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Well i have had my B11 3.5 for 2 weeks now and its great,a few things to get sorted nothing major but what can you expect for a 15 year old lady.
I will book her in for a service this week inspection 2,will be taking her to my local bmw specialist hope they will be able to carry out work on the alpina or do i have to take her to bmw main dealer.I also noticed that the tyres are not the same brand,still plenty of miles left on them.Well maybe i am sad but i like them all to be the same just bugs me when i know they are not.[high performance ]
Now i just know they are going to f#####g expensive just how expensive i dont know,anybody know just dont give me a heart attackcherrsagai​
 

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Theres no mythical engine parts on this lump. A good indy will be able to look after it, no worries. Infact, I prefer my indy to me dealer to look after my B10.

Tyres aren't too bad. Alpina recommend Michelin Pilot Sports. They were developed specifically for Alpina. Best place to check is www.mytyres.co.uk
Best prices about, unless you actually own a tyre service.

Has the car got an LSD? Different tyres have been known to cause diff problems, because of the constant difference in grip level at either side. Something to think about.
 

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It does have a limited slip differential plus asc traction control,but cant tell if the asc is working there is no tell tale signs no lights comeing on on the dash might be a faulty bulb dont know.Do you know your gear selector did alpina do a special one or are they just standard bmw leather selectors.My handbrake leaver is also leather and i think the standard bm was just hard plastic might be wrong they might be all leather.
In my service history file for the car a found 2 colour postcards from sytner with your car BMW ALPINA B10 LOOKS TO BE ON A F PLATE can send you 1 if you want.hiha
 

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Yes, standard handbrake grips are plastic. There are leather items in the Alpinas

Is the car maunual or auto? Manual cars have a wooden gearknob, autos have a leather grip.

I would be very interested in the postcard too. Thanks!
 

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£500 is not bad when you consider the size of the tyres they are wide very wide.My car is a auto with a leather selector.I can post card to you or give it to you at the show in birmingham if you are going.I was looking at a b10 on the mcp web site and the car come with alpina mats are they alpinas own over mats if so where can i get a set.
Those little caps that hide the locks on the alloys where can i pick up a couple of them :cheers:​
 

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Goodyears aren't very well regarded for use on Alpinas. Each to their own though.

I wont be making it to the show unfortunately. I'll email you my details. Cheers!

You can buy mats, but they are for left hand drive only. I had a set earlier this year. Very dissapointed in the end, as they were gorgeous.

You should be able to get the caps from the dealer. They sell the lock assemblies seperately too. I need two myself. I'll be at the dealers tomorrow to pick up a new hose, so I can ask them then.
 

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Ken,

Not being funny mate but I've had my Bi-Turbo for 4 years, have tried most of the tyre types including the Michelins, have driven it to the Ring on several occasions and the Goodyears are my favourite choice through experience. If you have an opinion, say it's your opinion but don't say "Goodyear's are not well regarded for Alpina's, each to his own though" as it's very misleading and those of us trying to pass on experience over hear-say will just not bother in future.

Rant over, apologies,

Dave.
 

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Fair points Dave.

I think it really depends on what you want to use the car for. If you want to do mostly track driving (unlikely with a B11 3.5) I would recommend Michelin Sport Cups or Dunlop SuperSport R's. For street use I would recommend Bridgestone S02s, Michelin Sports or Pirelli Pzeros.

But then I have no clue about suitable tires for sportsedans like the B11 3.5. :)
 

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Hello Kees,

In the spirit of the original question on tyres, I think cost is a consideration - and in my opinion the F1's hold up very well. I'm on my second set, my previous set were SO-2's but they are not made anymore and have been replaced by SO-3's which in my opinion are pretty awful.

On my E30 M3, I would love a set of Dunlop D01-J Formula R's but it's that good old trade off between pure track rubber and wet/dry road driving so again, I have fitted F1's and am quite happy.

I'm sure there are better tyres around but it's all about compromise between, cost, performance, use and longevity and each person has to make up his own mind!

Cheers,

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Giving some more thought to the original question I reckon the Goodyears would be probably be best. But then if the car is not driven in anger much, why not stick with the current tires if they are in decent shape? Just make sure you have the same brand tires on each axle to ensure predictable responses.

On the other hand, 3 of my 4 cars are trackcars, so why listen to my opinion? :)
 

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I think i will go for pzeros if i can get them,i sent an email to the company up in Scotland somebody said give them a try,i gave them my sizes.

FRONT 81/2JX17H2WITH MICHELIN MXX235/45ZR17
BACK 10JX17H2 MXX265/40ZR17
The reply i got was they dont make them michelin anymore,i think they must of been alittle confused.:byee55amg
Now the tyres that are on the car are not the same as above all four corners have different brands of tyres.Those tyres and sizes come from my alpina fact file that i got with the car giving details of all the alpinas for that year.

ALPINA PERFORMANCE WITHOUT ALL THE PERFORMANCE
 

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I've spoken to many Alpina owners who've not favoured them. From what they expressed, I took it as conventional wisdom.
 

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Yes, standard handbrake grips are plastic. There are leather items in the Alpinas

Is the car maunual or auto? Manual cars have a wooden gearknob, autos have a leather grip.QUOTE]

All E32´s had leather handbrake and gear lever grips as standard equipment. As a side note I have seen old style ("T") gear lever grips with ALPINA lettering. Can´t recall where though.

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Well i am almost sure, i had a calpso red 735 shadowline [great car in standard form] that was stolen and i know for a fact that the handbrake leaver was hard plastic but the selector was leather same as my alpina.On the alpina its leather.:biggrin:
 

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No, trust me. The handbrake grip is leather on all E32´s. As the steering wheel, manual gear stick boot and knob, auto gear grip as mentioned and the handbrake lever cover. Check it out yourself parts database The handbrake lever grip comes up on brakes.


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Hi Rhino

Congrats on your car.

I've got an e38 B12 5.7. Last year I had a set of Conti's on it which were very good if a bit hard. I spoke to Kris Odwarka at the factory as Michelin no longer make the original fitment, he would check which one would be suitable. He confirmed that I could fit Michelin Y Pilot Primacy as they have the correct loading etc for the car. I would also benefit from reduced tyre noise and a more comfortable ride as the tyre is slighter softer than Michelin Pilot Sport 2 which are engineered for total performance. The reason for my original question was that Michelin do not currently make PS 2 in the relevant 20" size. Alpinas are engineered to be complete vehicles and they believe that includes the tyres. They have only been on the car for a week, so I will have to see. FYI I paid £850 a set on the car.

I have had experience of Goodyears F1 on a previous car, e32 740i with Konis and 17" Alpinas. I found them to be an excellent choice. I am sure I paid less than £500 a set.

It all depends on the car and how you are going to drive it.

Hope that helps.

Cheers Joni P
 

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E38 B12 now thats next on my wish list,i was going through all my Bmw maI gs[total and bmw car] looking for info on Alpina's.I came across "ALPINA'S LUXURY SUPERCAR E38 5.7 MAY 2003 what a car.I think Mcp motorsport was selling it.Anyway i dont think he is very helpful and he would be the last person i would go to if i was trying to find something that little bit special.The car was running on Michelin pilot sport tyres.
Thanks for the advice i will follow it up.
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Ryan ;)
 

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Hi Joni P,

Interesting that you mention the Y rating. With E31 B12 5.7, only Y rated tyres should be used if you want to test the max speed, ie 300km/hr and above.

I find that only specialists in high performance tyres, ie cars that are not restricted to 250km, have a reliable understanding of X,Y,Z rated tyres.

If you want to top out, it's reassuring to know your tyres are designed for the job!

On a different tack, a few years ago there was a spate of accidents in Range Rovers and Disco's running motorways in Uk at presumably 90-100 mph. With Land Rover putting off-road tyres as standard, drivers were unwittingly pushing the vehicles beyong their safe total speed...

Thank goodness we can share info, and hope Rhino's feeling he'll get a better informed decision.

For me the PS 2's on 18's are, I am pleased to say, still available - but pricey. Equally wear and tear seems better than many of the tyres I've put on other cars so pennies per mile ain't a disaster.

Paul
 
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