My 93 M5 Touring came with Goodyear Eagle F1s all round but as they're all about ready for a change at the same time I was wondering if anyone has any views on alternatives. The car gets high speed road use as I use it for 'on call' for work - I'm a Paramedic, plus the odd track day. Do I have the best already? Your views ...
(I've heard Bridgestone S02 are good?)
Wow, delicate topic here,
Here's my opinion, nothing more than an opinion based on tries and reports from friends:
-Dunlop SP9000: the best handling/wet/durability combination for the money
-Michelin Pilot: Gets good reviews, big question mark about durability. Good in wet
-Pirelli P-zero: good grip, the zero is a direct reference to its durability; wet not good
-Bridge S-02: I've heard very bad reports about them being "elastic" in feeling on such a heavy car, plus poor durability
Others I can't tell.
Again it's my opinion only. Anyone welcome to flame me.
PS I'm a medic too, but I don't do calls with my touring, too bad.
I have had the Eagle F1 on my previous car, but have no experience with them on my ///M5. I liked the wet wether capabilities of the Eagle F1, but in the dry it is noticebly worse than the SP8000. I have had them both on my previous car (Opel Astra GSI 2.0-16V)
I know use the Dunlop SP9000 on my ///M5 and I like their wet whether handling capabilities. In the wet, I rate them far better then the Michelin MXX3. In the dry though, the Michelin MXX3 is a bit better. I don't know about the new Pilot Sports. Supposedly, wet whether handling has improved over the MXX3, but the MXX3 have a reputation in the dry.
I would go for the Michelin Pilot Sport or the Dunlop SP9000. Both rate the 235/45ZR17 tyre for 300km/h at 70% of the maximum load (Y category). I don't know if Good Year does that.
Originally posted by Gustav: Where you and your car featured in BMW Car a couple of years ago?
Funny you should mention it but ... no.
That was a white 3.5 M5 belonging to a doctor I know by reputation. He was credited with the fastest Ambulance in the Country (UK) as he responds to accidents at the request of the Ambulance Service in his car.
I wouldn't want to upset him but he now only has the second fastest Ambulance in the UK !! I'm a Paamedic and work for the A/S full time, I have covert lights and sirens for use when necessary (all good fun!!!!)
I have just had a set of Michelin Pilot Sports fitted, and having now done 1000 miles, I must say I am absolutely delighted with them. Had Pirellis on the car when I bought it - great in the dry, terrible in the wet. Moved onto Goodyear Eagle F1 run flats, which were fantastic in the wet, but gave a harsh ride.
The Michelins seem to be the best of all worlds - excellent in the wet (most days in the UK!), good in the dry, and giving a very comfortable ride.
Hope this helps
I just installed the new Pirelli P ZERO Rosso Asymetrical and I love them. Night and day difference from the dunlop sp7000 I had prior. No %*&$ the stick like glue and give a smoother more comfortable ride. Best damn tires I've ever had.
Had new set of Pilots fitted and am still grinning. Great traction and v smooth ride. Previously had an Impreza with S02s - awesome grip but noisy and wore out too fast (not a good comparison though, perhaps!)