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Old 12-31-2018, 02:19 PM
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Need New Tires

The C is getting near to needing some new tires, 15k after I drove it off the lot.
Needless to say, the runflat Continentals (at $1,200 a set) will not be going back on.

Pretty strongly considering going with the same Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ that we have on our Flex, as they've been great on there too. Going high a high performance all-season for the longer life & am ok to sacrifice a bit of max performance for it. Also, given that the Sport pkg on the C gives a staggered setup, having non-directional tires would allow L/R rotation, without having to dismount the tires.

Browsing Tirerack, a couple other high-rated options are there as well.

225/40-19 & 255/35-19

Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+
Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric A/S

The Potenza is Tirerack's #1 rated high-perf A/S, followed by the Michelin; the Conti & Goodyear being 5 & 11, out of 28. The above are all UTQG 500 or more.

Even though I wasn't a big of fan of the Potenza my aunt had on her IS300 (back in 2005-7) they may take the lead over the Michelin due to being over $100 cheaper for a set & having a better warranty. Michelin halves the treadwear warranty on staggered setups.

Any others I should consider?
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Ordered a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS for the C.
Discount made a great deal (price-matched TireRack & included road hazard) & they were ~$300 cheaper than the Michelins I was originally looking at.
The Potenzas are TireRack's top rated performance All-Season, just edging out the Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ which was what I was originally planning on.

Should be going on Friday.
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Ordered a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS for the C.
Discount made a great deal (price-matched TireRack & included road hazard) & they were ~$300 cheaper than the Michelins I was originally looking at.
The Potenzas are TireRack's top rated performance All-Season, just edging out the Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ which was what I was originally planning on.

Should be going on Friday.
I love Michelin, but that's a good deal. I'm sure they'll be great tires either way. And Discount Tire is awesome!
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Short-term review, these Potenzas are quieter & manage road imperfections better than the Contis they replaced. Steering feels a bit more direct, though that could be a bit of placebo
Happy with them so far, will see how they handle the next Houston deluge of rain.
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