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Cheap winter tyres/winter alloys&tyres

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by Cgd, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Cgd

    Cgd Active Member

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    Dear all


    I must confess I’m a total MB newbie


    First ever, went for a C220 bluetec, 2.1, SE, 2016, I believe this is a W205

    Living up in Scotland we survived last winter, just, and we did get stranded for a week till car was able to cope with the worst of winter

    Given that I regularly travel that far north I’m considering winter tyres (had them before in a FWD and it was blissful in winter). Few questions, If you could please entertain me with your experience:

    -any experience with Jinyu or sunny winter tyres?

    -cheapest alloys for a w205 That fit 225/50/17? (Trying to avoid changing rubber twice a year and save my original alloys from winter) found some “alutec grip” in mytyres.co.uk for about £100 each (plus £10 each for the TPS)

    I drive Michelin’s but they are sincerely hopeless in the snow and the threads are at least 5mm, so wondering whether biting the bullet of buying a full winter alloy/budget tyre is cheaper over three years

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Mytyres is where is get mine, the later you leave it the more expensive I find they become. I bought mine in August and will probably fit them next money as it’s just too hot at the moment. With winter tyres they’re great, without don’t even bother...
     
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    In the long run cheaper and easier to buy a second set of rims and tyres, as it will cost you about £40 every 6 months to change tyres on the same set of rims, plus there is always the possibility of the fitter damaging your rims. I bought a set of 16's for my S204, immaculate and with winter tyres, off Ebay for less than £300!
     
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    Your best optionay be to get some Michelin Crossclimate 2 tyres. An all season tyre that's quiet, going to better than cheap Chinese winter ditchfinders and given you won't need a second set of alloys as well as tyres probably cheaper.
     
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    I use Tyreleader or Camskill for my winters , delivery only and I get my local garage to fit them . Both cars have spare wheels for winter tyres , although this year the Clk which has steel wheels has a set of all seasons on .
    The plan is I can use the all seasons more outside the winter if I choose , like long European drives .
    I would seriously consider the all seasons (which you run all year) unless the cost is a lot more than a set of winter tyres and eBay wheels which you swap over yourself .
     
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    thanks blobcat
     
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    thanks Chrishazle, i tend to agree with you, i'm currently hunting down options on ebay
     
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    will defo consider LostKiwi, since i do low milage this may actually work, the jury still out
     
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    thanks Wighty, all, from the responses i see that this is just a wee can of worms! indeed, i don't want to risk the alloys getting damaged on the swap overs (and avoid the cost of the twice a year labour), also i see that top of the range tyres may do just fine!

    will keep you up to date with what i end up with, great to hear from you!
     
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    This is what I have done albeit as a second set but I did want to move from 16" to 17". Found a set of not too shabby alloys on ebay and had Crossclimate+ 225/45 R17 fitted.
    Came in under £500 all in.
     
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    I use winters on my current rims. I have a fitter I can trust not to damage my alloys and I prefer the look of them rather than have some ‘alternatives’ for the winter which look horrid and would offend me every time I go to the car....
    I’ve Uniroyal MS 77 winters , bit like tractor tyres but effective! They were reasonably priced from Mytyres - not cheap Chinese ditchfinders (please don’t do this to your car...or yourself).
    Bear in mind winters will extend the lifetime of your summers too, so apart from an early investment you’ll break even at some point
     
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    thanks AnthonyUK. have found quite a few options of original MB alloys with decent winters (with at least 5mm thread). now the question is whether to stick for 17" or to consider 16" for the winter months!
     
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    thanks John Laidlaw, i'm yet to find the fitter (i used to change car every year so i'm now in a position of keeping my Merc wheels for a while, and very happy to, but need to re-learn the trades!). will have a look at those Uniroyal, i'd rather have tractor tyres anyday as long as i keep on the move in winter than have the car on the side of the road gathering ice!
     
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    Bear in mind that winter tyres loose their effrectiveness in snow at 4mm tread depth - which is why you see lots of second hand winter tyres for sale with 5mm of tread!
     
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    image.jpeg Just put these on the E class today which I bourght from eBay a few years ago for £200 with some winters on as well . They are only 16's , but the advantage is the Pirellis only cost just over £55 at that size .
     
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    nice one! just found a 16" set with dunlop's winter, immaculate for about 400 pounds. will be checking them out tomorrow. according to my checking of the charts it fits my w204, they come from a c220 d 2012, fingers crossed!
     
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    noted, thanks Chrishazle!
     
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