I'm due to get some new tyres for my GTV 2.0 Lusso this week. At the moment I have GTs on the front and Coopers on the rear, nothing special.
The front tyres are fine, only replaced in Feb, but I've just had loads of work done on the car, including new suspension and the rear tyres have worn really unevenly due to the old knackered suspension and are completely bald on the inner side and need replacing.
I though that seeing as I've had the car completely overhauled, I'd actually get some decent tyres this time. So I have two questions:
1. Will it be ok to just replace the rear tyres with decent ones and leave the GTs on the front - or will this make it a bit unstable/unpredictable to drive, e.g. if the rear end has great grip and the front end doesn't?
2. The old 'which tyre question...
So I've read pretty much every thread on this and other forums about tyres and it's pretty confusing really, so maybe if I told you what my priorities in a tyre are and the option I've come up with, if anyone had experience they could offer some advice please?
1. Safety e.g. holds the road well, handles (and stops) well in the wet, and aren't prone to blowouts/weak walls etc.
2. Mixed usage - I'm an average driver, mostly just to work and back (5 miles a day), no track days or hugely pushing it or anything like that, but do sometimes like to rag it a little on country journeys... especially now the engines been overhauled and runs great. Also once a year, my girlfriend and I drive around Europe and we could do maybe 14 hours driving in a day on scorching hot motorways, so the tyres have to be able to handle the heat and not fall apart.
Tyres I've narrowed it down to by reading tonnes of posts and reviews: (205/50 R16)
1. Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance - seem good dry and great in the wet, quiet, fule efficient, but not as much feeling (might be nice in firm GTV?) and soft walls (does that lead to more blow outs - especially on a heavy GTV? Also loads of pot holes, bumps and uneven B roads into work - will that ruin the soft walls?)
2. Toyo T1R - tonnes of grip and fun in the dry, mixed reviews about wet grip (got a G rating in the new EU ratings! and lots of people say awful in the wet?) is aquaplaning a problem? They are soft - will they fall apart under 14hours cruising on hot motorways through Europe? Soft walls - again safety on a heavy GTV?
3. Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 - seem to be a good all-rounder, but not as good as the Goodyear in the wet???
I'm sure there are others, too, but these seem to be the most highly rated. I looked at the Goodyear F1 As2 which a load of people on here and elsewhere rate, but they don't seem to do them in a 16".
I'm leaning towards the Goodyear for safety, as long as the soft tyre wall isn't an issue and they handle at least better than the Coopers and GTs I currently have (which are pretty poor and slide all over the place!) - but my brother who has Toyos on his and the Bathwick Tyres guys both recommend the Toyos.
Thanks for any help