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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.