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Old 22nd April 2008, 10:49 PM
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Does anyone have any experience with Bridgestone tyres? I'm looking to fit either them or Goodyears to my W124 300E.
The final price is almost the same but, what about durability and performance?
I use GYs on my W116 without any problems. However, BS are really promoting their products and lowering the price to equal GY at the moment which makes them look attractive.

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Old 23rd April 2008, 02:01 AM
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Bridgestone, yes Turanza's on the Mazda3, so far have done 27,000 km's still grip well, great in wet weather, little bit rumbly noise wise though. B'stone Potenza GIII's on the MX-5, I've done about 40,000 km's apx. Just starting to show signs of needing replacement. Had GSD's on the 1st MX-5, great except had a tendency to aquaplane sometimes, very grippy, low noise and lasted 40,000km's as well. If it came down to it, I would go B'stone again. Nothing against Goodyears, but its more familiarity with the product.
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Old 23rd April 2008, 06:13 AM
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I'm a total Bridgestone fanatic - there is nothing to equal them for grip, steering response, and safety. The wear rate tends to be faster than some of the competition, but that's the price of performance.

Generally, the tyres are grouped into series :

Turanza series : high performance luxury touring. Probably the best choice for benz.

Potenza series : sports performance - I tend to find these a bit hard and crashy for benzes. I have potenzas on my Ford XR3, and also on my wife's opel Sport (car has since been hijacked).

B series (as in B380, B391 etc) : basic general use tyres.

I've had numerous sets of Turanzas on my 280SE and W140, and I'm extremely happy. I currently have Turanzas on the AMG and they are great. I tried Potenzas on the 280SE, but it was too hard, and the loss of comfort fas too great a price for the total uncompromising sports performance.

I even have B380's (or some such number) on my garden trailer.....
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Old 23rd April 2008, 10:29 AM
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Bridgestones are what my ML500 came fitted with from the factory.

Never had a problem with any of them - excellent product and fitted to a lot of performance cars. They have a very good name in Australia.

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Old 23rd April 2008, 11:22 AM
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I had Bridgestone Turanza on my 3.8 supercharged Commodore as original equipment, replaced them at about 70 and 140,000k's so they wore well, plus I liked the grip and the lack of noise - I had block tread Klebers on a previous Commodore (highly recommended to me) but they were too noisy.
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Old 23rd April 2008, 10:02 PM
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Thanks everyone, I think you've convinced me to give Bridgestone's a try. I know what GYs are like so a comparison may be interesting.
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Old 23rd April 2008, 10:49 PM
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Forget bridgestone!

Get some Yokohama Advan A032R!! For the weight of these cars, nothing else i've used grips better! 1 set will last you at least 1 full day, maybe 1.5-2 if you're lucky!

Well worth their 'weight' in 116's.
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Old 30th April 2008, 11:30 PM
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Michelan are now promoting their brand and matching the offers from other suppliers...oh the free market...I do prefer Michelan over Bridgestone.

P.S.: Looks like I'm going to lose my job at the end of next month! Well, I could always dress in drag and work the streets if the worst comes to the worst!
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The indignity of it all! Just remember that if it comes to that that dark Chartreuse seersucker number will work, it brings out those special features.

For what it's worth on the black round rubber jobs, I havent had much to do with Michelins, BUT I spose theres a reson that MB fit them to their cars, mind you, they also fit Uniroyal's to some as well.
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Old 1st May 2008, 07:02 AM
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About a year ago on one of my W123, it came time to get new tyres, I wanted Michelin tyres, they were about $130 each, the dealer convinced me to go Bridgestone Daytona's? I think they were called? $75 each, normally $110, but doing them cheap.

Had them on the car for about 20k's very impressed with the road holding ability, the grip is excellent,


for a cheap tyre they seem to be quite good.
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[...] Looks like I'm going to lose my job at the end of next month! Well, I could always dress in drag and work the streets if the worst comes to the worst!
Cidade de Deus?

Martin: What are the prospects of quickly landing other ESL work there? What are the alternatives?
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Old 1st May 2008, 08:48 PM
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I've had michelins and bridgestones on my 280SE, and likewise on my W140 S500.

I really think the bridgestones are significantly superior to the Michelins in all respects except perhaps quietness and comfort. The grip of the bridgestones, especially in the wet is phenomenal.

I'm afraid I rate Michelin as a poor second best that I will only use if I have to.
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Old 2nd May 2008, 09:03 AM
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I'm a Yokohama convert - not mainly because of my use of R-spec tyres on my club race cars, but all the domestic tyres they make have lived up to or passed my expectations.

I was particularly impressed with the A509 and A539 back on Rotary engine road cars, however I think they have been succeeded by the AA01.

Always have had a soft spot Y352 RWL muscle car tyre. Have used them in 13" size on Mazdas with good results.

My 6.9 currently has american BFGoodrich T/A which works well on that car however the tyres are old and one is obviously flat-spotted - I can feel the vibration through the steering and no amount of balancing will fix it. In hindsight I wish I'd gone with Y352s on my 6.9

TeamW116 #2 the 450SE has 15" Bridgestone G'Grid tyres you'll be pleased to know they both corner hard and break traction with amusing ease... but they won't be staying for long until they get replaced with R-spec tyres.

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I ended up putting on BF Goodrich, yes they are much quieter that the old ones. I was really surprised. I just now need to see how they perform.

I find that flat spots can be removed from tyres if you drive for a while on a hot day witht he right tyre pressure. Well, that's what I do with my W116 which spends more time in the garage than on the road.
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I ended up putting on BF Goodrich, yes they are much quieter that the old ones. I was really surprised. I just now need to see how they perform.
I hope BF Goodrich have improved their handling and grip.

The last set I had was on a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro and although they rode beautifully, they handled like a sac of potatoes.....

I could not take off up a minor hill in wet weather.
You'd be spinnning all the time...
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