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Fuel economy would likely be negligible and more dependent on which tire you choose. Also, you’ll likely have slightly harsher ride quality with a lower-profile tire, though how much can also depend on which tire you wrap them with.
 

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225/50/17 is still a good size sidewall, I bet itll ride great
 

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Do people really care about a harsh ride? It’s never bothered me before, I want my ride to feel firm, even on a dd.
 

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Do people really care about a harsh ride? It’s never bothered me before, I want my ride to feel firm, even on a dd.
Um, yes? That’s a weird thing to ask. Like, “Do people really like blue? I mean cmon, I like red.”

Some people like soft pillows, some people like hard pillows. All personal preference.
 

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Um, yes? That’s a weird thing to ask. Like, “Do people really like blue? I mean cmon, I like red.”

Some people like soft pillows, some people like hard pillows. All personal preference.
I find it strange on a car enthusiast forum that anybody would want their car to ride like a 90s Lincoln.
 
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Do people really care about a harsh ride? It’s never bothered me before, I want my ride to feel firm, even on a dd.
I like a firm ride myself. Its amazing how quiet and smooth this BMW is even though its old and has high miles. I will probably buy "performance" snow tires just so I will not loose any handeling performance.

Probably will be replacing shocks/springs also because the fronts were already done by PO and I want to restore ride quality.
 

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I like a firm ride myself. Its amazing how quiet and smooth this BMW is even though its old and has high miles. I will probably buy "performance" snow tires just so I will not loose any handeling performance.

Probably will be replacing shocks/springs also because the fronts were already done by PO and I want to restore ride quality.
Welcome to owning a German car. 🤣
 

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Id consider buying something newer with a payment down the road. Does not sound like they make manuals anymore tho..
Test drive one with the new automatic. They are really good and can be manually shifted. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
 

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Test drive one with the new automatic. They are really good and can be manually shifted. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
I love my ZF 8 speed. First auto car I've owned since 2004 and for a daily cruiser it has not disappointed me
 
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Randomly was browsing this morning and saw these tires in stock. Called Discount tire to verify and he called Michelin to verify also cuz he didn’t think they were in stock either but they were so I placed an order online. Because you can only order online or in store now. WTF

winter - check
performance - check
stock size - check
reasonable price - check

I guess I got lucky. Nothing like this has been available since I started looking.

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My budget brakes finally came in. I think they were backorder since July. $379 for rotors, pads, and all related sensors all around from ECS tuning. Not bad.

Thought I was getting a German brand but they are made in China.

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My budget brakes finally came in. I think they were backorder since July. $379 for rotors, pads, and all related sensors all around from ECS tuning. Not bad.

Thought I was getting a German brand but they are made in China.

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Not bad I always put Zimmermann on my older BMWs. Quality just seems a tad better then the other options. You may pay a little extra but not much. Think they are manufactured in Germany as well.
 

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OEM pads are Pagid…but they dust like crazy. I’ve had good luck with the street/race pads from powerstop.
 

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Read up on the dust problem, you might want to return them. I’m not talking about a little dust from time to time. Like the rims are really dirty in 3 days. The Pagids do have great bite, but the dust drove me crazy
 

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I tried a few different pads, these hardly dust at all, but still have decent bite

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Ordered some Powerstop Z16 Ceramic pads from carparts.com

I remember I had powerstop pads on my trans am and was happy with them.

Ron Vogel Ron Vogel You have any experience with those MEYLE rotors? Not sure I want to spend money shipping those back. Also only 2 brake sensors for front/rear? Not one on every wheel?
 

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I don’t think you’re going to see much difference in brands of rotors. I like to buy the e coated ones because they look better longer.
 

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