires at gas stations next to their compressors. I'm taking a road trip soon so I'll probably bring the full size spare along just for convenience, though I just realized I need to get a jack to leave in the car. Any suggestions for a good jack that will conveniently lift an E90 for roadside repairs?
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a scissor jack from the junkyard.
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