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I have a 2000 SLK230, all stock, dealer maintained since day 1. The car has 16inch wheels. I am getting about 5000 miles on a set of rear tires. Is this normal?

I bought the car in 2013 with less than 40,000 miles on it.
It had off brand tires on the rear, and they were just about used up.
Took the car to the Corpus Christi MB dealer and had a set of premium tires put on (all 4 new). Came back several months later and the dealer's tire sensor said my tires were shot, went out and manually measured, sure enough they were. They had lasted less than 5000 miles. The dealer and the tire mfg. stood behind the brand and gave me a new set at no extra charge, this time the dealer took great care in ensuring the installation was correct.

Needless to say, here I am now with a new set of tires 5000 miles later.

Tired of all this,

JB
 

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Welcome from London.


That level or tyre wear doesn't sound normal, unless you have a very heavy right foot :)


was the replacement tyres the same brand ? May be try a different brand next time around ?
 

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Welcome from Hillsboro, Oregon! Unless you're running ultra-high performance tires like the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup or track tires, 5k on a set is definitely short. Have the car aligned properly and see what your tire wear is after that. And keep in mind that the SLK isn't an ordinary sedan that has ordinary touring tires specified for it; you shouldn't expect 40,000 miles out of a set of tires for the SLK in any case. About half that would be considered good, since it is a sports/touring convertible with capable handling that needs softer, grippier, shorter-wearing tires to make it perform as it should.
 

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Hi and welcome from the UK Midlands! :)

As Jeff has already mentioned above, it would be great if you could add your location into your forum profile, please (instructions included in Jeff's post above). Thanks! :tu:

5000 miles out of a set of tyres really doesn't sound much at all... Is it just the rears that are wearing out that quickly, or all 4? Has the car had a 4-wheel alignment check?
 

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Unless JB is driving around in a perpetual cloud of tyre smoke like some kind of drift champion, there must be something wrong with the alignment.:surprise:
There were a pair of Continentals on the back on mine, which had about 5mm when I bought it. I've just taken them off, 5000 spirited miles later, with 3mm left.
I've replaced them with Michelin Pilot Sport3's to match the front, which have about 6mm on them.
 
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