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Front tyres, ContiSportContact 265/40/21 on Merc ML350 have lasted about 17,000 km. Scrubbed outer on fronts. Very disappointed. Anyone got ideas what to buy next?
I've got a Ford XR6 - (245/40 18R 97Y) Need to replace my Pirelli P1 (worn out). Was going for the Pirelli P7 ($279) but have been told that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 is as good - possibly even quieter & cheaper per tyre ($214). I do country miles & odd dirt rd. Any experience or ideas which way I should go? V V
Hi Val, I would strongly advise you to not to go with Michelin. My rear Michelin Pilot Sport' tyres wore down to canvas in less than 2years (-40,000km's). I do similar driving to you in a Camry front wheel drive; so it totally didn't make sense, except these are a bad quality tyre. I requested replacement from supplier, who put me onto Michelin State Manager, he was dismissive and refused replacement. I would never ever buy Michelin Tyres again, these tyres where poor quality and unsafe. Perhaps talk to your mechanic for a recommendation, and spend the extra $ as obviously quality tyres are very important :-)
I am looking at a set of pilot sport 3 tyres for my car. My local tyre shop has asked which type I want? He said they offer an st and a dt version (in Australia) does anyone know the difference between the two. There is a $40 difference between them per tyre.
I know ST stands for Slient Technology, not sure what DT stands for. I was not offered options, I got the ST version.
Now PS3 has successor PS4 now, should be he same price!
Should the tyre pressure be higher than the recommended psi from the manufacturer? Our 2008 Corolla hatch says 32 psi for 205/55 R16.
Always go by what the Tyre manufacturer recommends as they know the limits of the specific Tyre.
Never go by the car manufacturer as they specify pressures for comfort and not handling.
It's up to the individual to use what they want and there's nothing wrong with following the Manufacturer's recommendation. I find Tyre Manufacturers lean towards comfort and with these tyres having a softer sidewall, it feels far to soft and rolls the side wall to much for me going around corners. Me personally I like to be around 40psi, it firms it up much nicer and holds going around corners/roundabouts much better. Braking doesn't feel to be altered in any way.
If you're worried about wear in the centre of the tread don't be, you need much higher pressures for that to happen. 40psi was the pressure from the Michelin tyre shop and although I've tried other pressures it seems spot on of the tyre. After checking my tyres just now (10,100kms) my tread depth is currently measuring 6.0mm (7mm from new) which is good for me. I'm due to rotate the tyres now which is great timing.
Does anyone know where these Michelin PS3 tyres are made? I'm sure there is no quality control issues but would still like to know the country of origin.
No Idea on country of origin but I can tell you that I've just passed 10,000km's and these tyres have not let me down once. Hands Down they are the best i've owned in my 20+ years of driving.
More likely to be Thailand, as it's closer than China or India, which are the three Manufacturing Plants for Asia.
I have a Honda City 1500. Front wheel drive. Tyre Size 175/65 R.15. Have travelled 29,000 ks on the original Dunlop tyres, which to me, seems a short longevity. Would you recommend the Michelin for longevity, noise and handling. My driving is sealed roads in country NSW.
Hi Looby from Lismore, I have only had these tyres now for about 7months(?) so I can't really comment on longevity, but they are holding up great so far. As for noise and handling, they have deffinately cut down tyre noise ( I can't hear them at all!) and they are AWESOME when it comes to handling. I have a 50th anniversary XR6(wanted to keep my licence so didn't get turbo-and the plain 6 goes fantastically anyway), I push it some times to blow the cobwebs out and I am not worried about pushing it in the wet or dry, I know these tyres are going to stay stuck to the road. They stick better than a gecko to glass!!
I have had the Pilot Sport 3 for about 10000 kms now. It shows good wear characteristics but I can't fully comment on the longevity. It is a great tyre for grip in the wet and dry. It is extremely comfortable as far as ride quality and road noise goes. I really like it- it is a very safe tyre. I do believe that grippy tyres don't last as long as the hard long lasting ones. I prefer to have safety and grip. I would recommend this tyre to you.
YES, chose the right tread type, compound and rating that suits the weight and performance of the automotive platform, (manufactures built cars on developed automotive specifications, you can find yours on Wikipedia ) These tyres warm to the surface in just a short drive, just like brake pads and disks think of the road conditions your driving on, for your situation 10,000km tyre front to rear swap is recommended(do NOT rotate) and a front-end wheel a-linement is the best money spent at the time of the swap, do this every service interval and you will get near 50000km on a set of these Michelin's the rear tyres on my VOLVO C30 Polestar are 40000km old and still warm up evenly, grip as good as the day fitted, the front's are new as to my style of driving is somewhat geared to performance and the polestar's 330hp performance is always on and demands grip on the front's on the get go. I hope this has helped you decide to be a 'land pilot sport'er' on Michelin's . take care and 'ezidoesit'
Are the michelin pilot sport 3 good to use on a track day?
Sorry can't answer. The car as stated is my wifes. My track days are way behind me and I can't see her non `AMG SLK being a track car.
I've seen many comments on a ride quality as well as quiteness of Michelin PS3...but there's some comments claim the tire is noisy. What is the possibilty of such problem?
I can only tell you about my experience with them on my Saab and they are excellent. When I next need tyres I'd buy these again.
Not noisy at all, I found them to be noticeably quieter than most other tyres I've used before. I've done near 60k on them so far as well. Great tyre!
My car is MB C320 and I had Pirelli 7 for long time that was good tyres but too noisy.
Two month ago I change and buy Michelin Pilot Sport 3 now I realise fantastic tyres what's mean.
Michelin Pilot Sport 3 is very quiet and very smooth.
I'm so happy and my vote is "Michelin Pilot Sport 3" is one of the best.
I m using a brand new pilot sport 3 for almost a year on my mercedes w211 - 4 tyres. Unfortunately it is very noisy on Malaysia highways especially when you drive fast > 110 kph. Can hear the road noise roaming... even my wife is complaining. Have done alignment and balancing but problem persists..Any reasons why??? Zan
Maybe the road surface is poor? These tyres are very quiet compared to other brands. Also check the rotation is in the right direction. These tyres only have one direction.
Hi! I drive in Malaysia too.
Having used many other tire makes, I reckon that PS3's are quiet and comfortable (soft) SPORT-ish tires. Currently on my 3rd set.
Yes, you could find other quiter, PURELY comfort-oriented tires, but you may not find one as sporty, as grippy, as lasting and as confident-aspiring as the PS3's.
It's in no way perfect -i used to enjoy stickier, better-handling tires that made way too much noise for cruising. Currently however, i've given-up claw-like tire grip for something just a smidge less, to enjoy longevity, comfort and much less noise..!
Pirelli is also a quality tyres though make sure you fit, alignment and balancing of 5 tyres as 4 for the vehicle plus one more tyre for spare plus it could be the wheels that are adding to the noise / perhaps you should also consider purchasing some mag wheels as the wind will probably go through them easier and that might also help with noise factor
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