In Reply to: Re: Dan...?New Michelin Pilot Sport posted by Dave N. on April 22, 1999 at 16:13:08:
: : Strange... the ones that came on my car were 8080s. When I asked the dealer about that, I was told that all their 98s came with the 8080s.
: : Maybe it was becasue it was late in the year (august). Also my 98 came with the three spoke steering, did yours come with that too?
: : If not, maybe it was just a shift in production or something halfway thru the year.
: : Bassem
: You lucky guy! :-) My 5/98 build date car did not come with the three-spoke steering wheel. I would have loved to have gotten that, but I guess I must have just missed it. I assume they started mounting Dunlops around the same time, though it seems like they mount whichever tire (Michelin Pilot Sport or Dunlop 8080E) they happen to have handy. :-)
Alas, getting a tire homologated with an auto manufacturer is not that easy. If you'll notice, the only sizes that the 8080 come in happen to be M3 sizes. My guess is that Dunlop had to tweak the SP8000 significantly to satisfy BMW. Michelin lost the contract because of poor supply. BMW received many complaints (as well as Michelin) when customers could not replace an MXX3 that got cut or worn out. To bad for BMW and Michelin...the MXX3 is a better all-round tire than the Dunlop (though the Dunlop is slightly better in the wet.) Look for the new Michelin Pilot Sport to begin appearing on M-Cars in the near future.
: I've heard of people having problems with the build quality of the Dunlops. Have you had any problems?