Are there ANY alternatives for my car other than Michelin TRX or TRX GTs (current fitment) for my size of 240/45 ZR 415 94W? They're currently 4-5mm all around, but being a car that has covered very low annual mileage since new, the tyres date from 2001-2003 (the spare has a three digit date code ending in 7 - which would be a tyre made in 1987 - given the car was built in 1989). Now she's seeing more regular use in my hands, I've noted a slightly less satisfactory ride and a fair bit more road-noise than my previous 735i running 15 inch Imperial wheels & modern tyres.
I knew when buying the car that these came with Metric alloys & tyres and actually bought it for its originality, bearing in mind that I knew the tyres would be pricier. Despite being a dealer, this is the first car I've owned or come across with this set-up.
Being PH, I presume there's a couple of you older model BMW owners out there with some experience of such set-ups, and the best way to resolve the issues I mention. To sort the ride & noise issues, I presumed it was down to the age of the rubber so thought a new set of TRXs may well restore most of what I'm missing. So I got busy with the internet and phone and eventually found somebody who could provide me with a set of five...for £329 + VAT each. I had presumed they'd be around £200 per corner. I have since gathered that even if I buy them "new" now - it's quite likely that I'll end up with tyres no "newer" than my current ones.
I'm reluctant to detract from the OE spec of my car (still has a 1989 BMW radio and original speakers, it's that unmolested) and it goes hugely against the grain for me to do so. But if I'm going to keep & run the car (even in casual use, it has run up 1,400 miles in six weeks - I just can't help driving it at every opportunity) regularly, then I'll just refurbish the metric rims and put them into storage on the current tyres and run the car on a set of period 17 inch Alpina alloys (which at least were an original option). As at almost £2k for a set of tyres that are hardly the cutting edge of sophistication, and so I'm lead to believe, will do nothing for my ride comfort or noise levels, I'll still be quids in forking out for a set of Alpina rims & new tyres.
If anyone can help with any of the above, please drop me a line. I love my car, but the devil is in the details...
Len, as far as I know, you're stuck with those !
Did your particualr beemer only come with metrics ?
I ask, as mine had metrics on it when I bought it (as far as I know the originals, and if you know what your looking for at a glance, as I do on this model, there are a lot of E34's around with metrics on ..... still!)
I changed the metric wheels on mine, for one of the "X" number of imperial alloys available as standard fit when my car was new.
The tyres you mention , by todays standards aren't actually very good anyway, then given the fact that you're likely, for now, to be buying old tyres anyway ......
There was a chap on here : http://www.bavarian-board.co.uk/default.asp
, posts under the name Howard, who had found a place with quite a stock of metrics for his old style 6 series.
Things are going to get even worse for you metric alloy chaps, if ever the "date stamp" on tyres happens and gets enforced.
You could always imperial wheel for everyday use, metric wheel for special days, if you so desired.