Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta XS

I am using these tires in sizes 275/35WR18 in the rear and 245/40WR18 in the front, on the BMW OEM 18-inch rims. They are wider than the stock tires and, in fact, they are the widest tires that will fit on the OEM rims. My M3 has several modifications, including Dinan Stage-III suspensions and "CSL" competition brakes.After 3000 miles the tires are not very...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3

Amazing 60,000 miles on set bought August 2009. Only replacing because they were manufactured 51/07 (they are 7 years old now) and the rubber is hard and stiff. Still have 1/8 inch of tread. Goodyear no longer makes this size. Just like the Michelin Pilot Sport MXX3 that fit my '98 M3 (my all time favorite tire); they quit making in my size and had to find a...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

I've been using TireRack and Bridgestone Blizzaks on my cars for 21 years, starting with a 1993 VTEC Prelude. I always downsize one level to keep a narrow winter profile. My '08 Civic 5-spd started with WS60s, now wears the WS80s. While the WS60s had great ice traction, the WS80s are superior and have better steering response. My old Blizzaks drove through...  Read More

Need Winter Tires for Stock 19" M3 Wheels?

As a high-horsepower RWD car that comes with summer tires, the M3 desperately needs winter tires if you are going to drive it through wintry weather. Both the E90 and F80 M3 commonly come with 19" staggered wheels, which makes snow tires hard to find. In previous years, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 was available in 255/35R19 front and 275/35R19 rear, but...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo2

Installed the Ventus on my Mustang GT as a summer performance tire. I garage the car for the winter. Great tire with excellent grip in all conditions except snow. Quiet, stable when cornering, great stopping power and grip at launch. Wearing very evenly with rotation every 7k miles or so. I have about 12k miles on them now and they appear as new with little...  Read More

Don't Let the Fun Stop: Winter/Snow Tires for 2015 BMW M3 and BMW M4

My brother Tom was pretty happy with his E92 M3 until I went to South Carolina to drive the 2015 M3 and 2015 M4. Once he heard me rave about the F82 M4, he jumped on BMW's website to build his new 2015 M4. He'll soon need snow tires for his new vehicle. Winter / Snow Tire Category As discussed in our snow tire overview, you need to find the optimal snow...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (H- or V-Speed Rated)

I have had these tires on a 2008 Acura TSX as replacements for the OEM Michelin's. The reason for the purchase of these over the OEMs was because of the good online reviews and price difference.I consider myself somewhat of a spirited driver at times. I have no complaints regarding the handling, braking, and comfort of these tires. They've gotten me through...  Read More

Winter 2014/2015: Detailed Updates for E9X M3

If you are looking for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your M3 this year, take a look at the latest information on what is available this year: Sport Edition A7 wheels are available in both black and silver. It's still the go-to wheel for a practical winter package. They are a direct fit with no spacer. They will even use the original bolts and can...  Read More

Check Out Sumitomo for Affordable Tires

Who is Sumitomo? Headquartered in Kobe, Japan and involved extensively with the tire industry since 1909, Sumitomo has very close relationships with Dunlop and Goodyear. Sumitomo has produced tires in cooperation with Dunlop and Goodyear for many years. In fact, so much engineering, technology and manufacturing is shared between them that I sometimes...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Bought these to replace my m spec'd continentals that I swore lasted at best 8,000 miles. Great tire for dry traction, decent for rain but the tread life on these tires were even worse than the continentals, (7,000 miles) Now it's just the rears I'm talking about the fronts are still at 50%. This car is driven by my wife and is driven very easy so I can't...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I bought these for the M3 and the 540. Both are manuals. I really like that tire a lot. Can't compare them to the pilots, though. I like driving my tires on low air pressure to get more traction and road feel (28 lbs front/rear). I only have good things to say about these tires, but the tread life. The rears on the M3 convertible are done. Overall, these...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta PA31

You will be amazed by how quiet and steady your Kumho tires will be on your car. I got my first set of Kumho's as a replacement for Continental ContiTacs on my BMW325xi all wheel drive wagon in 2004. The Kumho's gripped better, and they were quieter. I have since used Kumho's as replacement tires on our Mitsubishi, Volkswagen GTI, BMW M3, and our Hyundai...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero GT

I have only driven 500 miles on these tires so far but I can say they feel great. The 17 tires are a + 2 size on my 88 BMW M3 and yet the ride is great. Very quite tire with excellent turn in and overall cornering feel. I will update this review as I put more miles on my tires.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ101

I read the reviews of this tire and have to laugh when people say they are weak in the dry traction area. I drive VERY spirited through tight mountain roads and they are fantastic. They out preform the Michelin, Kumho, and Continental sport tires hands down. These things stick like glue and lose traction very predictably. If you have trouble with traction or...  Read More

How Good Are Sumitomo Tires?

Often times, people associate Sumitomo as a generic tire. In reality, quite the opposite is true! Did you know that Sumitomo is the Japanese subsidiary of Dunlop and traces its beginnings back to 1909? In 1997, Sumitomo and Goodyear formed a joint venture in which they agreed to manufacture tires for each other as well. Sumitomo produces many different types of...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

Just took off a set of Pirelli Ice and Snow, which I ran year round with about 40k miles on the tires.. I run snow tires year round and have had success with the Pirelli's and feel the Dunlop's should be equally successful as the Pirelli's. So far, the Dunlop's offer better ice/snow traction, ride and steering response than the Pirelli's.. However, they are...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

I love these tires so much, I'm about to purchase my 3rd set. They're a perfect match for a midsized family sedan and spirited driving.They enhanced the handling, cornering, and steering response of the OEM tires but still provide an impressively smooth and quiet ride. Wet and dry tractions is terrific. On empty country back roads I can push the car...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

The General Altimax Arctic is by far the most disappointing tire purchase of my life. Loud doesn't even begin to describe the --- awful howling sound these things make at highway speeds. I would be willing to forgive the noise if their grip in the snow made up for it. It doesn't. I've run Dunlop WinterSport M3, Dunlop Graspic DS-3, Michelin Arctic Alpin, and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Compared to the other Dunlop, Bridgestone, Hankook and current Continental ExtremeWinterContacts I've used on various RWD sports cars, these are without a doubt the worst winter tire I've purchased in the last 15 years. They're completely adequate in snow and I don't have any complaints. I might go so far as to call them pretty darn good.The problem is that...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Use these as my street tires, in 255/35R19 front and 275/30R19 rear, mounted on a set of Volk TE37SL wheels (19x9.5 & 19x11) on my extensively modified M3. For reference, track tires are usually PS Cups, or Nitto/Hoosier R-comps.First off, these are the ONLY Street Tires I have run on this car that aren't immediately overpowered by the brakes, which...  Read More