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Tires Make All The Difference

Originally Posted by hamada128 View Post
Do you also think the W140 is not that good in rain?
I had my S320 fish tails easily before. I feel my W210 (RWD) has more stability than my W140 in rain or snow.

The compound and tread design of the tires determine how these beasts(or any vehicle) handle in rain and snow. I've heard that Blizzak's are incredible snow tires, and I have zero complaints about the Michelin Premier's I now ride on here in Florida.

When I traveled back to PA from Florida(12/15, 1300 miles) after I bought my S420, I was on slightly dry rotted, older Michelin MXV4's. I was greatly exceeding speed limits the entire trip thru hurricane type rain for hundreds of miles. The vehicle exceeded my expectations as I whizzed past long lines of vehicles running well under posted limits. Sure the vehicle "lifted" as I drove thru certain low spots, but I always felt I was in control, and was able to "catch" the skid easily when it wanted to get sideways. The balance of these vehicles is excellent IMO.

Regarding the worst Benz, from what I read online and hear from former owners, the smaller/cheaper Benz products seem to be a disappointment to many folks. I can assure you not ALL MB products are built to the highest standards. My reasoning leans toward... the older the better!

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