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Tire mileage?

Just curious what others are getting for mileage on a set of tires. I have a 2010 C300 4matic sport sedan and the tires are shot after 25,000 miles. Is anyone getting more than this? I was shocked that is all I got out of the first set of tires. What are others getting for mileage? Is there anything else I can do to get more mileage on a set of tires?
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Buy the tire brand that comes with prorated mileage warranty. Also buy lifetime wheel alignment, balancing, and rotation package. Keep a tire pressure gauge handy.
I think Michelin is one expensive brand that does not give mileage warranty.
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If you buy sport tire with good traction and lousy treadwear, the 25,000 miles is good mileage. Unfortunately you can't have both so this is a choice.
Good tires with treadwear above 400 last for 60-90,000 miles.
But they will suck in bad road conditions.
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I was shocked that is all I got out of the first set of tires.
No, you were confused as to what type car you own.

You do NOT own a consumer reports Camry/refrigerator, but rather you own a car delivered to you Autobahn ready, i.e. a high performance car fitted with high performance tires. In this context "high performance" means superior handling and speed capability from the tires. For tires like that, 25K mile life is completely normal.

Probably the majority of Americans, of course, fit replacement tires inferior to those that orginally come with the car.

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From what I know no MB sold in US has tires rated for more than 130mph.
I don't know about top sport models however.
I had long discussion with MBUSA years ago about speed governors installed on our cars. They insist the governors are installed because the cars have low speed tires put for this market.
The Michelin Hydro (?) tires, with 90,000 tread wear warranty are considered high performance tires by quite a few.
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My car had OEM Continental Pro Contacts and the PO replaced them at least once that I know of (within 53,000). I bought it with a new set, drive quite moderately, had them rotated and checked the pressures regularly and they were still shot after 18,000 miles.

They are a good but soft tire and wish I had chosen something better that the BF Goodrich Traction T/A that I have now. The Contis held the road and rode much better. Michelins were mentioned here earlier and I wish I had looked at a set of those.

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My car had OEM Continental Pro Contacts and the PO replaced them at least once that I know of (within 53,000). I bought it with a new set, drive quite moderately, had them rotated and checked the pressures regularly and they were still shot after 18,000 miles.

They are a good but soft tire and wish I had chosen something better that the BF Goodrich Traction T/A that I have now. The Contis held the road and rode much better. Michelins were mentioned here earlier and I wish I had looked at a set of those.
Ireally would not call a C300 a high performance car and it may have "high performance" tires. The better performance, grip, cornering, braking,etc.are typically fitted with a softer compound tire that wear poorly in every day driving. As it pertains to Michelin, I have gone through 2 sets of rear PS 2's on my SL55 in 12,600 miles. It is obvious that this is not good wear and the tires are crappy at best.

Do some research on a site such as Tire Rack and you will get some good objective advice regarding wear, performance on your tire purchase.

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2008 ML320 CDI - 53.000+ Still on original Continental tires. They are ready to be replaced but not to the wear bars yet.

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Agreeing with Lou about Tire Rack. Plus you can look at Discount Tire who is one of the BenzWorld sponsors.

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From what I know no MB sold in US has tires rated for more than 130mph.
I don't know about top sport models however.
This is not true. Even the "lowly C class" cars are spec'd with w speed rated tires (at least the sport models).

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