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Went in thinking Michelin, bought $52 tires

I haven't thought much about our tires since buying our SLK last year, except complaining about the cheap Delinte tires the previous owner put on the rears. Two days ago during a free air pressure check the tire guy took a closer look at my tires and said the right front had inside wear and the left front had a coin sized bulge in the sidewall. Two day of furious tire research I was leaning toward 4 new tires, Michelin 3S+, to the tune of about $900.

Problem deciding was that as old and creaky as I am, and the location we park our SLK, made inspection difficult to impossible. I was able to verify the sidewall bulge, and DOT manufacturing date code of 2016 for both front and rear, so none were especially old or new. I had no luck finding front tires to match the Delinte in the rear, the exact model Desert Storm D8 isn't made in 225/40/18, and the closest seller of any Delinte tire was Walmart 20 miles away with a yelp rating of 2/5 stars. So I walk in the nice local tire shop expecting to buy 4x Michelin, but no local stock on either a full set or even just the fronts. They have no access to Delinte, but I recall the parent company of Delinte is Sentury, which they have in stock in the size to fit the front for $52 each.

They seem fine, smooth quiet ride, and if for any reason I don't like them, $177 incl tax excetra isn't a terrible price to pay to have risky tire done now even if I want better later.

Side note I take a closer look at my tires once they are removed, bulge was in a Pzero, inside wear on a Goodrich, the fronts were totally mismatched by brand and tread pattern.
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I suspect the inside wear is nothing to do with make.
Tracking/alignment may discover cause.

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Just my opinion, but buy those Michelins or Continentals. There is probably a great reason we are driving on em


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Yeah, tires is one thing I don't cheap out on. You probably just increased your braking distance from 60mph at least 15 feet over the Michelins.
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now, I would not drive extremely fast on a cheap tire, but I've had nothing but good luck with cheap tires.. and by cheap, I mean anything less than $60/per

Would I put cheap tires on my Mercedes? no... because I want to go 160 some day soon.

but I have them on all of my other cars.
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Personally like BFG Comp-2 A/S tires but I have to deal with a monsoon season. Continental DWS06s are also good for a road car.
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SLK is going to be driven cautiously, never adventurously. OTOH Porsche will eventually be running soft compound DOT racing tires and driven hard on occasion, but only rarely so on the street vs track.

I just now checked some reviews and seems most owners like them, good traction wet/dry, main complaint is treadlife of about 20k miles which doesn't bother me a bit.

Wet/dry 60 mph to 0, 161ft 118ft.

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https://www.americastire.com/buy-tir...#/read-reviews
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