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Tried posting this in wheels and tires but seeing as there hasn't been any responses I'm moving it here.

The time is quickly coming for me to pick up some new tires for the M3. I'm trying to decide between all seasons or summers. The car is my daily that I take back and forth to college. Since I drive through Flagstaff three times through winter, I'm worried about driveability in snow. Prescott also has the usual month long monsoon season during which we get plenty of rain. However, outside of those two events, there isn't much need for all seasons the rest of the year.

Basically, I'd really like to go with summers but I'm worried they won't cut it on the relatively few occasions when things get cold and wet. Last time I went through Flagstaff in winter, I was passing cars stranded in ditches. I certainly don't want to become one of those cars. Being that I'll be at college in AZ, I likely won't have the space or tools needed to run/store more than one set of wheels. I've been running Pilot Sport A/S 3s on the car as they came with it. They have been great tires but I'm not looking to spend $1k on tires this summer.

To add to this, I'll probably be getting new wheels and suspension (coilovers/camber plates) in the next month or so as the previous owner chewed up all four of the current ones pretty badly and the original suspension is getting worn out. I was thinking of going with 18x10 et43 (with spacers, 10mm f, 12.5mm r) wrapped in 265(or 275, more tire options)/35/18s all around. I really would like to be able to rotate my tires and the reduced understeer would be greatly appreciated during the monthly-ish autox, even if it does increase tramlining.

So, what would you all suggest? Summers or all seasons? Which brands do you prefer?
 

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Since I live in Wisconsin, I don't dick around when it comes to tires. For the past 18 years, I've had two sets of wheels and tires, with high performance summer tires on one, and snow tires on the other. The peace of mind that comes from being able to handle whatever weather conditions I encounter has been worth every penny I've paid. Plus, I have the best tires for summer, which makes every drive better.

Granted, you won't be encountering 6 inches of snow for months at a time, but the concept is the same.

Since you're planning to get new wheels anyway, I think the best choice is obvious. Put summer tires (Michelin Pilot Sport 4S) on the new wheels. Then get all-seasons for your existing 'winter' set. I'd suggest Conti DWS.

Having two sets of tires means each set lasts longer, which really helps offset the cost. I've convinced many friends to buy a set of winter wheels and they have always come back to thank me.
 

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They have been great tires but I'm not looking to spend $1k on tires this summer...

...I was thinking of going with 18x10 et43 (with spacers, 10mm f, 12.5mm r) wrapped in 265(or 275, more tire options)/35/18s all around.
The first line is contradictory given the tire size you listed. If it has to be a single set (meaning no dedicated winter rubber), the only tire I would run year-round is the ExtremeContact DWS 06.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire...YR8DWS06&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes
 

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Sounds like I'll probably be picking up some Contis, then. The DWS06 is just the next generation of DWS, correct? They appear to be pretty similar in both tread pattern and price.
 
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