I inherited a mixed bag of tyres when I bought my Mk 4 Mondeo
about 12 months ago.
The tyre size is 235/45R 17 97W
What I have, with tread depth, is:
Pirelli Pzero Rosso 3 mm
Maxis MA-V1 6 mm
2 x Goodyear Excellence 4.5 mm
The spare is a space saver.
Do I just replace the Pirelli, as is, or get a pair of something,
putting the Maxis on the back, throwing away one of the Goodyears
still with some life in it? Should I put the newer tyres on the
These days I do less than 8k miles per year, comprising a little
local mileage and occasional long runs, some with caravan.
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
I personally always prefer running 4 matching tires (as we call them
here in the states...heh) But at a minimum I always have the two
fronts matching each other, and the two rears matching, if price is an
issue. Just a hypothetical guess for fun, based on your wear
measurements - but my guess would be that the previous owner had a set
of 4 Goodyears on at one point, and never rotated the tires. The fronts
still wore faster than the rears, so he had put two new Pirelli's on the
front. Still never rotating them, they wore, and then had a problem
with one of the fronts (nail, screw, blowout, etc or something).
Knowing he was selling or being stuck in a situation of some kind, just
replaced it with any inexpensive tire (or tyre if you prefer) available.
Anyway, just a theory and no way to prove it, but was fun trying to
If the Maxis is not giving you problems (ie - You like it's handling and
such) I'd see if I could find a new match to that and replace the
Pirelli with it, to have a match on the front and back. Then, wear
them equally through proper rotations, after which I'd replace all 4
with a matching set.
By caravan, I'm assuming you mean like a camping trailer? We call them
travel trailers here in the states, but if so make sure the Goodyear's
have the proper weight rating to handle the load. I know the trailers
in the UK are significantly smaller than here in the US, so I'm not sure
it's an issue. I have a matching set of Pirelli Scorpions on my truck.
But my "Caravan" is 29' long and 7,000 lbs (~9m / 3175 Kg if I did my
conversions right) :)
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