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Question Want Advise on tires for 2003 C320 Sport

I have a 2003 C320 Sport (28,000 mi). I probably should not have it since I rseldom drive the car and my wife is not a very sporty driver. Nevertheless, we have the car, and really like it and will get new tires just before winter.

You need not wait that long however to chime in with your opinions.

A few details:

1. We live in Westchester County, NY - this is the home of the world's WORST roads. Potholes, poor surface, bad grading - a real catastrophe! and with the budget deficits in NY, the situation is not about to get better any time soon. Most of our driving is local on these crummy roads.

2. The C320 sport came with 17" wheels fitted with 225/45/17 tires. These are much too low profile for our terrible roads, so I swapped them off for a like-new set of wheels off a 2004 CLK - 16" wheels - 7" wide at the front and 8" wide at the rear with 205/55/16 at front and 225/50/16 at rear - All the OEM ContiTouringContact. This puts more cushioning rubber on the road. But, I am not crazy about he feel of these tires.

I did some research on Tirerack.com and came up with 3 tires that might be good for our needs - good roadholding, good in light snow and the best comfort possible:

1. ContiExtremeContact
2. Yokohama Avid V4S
3. Kumho Ecsta ASX

I do not need the likes of Michelin's since we are low mileage people and don't really need a high-mileage tire.

Please weigh in with your comments, and recommendations
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