Quiet tyres?

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Stratman

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The Michelin Energys on the front of my W203 C200cdi are in need of replacement soon and quietness is an important consideration. I am not a boy racer so super-sticky 'sports' tyres are not needed. They need to be quiet, devoid of nasty surprises in the wet and have decent longevity. Size wise, the current incumbents are 195/65 15.

Suggestions?
 
michelins are good for what you want, pirrellis are also good but wear a little quicker.
 
I spent a lot of time researching this last time around and bought Goodyear Excellence tyres which were very quiet. Just bought Michelin Pilots this time but too soon to say.
 
Sure they're 15's??? Thought 16" were standard fit on 203's?

I just nipped out and snapped these with my phone. Definitely 15s. The wheels are ooption code 668 according to the Russian site.
 

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I just fitted a new set of Dunlop Sport SP1's (205/65's) and don't have any problems with tyre noise.
 
I would have expected the Michelin Energy's to be about as quiet as you could get - Michelin's are generally quiet and the Energy is a low rolling resistance, harder compound, tyre.
 
The Michelin Energys on the front of my W203 C200cdi are in need of replacement soon and quietness is an important consideration. I am not a boy racer so super-sticky 'sports' tyres are not needed. They need to be quiet, devoid of nasty surprises in the wet and have decent longevity. Size wise, the current incumbents are 195/65 15.

Suggestions?

Michelin Pilot Primacy are generally very good with regards to tyre noise and wear.
 
Interesting tyre test - I always assumed that Michelin were the bench mark as they are consistently the most expensive tyre. I also had them down as being the quietest.


From this test it appears that they are not worth the extra money. I have never bit-the-bullet and paid for Michellins so can only go by this report.
 
The reason I asked specifically about noise is that when Ollie (Black C55) was servicing my car he mentioned in passing that my tyres were noisy. The cheek of the man!

Having researched on t'interweb (so it must be true) all the suggestions made here I think I will give Falkens a go. Not the 452 mentioned in the Credit Crunch tyres thread (they don't come in my size) but the ZIEX ZE-326. According to the blurb they are designed for comfort and quietness. Sounds good to me.

Thanks to all who have helped .
 
Interesting tyre test - I always assumed that Michelin were the bench mark as they are consistently the most expensive tyre. I also had them down as being the quietest.


From this test it appears that they are not worth the extra money. I have never bit-the-bullet and paid for Michellins so can only go by this report.

I've bought them before and always found them overpriced considering that they were never any better than the usual alternatives, stopped buying them years ago for that reason.

Russ
 
I've bought them before and always found them overpriced considering that they were never any better than the usual alternatives, stopped buying them years ago for that reason.

Russ

You're probably right. To me, Michelin's a bit like McDonalds or M&S - you know what you're getting. The less well known brands always seem a bit random - you might be lucky, you might not.
 
You're probably right. To me, Michelin's a bit like McDonalds or M&S - you know what you're getting. The less well known brands always seem a bit random - you might be lucky, you might not.

That's a good point well made.
That's pretty much how I look at most purchases I make in general.
 

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