My current tires have 33K miles and my dealer said that it is time to look for
new tires (there was some uneven wear on rear tires. Not sure why since I have
had aliignments done yearly). I don't mind the milage but have had other
cars/tires that had better handling.
I did not care for our OEM tires here in the US (Michillin MVX4+?) since they
were noisy and did not track well on grooved roads. As well as mediocre handling.
Some browsing on my part found Continentals ContiExteme Contact that had good
reviews and experiences reported by MB owners on the vendor's user BB.
Are there any owners out there who can talk about their experiences with this
I have the Contis, but I'm not thrilled with them as they seem a good bit
noisier (at least to me) than the Michelins. I have heard (in previous
postings) folks rave about Bridgestone RE950s and I plan to look at those
when I replace the tires on my E320.
I am surpised that you find them noisy however I will look into the Bridgstones.
Here is a quote from a Porche owner on ContiExtreme Contact (not Sport or
Touring Contact or CH95??):
'I like my Continentals
I have a set of Continental ContiExtreme Contacts on my Porsche 968 and I
continue to be very impressed. They are huge tires (especially in the back) but
ended up costing me around $110 apiece at The Tire Rack. I have found them to be
smooth, quiet and sticky, including in the rain. After 5k miles, I still have
LOTS of tread. Believe it or not, the treadwear rating is 400, I think. They are
supposed to be particularly good in the snow, but I would never drive this car
in the snow.
I highly recommend both the Continental ContiExtreme Contact tires and The Tire
Rack as a dealer. But I guess it's a little late for you!
Incidentally, my review of the Continental ContiExtreme Contacts is one of my
best-earning reviews, and my review of The Tire Rack is not far behind. I
recommend that you at least review the tires... I don't need the competition on
my Tire Rack review!'
It is now 2 days later and I did decide to buy the ContiExtreme Contacts. After
driving about 100 miles in mostly rainy weather, here are some subjective
evaluations compared the the Michlin MXV4+ (? not sure the exact model):
1. They are quieter. I can hear the engine/transmission soft whine above the
road noise which only occured before when there were downshifts for downhill
roads. Because of the lower noise I find that I am driving at higher speeds
probably because of trying to get to the accustomed db level, I have to ease off
when I notice that I am overtaking eveyone. (It also seems that it accelerates
faster but that might be the effect of the lower noise and me unconsciously
pushing the pedal harder). Also not good for gas milage.
2. They are softer riding. The roads seem less bumpy.
3. They are very sticky. I deliberately accelerated hard into a right angle
turn from a stop sign in the rain and it did not spin tires of flash ESP as the
other tires would have done. Have yet to experience any slippage at high speeds
in the rain.
4. The steering is much ligher feeling. This is not good since I am not yet
accustomed to this lighter feel and tend now to oversteer. Feels a bit like too
much power steering.
Have yet to drive it on grooved roads for that comparison.
If this keeps up for another 25K miles I will be happy and repeat the purchase.
It seems that the tire compounds may be softer and may not last as long as 33K
miles on the MXV4+.
I just bought for my 300TE Yokahama AVID
V4S. They are rated 500 threadwear 60,000 miles AA temperature A
traction. They are are also V rated 160 mph. I had a set of 4 put on
my car at America's Tire in Calif for less than $500.00. They ride so
good I am buying a set for my other car. You can read reviews at tire
rack.com. They are a new tire out
Robert C B wrote:
My 1998 C230 had them (Conti's) on when I bought the car from an off-lease
dealer (I assume they were original). I liked them so much that I put
another set on when I re-shod the car. Good ride, handling, seem to wear
well. They used to be OEM on Lincolns.
Well I have now had the COntiExtreme Contacts on for over 400 miles. I drove
them over the bridge with a deeply-coarsely gooved metal span (Alameda bridge
for those in CA who want to test) and the squirmy feeling is almost 100% gone.
There appeared to be some residual squirm that I can imagine being felt. (Note
there is a slippery road sign before the bridge, and the car was always okay
with normally grooved concrete road surfaces and only had problems with this
particular bridge surface with the Michelin tires)
So the purchase of these tires has been an excellent experience for comfort,
road noises, stickiness in dry and wet and also being high speed rated. I
cannot imagine why MBUSA decided to put on Michelins over here. The Contis seem
to work much better with the MB suspension.
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