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#1 (permalink) Old 06-26-2012, 06:02 AM
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Stock Tire Recommendation 94 E320

Hi
I am looking to buy a set of new tires for a 94 E320, stock sized 15's.
The use will be mostly city, and some highway.

What are you using that you like?

I don't want to spend a fortune.

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I am beyond happy with the performance of the Michelin Primacy MXV4 that I installed two years ago. Quiet, smooth, superlative in the (Southern California) rain.

They are not performance tires. They are luxury touring tires. Very well rated on tirerack.com under performance touring I think.

I prefer the slightly larger 205/65R15 size to the original 195/65R15.

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Michelin MXV tires simply work the best on these cars, and last the longest.

Good alternatives are Pirelli & Continental. These cars need very stiff sidewalls to prevent premature shoulderwear, which tend to be found in the better brand tires.

As far as the sizes go, either stock 195/65 or 205/65 work fine but the 195s last a bit longer due to reduced shoulderwear assuming the alignment is within spec.
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Thanks,

I figure it is always best to ask the people who already drive the w124's.

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I have michelins on my 15" and just put hankook tires on my 17" wheels
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I had Bridgestone RE960AS performance all seasons on my stock wheels, and they were great. A little on the noisy side, but not objectionable. Crisp steering response and excellent in even heavy rain. Treadwear looked great, though I took them off after putting 18K or so on them.

I've got Primacy MXV4s on my CLK wheels. I like them fine so far, . They're quiet so far, and they look like they'll be great in the rain, though I haven't gotten to try that yet. I don't quite agree that they have stiff sidewalls - I find them pretty squishy compared to the Bridgestones I had before. And the Bridgestones had taller sidewalls. It just depends on what you're comparing to.

I have to be honest, I bought the Michelins in hopes that I'd be totally blown away. I'm not. Don't get me wrong, they're very good, but I don't know that they're radically better than some of the alternatives.

I can tell you for sure that it's best to avoid Fuzion. They are a Bridgestone brand. I've owned a set, and my Mom has some on her Toyota. They work okay but good grief did they get loud as they wore. Like, "is that a bad wheel bearing?" loud.

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I'll give another vote for the Michelin Primacy MXV4. They're a great touring tire for the factory 15" rims. Very smooth, quiet, and surprisingly responsive for a touring tire. Too bad you're so far away because I have a set in my garage that probably still has at least 80% tread left, and I will never use them.
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I am beyond happy with the performance of the Michelin Primacy MXV4 that I installed two years ago. Quiet, smooth, superlative in the (Southern California) rain.

They are not performance tires. They are luxury touring tires. Very well rated on tirerack.com under performance touring I think.

I prefer the slightly larger 205/65R15 size to the original 195/65R15.
Totally agree, love mine, wish I would have bought the 205's

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+2 on the 205/65/15 and I always had Michelin MXV4 since my 92 Camry V6 and when the W124 need tires it always had Michelin MXV4 for the past 15 years and still love it. The only minor problem was it rub the fender on the front right after put 2 washers to bring out the fender that took care of it.

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If you're not concerned with long tire life, the Primacy will serve you well. If you DO want long tire life and don't need corner gripping for performance driving, you should look at the Michelin Harmony.

I just put a set of Harmony's on my 300E and I'm quite pleased with them. They have 700 something treadwear number, so I expect very long life.
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