Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Mrs. Beard's 156 has been with us for about 4 months now and has increased its mileage by 3,000 and has just passed 75K So far all is going well and I must admit that as a sporting Italian saloon, a Veloce, I'm pretty damned impressed with its refinement. One strange thing is a droning noise that appears every time it slows down to about 20mph which I can only attribute to the tyres.
One of the rear tyres has developed a bulge on the sidewall and as we're shortly to drive to Nice, and back of course, it will have to be replaced so here comes the question:
Has anybody else had this droning noise at 20 with Continentals fitted and does the sound go away with different tyres fitted? Or is somebody going to tell me it's more likely to be a transmission fault?
If I just replace the one tyre, as all have 4 - 5 mm of tread, is this likely to have an adverse affect on the handling?
As a supplementary question, if I fit what I describe as 2nd division tyres, such as Falken or Hankook, is there a noticeable difference over the "1st division" makes such as Continental, Good Year, Bridgestone, Michelin and the like?