Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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I use Michelin MXV tires on both my W220 and my wife's Lexus LS 430. I used them on the W124 I owned, and I used them on my wife's Lexus GS 300 before the LS. I have also used Continental Pilots on a SAAB 9000 and a couple of other cars. I find the Michelin tires to offer the best compromise for stick, noise, and life. If one of those things is an overriding issue for you, there are probably better tires around. Really sticky tires are sometimes noisy and generally have short lives. Really quiet tires often don't stick very well. Extraordinarily long-lived tires often have a hard compound that is noisy and the hard compound doesn't stick very well. Pick your poison. The Continentals stick a little better, but they are noisier. In a W220, everything else is so quiet tire noise is apparent. The E-class has a little more cabin noise anyway, so noisier tires may get lost in the ambient noise. I expect 40k miles out of Michelins, so they are good value even at a higher out-the-door price.
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