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Maybe this should be on the wheel/tire forum, but all that seems to be there is wheel talk.
I need new tires for my 2006 c230 sport. The conti sport contact (?) wore out @ <15K...totally unacceptable, the fronts are cupped inside and the right rear is bald, although the left rear has a good amount af tread ?? (4 wheel alignment just done now)
I don't drive this car far, although almost daily. Took me 15+ months to put 13K on it. My driving style is conservative, the roads here are flat and smooth, no snow, lots of rain in the summer. I do like to exit the hiway fast, that's the only (handling) fun I get around here. I'd like a good handling, quite tire that will last more than 20K. My wifes 2005 C230 sport has Michelin Primacys and they feel great, with approx 20K on them and they look good.
I'm leaning toward Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2. As their web site says, an entry level ultra high performance tire. Any thoughts welcome. I'm in S Fl, BTW
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Do I understand right that your wife's Michelins are on a Mercedes too, perhaps this 2005 C230?

I would not have expected too significant difference between Continentals and those Michelin tyres.

MB OEM tyres (I assume US cars have the same as we do) are high performance tyres for 250 km/h speeds (tyre rating may be even higher). Those are prone to wear heavily. I have driven my W221 tyres in 20 000 km to be pretty worn. MB is using quite strong toe in at the rear too, to improve the car handling at strong braking from high speed. An expert could perhaps set the alignment to save tyres and maintain driving performance for normal speeds.

Snow and wet roads actually reduce tyre wear significantly. Winter tyres at my place wear a lot less than summer tyres even if those are a lot softer. It is because of the lower temperature and friction on the road.

My preference anyway would be either Continental or Michelin even if those would not last as long as US drivers appear to be used to. Just my two cents (I hope you take them as Euro cents with the current exchange ratio
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If you have not already, tirerack has a section with reviews. Maybe this will help.

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If you have not already, tirerack has a section with reviews. Maybe this will help.
I actually like the ContiSports and am considering them for replacements for my Michelin Green tires on my wagen (MV-4s?). I'm thinking you're being a little harsh on the Contis as 'maybe' your alignment issue is partly to blame? Also agree to do your research on TireRack, whether you buy there or not. There are a lot of factors to consider, treadwear life, traction, warranty, price, etc. but it's nice to read people's reviews. As a result of doing this, I just purchased my second set of Kumhos, a Korean-made tire that is perfect for the budget-minded.
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Maybe this should be on the wheel/tire forum, but all that seems to be there is wheel talk.
I need new tires for my 2006 c230 sport. The conti sport contact (?) wore out @ <15K...totally unacceptable, the fronts are cupped inside and the right rear is bald, although the left rear has a good amount af tread ?? (4 wheel alignment just done now)
I don't drive this car far, although almost daily. Took me 15+ months to put 13K on it. My driving style is conservative, the roads here are flat and smooth, no snow, lots of rain in the summer. I do like to exit the hiway fast, that's the only (handling) fun I get around here. I'd like a good handling, quite tire that will last more than 20K. My wifes 2005 C230 sport has Michelin Primacys and they feel great, with approx 20K on them and they look good.
I'm leaning toward Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2. As their web site says, an entry level ultra high performance tire. Any thoughts welcome. I'm in S Fl, BTW
Thanks
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Most of ppl neglect the alignment and balance. You should do these more often especially when you drive locally.
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The Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S is the best all-season tire I've ever run on a car. I've got them on the E320 and they are fantastic. I'm not sure what the difference is between the Exalto A/S and PE2. They are particularly good in the rain, which was a deciding factor for me.
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You really should post your question on the Tire Rack forum. Luke is a tire expert, expecially when it comes to Mercedes cars, and will provide good honest advice based on what you say you want. I would also strongly recommend that you visit the Tire Rack site and see what works best on your car and the many different options available. Also read the thousands of owner reviews of whatever tires you are thinking about.

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