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      06-07-2010, 12:53 PM   #1
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BMW Approved Tires?!?

Just wanted to know if anyone knows what this signifies? I went to the dealer today and I had asked if I needed to purchase the tires directly from them seeing how I have the wheel/tire insurance. They told me no as long as the tires are bmw approved, but recommended keeping the Michelin PS2's even though they dont have much thread life. Now I wanted to go with the different tires but im hestitant on that decision. Can anyone give there 2 cents if possible. Thanks!
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For sure it seems like either of the tires BMW provides OEM on the M3 would qualify as "approved". I recommend that you read your tire/wheel insurance policy to see what it says and go from there.

All of the tires that are sold as "extreme performance summer" are going to have a similar short tread life to the PS2's
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"BMW Approved" tires would constitute tires that are the correct size, speed rating, and load carrying capacity for your car (see the owner's manual) plus having the "star" mark on the sidewall. That marking indicates the tire as being BMW OEM spec. Look at a set of PS2s or Contis on an M3 (original tires) and you will see the mark. These tires are available from Tire Rack, the dealer, etc. Note that it is possible to have a tire that has the requisite size and speed rating but without the "star" mark. While the tire would work it is not OEM spec (the rubber compound might be subtly different for example) and not considered to be "BMW Approved". As long as the tire you get is reasonably equivalent in terms of performance standard and quality I've never had a problem with not using a "BMW Approved" tire.
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