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Re: new tires? Yokohama Avid T4 (archive)

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Posted by Jim on October 29, 2000 at 19:54:39:

In Reply to: Time for new tires, suggestions? posted by Alan on October 29, 2000 at 01:50:57:

I've used Pirelli P4000, BF Goodrich Touring TA, GoodYear Eagle, and Yokohama S-60 and now have a set of Yokohama Avid T4.
This is the best tire I have ever driven on. Truly excellent dry and wet tire. Low noise and extremely smooth ride. Bites on corners like mad.
I was extremely impressed with the tread pattern. Asymeterical with two water grooves that split up the footprint into three even sections. The center patch is laid out well.
I put a set on my old 320i which had Goodrich Touring TA and originally thought I needed front end work. Put on the Yokohamas and the car drives as straight as arrow and smooth as glass up to 100 mph. (I haven't had the chance to push it beyond this) I drive 60+ miles a day at 70+ mph and these tires get a daily workout and I've tested them under every condition I've been exposed to so far.
Price was a little higher than others, but when it comes to tires and brakes, I am a believer in you get what you pay for and your ass is riding on them. It only takes one failure at the wrong time and it's bye-bye.
Our 535i automatic has Yokohama S60 and are and excellent tire too. Our 535i 5spd has a set of worn Pirelli HP and I'm saving up for another set of Yokohamas. Probably will go one or two steps above the Avid T4.
I've used alot of tires and I gotta go with Yokohama right now. They seem to have the edge over everyone else. And if you aren't happy Discount tire will replace them with another brand up to thirty days and 1,000 miles. (I think this is what the mgr told me.
I will atest to the fact that for BMW, the tires can make the difference between an ok car and a hell-of-a-ride car.
Good luck with whatever you choose.
= Jim

Due for a new set of 15s soon. Currently I have Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus. I find them to be ery agreeable with low noise, decent handling and so forth. I'd love to get Pirelli P7000 Supersport All seasons but they come only in 16 and i just dont have the cash for some new rims (although a set of Borbet Cs would be great!). Any one have any suggestions? The Energys seem to be one of the more expensive tires out there (for its class - Touring). Anyone have a real positive experience? My car is a year round daily driver so wet performance and a rare snowy drive are to be considered. THANKS!

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