BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jun 2009
Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes E500, 17" MB Split 5 Spoke Chrome Rims, 245/45/17 Bridgestone Potenza RE 960 AS PP's
Location: Tulsa, OK
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I have had a wide variety of tires on my 03 E500, and I just turned 100K. Conti's, Fulda, Michelin, Falcon. The best of these tires was by far the Fulda, which was Goodyears German test tire for the Eagle F1 GS D3. I had the Michelin Sport AS briefly and really disliked the tread noise.
I just put a set of Bridgestone Potenza 960 AS Pole Positions and it's like driving a new car. My car has never, never had such a plush and quiet ride. I expected to lose a great deal of performance comming from a UHP summer tire, but I really haven't. The only thing I notice is that the tire is slightly softer in the sidewalls, which only really shows itself in cornering. They feel slightly soft if you hit them really hard, but not enough for me to be concerned.
The wet and dry traction is superb, simply superb. If you check out the tire reviews on UHP all season tires at Tire Rack, you will see that the Michelin Sport AS Plus and the Bridgestone 960 run #1 and #2. The Michelin gets slightly better marks for wet traction. I chose the Bridgestone because it was rated the quietest and best riding, while giving up only ever so slightly in performance to the Michelin.
I have never been happier with a tire, ever. I paid $185 a tire, but it was worth every penny. This is the only tire I will put on my E500 for as long as I own it. It doesn't hurt that it has a 40K mileage warranty, treadware rating 400. The Michelin has a 45K warranty and a treadwear rating of 500. Either one would be an awsome tire.
I recommend you try the Bridgestone Potenza 960 AS Pole Position. I didn't research UHP summer tires, but these perform like a summer tire so I'm good.
Last edited by Jeff_H66; 06-25-2009 at 10:55 PM.