We have a 2003 C280 Kompressor Sport Sedan that has gone through both rear
tires in 25,000 miles. The fronts are both still fine. The car is driven
by my wife and I doubt she is unusually hard on this car. This kind of tire
wear was not evident on her previous car, a 2000 BMW 3 series.
Is there anything I should know, that's peculiar to this problem, before
replacing the tires?? Thanks.
in article pMmDc.9064$ firstname.lastname@example.org, Tiger at
email@example.com wrote on 6/26/04 3:28 PM:
Thank you for your reply but I can't really tell if it's completely serious
or not. I presume you mean that tires should get more than 25,000 miles if
they are rotated?? The car is only 15 months old, so having rotated them 3
months ago, while helpful, would not seem to be the entire solution. My
question is more along the lines of whether the car is particularly prone to
rear tire wear or not. My previous experience, with the BMWs I've owned, was
that tires got better wear.
in article ppLDc.167275$ firstname.lastname@example.org, Guido at
email@example.com wrote on 6/27/04 7:30 PM:
The tires are W rated. The Continental site says they are rated up to 168
mph while Z's are as "over 149mph". Sounds like these tires may be even
higher performance. The car is the Sport model, and I noticed that the
spare is a Michelin (looks like a full-size tire), and not the same as
what's on the car.......... so that could be the issue. Sounds like
something in a low-profile, but a little less 'flamboyant' may be required.
Hi... yes I mean it. Because as you know it... two tires wear out 50% faster
than that other two...so by rotating every year, you balance out the wear
and this you get longer tire life before you replace them.
It also depends on what tire you buy too... I personally always buy tires
that have high wear rating yet maintain the ZR (or other above 149MPH
ratings).. Bridgestone RE750 is my favorite 3-seasons only tires (will last
about 45,000 miles properly rotated)... I always use snow tires for winter.
Whichever tire you buy... the higher treadwear rating, the longer it will
last you. I suggest you do some research at Tirerack before you go buy new
If you have abnormal wear... like center wear... or two side wear... or even
one sided wear, you must have an alignment done... or your new tires will
wear out very fast.
I suggest people do their alignment every two years unless you see some
abnormal tire wear. Every year is just too often and time consuming... plus
it cost you more than the tires itself.
I personally have not had my car aligned for 4 years now... and tires wear
perfectly. I know I am overdue but unless I see something seriously wrong...
then I will do it.
In my experience with a 97 c230 and a 2002 c320, that is about right.
My 97 goes through 4 tires in about 20-22k (driven by wife, always
rotated and balanced every 5k miles, and 4 wheel alignment every
year). The tires that came with car, Continentals, were nearly bald at
18k miles. The dealer agreed to comp me two front tires. They said
this kind of wear was normal, but I still think the mileage was
excessively low for tires to wear out.
My c320 just had all 4 replaced at 26k miles. I probably could have
gotten another 3-4 out of the front ones, but didn't want to bother.
I am now sticking with tires with a mileage warranty instead of the
OEM tires (ie: Continental, Michelin) that have no mileage warranty.
in article firstname.lastname@example.org, KS at
email@example.com wrote on 6/27/04 9:00 PM:
This really sounds like much less tire life than I've been used to. If you
see my other reply in this thread, it's likely because the Sport Model comes
with high performance tires than don't wear like those I'm used to. I'm
used to Michelins anyway, so that's likely where I'll be headed.
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