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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sat, Jan-11-2020, 01:02:34 PM   #1
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Looking for tires. Here is the issue. The previous owner replaced the rear with conti dws 06 and are in great shape. The fronts need to be replaced. The car is a summer car. Itís away for winter. So it doesnít need all seasons. The question is is there a big jump in handling from an ultra high performance all season tire like the dws to a max performance summer tire?? I am trying to decide if I just throw out the dws and get all four tires new. We are taking $360 versus $900.

And I am not too concerned with grip. Itís a stock car. There is plenty of grip. I am more concerned with handling. Floaty. Etx.
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Michelin PS4S set the bar.

If you don’t wanna bark up the monies Firestone Indy 500’s are very compelling with their price and performance.

What I don’t recommend is having mismatching tires.
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I'd have to agree with the above, I have Michelin Super Sports and absolutely love them and the 4S is suppose to be an upgrade. Love the look of them also

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Old Sat, Jan-11-2020, 05:30:54 PM   #4
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Make sure you have strong wheels with the firestones. sidewalls are stiff and caused me to crack my OE rear CSL's 3 times now. ripped them off and went back to stock 18's with all seasons until they figure out the road construction where i live haha.
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Don't mismatch tires.
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Michelin PS4S set the bar.
+1 on not mismatching tires. the DWS i had two sets of on a former mazda 3 and was unimpressed with their wear, and they were loud as F.

I was also underwhelmed with the PSS, not because of any performance issues when it was new, but because they became rock hard in a couple years and pretty much useless.

The continental sport I have on my e90 however are great so far, two seasons in and I'd tend to lean that direction to replace the PSS.
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I ran multiple sets of Conti DW and was extremely satisfied, this year i got a brand new front back set of Michelin PS4, it did cost a arm and a leg and i personaly beleive that if you dont go to the limit you won`t feel the difference between the Conti DW and the Michelin PS4, my experience.

So no, get Summer ultra performance for sure but you dont have to go all out IMO.
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I ran multiple sets of Conti DW and was extremely satisfied
OP said he has the DWS, big difference.
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OP said he has the DWS, big difference.
I know, i recommended he ditches the DWS and get ultra performance summer such as DW.

You can sell used tires pretty fast.
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Yea I wouldn’t run mismatched tires. Sorry if the question was hard to follow. Trying to decide if I should buy two conti dws for the front which would match the rear. The rears are still good. Or if I should scrap the rears and get four all new Max performance summer tires. Basically it’s a value proposition.
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