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      09-22-2011, 12:34 PM   #67
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The survey by TR as posted by XB101 is more valid, I think. The Dunlops are the better tire, just slightly.
LOL I hope you are kidding, more valid???? There is no scientific approach, it is subjective evaluation. Tire discussion can be like politic or religion discussion but I don't really rely on This Tirerack results IMO because comments depend on the region, type of car, driving experience and exposure to other brand of tire, so many variable. This is just another source of information.

For example, sorted by winter performance, the Blizzak LM25 are fairly high and I used them 6 years, these are the worst tire in snow or ice!! Dry and wet were fine. Who's right, me or those results? This is similar to Trip advisor, you have to be careful.

Protegez-vous used a scientific approach and experts in this area with real tests in the condition of our region! I am not saying they have the truth but this is more credible.
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      09-22-2011, 12:40 PM   #68
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LOL I hope you are kidding, more valid???? There is no scientific approach, it is subjective evaluation. Tire discussion can be like politic or religion discussion but I don't really rely on This Tirerack results IMO because comments depend on the region, type of car, driving experience and exposure to other brand of tire, so many variable. This is just another source of information.

For example, sorted by winter performance, the Blizzak LM25 are fairly high and I used them 6 years, these are the worst tire in snow or ice!! Dry and wet were fine. Who's right, me or those results? This is similar to Trip advisor, you have to be careful.

Protegez-vous used a scientific approach and experts in this area with real tests in the condition of our region! I am not saying they have the truth but this is more credible.
Suit yourself. No problem for me what you believe to be superior. Both good winter tires.
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      09-22-2011, 03:26 PM   #69
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The survey by TR as posted by XB101 is more valid, I think.
I looked at the TireRack survey. It's worthless, because it's just the opinions of various consumers (You only drive one car, and keep winter tires 2 to 3 years. How can you compare any two sets?).

I looked at the link that I posted, under "methodology". It's also a survey (!) of "tire vendors non affiliated with any brand". Sadly, this seems worthless to me too.

ConsumerReports.org is a richer organization, and they can afford to run real scientific tests. I just subscribed minutes ago (for $26/year!). They say the "Nokian WR G2" is the best "performance winter tire". The Pirelli and the Dunlop score exactly equally in everything that concerns me, but the Dunlop gets a slightly better "noise" rating.
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For Montreal area drivers, here's the guy I'm going with:

Jon Nichols Motorsport
http://www.jonnichols.com/
145 - 20th Ave, Lachine, Qc, H8S 3S8, Canada
Telephone: 514-634-6330

Pirelli w210 Sottozero II runflat tires
$362/tire, *including* balance and install = $1448.

18" BMW replica mags: $181/mag
new bolts and centering rings: $50

Tire storage: $50.
That's almost 2000$ less than the dealer. Would you trust these guys for tire storage ?
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      09-22-2011, 05:09 PM   #71
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That's almost 2000$ less than the dealer. Would you trust these guys for tire storage ?
Yes. You get a receipt for tire storage, so it's not like he's going to run away with my tires. Plus he's been in business for years and he was recommended by a friend that I trust.

His prices are the same as ordering from TireRack and having it installed locally. It's the dealer's prices that are ridiculous.
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      09-22-2011, 05:51 PM   #72
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If you don't need performance winters then the Xice is a good choice. Consumer Report have em rated highest. Personally I think I will go with regular winter tires. I dont drive that fast in the summer yet so winter I should be good to stay behaved.
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      09-22-2011, 05:58 PM   #73
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Oh and the parts guy from my dealership said the 17" would not work on the 35i cuz of the bigger brakes.
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      09-23-2011, 12:39 PM   #74
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It's the dealer's prices that are ridiculous.
Understatement of the year

Thx for the tip. I'll check it out. Personnaly, i would stay with runflats for winter. Dont want to be stucked with a flat and no equipment. Dont know how roadside assistance would react to a flat with non-run flat tires.
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      09-24-2011, 07:27 AM   #75
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Personnaly, i would stay with runflats for winter. ... Dont know how roadside assistance would react to a flat with non-run flat tires.
The tires I chose are run flat, which is why they're more expensive.

For what it's worth, my dealer said that if it's a non-run flat it's not covered by road side assistance. Then again, it's probably cheaper to tow it than to buy run flats.
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      09-26-2011, 07:27 AM   #76
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If you wanna win, buy a Finn

We have snowy and icey roads here about 5 months a year. Finnish Nokian Tyres are good, Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 with studs is a good option.

A little cheaper but as good is Continental ContiIceContact with studs.

They were just tested by Finnish car magazine:

http://tekniikanmaailma.fi/autot/ren...virenkaat-2011
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Snow tires and Canada

Pierre and his wife live in central Canada. One winter morning the announcer on the radio says, "We are going to have 8 to 16 centimeters of snow today. Make sure you have snow tires and park your car on the even numbered side of the street, so the snowplow can get through."
Pierre’s wife goes out and moves her car.

A week later while they are eating breakfast, the radio tells them, "We are expecting 10 to 20 centimeters of snow today. Make sure you have snow tires and park your car on the odd numbered side of the street, so the snowplow can get through."
Again Pierre’s wife goes out and moves her car.

A few days later as they are having breakfast the radio announcer says "We are expecting 12 to 24 centimeters of snow today. Make sure you have snow tires and park.... snap, crackle, buzz" The power goes off and the radio's dead.

Pierre's wife is very disturbed, and says to her husband, "Honey, I what should I do? I don't know which side of the street to park on so the plow can get through."

He responds, "Why don't you just leave the car in the garage this time?"
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      09-26-2011, 01:07 PM   #78
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Lotus, you are not Pierre?!
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Lotus, you are not Pierre?!
No comment (my wife occasionally reads the Forum).
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      09-28-2011, 08:25 PM   #80
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Now I am leaning toward Nokian Hakka R. 225 55 18. 0.4% slower than stock.
WS70 is available in that size, and also Sottozero 210.

Rims, that is another question.
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      09-29-2011, 01:43 PM   #81
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Finally made my choice, all a matter of taste but it will suit my needs. Negotiated hard and got it for 2000$ all taxes in (~1750$ CAD before tax). 245/50/18 Dunlop Wintersport M3 with RTX Berlin BMW replica wheels.



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Finally made my choice, all a matter of taste but it will suit my needs. Negotiated hard and got it for 2000$ all taxes in (~1750$ CAD before tax). 245/50/18 Dunlop Wintersport M3 with RTX Berlin BMW replica wheels.



Nice !

Is your tire dealer in Quebec city?
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      10-01-2011, 12:16 PM   #83
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yup but when I was in Montreal, I was dealing with Gordon Goodyear in NDG, they are super nice and were giving me good price (they carry dunlop too).

If you are interested in RTX wheels, you can find a dealer here http://rtxwheels.com/?lang=en-CA
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      10-01-2011, 01:37 PM   #84
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Sweet. I got the same rims as you and went with 225 55 18 Nokian Hakkapelita SUV R.
Should be fun :-)
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      10-01-2011, 02:46 PM   #85
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yup but when I was in Montreal, I was dealing with Gordon Goodyear in NDG, they are super nice and were giving me good price (they carry dunlop too).

If you are interested in RTX wheels, you can find a dealer here http://rtxwheels.com/?lang=en-CA
From NDG, the quote was 2680$ all tx/installation in, but for wintersports 3D instead of 3M, with BMW replica rims. 245/18/50.

Much higher than your QC dealer.
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      10-01-2011, 03:41 PM   #86
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Excuse my english my dealer Trois-rivieres BMW talk to me
RWC Wheel have the same fitment for X3 2011 comming soon
same offset and same bolt $250
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      10-02-2011, 03:59 AM   #87
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Sweet. I got the same rims as you and went with 225 55 18 Nokian Hakkapelita SUV R.
Should be fun :-)
Nice choice. In a test, they were second behind Michelin X-Ice.

Michelin scored 7,6 out of 10 and Nokian 7,5.

Dunlop was second to last with 6,7 out of 10.

Tests were done in Finland... and these were studless winter tyres.


I went for Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 (with studs) and total with rims and taxes they were 1000€. Though I have to say the rims are replica, not BMW oirignal.
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When ordering BMW replica rims, do we need other parts ? like tire pressure monitor, bolts or other parts?
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