Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx DSST RunOnFlat

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx DSST RunOnFlat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14
 
 

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
January 28, 2013

I have a BMW x5 and while this is an excellent performing tire, tread life is absolutely HORRIBLE. I'm looking at new fronts in another 1k miles and new rears soon after. I expect more than 15k out of my tires and have had tires on other vehicles last 40-50k, so I know it isn't entirely my spirited driving. Not a fan of these Dunlops.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Winter

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion WinterReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44

2013 BMW X5 M
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Miles driven on tires: 1,300
Location: Polson, MT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,300 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2013

The Pirelli Winters seem to handle the varied road and weather conditions we have in NW Montana. They are a bit noisier and less connected on dry pavement than the 20" Bridgestone Dueler HP's that the truck came with, but in snow and ice they stick quite well and handle the 500 ft.lbs of torque from the M motor with xDrive

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 BMW X5 3.0si
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Miles driven on tires: 62,707
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 62,707 Miles on Tires
December 29, 2012

GOT OVER 62,700 MILES ON THESE TIRES SINCE NEW, THE ONLY SET ON THIS CAR. I TRADED IN THE CAR AND THEY STILL HAD MEAT ON THEM. I WOULD RECOMMEND THESE TIRES TO ANYONE.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport RFT

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.88

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Sun City West, AZ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2013

These were OEM RFT tires on my X5 with the M Sport package with Adaptive Drive. The X5 handles great with these tires but can't compare to anything else. However, the tires started to become noisy at 8,000 miles and after 15,000 miles became unbearably awful. At 20,000 miles outer edges of fronts are gone, but rears still look okay.
Will replace with Continental DWS or Michelin Latitude Diamaris without RFT option.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 9,000
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 9,000 Miles on Tires
November 28, 2012

We placed these tires on our car one day after picking it up at the dealer. We knew that the RFT (Dunlop SportMax) would be Very stiff and would be dangerous in winter, so we went with the Conti DWS. Excellent tire! Understand that it is not going to handle like the summer only performance tire... But it is easily 80% of the way there. Steering isn't the immediate harsh imput of a true summer performance tire but it is still very quick. They stick like glue in sharp turns. After 9000 miles the tires still looked like new with no noticeable tread wear. Our car was totaled by huricane Sandy and we ordered the identical car from BMW.... And we will be placing Conti DWS on the new one as well. Very Satisfied Customer.

Pirelli's Scorpion Winter vs. Scorpion Ice & Snow

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Since its introduction, Pirelli has impressed us with their Scorpion Ice & Snow winter tire. It has been a favorite option for many light trucks, SUVs and crossover applications. In fact, it's so well liked that the tire is currently ranked number one in our Tire Survey Results. Some of the most popular fitments have been the 255/55R18 and 255/50R19 size for the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Audi Q7 and VW Touareg. For BMW X5 owners, take a look at one of my previous blog posts, "BMW X5 Sport Package Winter Tires" to see how this tire can help your winter driving.

The Pirelli Scorpion Winter has a more aggressive, directional tread pattern to offer more biting edges on snow- and ice-covered roads. Featuring a more open directional center rib and directional shoulder ribs further help with snow and slush traction, as well as aid in water evacuation and hydroplaning resistance. Pirelli's Ecoimpact icons are branded on the sidewalls to highlight the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air and low noise.

Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow
Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter


For the 2012-13 winter season, the new Pirelli Scorpion Winter will be sold alongside the Scorpion Ice & Snow in many sizes. Both tires can make driving fun, even in winter. Shop by vehicle to see if either great winter / snow tire is an option for your vehicle!

All-Season Tires for a BMW X5 with 20" Wheels

Monday, December 17, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

The BMW X5 is a sleek, sophisticated and high-powered SUV, which meets today's needs of sports car like performance with truck like versatility and cargo space. With the optional Sports Package, the BMW X5 boosts large 20" staggered wheels and run-flat tires. While the package offers a more aggressive stance with wider tires than the standard X5, it also complicates tire shopping when looking for a tire that can perform in all seasons. The 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires equipped on the BMW X5 offers a pretty slim selection of all-season tires.

Unbeknownst to many BMW X5 owners, most of these SUVs have been equipped with high performance summer tires. These tires are designed for temperatures above 45 degrees Fahrenheit and do not provide traction in the snow or on ice. If you decide to stay with run-flat tires, the only current option is to use a dedicated set of summer tires in the summer, spring and fall and a dedicated set of winter / snow tires during the winter months.

 Continental ExtremeContact DWS
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However, if you've done your research and want a non-run-flat tire, there's an all-season option to consider, Continental's ExtremeContact DWS. I have had many customers opt out of a run-flat tire for this Ultra High Performance All-Season tire with great results. The ExtremeContact DWS will maintain the high level of performance feel you're used to while adding the ability to use the same tire all year long. Keep in mind there are some drawbacks to switching to a non-run-flat tire and you can find those details by reading "Do I Need to Put Run-Flat Winter Tires On My BMW".

Search by vehicle to see if the Continental ExtremeContact DWS is available for your car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour HP ZP

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour HP ZPReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64

2008 BMW X5 3.0si
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Alexandria, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
November 23, 2012

Great tires, 40,000 miles already and still have about 20% of tread remaining. The tires are still quite, smooth, and have no vibrations. The wear is even on all 4 tires. Dry road feel is equivalent to when tires were new. After the tires wore down, wet & snow traction significantly diminished, but that's of course to be expected with any tire. Overall, couldn't be more pleased and will most likely re-purchase again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2005 BMW X5 4.4i
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Coaldale Alberta, Canada, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
October 26, 2012

I never imagined that driving in winter could be a joy until I drove this tire. Now I understand the adds. It was like it wasn't even winter. The have summer like levels of grip. Even on dreaded black ice. While other vehicles including SUV's were spinning and sliding I was just gone! They are like Velcro. Unbelievable. Almost sad when spring came along it was time to take them off. Almost....I'm not insane! Definately recommend this tire to anyone who needs traction on slush, snow, ice, even deep snow. I found myself hitting snowdrifts and climbing snow mountains in plowed parking lots just to make my girls giggle. Excellent tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91

2004 BMW X5 4.8is
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
October 18, 2012

This is a great tire, I'm on my 2nd set and having historically only run Michelin, I'm totally sold on these DWS. I'm a retired racing driver and drive my 4.8is very hard, regularly in the triple digits and weekly back road poundings. Its on HR sports over Bilstein HD, custom bars, 2.5 deg camber on all 4 corners, stoptech drilled cryo rotors with ebc redstuff pads, custom intake/exhaust, its faster than it should be and I don't feel that I need more tire than the DWS in stock spec. There is a still some understeer, but a large improvement over the stock setup air suspension, but of course its not as smooth. In the dry its hard to break it loose, totally solid in heavy rains, only hydroplaning when I'm really pushing it, and handles the worst tahoe snow storms no prob. They're wide spec, so its no snow tire, but I would have a snow setup if I thought I needed it, the DWS is enough. I get 25k mls out of a set, but there's a lot of tahoe/bay area trips in that. Add in the price, and I'm very happy with these tires. The ride quality and noise is on par with Michelin Latitude, but the DWS produces significantly more grip in all conditions. The only weakness is when you're in the last 10% of wear they're not as quiet/smooth as the Michelin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow Run Flat

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow Run FlatReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Denver, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
October 11, 2012

Outstanding winter tire in every aspect. Very comfortable, quiet and responsive with excellent wear. Definite must buy if these ever wear out.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 RFT

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.17

2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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Miles driven on tires: 39,000
Location: Fort Hood, TX
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 39,000 Miles on Tires
June 25, 2012

Doing this review late as these were OEM for the 2010 X5. Never rotated and they lasted over 40,000 miles. Just bought another set from TR. Should be the last set for this car as I will rotate these this time around. Cheap for a run-flat too.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Friday, August 31, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4

2004 BMW X5 3.0i
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Jose, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
August 15, 2012

Replaced the OEM Michelin tire with these. The Michelin tires were good but after reading reviews of the General Tires decided to give them a try. The reviews lead on that the General was a better tire for the money. I was a bit skeptical as I've always used Michelin tires; however, after driving a few days with the Generals, I was not disappointed. The tires were very quiet, smooth and when pushed, they handled well. I only have 1000 miles on them so I'll have to write a follow up review regarding tread life and winter handling. So far I am very pleased with this tire and feel that they give my BMW X5 the performance the car deserves.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & SnowReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36

2005 BMW X5 3.0i
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
August 07, 2012

My first set of these and most of my second set were used in Upstate New York. In pretty much any weather conditions, they performed incredibly well. My case and point for their performance in NY is that I used to be able to make it from my house to my fire station(was a volunteer firefighter in NY) in even the worst of snow storms. I remember back when we had that huge ice storm in December a few years back, and it was like driving on a dry road even then.

Recently, I moved west, and drove my car all the way to California. It was late March, so I didn't see much weather on until about Wyoming where I experienced extremely fast crosswinds on I-80. These tires kept me glued to the road in that. When I got to Utah, there was some snow and slush, but these tires cut right through it. And when I got to the Sierra Nevadas, I was at 4/32s of tread left on my tires(just at the legal limit for not needing chains on I-80 in snow conditions), I traversed the mountains during the height of a snow storm and had absolutely no problems whatsoever with handling or braking in the Sierra Cement.

Now I'm here in one of California's hot valleys where it's blisteringly hot during the summer days and it rains buckets for periods during the winter. None of the weather conditions here have even put these to the test, even on the tires last legs(one's almost bald). I will be putting another set of these on my vehicle shortly. They've performed so well up until this point, I couldn't imagine buying a different set.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L AlenzaReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82

2003 BMW X5 3.0i
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Miles driven on tires: 66,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 66,000 Miles on Tires
August 13, 2012

Had these tires for 6 years and over 60K miles. They wore evenly and were way better than the OEM Michelins. They had another 5K in them tread-wise but the tread was starting to show age (6 years) with some cracks. They handled Utah mountain snow and England black ice very well. I am replacing them with the Goodyear Assurance because they offered an $80.00 rebate; otherwise I would have bought these Bridgestones again. The mail service from Tirerack was very easy and quick.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport RFT

Monday, July 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.38

2011 BMW X5 xDrive50i Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2012

These tires handle nicely in the dry. For a summer tire, these perform decent in the wet. But, these are the noisiest tires I have ever experienced. I've driven on various brands of run-flat tires and these are the worst when it comes to noise. Otherwise, they are good tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2007 BMW X5 4.8i
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Miles driven on tires: 350
Location: Santa Barbara, , CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 350 Miles on Tires
May 12, 2012

Get rid of those hard noisy run flats. These are the best available besides the Michelin super sports, which are the best tires I have ever driven.
The dws is an all weather not the super sports. The dws is great performer for the money as well. If you an suv you would want to possibly go into snow country. Need the dws. Get a flat, call AAA

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14

2008 BMW X5 3.0si
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Holly, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
May 13, 2012

If you can not get a hold of a set of LX 20's due demand for them being so high, get these tires as a healthy alternative. The tread pattern caters to BMW's camber setting. They really do grip the road. You can drive 80mph down the road in the rain and have no worries at all.

If you have an AWD sedan, I would definitely consider these tires. They are rated higher then Michelin pilot sport A/S tires in the snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6

2003 BMW X5 3.0i
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Miles driven on tires: 20
Location: Folsom, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2010

Just put these on my 2003 X5 3.0 Sport this morning. Took them out for adrive to get a feel for them having come off of Michelin Latitude Tour HPs. I ran the Latitude's for 42k miles which is high for this tire on the X5 (negative camber kills inside treads).



While early, the difference between the Latitude and Envigor is, the Michelin has a slightly softer sidewall giving a more supple ride whole the Envigor has a slightly stiffer feel. Turning is super easy on the Envigor and you can easily feel the tread set in a full turn while accelerating.



On bumps, again the Envigos is slightly more stout while the Latitudes has a little more cushion. Having the Sport suspension on the X5 I am okay with this difference as it does not make the ride uncomfortable or harsh.



Braking grip feel good, very similar the Latitudes. Acceleration felt normal, good grip and no squealing or slippage.



I bought the Envigor base upon what I was reading online about the tire and it abilities. For $100 less per tire than the Latitude's I believe Yokohama is delivering high value to the market with the Envigor.



Being a business person, one can assume that 30% the cost of a product is advertising expense. So with the Latitude costing around $260 per tire for my car, that means $75 per tire can be advertising which means the value proposition difference between the Latitudes and Envigors is pretty close.



Overall, with such a short ownership experience to date, I am happy with my initial impression and will report back over time. If I get another 42k miles from these Envigors I will consider my choice fabulous as I saved over $300 choosing the Yokohama Envigors over the Michelin Latitude Tour HPs.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Cranberry Twp, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2012

These Non-Run Flats are excellent. The handling, quietness and comfort are signficantly better than the Bridgestone Run-Flats I originally had. This review section influenced my decision and I am very pleased.