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      11-28-2011, 11:26 AM   #23
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I wouldn't swap tyres on the same rims - too much agg.
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      11-28-2011, 03:17 PM   #24
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No you cant use the same alloys, so stick with one. Winter tyres are hard to find now so if you can get them with the new car that would be the best option.
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      11-29-2011, 02:29 PM   #25
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Btw any good deals for 18 245/45 RF anywhere? Struggling to find anything out there.
You after winters in those sizes or regular tyres? I know where there's a set of Conti RFs in that size that are in decent nick if you want them in summer format..
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      11-29-2011, 06:08 PM   #26
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Am after winter ones... Will try to phone kwikfit tomorrow with their 25pct off.. Although pretty much always still pretty expensive as its shop prices... The real deals are on their online offers..
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      11-30-2011, 05:47 PM   #27
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Got my Pirelli 19" winter run flats for my 351M wheels fitted today. Haven't noticed any extra noise but the steering seems to feel lighter, however, that just could be me. It will now be interesting how many miles I get out of the back tyres before they burn out. The summer Dunlop's I've just taken off had done 21k, backs were burnt out and fronts still had 4mm on them, so I've put them in the garage and will put them back on at Easter.
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      08-14-2012, 05:11 AM   #28
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I'm interested in getting some winter tyres this year for my 520d M-Sport. Living in Scotland it can get quite bad at times. I have the 19's 275/40/R19 & 245/35/R19.

I was wondering as I don't want to have to pay 1500 for the Pirelli's can I change the profile from say 40 to 45 and 35 to 45 as I seem to find more tyres with that profile for much cheaper the standard set up.

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      08-14-2012, 11:02 AM   #29
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I'm interested in getting some winter tyres this year for my 520d M-Sport. Living in Scotland it can get quite bad at times. I have the 19's 275/40/R19 & 245/35/R19.

I was wondering as I don't want to have to pay 1500 for the Pirelli's can I change the profile from say 40 to 45 and 35 to 45 as I seem to find more tyres with that profile for much cheaper the standard set up.

Cheers
Are you planning to use the 19" both with summer and winter tyres, or use the 19" for winters only and get a new summer setup?

Have you thought about keeping the 19" and get some 17" or 18" wheels for the winter?
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      08-15-2012, 07:47 AM   #30
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Thanks for your reply. I intend to keep the 19's on all year round. If I can get winter tyres for the 19's I may have to get 18's but I really don't fancy that.
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      08-16-2012, 04:53 AM   #31
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Thanks for your reply. I intend to keep the 19's on all year round. If I can get winter tyres for the 19's I may have to get 18's but I really don't fancy that.
So you plan to switch between winters and summers on the same set of 19" wheels?
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      08-16-2012, 07:36 AM   #32
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Yip. I will keep the 19's on for both summer and winter, if I can get winter tyres at a good price. If not I might have to go to 18's in the winter and back to my 19's in the summer.

Make sense?
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      08-17-2012, 05:29 AM   #33
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My concern is the tyres that you have to put on an off the wheels two times a year, but sure if they can be damaged. And it also depends on the cost of changing the tyres.
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Just been quoted by kwik fit £1596 for a set of 4 Pirelli sottozero 19" winter run flats to fit the 351m wheels. My local dealer said he couldn't get any, so well done to the Kwik fit fitter, 1 week delivery he said so will order them tomorrow.
Left my winter tyres (above) on all year now and have covered 20,000 miles on them now and still have 3-4 mm of tread on the back tyres, fronts like new. So will just get a new set on the back in a few months before the bad weather and keep running them all year again.
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      09-18-2012, 08:56 AM   #35
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I'm interested in getting some winter tyres this year for my 520d M-Sport. Living in Scotland it can get quite bad at times. I have the 19's 275/40/R19 & 245/35/R19.

I was wondering as I don't want to have to pay 1500 for the Pirelli's can I change the profile from say 40 to 45 and 35 to 45 as I seem to find more tyres with that profile for much cheaper the standard set up.

Cheers
I'm selling my BMW package from my F10 - 17" 327's with Dunlop 3D runflats - mint condition, 900
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      09-27-2012, 05:20 AM   #36
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sorry for being a numpty but I am not sure why I would choose full winter tyres at around 1k instead of a winter sock for the very bad days - at around 70...

I have bought socks after I was trapped in Basingstoke for 8 hours 2 years ago. They are excellent but will shred pretty quickly if driven on dry tarmac. So I use them on snow and think they are great...


Am I missing something?

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      09-27-2012, 06:44 AM   #37
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Winter/cold weather tyres are just that, best tyres for the colder winter temperatures.

I use them not just for snow, but icing is a major issue up here and it comes in hidden 'pockets'. Not always a warning, even by temperature. I was saved by the ability to have more braking control, when the car in front of me lost control. I had to brake mid corner on black ice. Not what anyone wants to do, particularly in an emergency. I was able to brake reasonably hard with 'almost' full control. I'd have been in the ditch and trees without winter rubber.

If you think I'm over the top, I came back two hours later and they had just cleared up a further accident, where someone had lost it completely and ended up in the trees.

For me, winter tyres are not just for snow. BMW, rear wheel drive and snow, don't mix anyway.

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      11-08-2012, 08:58 AM   #38
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I am not sure if anyone is interested, but I have a set of 351M alloys, brand new last year at great cost, with Pirelli Sottozero run flats on, only used for 4 months, for sale.

For collection from Oxford area, at 1500 ovno??? It cost me that for the tyres alone, and the wheels were another 1800.

I am selling as I have just bought a 730d Msport and would like to fund some winter tyres for that!!!

Thanks

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      11-10-2012, 03:05 PM   #39
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Any pics? Condition? Might be interested if it includes carrier
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      11-15-2012, 04:55 PM   #40
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My sottozero 19" run flats have now covered 27,000 miles and the backs still have 3 mm on them with 5+ mm on the front, so no problems running them all year round.
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      11-16-2012, 04:09 AM   #41
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My sottozero 19" run flats have now covered 27,000 miles and the backs still have 3 mm on them with 5+ mm on the front, so no problems running them all year round.
Ooops, wrong time of year to be down to 3mm with a winter tyre, so you need some new ones for the winter.... Need at least 4mm tread for winter tyres to do their job during winter months.

I know some folks run winters tyres out during the summer, once past their best winter use.

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      11-18-2012, 03:25 PM   #42
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Hello all,

Please find some pictures attached for the wheels. They will be going on ebay in the near future if nobody wants to snap up a bargain before the bad weather!!

Thanks for looking

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      11-23-2012, 03:54 PM   #43
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My sottozero 19" run flats have now covered 27,000 miles and the backs still have 3 mm on them with 5+ mm on the front, so no problems running them all year round.
Ooops, wrong time of year to be down to 3mm with a winter tyre, so you need some new ones for the winter.... Need at least 4mm tread for winter tyres to do their job during winter months.

I know some folks run winters tyres out during the summer, once past their best winter use.

HighlandPete
Pete totally agree, been waiting for the tyres to run down and have now just bought a set of 20" 356's. so no winter tyres for me this year, fingers crossed for no bad weather......
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      11-30-2012, 03:45 AM   #44
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Reading this makes me think I need to get some this year then as opposed to leaving the car on the drive for 2 weeks. I have never been convinced they make they much of a difference but you lot are convincing me otherwise!
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