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Thanks piotr for the reply in the tire rack forum. It pisses me off how they only answer questions that are for the high performance. I moderate a guitar gear forum and I don't ignore questions... I only don't answer if I don't know the answer or I have nothing to say or add to it. I gaurantee they know the answer my tire question!!!<br> <br> Since my wheels are ugly and have lost their nice finish, I'd like to replace them. Probably with some new OEM wheels. Or would new C-class wheels work and look better? Only one of my wheels looks good... I don't know why.<br> <br> My tires have probably at least another 6 months left of tread, hopefully more. When it comes time to change I'd like to put different wheels on and different tires (so I don't have to balance twice). I would like tires that are quiet, smooth riding, and do well in the snow and rain. I don't need performance tires or anything, since this car is NO speed demon! :) <br> <br> Thanks
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Sure, I've got burned by Luke on Tire Forum many times. Only when I noticed they removed my unfavorable opinion of Yokohamas Avid T4's and asked him if they do such a thing routinely, he responded (They put my review back on :)).<br> <br> Now, TireRack DOES have a decent selection of wheels. For 190, I would NOT suggest upgrades to 16 or 17-inch wheels; specifically if you don't want high performance. <br> <br> Now, for rain and dry driving, you need a wider (shorter footprint) tire with stiffer sidewall, while for snow you need narrower,(longer footprint) tire with softer sidewall that stay soft below 32F. Do you see a paradox??<br> <br> I'm right now in a dilemma myself-with our diesels, we actually DO need a high performance tire, because with 0-60 in 17.2 sec you have to take turns at a higher speed, since you cannot accelerate out of turn as in E models. I bought Yok's Avid T4's, (a touring tire-good snow traction, ok rain, very sloppy in turns with strong sideways roll in dry). Its a comfortable, cheap tire, but way better than, for instance, Bridgestone Eagers (same price). I'm ready to buy new tires , and I narrowed it down to 4 - Bridgestone Potenza RE 950, Dunlop Sport A2, Firestone Firehawk SH 30, and Yokohama avid H4 . looks like for the money, Dunlops are the best. One problem- everyone who bought these tires for a rear wheel drive car complains of poor snow traction. Somebody below described Bridgestone Turanza as an exellent tire including snow traction. The problem-it's about $25-$30 more expensive then any above. <br> Stay clear of Pirelli-they have horrible all-season tires. Michelin is WAY overpriced for what you are getting. Continentals are OEM tires for Mercs, but a) they have a blah performance,and b) they are expensive.<br> <br> As to the wheels, call Tirerack and talk to the sales people-they'll help you (I think I found 2 wheels that look good.)don't let them talk you into buying chromes!!.<br> Just remember, I'd suggest 0-upgrade for tires to 195/60/15-HUGE difference!!<br> <br> Good luck<br>
 

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Re: Hey Nate .

Hey, I'd gladly help you with the guitar. I moderate the gear forum for www.cyberfret.com Just click on the forums link on the main page, register, and come on in.<br> <br> How much would you be asking for a new set of good condition rims? Thanks!
 

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Re: Hey Nate .

I assume that you have an 84, which uses a 14' rim & tire. An easy upgrade is to go to 15's. I can get you stock 15 hole wheels or the later 8 hole that came on 94-95 E-class. The stock 15's are $55 each wheel. The upgraded 8 holes are about $110 each. Thanks and I will check out that guitar forum. <br> Pat<br> [email protected]
 
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