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Goodyear F1 GSD3's if you can strech the budget.

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Avon CR 332 give good grip wet or dry for about half the price.
 

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I have Marshalls on the front of mine .Whats the verdict on 'em ?
Can't you tell us?????

Had some on a Mk 2 Escort about 20 years ago and they were OK.
 

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Well I think they are OK but would prefer to have a 'named 'set on the front.Snag is , they have done less than 2K miles.
 

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I'll never buy budget tyres again; put a pair on the front of my 75 a few years ago and had some pant filling moments with them in the wet, specifically whilst trying to go round corners.

Some motoring programme did a comparison test years ago between quality branded tyres, budget tyres and remoulds. Obviously the branded ones came out best but they were not that far ahead of the remoulds. The budget efforts were useless, and considerably inferior to the remoulds.
 

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I agree that budget tyres are not really a good option.
Even if you say that you are not a fast driver, you can still have to do an emergency stop one day, and the difference in tyres could be the difference between you stopping in time or not.

I do think that mid range tyres can be as good as high end tyres, but tend to be cheaper than the well know brands due to lack of image, or lower overheads.

Vredesteins, Toyo, Falken, all are very good tyres at less than the price of Michelins, Dunlops etc.
 

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what about federals 595's , there ok but not great in the wet.

Got me some F1's all round - sweet rain and dry
 

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on my way home from work the other day, pouring with rain, came round a downhill sharp lefthander at 30mph, normal corner speed. (145 used to do it at 35, any faster is too dangerous), front end pushes wide, vdc light flashes, front end pulls in and back end swings out, hold the slide untill the end of the corner, perfect recovery. Felt like a true hero, then changed my trousers.
:thumbs:If that's the road I think it is (Forrit Brae - W'Hill / 4 MIle Garage) then it's a brill piece of tarmac, but a bit interesting round corners :eek:. Quite happily go several miles out of my way to take it home every evening.

Got me some F1's all round - sweet rain and dry
Have to agree. Had two sets of them on the old 156 and they saved me on a few back roads if I wasn't paying proper attention. :rolleyes: Now all I need is Goodyear to start making them to fit the Brera.
 

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i have dunlop sport tyres on front and firestones on rear, the way i drive from plymouth to bideford I need em, the roads are great, any other tyre I would be dead or any other make of car... LOL
 

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i have a set of toyo t1r on my 156 2.5 v6 they are very good indeed, i can also recommend pirelli p zero nero as a very good tyre, both stick like glue in the wet or dry, i prefered the pirelli more as there is less flex in the sidewall so they feel slightly more direct on the steering
 
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Nangkangs and wanlis should be banned along with sunny tyres all crap. And dangerous.
 

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I got some Nexar on my 17" rims... They are ok... but i prefer my pirelli P7 which i had on the 16"ers (my sisters 147 came with 17" so naturally i had to take em ;D)
 

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i think the best way to go about it is get a big named brand like pirelli toyo goodyear michelin etc. and choose the most expensive ones you can afford, it makes all the difference, and it maybe that the extra money you spend will save your life, if not then at least your car,
the four small patches of rubber at each corner are all that keeps your car on the road
 

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:thumbs:If that's the road I think it is (Forrit Brae - W'Hill / 4 MIle Garage) then it's a brill piece of tarmac, but a bit interesting round corners :eek:. Quite happily go several miles out of my way to take it home every evening.
Not quite, it is the westhill to blackburn road. about 3 1/4's of the way to blackburn when the hill suddenly drops and you can see all the country for miles around (all the way to inverurie). brilliant road to live on.
 
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We've stuck to the original equipment Firestone Firehawks on the JTD. We have absolutely no complaints about them and at £56 each from Blackcircles last week you can't say fairer. They are also a 'Which' best buy..not that I pay that much attention to Which.

The rears did 80,000 miles, the fronts 38,000, and they wore evenly and could probably have legally done another 3,000 mile or so, but experience has told me that even on the most expensive tyres braking performance and wet weather performance drops off rapidly at 3/4 worn. I had some frights in my 75TS when the Pirellis P6000s were just over half worn.

The Firestones are also low rolling resistance tyres, so with the improved MPG you probably save in the end over a set of high resistance budget tyres anyway.

I've always liked Michelins. They are a quality tyre and always have been, but I can't really justify the extra outlay for our style of motoring.

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i think the best way to go about it is get a big named brand like pirelli toyo goodyear michelin etc. and choose the most expensive ones you can afford, it makes all the difference, and it maybe that the extra money you spend will save your life, if not then at least your car,
the four small patches of rubber at each corner are all that keeps your car on the road
I agree entirely with this.
You cannot emphasize enough how important tyres are.
The p zero neros on my GTA grip like glue, cornering is amazing wet or dry, ok they only last 10k miles but rather that than buy 'ditchfinder supremes' and end up in trouble. it soesn't matter how good the car is, stick rubbish tyres on and it will be downright dangerous.
 
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It would be nice if everyone could afford to put the most expensive top brand tyre on their cars but sadly life's not like that. If you can only afford budget tyres then that's the range you have to make your choice from. Surely the important thing is to drive within the limits of the car and its tyres, otherwise it's the driver that's the dangerous ditch finder, not the tyres.:)
 

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If you read the tyre reviews in magazines such as Auto Express, and Evo magazine where they use specialist equipment to test the tyres and you will realise that the most expensive arn't always the best. Thought he more expensive tyres tend to be up the top half of the list.

Budgets are nearly always the worst though.:rolleyes:

Tire Test: The Quick and the Tread - Feature/Features/Classic Cars/High Performance/Hot Lists/Reviews/Car and Driver - Car And Driver

Tyre test | Total Tyre Guide | Products | Auto Express
 

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The day we got my wife's Multipla it was a little damp and I couldn't understand why the ABS kicked in on the approach to almost every roundabout. On inspection I found that someone had just fitted a brand new pair of cheap far-Eastern tyres on the front (I'm not sure, but think they were Wanlis). We 'switched to Michelin' as the ad used to implore us and it's much, much better. I've still got the cheapies in my garage and I've always rather wondered if it would be worth putting them on the back for a laugh :)
They were Westlakes. Car is now on Michelin front/Firestone rear and this combination works well.

I did have Kormorans, which are made in Europe by Michelin, on the Thema and they seemed fine (it was an 8V non-turbo - they might have struggled with 185HP :eek:)
 

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It would be nice if everyone could afford to put the most expensive top brand tyre on their cars but sadly life's not like that. If you can only afford budget tyres then that's the range you have to make your choice from. Surely the important thing is to drive within the limits of the car and its tyres, otherwise it's the driver that's the dangerous ditch finder, not the tyres.:)
Normally i would agree with you, but this is an Alfa Romeo, not a ford Ka. if the previous owner could afford a premium car then i would expect premium tyres.

Also, it is quite hard to drive within the limits of the tyre when they are so low. i haven't changed my driving style in 5 cars and this is the first time i have found the limit (on what is supposed to be an excellent car).

Got the car back from the garage today and the wheel bearing noise is still there, this leads me to believe it is actually tyre noise and not bearing noise.....

Michelins NOW!
 

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the problem with driving within the limits of bad tyres means in the wet you would have to drive at very low speeds and with very large distances between you and the car infront as the stopping distance in an emergency is so great, while perfectly safe for normal driving there is no real danger, if you are driving in the wet on 40 mph road at 40 mph and someone steps in front of your car how quickly will it stop? is that risk worth saving £100 every time you buy tyres? or your no claims bonus from a low speed shunt, someones life? your own life or your passengers lifes?
 
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