Tyre Advice please

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by Ian Topping, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. Ian Topping

    Ian Topping Active Member

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    Hi,

    I need to get rear tyres for my 2001 CLK 55 and I don't know the best tyre to go for obviously subject to keeping the price real.

    I currently have Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta 255/35 ZR 18 on the car and I have no complaints.

    Ideally I would like to spend no more than £100 per tyre.

    I appreciate your advice on the good, bad and pure ugly

    Thanks
    Ian
     
  2. Howard

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    Got Falken FK542's on mine (430 V8 not 55 )

    Great tyres , very pleased with them , got bags of grip , the Jap forums love them , which is what made me try them.

    £98 from Camskill ( doubt you'll find them cheaper ) you'll need to have them fitted though , i just bung the local fitters a drink.

    http://www.camskill.co.uk/products.php?plid=m4b443s22p0
     
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    Hi

    I would be interested to hear what tyre pressures you are running with you Vredestein Sessantas. See my attached post. http://www.mbclub.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=60851
    I could not fault the grip of these tyres i had Pilot Sports on C230K and in my opinion these are better, apart from the cracking:eek:


    Welcome to the forum by the way

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    I've got Goodyear F1 GSD3's at the moment, better than the previous Conti's & Bridgestones. The Vredesteins are great tyres also, why not stick with them?

    Russ
     
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    I've just taken a pair of well worn (but still above the wear indicators) off the back of my E55 due to their poor performance on cold damp roads. Absolutely no traction - more worryingly how quick they lost traction when accelerating "briskly" and poor lateral grip

    One of them had a bulge on the inner sidewall which spread about half way around the tyre - only about 1cm but it was noticeable when the tyre was off the car and wasn't there a couple of weeks ago when I checked the brakes.

    So, after following the advice here, I had a pair of Falken 452s on the back yesterday. Obviously I'm still letting them "bed in" but my initial impressions are that they aren't bad at all. All the web reviews I read say they need a good 100-200 miles to settle in

    Talking to the tyre fitter, he says that the Goodyears are great tyres but once they get down below 5mm of tread they seem to "go off" and they are very prone to going out of shape if you get them too hot and don't cool them down properly.

    I'll see how the Falken's perform over the next few months before deciding whether to buy them again

    As for the price, they were £122 each fitted and balanced for 265/35/18s
     
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    I also use Falkens on my C55. Fitted about 3 months ago. Have bags of grip and IMHO i think they are under rated - great tyre at a good price. However, time will tell if they hold out in the the longer term.
     
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    I do hope you are enjoying your most excellent CLK55 .. I miss my old car so very much :)
     
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    already? must have been enjoying the V8 ...

    I would get another pair of Vredesteins until the fronts also need replacing (generally 2 pairs of rears for 1 pair of fronts) .. that means you have the same tyres all round .. I never like cars having different tyres, like mismatched shoes


    www.elitedirect.com .. the ones on your car came from there
     
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    they don't seem to last very long - can't think why :devil:
     
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    If your budget is £100 a tyre, see what is available in your size at MyTyres. personally, I would not and could not pay £149 for 1 Vredestien !

    http://www.mytyres.co.uk/
     
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    try this lot

    http://www.tyretraders.com/

    the danger of buying a tyre and getting it fitted elsewhere is that you lose any guarantee unless of course you are good friends with the tyre fitter :)
     
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    Vredesteins are proper tyres...I would suggest you stick with them if you happy with them.....dont change just for change sake...
     
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    My experience of others tales on tyre guarantees, make them sound worthless. The selling station always has a reason for the tyre fault to have became that way, ussually the car or the driver.

    Personally, I have never had a blow out or any reason to claim on a tyre I purchased.
     
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    Just a mention on guarantees....there is no issue with waranty if you have tyres fitted yourself...the warranty is with the tyre Manufacturer for any faults, and most Tyreshops will return to the manufacturer on your behalf...problem is you have to buy another one whilst it is away getting tested for the fault ...unless you want to drive for about 3 weeks on a "pram wheel" and if it is a manufacturing fault you get the money back albeit possibly only a percentage based on the wear you already had from the original tyre...
     
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    It is not upto the "station" to decide....they usually cannot detect the causation of the fault anyway, thats why it goes away to be tested by specialists...not tyre fitters !!
     
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    another thread from earlier today

    http://mbclub.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=63022
     
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    I'm not seeing any difference?

    In fact, there's no mention of who supplied the tyres in the thread I posted

    If you buy from MyTyres but don't get them fitted by an offical MyTyres agent they will blame the fitter - you can guarantee that

    If you take a tyre you've bought elsewhere to a fitter they won't offer any proper warranty - you can guarantee that

    Incidentally, My Tyres wanted more to just supply the tyres for my car than I paid inclusive of fitting/balancing
     
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    makes sense to have the same company sell and fit the tyre .. that way you ensure there is no possibility of supplier blaming fitter (or vice versa) as they are the same :)
     
  20. c240yaz

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    I see a big difference. The thread that you added the link on, has no relation what so ever to this thread. Totally different enquirey.

    And why would anyone buy tyres from Mytryes without using their partnership fitting stations ? I wouldn't. That would definately make the warranty invalid.

    Mytryes were recommended to me on this forum by many members and I have used them several times on many family cars without a problem, but I do use their recomended fitting stations.

    Sorry, but I do not understand your last sentence about wanting more to supply the tyres than you paid inclusive.... ??
     
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