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Old 2nd January 2018, 01:50 PM
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Looking at a few different tyres for the S211. Anyone have any experience with:

- Michelin Primacy 3ST
- Pirelli p1
- Bridgestone T001
- Continental Ultra contact 6
- Hankook Ventis 452

I am currently leaning towards the michelins. Best price I have found so far is $199 per tyre at Jax.
Size is 255/55 R16
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Looking at a few different tyres for the S211. Anyone have any experience with:

- Michelin Primacy 3ST
- Pirelli p1
- Bridgestone T001
- Continental Ultra contact 6
- Hankook Ventis 452

I am currently leaning towards the michelins. Best price I have found so far is $199 per tyre at Jax.
Size is 255/55 R16
Michelin or Conti
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Old 3rd January 2018, 07:41 AM
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I recall two wise words of advise many moons ago.....
Don't know what Tires to Buy ? Buy Michelin.
Don't know which car to Buy Buy a Mercedes 280 E.
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Old 4th January 2018, 06:25 AM
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Iíve had Contis 5 on my CLK430 for a few years and Iím not overwhelmed.
Theyíre quiet, but not fantastic in the wet.
As a matter of fact, if it wasnít for the anti skid in the Benz, I think I would have lost the car in many occasions (not driving silly or fast).
They also seem to have worn quickly, especially at the front.
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Old 4th January 2018, 08:18 AM
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We get about 30,000 ks from the Continentals on the front of the CLK - not impressive is it and they do tend to thump over line markers and cat eyes. You can't rotate them to even the wear because the front and rear are different sizes and the tyres are directional.
The Pirelli Scorpions on the ML wear well but squirm on a corner.
I have never had a problem with a Michelin - except once blowing a front Michelin tyre at around 80 mph on the Flavia - but the tyre was beyond its safe life anyway and I should not have been using it.
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Thanks for the input. I've ordered the Michelins and they will get fitted to the car monday Morning. I've also had good experiences with Michelins, and i've also had good experiences with Yokohama's before as well.

my experience with cheap tyres is that they are a false economy if you're going to have the car more than 18 months or so. I've also found used tyres even if good tread get hard and are terrible in the wet.
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