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My car is OE fitted with Bridgestone Turanza ER300 225x50xR16 tyres. The rears have worn to 3mm (outer & middle) and 4mm (inner). Fronts are 4mm (outer) and 5mm (inner & middle). Mileage 14500. Scary wear to me as always had better wear on tyres in the past on other cars.

As replacements are not that far off - (certainly for the rear set), has anyone experience of Bridgestones and suggest whether I should use Bridgestones again or would I get a better mix of longevity, grip and price with another make. I have read other links on this forum but I am looking for an objective comparison of the Turanza against something else?

Another poster mentioned he was concerned about MB's in the snow and that does concern me also (having come from 4WD's and FWD's). Should I be concerned? Or do I use the wife's car (Skoda Fabia diesel) in bad weather!
 
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That seems a little poor ..... I'm on the same milage, and have nowhere near that wear rate .................. although it depends on driving style/type etc ....... still seems poor
 

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You can't go wrong with Michelins.

BTW, got over 30k out of my Bridgestone Deullers on the Rav 4.

I agree, 14.5k is not good.
 
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That seems a little poor ..... I'm on the same milage, and have nowhere near that wear rate .................. although it depends on driving style/type etc ....... still seems poor

My driving style is very laid back. Others on the forum seem to think this mileage is about right for tyre wear - heavy car, torque to rear wheels etc. I am shocked but if this is normal then so be it.

I have been driving for some time in 'S' mode but have recently changed back to 'C' mode and my fuel consumption has improved (although this could be due to the car's engine getting some more miles on it, A/C being used less - who knows!)
 
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You can't go wrong with Michelins.

BTW, got over 30k out of my Bridgestone Deullers on the Rav 4.

I agree, 14.5k is not good.


14.5K equates to say 18.5K at legal limit

But aren't Michelins (which I agree are always good for mileage) pricey compared to the Bridgestones?)
 
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I've had Conti Sport Contacts on my car (noisy tyre, lasted approx 16k), I changed to Michelin Pilots last time round (definately better than the Conti's, quieter and have lasted slightly longer than the Conti's (approx 17k so far and due for replacement very soon) - only thing is they were very expensive which leads me to want to try some good quality budget tyres next time round just so I can judge for myself whether paying the extra for the premium tyres is worth it.

I'm looking at getting the Kumho-KU31 next - from the research I've done they offer a good overall performance and seem to be well regarded as one of the best of the budget tyre range. Looking through previous threads on this forum people that have had Kumho's seem to rate them well.

As for Mercs in the snow, I'd say just pray it doesn't snow!!!
I found it an absolute pig to drive when we had one day of snow last year. Rear wheel drive in the snow is not pleasant - I never had so much trouble in the snow with any other car I've owned. You just have to take the day off work if it snows, or phone in to tell them you are working from home (same thing as taking a day off he he) :D
 
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I've stuck with Michelins myself.

Once had a set of Bridgestones (Potenza S02s I think) - £30 cheaper per tyre, but the rear set were shot (legal lilmit) within 12000 miles. Never had less than 20k out of the Michelins on the rear and the last lot Primacy HPs, lasted 24k on the rears and 28k on the fronts. Both pairs changed at 3mm.

Buy online for around £150 each.

Snow traction is similar on MBs to any other heavy, wide tyred, rear wheel drive car. If you live in an area that's prone to snow then winter tyres are recommended.
 

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Mileage sounds about right, though from your description, your tyre pressures are running a little low. I'd up them by 2psi to even out the wear. As you are now, I'd look at maybe 4psi for a few thousand miles to get the best from them.

Allegedly Michelins do last longer and £1 for £1 are actually very good value over their lifespan if you get the expected 30k+ out of them, but they are pricey initially and I have seen the odd post where they'd been finfished earlier.

Mine had bridgestones initially and they lasted 17k so your mileage sounds about right.
I found Khumos (KU31s) to be as good as bridgestones in all aspects so I use them now.
 
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Mileage sounds about right, though from your description, your tyre pressures are running a little low. I'd up them by 2psi to even out the wear. As you are now, I'd look at maybe 4psi for a few thousand miles to get the best from them.

Allegedly Michelins do last longer and £1 for £1 are actually very good value over their lifespan if you get the expected 30k+ out of them, but they are pricey initially and I have seen the odd post where they'd been finfished earlier.

Mine had bridgestones initially and they lasted 17k so your mileage sounds about right.
I found Khumos (KU31s) to be as good as bridgestones in all aspects so I use them now.

I have commented on another thread about your note of snow traction with MB's . As I said there. I find your experience most encouraging. However, several do say that MB's are pretty awful in snow.

Several posters have mentioned the Khumos (KU31). How do these compare with the Bridgestones for noise, grip, wear and price in your experience?? Is it worth taking the risk of not getting a good life out of the Michelins (Primacy?)
 

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I have commented on another thread about your note of snow traction with MB's . As I said there. I find your experience most encouraging. However, several do say that MB's are pretty awful in snow.

Several posters have mentioned the Khumos (KU31). How do these compare with the Bridgestones for noise, grip, wear and price in your experience?? Is it worth taking the risk of not getting a good life out of the Michelins (Primacy?)

I suspect people say MBs are awful in the snow compared to a FWD city car and in fairness they're right. I once drove a diesel cavalier taxi through a blizzard for 10 hours (new years eve shift) and that was second only to a mountain goat. The merc wouldn't have stood a chance. But, it just depends on where you are, where you need to get to, and how good a driver you are. I can only remember those conditions 2 or 3 times in the last 25 years. 99.9% of the time, with a merc, doing town/motorway driving, stick mostly to the bus routes, be gentle and you won't have any real problems. Lead foot or living on top of a mountain (or need to get up one) and perhaps yes you'll need some help.
In the UK we have so little snow and such a good gritter service I don't think its worth worrying about.

Kumho vs Bridgestone only my wallet's been able to tell the difference. A friend switched from Continental on his E320cdi and he feels the same way. Whether The Michelin route is worth the gamble I can't say. I've often considered it but then look at my cashflow and decide not to.
I did do the maths and theoretically they may work out cheaper than Khumo overall - I just haven't had the riskable free cash to try it.
 

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Have you tried Costco, not bought tyres there for a while (decided on Goodyear F1s for my last two sets on the old Audi and only done 1200mls in my new car). Got a few sets of Michelins there (they only stocked Michelins and Kumho) and the local Garage I had used before said they were about 20% less retail than they paid wholesale. Obviously need a membership card but they have a pretty wide stock and 24hr ordering on anything "special" but got Pilot sports etc whenever I drove up. Fitted and balanced for a quid as well.
 

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My driving style is very laid back. Others on the forum seem to think this mileage is about right for tyre wear - heavy car, torque to rear wheels etc. I am shocked but if this is normal then so be it.

I have been driving for some time in 'S' mode but have recently changed back to 'C' mode and my fuel consumption has improved (although this could be due to the car's engine getting some more miles on it, A/C being used less - who knows!)

In that case.......... your right to be dissapointed !!
 

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My last 2 sets of Michelins lasted 30k and 28k repsectively.
 
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Just so as to add something to the mix, I've got Pirelli P-Zero Rosso's on my CLK, she's just stepped into her third pair of rears at 27k. Very nice, quiet tyre - haven't really used the car in anger that much so can't comment on grip but have read elsewhere that it is very good. Premium tyre though so not the cheapest option - I paid £180 each for them 2 weeks ago (255/35 ZR18).
 
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My last 2 sets of Michelins lasted 30k and 28k repsectively.

That is very good indeed, particularly if these were the rears. Whisch Michelins were they?
 
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Just so as to add something to the mix, I've got Pirelli P-Zero Rosso's on my CLK, she's just stepped into her third pair of rears at 27k. Very nice, quiet tyre - haven't really used the car in anger that much so can't comment on grip but have read elsewhere that it is very good. Premium tyre though so not the cheapest option - I paid £180 each for them 2 weeks ago (255/35 ZR18).

So that means average 9K life. ****. Are you drag racing? One to steer clear of!
 

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That is very good indeed, particularly if these were the rears. Whisch Michelins were they?

Primacy HP

Regrettably the size I need for the rears was out of stock for several months and I've had to switch to Pirelli P7's for the rear.
 
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Primacy HP

Regrettably the size I need for the rears was out of stock for several months and I've had to switch to Pirelli P7's for the rear.

On another thread on the forum today, I mentioned that I visited my very trusted tyre dealer today. He advised me not to go the Kumho route but to either stick to the Bridgestones or go for the Michelin Primacy; he agreed the Michelins would be much better for mileage without sacrificing grip, noise etc. (£120 each fitted). He did check my rear tyres that my MB dealer had said only had 3mm left (14500 miles) and said I actually have 4 to 4.5mm left - so not quite so bad wear as I thought! He also reckoned that it would not be worth switching from my present 225mm wide tyre to 205mm (as I was concerned that in snow the wider tyre might perform less well).

I think I have decided to replace the Bridgestones with Michelin at the appropriate time.
 
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So that means average 9K life. ****. Are you drag racing? One to steer clear of!

Survey - you've misread/miscalculated that...

JUST stepped into her third set at 27K. Meaning 27k on two sets which is 13.5k per pair - not bad for the car in question I thought...
 
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Survey - you've misread/miscalculated that...

JUST stepped into her third set at 27K. Meaning 27k on two sets which is 13.5k per pair - not bad for the car in question I thought...

garysanderson - apologies!
 


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