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MeQ

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The EQE is getting close to needing rear tyres and I have picked a puncture up today that I think won’t be repairable.

Currently running Bridgestone 285/35 20r 104y. They are the silent EV ones and a whopping £300+ each

They have only done 9.5k, already down to 3mm and crazing like mad (see photo also showing puncture) so I’m not keen on replacing with the same. I’m also not too bothered about the EV ‘silent’ tyres either.

Any recommendations please? I have seen some falcons that look like a good option with a low db rating.

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The EQE is getting close to needing rear tyres and I have picked a puncture up today that I think won’t be repairable.

Currently running Bridgestone 285/35 20r 104y. They are the silent EV ones and a whopping £300+ each

They have only done 9.5k, already down to 3mm and crazing like mad (see photo also showing puncture) so I’m not keen on replacing with the same. I’m also not too bothered about the EV ‘silent’ tyres either.

Any recommendations please? I have seen some falcons that look like a good option with a low db rating.

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I moved from Eagle F1 to the Turanza 6 and very impressed. Very quiet and comfy and no issues with grip wet or dry. The Eagles have always been my go to but they seemed to be getting louder with subsequent revisions. I’d give Dunlops a miss, I had two SportMaxx RT2 replaced under warranty for cracking.
 
I moved from Eagle F1 to the Turanza 6 and very impressed. Very quiet and comfy and no issues with grip wet or dry. The Eagles have always been my go to but they seemed to be getting louder with subsequent revisions. I’d give Dunlops a miss, I had two SportMaxx RT2 replaced under warranty for cracking.

Do you think the crazing would be grounds for a warranty claim?
 
Have fitted 4 GT Radial Sport Active 2 to the E350 cdi Coupe , they were rather noisy at first but once scrubbed in they were much quieter.

The Dunlops they replaced had all started to get cracks , although there was plenty of tread left on them.
 
Hi,
Can't help with the tyres, although 9500 miles doesn't seem much to get out of a set.
I've always used Michelin which, although a bit more expensive, give me 30-35000 miles.

I've been looking at the EQEs recently in view of possible purchase - are you happy with yours ?
Any pros and cons ?
 
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The goodyear asy 6 i just fitted to my m156 are sublime, halfords had an 15% off offer.
I have always found that the Goodyear Assymetric range to be quiet, comfortable and with excellent grip in all weather conditions.
 
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Hi,
Can't help with the tyres, although 9500 miles doesn't seem much to get out of a set.
I've always used Michelin which, although a bit more expensive, give me 30-35000 miles.

I've been looking at the EQEs recently in view of possible purchase - are you happy with yours ?
Any pros and cons ?

It’s a lovely car, mostly pros but negatives are reduced winter range (still better than many at 260-280) and tyre wear seems to be an issue. I calculate I’m using about 0.5mm per month or so but I’m more used to driving it now so I’m hoping this next set of rears will do 20,000
 
The Falken I have seen are only 1db louder than the ‘silent’ EV offerings from Michelin and Pirelli.

At £200 each I’m thinking the £150 saving on each is worth taking a chance on after having prices confirmed this morning.
 
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It’s a lovely car, mostly pros but negatives are reduced winter range (still better than many at 260-280) and tyre wear seems to be an issue. I calculate I’m using about 0.5mm per month or so but I’m more used to driving it now so I’m hoping this next set of rears will do 2
Thanks - and how would you rate the comfort of the car (especially on longish trips), compared to what you had before ?
 
Thanks - and how would you rate the comfort of the car (especially on longish trips), compared to what you had before ?

I don’t do many long trips but have been a couple of hours more than once. It’s very good, I rarely use the brakes due to the regen system which is nice and it’s extremely quiet compared to my 2017 c-class. 2 points worth noting…

1. having window open too much makes that horrible helicopter noise (I won’t use the technical term). Panoramic roof is fine

2. The headrests are fixed, luckily for me in a very comfortable position.
 
Do you think the crazing would be grounds for a warranty claim?
They don’t look too bad to be honest, my Dunlops were much worse!
 
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The goodyear asy 6 i just fitted to my m156 are sublime, halfords had an 15% off offer.
I’ve got them on my Alfa. They’re really nice but quite a bit louder than the Turanza 6 i have on the Merc.
 
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I don’t do many long trips but have been a couple of hours more than once. It’s very good, I rarely use the brakes due to the regen system which is nice and it’s extremely quiet compared to my 2017 c-class. 2 points worth noting…

1. having window open too much makes that horrible helicopter noise (I won’t use the technical term). Panoramic roof is fine

2. The headrests are fixed, luckily for me in a very comfortable position.
My dad showed me a trick about having a window open. If you open the rear window a smidgen as well as the front you don’t get that helicopter noise so much.
 
My dad showed me a trick about having a window open. If you open the rear window a smidgen as well as the front you don’t get that helicopter noise so much.

Doesn’t make a lot of difference in the EQE unfortunately. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was intentional to encourage owners to keep the windows shut and make the range better 😂
 
1. having window open too much makes that horrible helicopter noise (I won’t use the technical term). Panoramic roof is fine
That’s because there will be a lip ahead of the panoramic roof which pops up when opened, and disrupts the fast moving laminar airflow by directing it up and away from the panoramic roof opening.

The buffeting is caused when the air flow is smooth and attached - that is to say that it’s “tight” against the car when it encounters an opening, and is moving quickly and therefore low pressure.

The air pressure differential between the inside and outside is significant and abrupt between the static air inside and the fast moving laminar flow outside, without a turbulent buffer between the two.

This causes a resonant vibration which wouldn’t happen if the smooth laminar flow is disturbed and forced to separate from the car, creating space for a turbulent transition for the pressure drop.

It wasn’t a problem years ago as cars weren’t aerodynamically efficient and so there wasn’t much - if any - laminar flow along the side of the body, it was mostly separated and hence inefficient.

The turbulence increases aerodynamic drag and so modern cars are designed to maximise laminar atirflow for aerodynamic efficiency, and therefore fuel efficiency, so it would affect modern cars much more.

However modern wing mirrors are designed to separate air for the front windows but there’s often sufficient laminar flow reattached to the surface for buffering to occur with open rear windows on most cars.

Very aerodynamically efficient cars - often EVs are the most efficient - sacrifice the lack of benefit of reduced buffeting for improved efficiency and so wing mirrors are designed to minimise disruption to the laminar flow.

Modern cars - and especially aerodynamically efficient cars like your EQE - have very tightly sealed panels and relatively little air leaks from the cabin, which exaggerates the resonant effect.

This is why opening another window - sunroof or panoramic roof - even very slightly stops the resonant vibration as it allows air to leak from the cabin to the outside. Popping you roof on tilt is ideal.

Also opening the partially open window further usually eliminates buffeting because it disrupts the airflow to cause enough turbulence to create a much larger transition for the pressure drop.
 
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View attachment 157358 EV's are soooo environmentally friendly , no ?

I was just reading the other day about EV's going through their tyres in under 10K.

https://archive.ph/y3mMQ

It is what it is and just another thing to factor into the running costs. Frankly I'd be appalled at such low miles when I typically get 30K

Says he who would be quite happy with 10K out of a motorcycle tyre. But then they don't cost £300.
 
Michelin have passed comment on EV tyres.Its worth reading.
 

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