In Reply to: Dunlop vs. Pirelli? posted by SteveF on April 09, 1999 at 08:37:02:
I've always ran Michelin XGTs on all of my cars. The older styles weren't great in the rain, but the new Pilots are much better. Their dry breakaway is very predictable.
Also, Michelin seems to have excellent quality control. Everytime I have Michelins mounted, they require very few weights, and sometimes none. They also stay round and in balance. I would recommend that you stay away from Goodyears. I've bought cars with Goodyear high performance tires and have never once had a set that was worth a damn. They're really bad about developing bubbles on the tread, and there is NO WAY to fix that problem except for new tires.
I just put 17" Michelin XGTZ Pilots on my 1991 535i. The sidewalls give a little stiffer ride than I was hoping for, but I still love these tires. A better compromise might be 16 inchers. Make sure and check out: www.tirerack.com. They have quite a few head-to-head tests on performance tires. Hope this helps some.
Robert J. Kieffer