2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

2002 BMW M3: Our Sticky New Tires Are In

February 19, 2008

Last week we ordered a new set of tires for our 2002 BMW M3 on Tire Rack. The plan was to buy the stickiest set of tires we could get in the original equipment 225/45R18 front and 255/40R18 rear sizes. We thought about going with R-compound tires, but Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 "extreme performance summer" tires were the best we could do in our size. These Yokohamas sell for $263 per front tire and $321 per rear tire.

Our tires arrived over the weekend, so today we drove over to Stokes Tire Pros and had all four of them mounted. The whole process only took 15 minutes. Installation cost $105. You'll recall that we already had an alignment performed at the BMW dealer, so mounting and balancing was the extent of it.

Below is the damage to the old Conti tire (rear, driver's side) that prompted our dealer visit and subsequent tire purchase.

Getting all four of the new tires into the M3 would be no picnic, of course, so we made life easier on ourselves by bringing along our long-term 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander as a support vehicle. Easy in, easy out.

We plan to test the our long-term BMW M3 with even more aggressive tires at a future date. Likely, we'll go up or down a size in wheels to open a longer list of tire options. We might, for example, drop down to 17s as many autocrossers do.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 52,147 miles.

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