Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately, the only summer Falken tire that fits is the Falken RT-615. By the looks of the tread, it's a great dry performance tire, but it doesn't seem to have wet traction in mind (correct me if I'm wrong.) The only Hercules summer performance tire that fits is the Hercules G3000H. I am not 100% sure it is a summer performance tire and not an all season compromise. Too bad that Hercules' more agressive tires don't fit 195/65R14.
Sorry for not being clear in my original post. I do not want to "go cheap" at all. In regard to the summer tires, I'm looking for a tire with excellent dry and wet weather grip and decent tread wear (I don't want them to be worn out in 3 months.) One good example that I have had experience with is the Goodyear Eagle F1 (not on the E30, on an S4.)
I am realistic in regard to tread wear. My current tires-Sonic Astra II M+S-probably haven't lost more than 10% of their tread since I bought the car two years ago. And this is with very spirited cornering. When these pitiful tires were new, one could coax the car into throttle-on oversteer through on-ramps, but now all four tires meekly give up and let go whenever any attempt at spirited driving is made. In the rain they require finesse itself. In snow they're a deathwish. Obviously the tread compound is over-designed for long life, with no "concessions" made towards grip or handling.
There is a distinct possibility that these are the worst tires ever fitted to a BMW.
Goodyear doesn't make a summer performance tire to fit 195/65R14. Neither does Dunlop, Avon, Continental, Kumho, BF Goodrich, Fuzion or Michelin.
Pirelli does make the P6000, which fits my wheels. However, I have read mixed reviews on The Tire Rack. Some say they're fantastic while others complain of poor snow traction (using a summer performance tire in snow is asinine) while others cite poor wet traction and a very low service life. These two aspects concern me. Complaints about rolling noise, ride comfort or snow traction do not.
Another summer performance tire I have found that fits is the Yokohama AVS ES100. Tons of great reviews for that tire. Looks promising. A third is the Sumitomo HTR 200, but its "el cheapo" price ($43USD on The Tire Rack) and its availability only in 195/60R14 instead of 195/65R14 makes me uneasy.
Does anyone have any tire suggestions, or any experience with the P6000s, AVS ES100s, Falken RT-615 or HTR 200s? How about winter tires? All comments will be appreciated!
PS: That would be recommendations in the title. My apologies.