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BMW and M Power Owners

Discussion in 'Motors' started by panthro, 12 Apr 2012.

  1. Havana_UK

    Mobster

    Joined: 14 Oct 2004

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    Location: location, location

    What's the standard size on the rear?

    As for larger I'd say little point. Better to have top quality rubber from Goodyear or Michelin.

    /edit: rears should be 275 anyway I think on this car?
     
  2. [TW]Fox

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    It's worth spending the money on decent tyres. Absolutely no point buying a decent powerful car and then compromising it like that. Stick 4 Pilot Sport 4 on it and you'll be fine.
     
  3. [TW]Fox

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    It's a touring, which have the same size wheels front and back - so 245 all round. Though I cannot imagine it makes any real difference.
     
  4. Havana_UK

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    I never knew that BMW only used the staggered setup on the saloons but not the tourings...every day's a school day!
     
  5. MG42Maniac

    Wise Guy

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, I will look to stick some Pilot Sport tyres on, I'm annoyed with myself I didn't think to check at the time of looking over the car. I didn't think the dealer would put such **** tyres on, shows my naivety. Black Circles seems to be the best, all four for £616 fitted.
     
  6. ChrisD.

    Caporegime

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    Try ASDA tyres, I've always found them extremely competitive. It's also worth trying some local places, there's one near me that nearly always beats online prices, the only downside though is that they are exceptionally busy as a result.
     
  7. theone8181

    Soldato

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    How weird, even for the same power level?
     
  8. [TW]Fox

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    Yes. The staggered setup is nothing to do with power level really, it's a trim level thing and is probably more about looks than anything else. They've been doing it for ages - only the Sport/M Sport gets the staggered setup.

    For example, 2002 520i Sport - 170bhp, staggered setup. 2002 540i SE - 286bhp, standard setup.
     
  9. Antony101

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    I thought the square setup was because of the air suspension on the rear of the 5 series touring specifically?
     
  10. [TW]Fox

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    The 6GT has air suspension at the back and staggered wheels.
     
  11. Antony101

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    Strange, I always found posts saying to stay away from the staggered wheels when I was buying a set of 351M alloys for my F11 and it was always due to the rear airbags. The square sets are a nightmare to find second hand.
     
  12. EddScott

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    Location: Pembrokeshire

    :) I shall be away building my flat pack furniture and eating Daim!
     
  13. IAmATeaf

    Soldato

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    Location: South of the Watford Gap!

    Try Costco, with their regular offers I found the prices to be unbeatable and you get free Nitrogen, Hmmmm Nitrogen :)

    My warranty renewal just came through £522, with £100 excess and recovery, hardly used the car this last year.
     
  14. roadie

    Mobster

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    Or save some money and fit tyres like the Goodyear ASY 5 or Falken FK510.
     
  15. MG42Maniac

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    I've just booked in to have four Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres on Tuesday, got them for £560 fitted so happy with that.
     
  16. MacRS4

    Wise Guy

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    Having PS4S fitted to my M2Comp tomorrow. <5k miles on the car, however hoping these will be a lot better than the current PSS.
     
  17. panthro

    Capodecina

    Joined: 19 Nov 2004

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    Location: Wokingham

    I really want my next car to be not a BMW but I am so used to them now, having had them for the last 10 years. Being able to play a DVD on the iDrive to keep the children quiet is really underrated. I've looked at other marques ICE to see if they also offer this but can't find anything concrete i.e. Porsche, Jag, Mercedes, Audi, etc.
     
  18. MacRS4

    Wise Guy

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    I've loved every BMW I've had pretty much, but my current M2C is my 7th on the trot! May be time for something else. Next one will be 4WD whatever it is. Perhaps I should go full circle and go back to an RS4...although sensible me thinks it'll probably be an M340 touring.
     
  19. J1nxy

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    Jag, or at least the last XF I had had an HDMI port in the arm rest, but I never tried video on it, and it did have the optional DVD drive. My X3 doesn't have a DVD drive at all with the latest iDrive
     
  20. SDK^

    Capodecina

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    My 5 Touring came with a staggered setup as standard
    Front - 245
    Rear - 275