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Conti vs Michelin
24-03-2017, 06:43 AM, (This post was last modified: 24-03-2017, 06:44 AM by KevM.)
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Conti vs Michelin
Hi
I will need to change tyres on the X3 soon. The OEM Michelins have served me well in terms of noise and comfort. Should get between 45-50k km on the set.
Have done some preliminary checks and it seems that the Contis are quite a bit cheaper. Any advice on the what the better choice would be. I am tending towards just sticking with the Michelin even though they are close to R3k more. Would appreciate your comments.

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24-03-2017, 06:48 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
I suggest you stick with the Michelins, you happy with them and know what you getting.
However they are quite a few tyre review sites, maybe that can help you if you still not sure.
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24-03-2017, 07:06 AM, (This post was last modified: 24-03-2017, 07:08 AM by Tinuva.)
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
Like momo1 said.

I use this site mostly myself:
http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyres_For/B...-Sport.htm

Looks like the Michelins get the best user reviews, although very few reviews on that specific vehicle, so take that into account.

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24-03-2017, 07:20 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
Michelins, every time.
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24-03-2017, 07:45 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
Michelins without a doubt.

Contis tend to vary quite a bit between batches and thus you end up with bad tyres.

My mother had Conti Sport Contact 5 on her F30 320d and managed to get a total of 60 000km out of 2 sets. Dismal mileage to say the least.

The second set also had terrible flat spots and road noise from the beginning.

Needless to say, we all now avoid Contis at all costsThumbdown

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24-03-2017, 08:43 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
Conti is no match for Michelin. Got conti's on my E90. The wear rate is terrible. 20k km down the line and the back tyres are worn.

The Mich might seem expensive, but in the long run might last you double the kilos of a Conti.

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24-03-2017, 08:47 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
Both good tyres, but the Michelins will outlast the Contis, and probably has better grip characteristics.

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24-03-2017, 08:53 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
Anecdotal story:

Friend of mine drove a long wheel base Nissan Patrol (4 door station wagon). Had Michelins on it.

The tyres lasted so long, that eventually the rubber started to disinterested, but it still had tread.

My vote goes to Michelin.

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24-03-2017, 09:04 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
I have been very disappointed with the runflat Contis on my X5. Most of the tyres are out-of-round and difficult to balance. Road noise is also worse compared with the Michelins that I had previously.

Nothing comes at a higher price than that which is free.

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24-03-2017, 09:11 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
96 000kms on my set of Michelins rears... E90 320D 2012. Yes still on factory tyres.
Still got 4mm left BMW say!
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24-03-2017, 09:11 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
What is the OEM Michelin and Conti's are you looking at?

You cannot judge a tire by Brand... Thats like saying BMW makes k@k cars because a 116 is slow. The ContiSportContact Range are ultra high performance and if you want a tire to last this is not the right tire for you. Incidentally, the Conti CS5 was performance tire of the year in 2015 and the CS6 took it in 2016. I am a bit of a CS fanboy and before I start modding my cars i make sure the car has a set of these fitted as the grip in dry and wet is phenomenal (http://www.evo.co.uk/features/18309/the-...t/page/0/6)

Same thing will apply if you go for the Cup Sport Michelin.
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24-03-2017, 09:31 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
(24-03-2017, 09:11 AM)MaX Wrote: What is the OEM Michelin and Conti's are you looking at?

You cannot judge a tire by Brand... Thats like saying BMW makes k@k cars because a 116 is slow. The ContiSportContact Range are ultra high performance and if you want a tire to last this is not the right tire for you. Incidentally, the Conti CS5 was performance tire of the year in 2015 and the CS6 took it in 2016. I am a bit of a CS fanboy and before I start modding my cars i make sure the car has a set of these fitted as the grip in dry and wet is phenomenal (http://www.evo.co.uk/features/18309/the-...t/page/0/6)

Same thing will apply if you go for the Cup Sport Michelin.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup is not available anymore, but Michelin Pilot Sport 4+ is, and is a much better tyre than any Continental SC6, but also more expensive than the Continental. In my opinion, the SC5 and SC6 is the best bang for buck performance tyre. I am also a Continental SportConatct fan. I have used every single iteration from SportContact 1 to SportContact 5P. In my opinion, they do not last as long as the equivalent Michelin. Michelin PS2 will outlast and outperform the Conti, but we digress. These tyre will never make it on an X3. The X3 probably needs Michelin Latitude Sport3?

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24-03-2017, 09:36 AM,
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
Michelin no contest

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24-03-2017, 09:41 AM, (This post was last modified: 24-03-2017, 09:47 AM by MaX.)
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
I havent read reviews on the PS4 but know the PS3 got its ass kicked by the SC5 in the 2015 test so doubt a PS2 will compete with the Black chilli SC6. Agreed this discussion is probably not what X3 owners will consider though.

Just found this, handily tested on a BMW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27PcQObpNsQ

But like the guy said, Michelin is the internet favourite Rofl
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24-03-2017, 09:59 AM,
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(24-03-2017, 09:41 AM)MaX Wrote: I havent read reviews on the PS4 but know the PS3 got its ass kicked by the SC5 in the 2015 test so doubt a PS2 will compete with the Black chilli SC6. Agreed this discussion is probably not what X3 owners will consider though.

Just found this, handily tested on a BMW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27PcQObpNsQ

But like the guy said, Michelin is the internet favourite Rofl

I am not basing my findings on reviews, but personal experience, and I agree the PS3 is not great. The PS2 on the other hand is an awesome tyre, much better than the PS3. And then the PSS is in a different league again... Don't get me wrong the Continentals are awesome, like I said, I have used every single iteration of the SportContact up to SC5P. I have also used PS2's and PS3's, and the PS2's were by far the best in my opinion, but if you're after ultimate grip just get a set of Bridgestone RE-11s or RE-55s. Much cheaper than Michelin PS Cup or PSS.

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24-03-2017, 10:06 AM, (This post was last modified: 24-03-2017, 10:08 AM by MikeR.)
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
YesNo there is a reason why the Conti's cheaper.

I prefer the Pirelli tires though. CoolShake

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24-03-2017, 10:07 AM,
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(24-03-2017, 10:06 AM)MikeR Wrote: YesNo there is a reason why they cheaper.

Yes, you have to replace them more often.

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24-03-2017, 10:10 AM, (This post was last modified: 24-03-2017, 10:11 AM by MaX.)
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
Like I said, I've also been using the SC range a lot over the last 10 years. I just couldnt justify the premium Michelin wants for their comparable performance tires when they kept on losing out to the SC's in the reviews and the one set of Michelins I had on my F30 328 also lasted 60 000km but had horrible grip. I will probably never try the Michelins because I am stingy like that.

I must admit, i thought about getting a set of Goodyear Asym 3's when I replaced on my Audi a couple of months ago but couldnt find a set so just went SC5 again Rollsmile
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24-03-2017, 10:20 AM, (This post was last modified: 24-03-2017, 10:26 AM by 922-ZN.)
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
(24-03-2017, 09:41 AM)MaX Wrote: I havent read reviews on the PS4 but know the PS3 got its ass kicked by the SC5 in the 2015 test so doubt a PS2 will compete with the Black chilli SC6. Agreed this discussion is probably not what X3 owners will consider though.

Just found this, handily tested on a BMW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27PcQObpNsQ

But like the guy said, Michelin is the internet favourite Rofl

Despite popular belief, the PS3 was not the successor to the PS2, PS3 was developed to bridge a gap between the Exalto(IIRC) and the PS2. Successor to the PS2 is the Supersport which is a PHENOMENAL tyre. The new PS4s are the successors to the Supersports and are very close to the tyres Michelin developed for Formula E.

None of my cars will ever see a Conti tyre again, on my M3 they were noisy as hell and went out of round a year later with violent vibration anything over 120km/h, this after 7000km

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24-03-2017, 10:26 AM, (This post was last modified: 24-03-2017, 10:34 AM by WIDEOPN-X3.)
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RE: Conti vs Michelin
Sorry if I missed it but I didnt see the size tyre. (Edit - sorry I see it's a Sportpack so running the narrow / wide combo)

I have been running Goodyear Efficientgrip runflats on my X3 (F25 2.0d) for the last 160 000km. Yes you read correctly 160 000km. Current mileage is 176000km on a 2013 model !!

Back story, I bought the car as a demo with just under 6000km on the clock and it was fitted with 19" narrow / wide combo. Looked great, handled well but the wear on the inside of the rears due to the camber was a problem.

The first set of Contis that were OEM lasted until 16 000km when ironically the fronts were worn to canvass on the inside. This despite my having pointed out the wear when I got the car, the alignment having been checked and "adjusted to factory spec" by the Stealership.

I changed to the Goodyears then after I was persuaded by the Tyremart in Pinetown. I have been on them ever since.

The current set up is that I managed to change to 18" and equal size all round. Also an OEM rim. The currents set has 26000km on them and look to be about 40% worn.

Sorry for the longwinded story but this is important to get across. With the the 19" setup, I never got full wear out of the set because the inside of the rear tyres would wear out while there was still tread above the wear indicators on the outside and on the front tyres. I tried once with the first set to change only the rears and it was a disaster. The TC / centre diff (?) seemed to get confused and the traction control light would blink for nothing. I changed the fronts 2 days later and everything was perfect. So in summary, I never got full wear out of a set but still got 55 000km per set on the 19" set up.

With the 18" Goodyears now on, I am anticipating getting upwards of 65 000km from the set as there the wear pattern on all four tyres is uniform. I have not rotated front to rear and all seems fine.

Price wise, the Goodyears are in my view great value for money. The last set (ie the 18" set on now) was slightly cheaper than the Conti equivalent and significantly cheaper than Michelin / Pirelli.

They grip very well in the wet, disperse standing water fine in my opinion (maybe not as good as Michelin but nevertheless adequate) and grip well in the dry. Good braking efficiency too.

Its a very good tyre imho and worth a look.

Good luck with the choice.=)


PS: From the link on Tinuva'a post above:

Writing about the Pirelli CINTURATO P7 given 86% (245-50-18-W)
Driving on mostly country roads for 38000 average miles
My (2013) X3 xDrive 2.0d came with these tyres - just about to replace all 4 after 38k miles. Comfortable and quiet ride. Will replace with Goodyear EfficientGrip tyres as their label shows greater fuel efficiency (B instead of the Cinturato's C), the same wet grip grade (B) and lower noise (68dB vs the Pirelli's 71dB). Fingers crossed they live up to the good reviews.
tyre reviewed on 2016-03-31 11:08:32



There you go sir=)
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