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Review of the Yokohama brand

I was out in the cats and dogs downpour over the weekend early sunday morning riding in my girlfriends 2002 Westminster range rover [the suv is a BEAST and very heavy] and she drives like a maniac [she is crazy and I hate when she drives because she speeds and she creeps up on people and she's one of those cut you off without a signal types]. Anyway, she just got new Yokohama tires. It was raining cats and dogs, coming down in buckets. We had a 1.5hour drive home at 6am early sunday morning and I must admit they stopped on a DIME. No hydroplaning, nothing. They handled like a dream.

I would have never thought to even look at those because I am a conti dws fan myself but these yokos handled like a pro [even with a crappy female driver in the rain].

They'd get my vote the next time im in the market for tires.


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They are great tyres but very expensive here in Australia


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We got our SLK in July this year from a MB dealership, its a 2009 model, came with Yokos on the front, Conti's on the rear.

I've always been a fan of keeping all 4 corners on the same rubber (as per my 5 series) but the SLK seems to be happy with the grip, even in the wet.

WHen I come to change I think it will be Yoko's all round....!
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Getting Michelin PS3 this afternoon. Also, a believer regarding Yoko's. Had them first on twin turbo Stealth's (early 90's) and then as replacement tires for a modified PT Cruiser GT Turbo. They substantially improved the traction, cornering and braking performance over the OEM tire....
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Getting Michelin PS3 this afternoon. Also, a believer regarding Yoko's. Had them first on twin turbo Stealth's (early 90's) and then as replacement tires for a modified PT Cruiser GT Turbo. They substantially improved the traction, cornering and braking performance over the OEM tire....
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May I ask why you're going with the ps3's?


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I've been using Yokos on our mazdas for about 10yrs...and put them on the SLK when it came time (AvidS)


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I've been using Yokos on our mazdas for about 10yrs...and put them on the SLK when it came time (AvidS)
I may never get over it: a friend shows up with a few months old NSX to go and wipe my Vette in a slalom and he is not allowed to race: Yokos were bald at 4k miles. Here's a video of him at the track:




ruined me for life as I can never buy that brand (but I am sure they are fine as this was a custom built tire for a supercar).

PS My Vette oem tire was Goodyear Eagle and $500 each so I can't buy Goodyear either. Goodrich had a better tire for half the price.
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Mat,

May I ask why you're going with the ps3's?
Wanted All Season tires vs. Summer since temps below 40f tend to cause the Summer tires to ride like blocks until they warm up. No longer track the SLK55 so wanted a more "balanced" performance tire that has both wet and dry handling. Also, some of the more aggressive tread designs can result in unacceptable road noise at higher speeds unless the top is down and the radio is on....

Michelin makes an excellent tire from a manufacturing perspective although they are usually more expensive. I have Conti's with 42K miles on the fronts and the new tires will be the 4th set for the rears (12K miles per set)..... I looked at both Yoko's and Hankook but decided on the PS3's.
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Very impressed with the Michelin PS3's. ESP light does not come on now when aggressively launched and the result is a much quicker SLK!!!! No highway noise and seemed stable in wet driving conditions. Have not tested cornering capabilities yet......
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Love yokos on my car stop like a dream.

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That rovers weight made it not hydroplane, I had yoko's on my slk32 when I bought it and could never get traction when getting into the gas even on dry pavement, ESP flashing every time, bought michellin ps2 's and its amazing the difference in traction, yoko's spin but do not squeal this means they are not trying to bite and get traction. Had yokos on my 3000 GT from factory and had to change them for the same reason stated above. -rick
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Hi,
My car sports the new v105 sport tyres ,which in the European tests I read before purchasing them ,put the equivalent Michelin into second place. The worst test being the road noise , which although better than the old sport range of 2012, still we're noisy, that did not matter to me as when ever I can, I drive with the hood down anyway. With the British wet weather ,stopping distance to me is the most important, and these tyres stop better than any others in the tests,however the Michelin's were a very close second.

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