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Old 08-11-2011, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just picked this car up with four new(ish) P6000 tyres on it.
Now after reading reviews, the Pirellis are described as Dangerous in the wet by a lot of people. Having lost the rear end of my last 523 on a damp road, and having it written off, I am very concerned. Does anyone have a experience of P6000's on a 5series?
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I guess if you push hard enough on any tyre in the wet they will break loose at some point, if you drive to the conditions (and your car) then you'll be ok. If however you want to get the best tyres you can get for the conditions that you drive in the most, look at the independant reviews like http://www.ppba.com.au/PowercarTyreTest2007.pdf and others to see what tickles your fancy.
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Im running Falkens,cheap but ok,dont drive like a tit in the wet.Just came back from Germany at 100 plus on the roads and they felt good enough,and it pissed down all the way to France.Use caution and feel the road.
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I cannot fault them except that they seem too flat to the road-surface, good on a track but not on greasey highways! I had to "over-inflate" my P6000's to get some fun out of them in the wet...
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what do you mean by too flat?
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Thanks Folks.

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I have since spoken to my local Plymouth Protyre and they tell me that they have not had any bad reports in the ten or so years that Pirelli have been producing the P6000. I guess if they were as bad as some people find them they would have pulled them from the market long ago. It seems to me that the P6000 is an old standard touring tyre from a leading manufacturer that is popular on larger cars such as Jags, Volvos and SAABs. I can only assume that when fitted to smaller FWD hatchbacks drivers expect Pzero performance because of the Pirelli name.
Personally I drive my car like an old man 95% of the time, but drive more enthusiastically when I am alone and the sun is shining. I just want to feel safe driving my family around when it is wet. So many other BMW's I have looked at are shod with the kind of cheap & nasty tyres that I wouldn't fit to a pram. I should think these will see me through the next 4 years at 3000 miles a year.
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It's too flat indeed.
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what do you mean by too flat?
There is no "Arc" over the tread-pattern like standard tyres, you could put a ruler across the tread and barely see a gap !!!
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does attire that's too flat present a problem? If so please explain thanks mate
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Swings and Roundabouts Jimmy... Fukkin excellent in a straight-line and for launching, but light on low speed cornering !!!
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i only do high speed cornering!maybe i will give the p6000 a go when my Fulkens wear.But their such good value im pained to spend any more.
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