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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71

2006 BMW X5 4.8is
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Coatesville, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 12, 2012

If you have an X5 4.4 or 4.8is then these tires are for you. 50% quieter then the OEM Michelins, 50% cheaper for a set of 4, and looks like they will wear 50% longer according to their treadwear expectancy (wait and see). With my 20" stock wheels these tires even feel better with their (very) slight softer sidewalls too. Don't waste your time looking any further, if you want the best all around tire for your X5 then buy these and be done with.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2008 BMW X5 4.8i
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2012

I bought these to replace the terrible, short life, noisy, super expensive, run flat Dunlops that came oem on our X5 4.8 sport pkg. These tires are a great choice for this car. Being an SUV and driven primarily by my wife, they are super quiet, smooth, seem to wear very well, have the ability to handle some snow/rain, and handle pretty good (one step down from the oem tires). This is just right for us. Since a run flat is required for our vehicle (no spare), I have installed a small compressor and have a few tubes of slime under the cargo area. If this doesn't work - i guess we call roadside assistance. This is a very small price to pay in what these tires do for the daily livability for this car (IMHO).. Great tires - buy 'em.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2005 BMW X5 3.0i
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Miles driven on tires: 58350
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 58350 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2012

OEM tires for my 2005 X5 3.0. Lots of city and highway driving and they haven't let me down in any weather (40,000 miles of the 58,350 were in Chicago). Was reading reviews of this and other tires and noticed a loyalty (and long-term feedback) on this particular tire so I thought I'd submit my own. Getting very close to the wear bars, and even though I'm in San Diego now, I do drive in the mountains in the winter occasionally, so acceptable tread depth is pretty important. I can't recall ever hydroplaning, and I've never gotten stuck in deep snow. Will most likely buy another set of these, even though the price is higher than most.

General Grabber HTS is a Quiet and Comfortable Option for Your SUV

Monday, February 20, 2012 by Doc Horvath

For many years the General brand has been associated most closely with durable and value-priced passenger car tires, while becoming a brand that can be trusted. In order to meet the needs of light truck and SUV owners, General worked very hard to develop a high quality tire that can be offered at a reasonable price. I recently installed a set of General's Grabber HTS all-season tires on my Chevy Blazer with great success, and can attest to their quality and traction capability.
 

Both our internal tests and customer surveys indicate that the Grabber HTS can be relied on to provide a quiet and comfortable (almost "car like") ride for your light truck or SUV. With its symmetrical tread pattern, the tire can be rotated in a "criss-cross" pattern to maximize wear and still offer great wet and light snow traction. The General Grabber HTS is offered in a variety of sizes ranging from 15" options for smaller SUVs like my Chevy Blazer or earlier Ford Explorers, to 18" and 20" sizes for the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
 

If you're looking for a great tire for your light truck or SUV at a great price, take a close look at the Grabber HTS.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H&V)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H&V)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2006 BMW X5 3.0i
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Miles driven on tires: 1200
Location: Tobyhanna, pa
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1200 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2010

Best tire I've ever brought so far can't wait till winter to see when it snow.Then I will up date

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUV

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT SUVReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.33

2006 BMW X5 4.4i
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Miles driven on tires: 1000
Location: Bloomfield, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1000 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2012

Early days yet, but winter is finally here in Michigan and that's starting to give a sense for the tires. So far, I can say definitively that in cold and dry pavement conditions, these are not as good as summer performance tires in warm weather - duh, right?. But the drop off isn't so much that I can bring myself to care. In cold and wet, performance is just excellent. Noise, not appreciably more than the summer tires. Stable, and comfortable at highway speeds - have done several hundred miles now at 75-85. No wandering, no floating. First major snow was this week - 4" coming down hard, mid-teens temperatures, several hours on unplowed, snow-packed freeways and surface streets. This is the stuff I bought winter tires for, and these were great. Acceleration, braking, cornering all rock solid, stable and safe.

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

Thursday, January 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Maxx DSST RunOnFlatReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.12

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35d Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 16000
Location: Charlotte, Nc
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 16000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2011

Came with my X5. Very disappointed that the tires started getting very noisy at 14k miles. Went to the dealer who told me they only last 15-20 k miles and showed my tires at/ near wear bars. New tires once per year at $500 each!!!

Winter Tire & Wheel Packages for Your BMW X5

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
No mRial Osloatter what you drive, Tire Rack has done the homework necessary to ensure a proper fit for your vehicle when it comes to our Tire & Wheel Packages. 

While some vehicles have many aftermarket wheel and tire options, others are a bit more challenging and require the use of specially selected wheels to clear brake calipers, avoid suspension components and offer a factory style stance. One such vehicle that comes to mind is BMW's X5. This vehicle, especially when equipped with the optional 20" sport package, is notoriously difficult to outfit with all-season or dedicated winter / snow tires. 

Although manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and beginning to offer non-summer X5 tires in the 275/40-20 front and massive 315/35-20 rear sizes, the most popular solution for those looking for the best traction in foul weather is a downsized Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.

A few wheels, such as the Rial Oslo (pictured) offer enough brake clearance in an 18" size to allow for proper fitment. With wheels such as this, we prefer drivers run a 255/55-18 tire on all four corners. This tire size allows for a wide variety of cost-effective options, maintains the factory rolling diameter and has a better cutting effect on ice and in snow compared to the factory staggered setup. Most often, a Tire & Wheel Package for this SUV in the 18" size costs approximately the same or less than the factory sized tires by themselves.

How do we know which wheels will fit your vehicle? We measure your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated electronic tools that allows our engineers to create extremely accurate drawings of each part. For more information, read "How We Know What Fits."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Thursday, December 15, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & SnowReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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Miles driven on tires: 3000
Location: SARATOGA, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3000 Miles on Tires
December 13, 2011

We took our X5 offroad on some national forest trails. I was hesitant to go down some somewhat steep slippery rock trails, worried I might not get back up them, since I usually am traversing this particular path in a regular 4WD GMC pickup with low 4WD and BFG All Terrains, but the X5 AWD and the Pirelli's surprised me by making easy work of clawing back up the hill. So while not mud or all terrain tires, these Pirelli's did the job just fine!

I have not have had the chance to test in snow and ice yet however.

Winter Truck Tires

Thursday, December 8, 2011 by Gary Stanley
Tech Article on AWD/4WD Systems
Customers often say they don't need winter / snow tires because they have a four-wheel drive truck or SUV. Just because you have a four-wheel drive truck or SUV doesn't mean that your vehicle cannot benefit from a good set of winter snow tires! Keep in mind that while four-wheel drive helps you get moving quicker in the snow, it's of no extra help in stopping the vehicle. In fact, four-wheel drive systems add additional weight to a vehicle, therefore stopping distances on ice and snow can actually be longer than their two-wheel drive brethren. This is where a good set of winter tires can make all the difference. To gain a better understanding of why four-wheel drive isn't all you need this winter, read "Why Electronic Drivers' Aids and AWD/4WD Systems Aren't Enough (All-Season)."

I'm currently running the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 on my 2009 MAZDA CX-7 and have been very impressed with this set of MAZDA tires. The DM-V1 is offered in a wide variety of sizes that fit many trucks, SUVs and crossovers. See more details about my experience with this set of Bridgestone winter tires, as well as the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 in my blog post titled "My Story on Winter Tires."

For wider, lower profile fitments like the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne I recommend the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow or Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 in cases where the DM-V1 is not available. 

When the time comes to purchase passenger truck tires, light truck tires or tires for your SUV or crossover, shop by vehicle to find the winter / snow tires that work best for your vehicle.

Snow Tires/Wheels for BMW X5

Monday, October 3, 2011 by Logan Woodworth

Tire StackBMW X5 drivers have struggled to find a good winter solution for those with the 20" sport package.

Given that there is only one option for winter tires using the O.E. 20" staggered fitment, many customers elect to use the 18" option for winter tires. This allows for more options and improved snow and ice traction over the 20". This option uses a 255/55R18 on all four corners of the vehicle.

One advantage of this "minus size" winter wheel setup is the improved snow and ice traction vs. the wider 20" O.E. tires. Another advantage of the "square" setup (same sizes front and back) is the ability to rotate your tires front-to-back which will allow for more even treadwear and longer tread life.

Another advantage of a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package as opposed to only winter tires is that switching back and forth between tires can lead to expensive mounting and balancing. On average, this will cost around $240-$300 annually. Winter wheels can be changed for around $40-$60 per year or you can do it yourself at home for free.

Read "Tire & Wheel Package Installation" for details on how to install your Tire & Wheel Package yourself.