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2003 E500 Tires

How long should they last with good care? 10-15k is about it for mine. Recommendations for new ones, please.
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What were you running? Properly rotated the stock contis should go quite a bit longer.

What are your priorities for replacement tires? Tread life? Ride quality? Control? Comfort? Noise? All of these things are tradeoffs, so it's hard to make any recommendations without some basic guidelines. Also, since we don't know where you live (please click the user cp link and update your profile to include vehicle and location information) that might change things as well. Rainy places often you'd want a differently-prioritized tire than drier places.

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Just figured I'd drop my $0.02 since you asked. I have just fitted my W210 4Matic with a new set of 17x8.5 wheels off w211 and I wrapped them with "Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum" series (MB Spec. size 235/45) from Tire Rack and they are great. They are some of the quietest tires you could get and very smooth. You can tell rough places in roads and a tid stiff in rough areas; but on good, smooth pavement they are extremely quiet and smooth. I suppose some of the harshness on bumps is only having a couple inches of rubber on wheel and a 9" wide tire to catch everything; got to expect some feedback. They are also very good looking, rather sporty. Time may tell a different story, I've only put 1K miles on mine so far; but I don't think so. If you read the reviews on Tirerack's website you can see a couple of people who have already got 35K-40K miles on theirs with a lot more tread to go, and said they haven't lost much of any road manners either. Only thing was they lacked a little in T.R. wet/snow traction testing, but with 4Matic, not that big issue(especially in South GA where there's NO rain/snow anyway). I have cruised as high as 120mph, and still like riding on cloud with plenty control and confidence. For the price difference and the good reviews, I had to give them a chance. I read some pretty bad reviews on the Contis, Michelins, and some others(all of which are supposed to be "premium" tires at 30-40% higher cost). HOWEVER; if you do consider them, -ONLY- the "Ecsta LX Platinum;" all the other Kumho models' reviews and tests consider them economy tires. Below is a couple pics of my car with new wheels&tires. Anyway, just my opinion/experience. Good Luck.
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How long should they last with good care? 10-15k is about it for mine. Recommendations for new ones, please.
AT 85,000 I have used Conti's, Bridgstone, Master Craft and Michelins'

The conti's wore well until about 25,000 miles.

Bridgstones and Master Craft both cupped out and made noise harsh ride and could not hear the radio to the noise. Both tire dealers blamed the car, you need bla bal bal and more $$$ then bla. Both sets ran only about 20K miles and I pulled them off with lots of tread and lots of noise/cupping.

I went the dealer and told him the problem and bought a set of Michelin's P2's. When I drove out I felt like I had a new car. Now at 20,000 on the Michelins they are wearing well and I hope to get another 20,000.

If you look at most tires for the E500 in the 17" size you will find "made in japan". It is my theory that all of these MIJ tires are made in the same factory but different molds. The Michelins are not made in Japan and use a different method of producing the belt than others. I think this is why the MP2's work better.

But then most of this is my opinon and theories yours and others may have different results.
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Thanks to everyone for the tire recommendations. I drive twisty, steep roads in my neighborhood. Seasonal rain. No snow. Basic Kumhos did not last and were/are noisy.
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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.

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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.
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.
I put these on my 1987 944 and really like the tire. You've convinced that my next set for the E500 will be the Bridgestone 960 AS.

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Just installed a new set of Continental Extreme DWS. Felt much more comfortable than the original Conti's. Seem to be very good in the wet also. If you don't need the snow rating they also have a DW version.
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