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W211 tyres - what do you use?

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by motocod, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. motocod

    motocod Senior Member

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    Hi folks,

    I have a very beloved and trusty 2005 W211 E270, now with around 160k on the clock, having added around 100k myself over the last five and bit years. It's a brilliant car, and has been mercifully inexpensive to run and pretty trouble-free.

    The only possible niggle is it seems to get through a set of tyres every year. I can't complain too much really - around 20k for a set of tyres doesn't seem all that bad really for such a large and presumably quite heavy car - far better than the mileage I get on the my motorbike tyres!

    I've more or less always run Pirelli P7 Cinturato - I'm pretty sure that was what was fitted on the car when I bought. I had a set of Hankooks, and a brief dabble with a budget tyre during a brief spell of unemployment-derived purse-string tightening. But otherwise always the Pirellis. I have no real reason to complain - they seem to perform adequately and last ok. I've had a bit of a run of punctures in the last few years, but that generally only seems to occur when the tyres are low anyway - most recently on a tyre that's only got my 2.5mm of tread left, and seems to have picked up a small bit of flint.

    So anyway, the point of the thread - a dreaded internet forum tyre thread! What is everyone else running on W211s, and what are your experiences when it comes to tyre wear and life?

    Thanks in advance, and well done for getting this far!
     
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    I used to use Contis on my W211 E320CDI and got well over 40K out of them
     
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    I use Goodyear efficient grip at the moment and have real trouble wearing them out
     
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    When I had my W211, I had Falken ZE914's then switched to Goodyear F1 Asymmetric 3's
    The extra you pay for the Goodyears is worthwhile IMO.

    I now have Pirelli P Zero's and I'm not too impressed TBH. I'll switch to Goodyear F1's or Michelin PS when the time comes to change them.
     
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    I have Conti’s on my 211 too. No problems with them, the car came with them and I have replaced them after about 22k. Positive steering and decent grip with the back when being sensible.


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    That's quite impressive!

    That's for the replies folks - Goodyear might be winning at the moment!
     
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    I use continentals on my SL55 unfortunately the rears seem to not last very long when I floor it.:( I suspect tyre longevity is linked to driving style in some way ? :geek:
     
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    It's only us W211 people that are involved buddy , you supercar folks will get your turn another time :D
     
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    My old W124 300CE was like that - I used to love spinning it up through the gears in the wet!
     
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    Goodyear Efficient Grip are excellent, also the Uniroyal RS3
     
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    I use RS3s on my 210, r129 and Smart Roadster. Excellent tyres.
     
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    Goodyear Efficient Grip, excellent quiet tyres. My CLK on second set.
     
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    Old design now , always found the 'Shark Skin technology' to be marketing as some summer tyres have epic rain channels to clear the water with better handling than RS3.

    Often poor rim protection and the achilies heal was a high wear rate .

    Why have old RS3 when you can have new and hopefully improved RS5 !

    [​IMG]
     
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    ^ Still zero rim protection with that tyre though.
     
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    They are far and away the best performing tyres I have ever used in the wet, comparing them to my mothers GY F1 Assy on her W204 they are better.

    Wear wise they do wear faster but they are considerably cheaper so a bit of give and take there.

    If you are worried about rim protection take more care when parking
     
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    Never found it a problem.
    As JBell, they are far and away the best performing tyre I've used (and I've tried a few). Most disappointing was the Goodyear Assymetric 2. Performance falls off a cliff when cold and wet performance is at best average.

    All very well saying to use the RS5 but it's no good if only the RS3 is available in the size needed!
     
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    I am on RS3's - i can get a staggered, matched set. Dry performance is fine (im no boy racer!) and wet performance is brilliant.
     
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    RS5 isn't even on the web site yet so who knows when it will be released, I will need a pair of rears soon though
     
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