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M3 all season tires

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by scottb747, Oct 27, 2015.

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    scottb747

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    I need to replace the original Michelin tires on my 2013 M3 with competition package. I'm thinking about all season tires. The car is my daily driver. Is there a big difference in ride and handling between the original summer sport tires and the all season?
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    MGarrison

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    If your replacements are the same size, likely you won't notice a substantial difference in ride quality - presumably would be slightly-less harsh, on the presumption of less-stiff sidewalls. Handling might be the differences you'd notice, although probably more-so if pushing hard, which you can't do much on the street anyway, at least not without risking one's license. Good question for the Tire Rack folks - Tire Rack shows Conti Extreme Contact DWS 06 or Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 for '13 M3 Comp. Pkg. stock size for hi-perf all-seasons.
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    Thanks, I'm probably not going to track it. Might try some auto cross in the future though. I think the all season gives me at least enough tread to get home if it starts snowing.
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    MGarrison

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    All depends on what you have to contend with - if you've gotten by so far on the o.e. tires, then the a/s tires likely will work fine, generally speaking. Obviously it's always possible for various degrees of snow/weather to present a challenge. The M3, you have the plus of a limited-slip diff. (without which getting thru slick roads in a rwd. car is a real challenge!), but, the downside of less clearance.

    My E92 (not M3) had 19's, put on 17's non-rft w/ a/s's, but not daily driver, don't drive it in snow - ride quality was softer (as expected). Did the O'Fest auto-x on those, not so hot for auto-x - big slip angles, was definitely losing time due to the tires; if you eventually try an auto-x on a/s's, don't overexpect. By the same token, if a/s's make more sense for daily usage, a once-a-year auto-x hardly justifies running hard-core perf. rubber all year around. If you eventually do hit up a 'CCA driver's school, given the car, top-perf. summer tires would be more appropriate than a/s.
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    First off, welcome to the forums and may I say, that's a very nice daily driver.

    As mentioned above, it really depends on your future driving priorities.

    All Season performance tires might well be a good choice for you, compared to summer only rubber. Your particular driving will determine that. If your daily driving includes hammering down canyon roads, summer tires are probably your best bet. If not ... maybe A/S are worth a try.

    The Michelin A/S 3 might have the out-right dry performance advantage over the Continental DWS ... not sure.
    I can speak about the Conti Extreme Contact DWS. After trying a couple of other choices (Ultra High Performance A/S) I ran them on my 540i Sport. Pretty darn nice tires. For normal daily use (year round) they were excellent, in town and highway. Yes, they're all seasons so a direct comparison to all-out summer performance tires is not exactly fair but they acquitted themselves Very well in my spirited driving throughout the Ozarks and Colorado. As Marshall said, the slip angle is very different from max perf. tires but once they take a set, the Contis hang on pretty well.
    The bonus, when the weather turned there was no drama. The tires were confident and sure-footed through anything that came their way.
    For the occasional auto-x these should be fine, to get your feet wet.
    Should you become serious about auto-crossing or track, more serious purpose tires will be in order.
    For serious winter snow Blizzaks are a better choice.
    For everything normal in-between, top level A/S can be a good compromise.
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