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What tyres

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Mercedes Benz have agreed to replace two alloys one front one back under warranty which is great news.
However I need to replace the rear tyres asap.
I seem to have two different makes
Bridgestone 245/35R18 92y and the other is a potenza

The fronts are also bridgestone

What are the orig spec assume Bridgestone

What recommendations to the members have so,I make the right decision on a replacement set on the back
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Hi all
Mercedes Benz have agreed to replace two alloys one front one back under warranty which is great news.
However I need to replace the rear tyres asap.
I seem to have two different makes
Bridgestone 245/35R18 92y and the other is a potenza

The fronts are also bridgestone

What are the orig spec assume Bridgestone

What recommendations to the members have so,I make the right decision on a replacement set on the back
Cheers
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Wth the Bridgestone says summer tyres on the web site.
I'm not made of money need a tyre for all,year round
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Wtf the Bridgestone says summer tyres on the web site.
I'm not made of money need a tyre for all,year round
Michelin Pilot Sport and Michelin Primacy also are Summer only and have the MO fitment code
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Two things to consider:


'Potenza' is a model of tyre, produced by - Bridgestone....


Summer tyres are designed for ambient temperatures above 7c. I don't know in which part of Wales you reside, but here in London, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of days I drive when it's below 7c.

I have a set of 'winter' wheels, but they don't have winter covers on them. They are basically to keep my o/e rims out of the salt and grit - and to provide me with a spare set to use during refurbishment or in case of damage.
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Two things to consider:


'Potenza' is a model of tyre, produced by - Bridgestone....


Summer tyres are designed for ambient temperatures above 7c. I don't know in which part of Wales you reside, but here in London, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of days I drive when it's below 7c.

I have a set of 'winter' wheels, but they don't have winter covers on them. They are basically to keep my o/e rims out of the salt and grit - and to provide me with a spare set to use during refurbishment or in case of damage.
I live in Wales and it rains a lot.
The weather doesn't get cold but we get a freeze sometimes.
What is the standard tyre that merc fit on delivery?
I want an all round me not sure what to do
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I live in Wales and it rains a lot.
The weather doesn't get cold but we get a freeze sometimes.
What is the standard tyre that merc fit on delivery?
I want an all round me not sure what to do
Well I agree with you, that the most frequent 'adverse conditions' that we experience is rain - and north Wales receives nearly double the annual rainfall of London. I think that ultimate dry weather grip is overkill for public roads, but worthwhile for people who do a lot of track days.

I wouldn't be too concerned about what brand Merc fits as o/e. That probably has more to do with marketing and competitive tenders than anything else.

So back to my rationale. Wet weather performance is paramount for me. These are relatively light cars with a big tyre footprint, so it doesn't take much for them to aquaplane. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, which I think is at best borderline for wet weather performance and I'd prefer to replace at nearer to 2mm to feel properly safe. Accordingly I'm loath to fit very high-end tyres and bin them before they are totally shagged. I opted for these, and I'm 100% happy with my decision:

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Interesting. Did you realize that Uniroyal, BF Goodrich, and Michelin are the same company ? Living with 55" of rain a year, often with Frog Stranglers, I look primarily for good rain tires (easy) which are also good at 50% wear (not so). In fact at about 40% wear (25k miles) with the OEM tires on my Jeep I started seeing the traction control light come on. Switched to Michelins and now at 30k miles with no lights.

So for sporty cars I like either Conti DWS or BFG Comp T/A but for road cars I have Michelins.


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Interesting. Did you realize that Uniroyal, BF Goodrich, and Michelin are the same company ? Living with 55" of rain a year, often with Frog Stranglers, I look primarily for good rain tires (easy) which are also good at 50% wear (not so). In fact at about 40% wear (25k miles) with the OEM tires on my Jeep I started seeing the traction control light come on. Switched to Michelins and now at 30k miles with no lights.

So for sporty cars I like either Conti DWS or BFG Comp T/A but for road cars I have Michelins.
Not in Europe. Outside of NAFTA, the Uniroyal brand is a subsidiary of Continental AG.
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TBH I loved the kumho tyres I had on my Crossfire - so much so that they'll be going on the SLK shortly. The fact that they're (relatively) cheap is just a welcome bonus
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TBH I loved the kumho tyres I had on my Crossfire - so much so that they'll be going on the SLK shortly. The fact that they're (relatively) cheap is just a welcome bonus
I'm afraid I think ultra high-end tyres on the road are overkill, as I mentioned above, and most of us would be better off fitting less expensive tyres and changing them sooner. Unfortunately, they are a bit like trainers, and certain types 'wouldn't be seen dead' with the wrong brand, as obviously with their god-like driving skills, the more you pay, the quicker you can go round that roundabout outside McDonalds... Furthermore, with the number of potholes on our roads, there's a very good chance that a tyre will need to be replaced way before the tread is shot. Case in point, I had to junk a nearly new P-Zero with a split sidewall at a few pennies under Ł150. TF I was characteristically running high pressures and didn't damage my rim.

I had a set of Kumhos on my S-Class, and they were pretty good!
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