Date registered: Dec 2008
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Continental must have made a deal with Mercedes
I too have an '07 GL 450 with 14,000 miles and Continental tires that are in need of replacement. My dealer tries to act as if this type of tire wear is normal, yet at the same time acts as if no one else has ever complained about it, which I find difficult to believe. They have definitely been instructed to respond with the standard answer when they are confronted with complaints: the tire wear depends on how aggressively the car is driven, and due to the heavy weight of the car. In my case, my wife drives the car very gently, so that is not the cause. And I have several friends with Lexus, Range Rovers, Escalades and other SUVs that are equally heavy, yet have tires that are 30,000+ miles old.
I don't really need the "soft rubber, high performance" aspect of the original Continentals, so I will probably replace them with some longer wearing tires from tirerack.com, at less than 1/2 the price the dealer wants to charge ($1000) to replace them. This is a very sore point with myself and Mercedes, and will definitely weigh in my decision when I am thinking of a new car.