Unknown tyres

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    I’ve just had my car inspected by a BMW dealership, and one of the messages on the sheet is that all four tyres are of an unknown brand.
    The car was registered in Northern Ireland to one owner before I got it, could this be why I don’t know?
    The tread depths are all ok as is the condition of the tyres (BMW opinion)

    They’re normal tyres not run flats, so what would you do?
     
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    Some years ago, I had this happen to me with my E60 530d. I'd fitted a pair of Yokohama runflats on the rear axle, couldn't get a pair of BMW-star marked Dunlops at the time. Decent brand, decent grip and was very happy with them. The BMW dealer noted them as "unknown brand" because they were not BMW star-marked tyres. Of course "unknown brand" could mean you have far eastern ditchfinders fitted, so worth checking.
     
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    I’ve just taken a photo of one of the wheels, they appear to be ‘Zeta’ or something???
    Their treads are 6.7mm all round so they’ve already got a good depth on them

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    Personally, I'd be ditching them. However, I know that's a perfectly personal decision and for others it would be considered a waste and an intolerable expense.

    In my experience of car ownership (and believe me, I've had a LOT!), it is almost always preferable to stick with not only good quality rubber but also OE-spec tyres. My BMWs in particular have been very sensitive to different tread patterns. Particularly the M Sport Chassis - even the same Michelin Pilot Sport tyre, if it didn't have the star marking, could make the handling wild. Same thing with my Honda S2000 - the wrong letter marking on what looked like the same tyre caused the thing to be a ditch finder and had me recalling the tyre fitter to fit the correct tyre I'd ordered. Not one which looked similar.

    From then on I've been very particular about tyres and if I've bought a second hand vehicle with non-matching or non-OE spec tyres, they've always been replaced as soon as possible in order to have the handling be as it should.

    However, with the amount of cars out there on non-matched tyres across axles and budget brands on high Performance cars, I know it's not everyones bag and also depends on disposable income too.

    Not heard of your tyres. Not to say they're bad, but I wouldn't keep them if it were my car for the reasons above.
     
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    P.S: a quick Google shows people describing them as like driving on an ice rink, traction control lights on all the time and very unpredictable handling compared with premium tyres which had just come off and been replaced.
     
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    Just booked in to get some Michelin pilot sports put on, just googled the these chaps and included was the price :eek:! cheap and s****y comes to mind
     
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    Honestly, the difference driving the car will be like night & day.

    When I swapped tyres on my E46 330Ci it was like a different car.
     
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    Good on you, tyres like that should be illegal.
     
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    good choice to change(y)

    the zeta tyres look like Chinese ditch finders (n)
     
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    Registered in NI is a 'Red Herring'.

    Nothing at all to do with anything.

    Since they closed the DVA/NI office in Coleraine (for car registration) NI numbers are all handled in Swansea like any other region of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - albeit with a different format.
     
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    Wise decision to change. Bought the daughter a used 116i last year and it had brand new Chinese something or other on the rears. Was let’s say rather entertaining on damp roundabouts. Thankfully it was muggins that discovered the quaint trait rather than said daughter or her mother. (I have to admit that I had already ordered a set of Vredestein winters as I suspected they may be useless)

    Why isn’t there some kind of regulation banning these? They are lethal. In every other aspect of life health and safety have a field day to the point of ridiculousness. Cue the McDonalds tea may be hot etc
     
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    Thanks for giving me a giggle over your phrasing! :LOL:
     
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    Prob would be ok if your driving miss daisy, but for sure get rid when reading the google reviews.
     
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    You’re welcome Spuff :boogie:
     
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    Someone told me that their insurance would be 'invalidated' if they did not fit 'recommended' tyres.
    Ok this was on a 4x4 Porsche, so I understand that the 4 wheel drive could be compromised.
    However, I really can't see why this would be the case on 'conventional' rear or front wheel drive.
    Sure it's just another way of BMW dealers getting the most out of their customer's wallets!!!
    Remember, BMW don't make tyres, they just 'suggest' brands, and order them!!
     
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    BMW don’t make tyres just like all other car manufacturers don’t but they do set a test standard the tyres have to meet for the star approval and this can also be related to the specific compound of the tyre hence why some tyres have different manufacturers markings or none at all and can have different ratings despite being the same tyre make, model and size. What it actually is, is a way for them to guarantee the car handles and performs as they have designed.
    Also while BMW technically can supply some tyres through their parts department, no dealer uses that method and instead source their tyres from suppliers such as Stapletons etc. just like all other tyre garages. Star marked tyres can be sourced from just about any tyre supplier and none of the money then finds it way to bmw so definitely not a way for them to make money.
     
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    Yep running MPS on my xdrive in the summer excellent tyre
     
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    You’ll think you’re driving a different car with pilot sports on it. I had pilot super sports and then pilot sport 4s on my E92, wouldn’t have fitted a different summer tyre after those.
     

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