AO Silver Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: United Arab Emirates
Guys.... don't get me started with tyres and the UAE... lol.. ok here goes...
On my former 166 (over 130,000km)
Dunlop - Grip (Good); Noise (Plenty); Price (Good); Wear/Longevity (Above Average)
Falken - Grip (OK); Noise (Plenty); Price (Excellent); Wear/Longevity (Rubbish)
Nitto Neogen - Grip (OK); Noise (Plenty); Price (Excellent); Wear/Longevity (Rubbish)
Toyo Proxes - Grip (OK); Noise (Excellent); Price (Very Good); Wear/Longevity(Average)
Yokohama – Grip (OK); Noise (Very Good); Price (Very Good) Wear/Longevity (Excellent)
On my GTA (over 70,000km so far) i've had:
Michelin Pilot Sport - ... Grip (Excellent); Noise (None); Price (Ouch); Wear/Longevity (Excellent)
Marangoni Zeta Linea - Grip (Good); Noise (Average); Price (Excellent) Wear/Longevity(OK)
Dunlop SP 7000 - Grip (Good); Noise (Too Much); Price (Fair); Wear/Longevity (Above Average)
Rubbish really, after 20,000km had bumps and lumps all over, rubbish sidewalls too, good grip in the dry, but wearing. i reckon because its a soft compound tyre.. also...
This tyre was especially rubbish... it delaminated (peeled) off while i was driving to Fujairah in Summer of 2008. It looked like a retread tyre, the way it peeled off, and this happened twice. A second tyre peeled off while I was driving to Abu Dhabi a month later. So yes I am sure that they are rubbish!
The only tyre I’ve used that’s quieter than the Michelin Pilot Sport. Not very strong sidewalls though.
Michelin Pilot Sport
Michelin Pilot Sport again.... Pilot sports are the best tyres i have ever used... period. I drive my GTA really hard all the time, and these tyres relish the corners, grip is amazing all the time on pull away, while braking, etc.., My first set in 2007 lasted me 40K and with my driving, i thought that was really good.. the only bummer is the price. AED 1,500 - AED 1,700 depending on where you go, per tyre!
But hey, how much is your life worth.. My second set currently on the car have lasted me 30K and are still going strong. They’re drying out now unfortunaltely, so in another 4 months I will have to change them. Will wait for summer to end..
These are my experiences....
Ah and please remember…. If you do have the unfortunate experience of having a puncture in Summer like I did in 2008, twice… keep your wheel spanner under the car, or inside the car in the A/C otherwise when you try and hold it again, you will burn your hands.. I burnt my hands on the tyre and the spanner.. lol..
I actually had to use pieces of cloth to take the tyre off. It was 50+ that day and I had been driving for almost 100 kilometres when the nitto tyres gave way!
Happy motoring y’all..
BMW E36 M3 3.0 (1996), Subaru Outback 3.0R (2009), Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV (1968)