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Mickyh7

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Picked up my new to me 2019, C300d 2 weeks ago from Carshop.
I enquired about the new, unknown tyres on the car to be told the cheaper tyres are very, very good nowadays, (so feeling like a tyre snob,) listened to what they said.
Fronts, I Link Thunder - Rears, Massimo.
I gingerly drove off, quite concerned, but for the next 2 weeks was pleasantly surprised at the feel, noise and grip levels.
On to yesterday, when I drove the 120 miles up to Newcastle in the dry ( bet you can guess where this is going now), no issues at all at some big speeds.
Driving home, it started to rain. Just enough to dampen the road.
The first thing I noticed was lots of red flashing in the dash as the rear stepped out as I was, overtaking some very slow cars.
The electrics done their job instantly, but made me nip a bit!
Fair enough 500 Nm of Torque.
My last car was a Quatro, so I'm now thinking 70s Capri here, what have I bought?
Back in Leeds, now and very wet, the first big roundabout saw me understeering into a different lane! Fortunately no one near me, as I had half expected it by now.
I'm now holding traffic up getting home, such was the lack of grip. (think Sliks on a race bike, on a very wet track).
How are they allowed to sell these tyres in the UK.
Googled around this morning and found Kwikfit to be the cheapest by £100 in my area, for Pilot Sport 5s, so booked in for Saturday.
Used PS4s for years and these 5s on my Audi, incredible grip wet and dry, and they look cool with the Textured sidewalls.
These are 18" so a lot cheaper than I'm used to paying!
Rant Over, but these Ditch Finders are legal to buy, and use.
This is so wrong.
 
They are usually OK when new......but deteriorate and harden so fast. Of course even with the same tyres you wont be able to find quite the same levels of grip (traction) as in the 4wd Quattro in adverse conditions.
 
A couple of years ago I bought a 2002 Saab 9-3 Aero. I'd noticed the cheap rubber when I picked it up but didn't think much of it as I usually replace as soon as funds allow anyway. Tread looked good at least so off I went back up the motorway at 70+mph very pleased with my purchase. Fast forward a couple of days and I'm having the alignment checked and the tech says "Hmm. Re-moulds. Didn't think you could get them any more" :oops: Off! And four new tyres on sharpish.
 
Lots of remould available.......they are probably often a better bet than a cheap Chinese tyres as many are UK made and have to comply with strict safety standards.
 
They are usually OK when new......but deteriorate and harden so fast. Of course even with the same tyres you wont be able to find quite the same levels of grip (traction) as in the 4wd Quattro in adverse conditions.
Four Wheel Drive has zero effect on Understeer.
You would go into a corner slower, to prevent understeer, but power out quicker, when all four tyres are gripping.
So only any good under power not off the power.
I'll be binning these ditch finders anyway.
They are brand new and (oxymoron saying brand I guess)!
I'm not letting anyone at Kwikfit sell them on!
 
Four Wheel Drive has zero effect on Understeer.
You would go into a corner slower, to prevent understeer, but power out quicker, when all four tyres are gripping.

Depends on how the torque is split and how variable it is side to side.......so speaking as an ex Audi salesman I would have to disagree!.......but that's for a different thread.
 
Had a couple of days with the PS5s.
Totally transformed the car. Last rear wheel drive car I had was in the 70s a 3.0 litre Capri! This seems a lot better behaved!
 

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