Originally Posted by Mr G
all of the tyres I've looked at seem to be rubbish in snow/ice but I guess that's the nature of them, unless you go for a set of Massey Ferguson specials!
My 156 started on Firestone Firehawks (700?) but didn't last too long ... fronts wore very quickly and punctured too easily ...
I then had a pair of Dunlop SP9000's on front and they were fantastic ... but wore out even faster than the Firehawks!! (Only about 8000 miles!, but then my journey to and from work was mainly country lanes in those days ...
Next up were SP8000s and they've been my preferred tyres for the past couple of sets. Good allround tyres including the snow. Tend to wear on inner edges but that's probably because the car's lowered and has negative camber. They look pretty good too and have a shoulder to protect the rims. Not noisy ... and wear well, although I also rotate them regularly now. They are unidirectional so to swop sides I'll have to have them taken off by a tyre fitter, etc. Might be worth it to prolong their life (£10 per wheel against £85 per tyre!)
I had P6000's on my old 75. That wasn't driven as hard then due to its age and mileage but seemed to be OK ... not as good as the earlier P600's though. P6000s seem to be more general fit tyres, and IMHO the 156 really needs a "performance" tyre to show its best.
These were all 205/55 x 16. The Dunlops have all been W/Z rated. Can't remember what the Firehawks were but I think they were W max ... may have been as low as V-rated.
Once you've found the tyre you want, check blackcircles for cost .. then phone your local dealer to see if they will match or even beat the price ... there is a hefty mark-up on tyres, and most are willing to give you a good discount to get your business. Oh, and register on the blackcircles website to get a promotion code ... worth an extra 5% off straight away.