E53 Tyre choice - advice welcome!

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    I got my X5 a few months ago, which is currently shod with 3 Accelera Iota's and a Nexen Roadian ( due to a recent puncture).

    I would appreciate your opinions on a what tyres to use without spending a fortune! I don't go off road, so road tyres are what I am talking about, and I don't do huge mileages these days, and being retired, I have to watch the pennies a bit, so I wont be fitting top of the range tyres such as Michelin, Continental etc, I just want to get some tyres that are a sensible cost, and will perform well even if they don't last as long as the best tyres.

    I have heard mixed reports on the Accelara's , but so far I have no particular niggles with them, and replacements are not too badly priced, it is a shame that a few weeks ago, I had the misfortune to pop a sidewall on a flint whilst on holiday in Cornwall, and unfortunately the only sensibly priced replacement I could get was a Nexen Roadian. so I am looking around to see what the best option would be when the others get worn down, as replacements.

    On previous cars I have used Khumos, which I was pleased with - apart from the wear rate, which could have been better! I know Michelins wear well, but at £280 odd each for the rear tyres - I wont be fitting them, unless I come up on the lottery!!
     
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    I went with Continentals on my E53 X5 , quiet and fairly high mileage out of them , had Michelins in the past which were a bit noisy .
    I used Vredestein 4 xtreme wintrac tyres for the winter but most people use them all year round as they are also quiet and grip well in the wet , sold the car last month so the winter wheels and tyres are going up for sale fronts have 6-7 mm , rears 4.5-6mm fronts are 255/50/19 rears are 285/45/19 on BMW X6 wheels that are a direct fit £700 all in .
     
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    Having been frightened by warnings of transfer box failure, I have bought 3 more Nexen Roadians, so all 4 are the same make and tread depth - the one I got to replace the punctured Accelera has only done around 800 miles, so is virtually new. In fact the tyres didn't cost as much as I feared, I got them from Camskills, and got the 3 for just over £300, so not horrendous, I will probably keep the Acceleras as spares, if I can find room in the garage, or else stick them on Ebay!
     
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    Certainly the best decision to run four identical tyres. I assume you are on a 'square' setup. Just watch the tyre pressures, particularly if you sense the tyres have a softer sidewall. BMW's recommended pressures front and rear should work, but if you sense any transmission oddities may be worth experimenting with different 'front to rear' pressures, to adjust the RC's.

    If there is any suspicion of a problem, you can simply perform roll tests to see which end has the lower RC.

    Peter
     
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    I hope the Nexen's don't cause transfer box issues. As you say lot's of horror stories out there. I'm on the fence with BMW STAR rated tyres, but when it came to swap time for the X3, played it safe and went with recommended rubber.
     
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    The E83 X3 seemed to suffer the worst with tyres, anything other than star rated tyres has the possibility to cause transfer box issues but certainly if non premium. I have seen it once where non star marked Pirelli's even caused issues for some reason. I think you might be ok on the E53 as the issue doesn't seem to arise as much.
     
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    Markyboyt - I do hope you are right!! The tyres are now fitted, so we shall see!!
     

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