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Tim

Winter Tyres

For my own peace of mind I'm going to get some winter tyres for the 320.
Phoned my local Kwik Fit who could only offer me Goodyear Ultragrip 9s for 410 fitted.
That would double the value of the car and seems a little steep so the guy suggested I try their online shop.
It can also only offer the Goodyears but for a fully fitted price, at your home, of 77 each which equals 308 for 4 - a saving of 100.

I checked on mytyres and the supply only price on there is 67 so getting KF to fit them at home works out as a 20 saving as most places seem to charge 15 a corner for fitting only.
Bob Sacamano

My mother used their home fitting service and it was excellent.
Bryan M

I have sourced a mint set of standard C class 17" alloys and am having Goodyear ultragrip performance gen1 fitted by Asda this weekend for 430 fitted.

They seem to have performed well on snow in the recent tyre tests. Once I treat myself to a new trolley jack and torque wrench the Merc is set for winter!
Martin

Are you funding that yourself Bryan?

I shouldn't need to buy new winter tyres this year but the Boxster will need new summer rears quite soon.
Racing Teatray

I need to see whether I can recycle my winter tyres for the M135i for use on a 440i. The alloys presumably won't fit (the offsets don't match) but assuming that 3s and 4s share common hubs, it would seem possible to bag some cheap 18" 3-series alloys on fleaBay, swap the winter tyres to those and then fleaBay the M135i alloys.
Bryan M

Martin wrote:
Are you funding that yourself Bryan?
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Yes, company won't provide winters but lease co didn't seem mind when I asked if I could put my own on.

Wheels with tps cost me 400 and tyres another 430. I plan to use at the extremes of weather (hence going for best snow performance) to minimise tyre wear.

Hopefully I should get 4 years use out of them and have enough tread left to flog on ebay for what I paid when it is snowy!
Martin

That's a pretty good price and I'm sure you'll get a decent amount back at the end.
Bryan M

Mercedes wanted 1700, so I am happy with price.
Twelfth Monkey

Racing Teatray wrote:
I need to see whether I can recycle my winter tyres for the M135i for use on a 440i. The alloys presumably won't fit (the offsets don't match) but assuming that 3s and 4s share common hubs, it would seem possible to bag some cheap 18" 3-series alloys on fleaBay, swap the winter tyres to those and then fleaBay the M135i alloys.


Do you choose to fit winters because of your intercontinental schleps etc?  I wouldn't have thought they'd be required for London use.
Grampa

I don't know about winter tyres (never needed them) but my local independent tyre depot always beats anything I can find on line in the way of 'normal' tyres , so it seems surprising that Kwik Fit can't.
JohnC

Re: Winter Tyres

Tim wrote:
I checked on mytyres and the supply only price on there is 67 so getting KF to fit them at home works out as a 20 saving as most places seem to charge 15 a corner for fitting only.


I always use Kwik-Fit online as a starting point.

I had to put 4 new tyres on my wife's car last week and the best deal the local Kwik-Fit could do was 165 a tyre. Kwik Fit online were 144 fully fitted and balanced so it now has 4 new Pirelli PZero Rosso 255/35 x 19 fitted at the same local Kwik-Fit garage.

The local independent could do them for 155 each but he could only source 3 at the time.
Martin

I used to be forced to use Kwik Fit when I had a company car and had several poor experiences in their fitting places.  I started to use the mobile service, as I thought that would give me a better chance if getting someone better.

I used a local independent last time and was really impressed.
JohnC

Martin wrote:
I used to be forced to use Kwik Fit when I had a company car and had several poor experiences in their fitting places. I started to use the mobile service, as I thought that would give me a better chance if getting someone better.

I used a local independent last time and was really impressed.


I find that asking them to be careful with the alloys makes them take much more care and a tenner for a good job done makes sure you get great treatment next time too.
Tim

Fitting booked for next week.
The winter I had on the white 320 were a godsend last winter as we had a couple of days where there was snow/ice in the street and live at the bottom of a hill with little space for any run up.

The Nankangs I had on the old car showed barely any wear after 3 winters (and one spring/early summer too   ).
DetmoldDick

The Civic is getting treated to a set of 4 new Goodyear Ultragrip 9s at the weekend. The price is 80 per corner (205/55/16H). Fitting is free as my son-in-law will be doing it  
I kept the winter tyres on for the whole summer as there was not sufficient tread to be any use this winter. I also need 4 new summer tyres so I have managed to put off that expense for a whole year.
The current tyres are now pretty much totally worn out and are pretty treacherous on greasy roads so I am really looking forward to a set of new boots.
DetmoldDick

I have had the new tyres on for about 200km and have to say I am really happy with them. They are so quiet up to dual carriageway speed it is unbelievable, though I am yet to test them at Autobahn speeds.
I have had quite a mix of roads; wet, dry, cold, greasy and the tyres were fantastic. I have not had them on snow yet but they were best in test on snow in a recent comparison.
Tim

The new tyres are getting fitted as I type.

The planned date of Monday was scuppered by supply - they came from Maidstone - and even then only 3 appeared so a 4th was sourced from France!
Racing Teatray

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
I need to see whether I can recycle my winter tyres for the M135i for use on a 440i. The alloys presumably won't fit (the offsets don't match) but assuming that 3s and 4s share common hubs, it would seem possible to bag some cheap 18" 3-series alloys on fleaBay, swap the winter tyres to those and then fleaBay the M135i alloys.


Do you choose to fit winters because of your intercontinental schleps etc? I wouldn't have thought they'd be required for London use.


Missed this. Yes, that's right. Otherwise I would certainly not bother. Whilst they are not absolutely compulsory in Switzerland and Italy as a general rule (you must either have winter tyres or carry chains as an alternative, unlike Germany where winter tyres are mandatory), on several occasions over the last few years we have been faced with a snow-blanketed motorway that wouldn't really have been feasible in a BMW on summer tyres.

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