Date registered: Jan 2011
Vehicle: '98 C230, '08 C300
Location: Rohnert Park, CA
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I'm original owner of 1998 C230. Always put on summer sport tires. Last July put on 3rd set of tires, and car was still under 100K miles. So that is around 33K miles per set. You will notice the front tires wear heavier on the outside. I asked an MB tech about that years ago and he claimed the sport-tuned suspension camber causes them to wear faster on the outside. So the next set I rotated regularly, even had them dismounted and left/right swapped so outer wear was now inner. May have added a few thousand miles, but nothing serious. So yes, that is about all the distance your decent road-holding tires are gonna last.
But I had to laugh when the tech said it's because of the 'sport tuned' suspension. My Ford Probe GT will shred an MB on the twisties, and tires on the Probe easily last twice as long as the MB.
I do bargain hunt when the time is approaching for new tires. Have bought past several sets for MB and Ford at Costco. Decent selection. Watch for the specials.