Car tyre longevity- cheap and nasty or pricey branded?
OP, get the good ones, and at £60/corner, get a full set!
The michelin energy savers on my golf were appaling in the wet, very little grip and an unbelievable ability to aquaplane. I drive a lot (25k/yr, almost all on b-roads) and like to drive fast, but these had me crawling along in the wet. The plus side was they slid really nicely, with great squealy noisy in the dry going down the cheddar gorge on my way to work!Posted 4 years ago
The continentals that I’ve replaced them with seem to stick like shit to a blanket, are no noisier but I cant comment on wear as they are too new to tell (about 3k miles).
I wouldn’t buy cheap tyres again, and would sacrifice economy for grip, after all, it’s all that attaches you to the road at 100mph…molgripsSubscriber
The michelin energy savers on my golf were appaling in the wet, very little grip and an unbelievable ability to aquaplane
When was that? They cannot be the same as the ones I have.
I’m a bit concerned now though.. just looking around, ADAC seem to like them, but there’s also some evidence to suggest that they’ve changed them a lot over the years. Having said that mine are from 2009 or something.Posted 4 years agoNeil FMember
really depends how long you want to keep yor car. If you don’t drive like a Chav, then the budget tyres are fine, they last for ages and they don’t leave a sillybugger dent in your pocket.Posted 4 years ago
don’t listen to the tyre snobs, thats a lesson I learnt a few years ago.
Typical pish is:
“your only contact with the road is the tyre”
“buy the best you can afford”
Tyres nowadays are a hell of a lot better than they used to be, especially budget brands. 😉trail_ratMember
Or just drive to conditions. I find it laughable that folk will advocate the use of expensive tires yet not fit winters when the temperature drops.
2 medeocre tires – 1 summer and 1 winter would be far better investment for anyone north of watford gap than 1 expensive tire.
Dnt need to drive at mach 1 everywhere.
Other than in hire cars which seem to run on tires made of wood ive havnt found the limits of a tire since i was about 17.Posted 4 years agoparkesieSubscriber
Conti’s at £60 a corner whats not to like. My cars got silly big wheels £200 a corner ouch but worth the cost for the predictable grip. Had cheaper bridgstone eco hard wearing tyres on when i bought it and they were awfull in the wet hard not to spin wheels at junctions.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Neil F – Member
really depends how long you want to keep yor car. If you don’t drive like a Chav, then the budget tyres are fine
Until you have to do something unplanned- a mechanical issue, or an emergency avoidance. Then, just at the time you most want good tyres, you still have crap tyres.
fingerbike – Member
Best tyres to the rear always, a front wheel slide is easier to control than a rear.
Except that on many cars, a front wheel slide is more likely to happen, so it is not that simple. I understand the logic obviously but I’ve tried it both ways round on mine and better tyres on the front for me much better.Posted 4 years agoRockape63Member
Just add my two pennith, you can see ratings on all tyres which give three ratings, economy, wet braking and noise levels. You’ll see the wet braking is the one that varies the most and affects the cost most.
I always put good tyres on my cars, as I do drive quite fast occasionally but also like to know my wife is safe when she’s driving. Also a friend just put some Coopers on his car and said everything felt so much better than when he had Pirrellis on previously.Posted 4 years ago
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