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New Tires, Wheel Alignments

I need new tires on a 2000 E320 that I purchased used last year. I have not owned a Merecedes before. I have typically bought tire for all of my cars at a local Goodyear dealership.

Is there anything unique to a Mercedes vehicle that would compel me to use the dealership for this? The local dealership's prices are much higher for both the tires and the installation. For instance, they want $130 to do an alignment. Goodyear quoted me $69 for an alignment. I do have an alignment issue as the tires have worn unevenly up front.

Also, any opinions on the two types of tires I am considering - Michelin Pilot MXV4 verus Goodyear Assuarance ComforTreds?

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First off I would definatly go with the Michellin tires. You do not need to get them installed at the dealer as long as you dont mind goodyear working on your Benz. For the alignment I wouldnt get it done at Goodyear unless they have the attachments that go into the five little holes on each of your wheels. Doing an alignment on a Benz using generic alignment heads wont help anything and could possible make the alignment worse.
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You need to read the Tirerack forum here. They are very knowledgeable and can explain everything. I normally trust dealer with things like alignment, engine work, etc. But as far as tires go, you can get them anywhere as long as they are properly balanced using a "GSP9700 series" balancer which actually simulates vehicle weight on the tires. This is important so that if the wheels are old and bent a little you need to know that before you put on the tires and watch the steering wheel meringue on the highway every day

There is no such thing as a Michelin pilot MXV4. Also, michelins are not that good read the reviews @ tirerack.com below:

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There is a Michellin pilot mxv4, also a primacy mxv4
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I do not see it unless if you mean energy mxv4:

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Did u mean pilot mxm4?

i have heard pilot exalto is very good. it is no. 1 on consumer surveys for perf. all season. will be my choice. my buddy has it on. loves it especially in the snow, but i guess u guys do not have to worry about snow that much

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I purchased my last set of tires for my 2003 CL500 from the "Tire Rack". Had the local MB dealer mount and balance them for $130. I had concerns about possible damage to the wheels if the tires where mounted by a non-MB shop. The MB dealer also had the proper wheel weights. Peace of mind was worth it to me.

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I purchased my last set of tires for my 2003 CL500 from the "Tire Rack". Had the local MB dealer mount and balance them for $130.

I had concerns about possible damage to the wheels if the tires where mounted by a non-MB shop. The MB dealer also had the proper wheel weights. Peace of mind was worth it to me.
Well It all depends on the wheel shop you go to, If you go to Big-O or Firestone kind of shop they might damage you're rims but normally if you go to a reputable, high end wheel shop they will do a better job than MB

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Thanks for the input. I think I am going to go with the "peace of mind" option and let the dealership do it. I misstated my tires - I have on the car the Michelin MXV4 Energy Plus. Those (or their latest version) are the ones the dealership has recommended. The local Costco shop claims those tires wear out too quickly and that is why there is no specific number of miles on its treadwear warranty. Apparrently, newer versions of the MXV4 do come with specific mileage warranties.
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Goodyear here recommended their Assurance Comfort Tread for my E430 and I bought a set. I mentioned them on here and someone told me those do not have the necessary load rating for a W210. I think these all need 93 and those Goodyears were only 91. I'm sure the dealer will install what's best for your car, plus they know to torque the lugs, which I suspect a lot of shops do not.

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Actually, my dealer rotated mine and torqued some of the bolts to 160 ft/lbs. OUCH !!!
I surely would have been stranded if I had attempted to change it myself with the little wrench that the car comes with.
It's a shame to always have to re-check the dealers work.
I knew something was up when the torque wrench never came out.
The dealer used to let you watch from behind a wall but that's now been stopped.
I got lucky with the stall location and still had a view.
Some of the dealers are definitely slipping.
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