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For those who care, I am still more than pleased with the Goodyear Comfortreds. They remain very quiet and are working great; they are not the best tire I've driven on in the rain, but that is the only less-than-positive thing I can say about them. I did a lot of research before buying them, and it yielded great results.

I snapped this pic earlier tonight, I know you can't tell a whole lot from a pic, but this is after 41,000+ miles. I'm very impressed all the way around.

Take care and enjoy the ride,
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You complain about handling in the rain in record-breaking drought?
I bought expensive Michelins from Tire rack for son's car and with about 10% wear he trashed one tire picking up some junk at job site.
I think I am done with expensive tires and will go cheap next time.


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^^^I'm not complaining, not one bit. I only offer that observation in an attempt at full disclosure, to be as honest as I can about the tires. Besides, the drought only makes the wet traction more apparent when it does actually rain.

Speaking of complaining, you're done with expensive tires because your son drives places where they get ruined?

I've done both in my lifetime, and believe me I blanched quite a bit at the cost on these (a bit over $200 per tire including mounting, balancing and a RHW), but I don't regret a penny of it. I've had michis, pirellis and contis on the W210, and for the things that were most important to me (particularly noise!) these run away from the rest. Just terrific tires...and I've never been a particular fan of Goodyear tires, so they've earned my respect.



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Trashing expensive tire with no insurance (when bought from Tire Rack) is a valid tough.
Fact is that wife black W210 is 2nd car in last 20 years that we kept long enough to wear set of tires. I had good deal on Firehawks few years back and liked the tires on my ski trips, unlike Michelins I was using most of the time.
Than when I was looking for replacement over a year ago, the deal on 1/2 price on Firehawks did not exist anymore and with similar prices I went for Michelins.
Now we do have 18" wheels and long lasting tires in this size are non-existent.
Lastly we don't drive 1 car that much to wear 60+k tires before they age.
I recall CancerResearcher driving on 90k rated Michelins Hydro, but he is having fun with his W123 lately, as I have not seen him here for long time.


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...I snapped this pic earlier tonight, I know you can't tell a whole lot from a pic, but this is after 41,000+ miles. I'm very impressed all the way around.
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41,000 miles is very impressive! I've never gotten much more than 30,000 miles and I've had Continentals and Michelins then Continentals again. All of them expensive tires...

I recently bought a set of Falken Ziex ZE912 for $99 each plus mounting and balancing at Big O Tires and so far (~4,000 miles) I really like them. They are quiet and smooth with good steering response and seem fine in the rain. I especially liked the price!

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He's driving on those low friction wet roads

41k is impressive by the way they look, appears a decent amount before getting to the wear marks.

I've not had good luck with tire wear lately on any of our vehicles.
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I used to put Uniroyal's on 15 years ago, I have been using the cheap tyres and have not noticed any difference.
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He's driving on those low friction wet roads

41k is impressive by the way they look, appears a decent amount before getting to the wear marks.

I've not had good luck with tire wear lately on any of our vehicles.
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41,000 miles is very impressive! I've never gotten much more than 30,000 miles and I've had Continentals and Michelins then Continentals again. All of them expensive tires...

I recently bought a set of Falken Ziex ZE912 for $99 each plus mounting and balancing at Big O Tires and so far (~4,000 miles) I really like them. They are quiet and smooth with good steering response and seem fine in the rain. I especially liked the price!

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Fred, 41K is impressive, but what's more impressive is they still have lots and lots of life left and they are still riding nice and quiet.

Now I'm not sure I would have laid out the cash for them if they didn't also have a good wear rating, but one of my primary concerns when I bought tires was noise. I'd loved the contis (that's what these replaced) when they were new, but halfway through their life (which also was rather meager) they were noisy, noisy, noisy. Ugh.

I've been happy with these tires since day one. Not so much with the tire installation idiots at Sam's Club (stupidly I assumed they might be as on the ball as Costco) but that's not the tires' fault. Again, the only thing that has been less than stellar with them is that they are not all that great on wet roads, but it's just a reminder to slow down more than you think you need to, and I tend to be pretty cautious in the wet anyway. They do everything else very, very well.

Given how much tread is still on them I think there's at least another 25K left in these, maybe even more, before they get so close to the wear bars that I think about replacing them. I don't like them to get too worn, and by then they will be about six years old anyway. Of course living in California the car could get totaled tomorrow the way people drive here, so it's all a crap shoot.

Fred, let me know how the Falkens wear. I've heard too many people complain about them having weird wear patterns and other quality issues. They were on my initial search list, but were not particularly well rated for noise, so they were dropped pretty quickly.




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...Fred, let me know how the Falkens wear. I've heard too many people complain about them having weird wear patterns and other quality issues. They were on my initial search list, but were not particularly well rated for noise, so they were dropped pretty quickly.
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Will do. If you're shopping for tires in a year or two, you're welcome to look at and drive my car to see how the Falkens are holding up.

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Will do. If you're shopping for tires in a year or two, you're welcome to look at and drive my car to see how the Falkens are holding up.

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My GF has them on her CL and after three years and 15,000 miles they are done, with odd wear on the edges (though inflated properly) and it feels like the belts are walking around when you drive it. In talking with some other folks, including a couple of guys at tire shops, apparently such unusual wear is not all that rare. Maybe it's just a question of quality control and most are okay while others are not, I've just heard too much to discount it entirely.

Again, however, had they been better rated for noise I probably would have purchased them, they were about half the price of the Goodyears, though I doubt they'd have lasted to this point.

This is one of those times when I have zero buyer's remorse.



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