Date registered: Aug 2007
Vehicle: 2006 C230 Sport
Location: Florida's Space Coast
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I usually run "H" rated tires since I don't go much above 100 mph and I've found them a good compromise between handling and wear. When I had to replace the rear tires on my C230, that's what I decided to do. My friendly tire guy informed me that it's illegal to put tires with a lower speed rating than originally fitted. I could, of course buy the tires, take them home and mount them, but that's not really an option. So after some consultation, I picked a set of Pirellis, and they're wearing just fine.
I think he actually gets his tires from Tire Rack since that's the price I paid, plus installation. He carries a very small inventory but can get next-day service, or, if he catches the truck before it leaves Orlando, the same day. I have bought tires from WalMart, but they don't take reservations and even though I'm retired, spending four or five hours in a cramped waiting room is no fun. The finay straw was when they didn't balance one tire I went home via I-95 and when I got up to 80 mph, it vibrated so bad i thought Ihad a flat. I took it back and spent 3 hours waiting, and The tire manager wasn't at all apologetic.
BTW: Iv'e owned my car 2 years as of last week and the dealer sent my car a birthday card!