Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 21:52:08 GMT From: bakernopsamnet (Tim R. Baker) Subject: Re: Saab '95 900SE Tires
On 19 Nov 1997 06:16:24 GMT, philipa66nopsamcom (PhilipA66) wrote: >Just bought a used 900SE 1995 and the tires (believe Michilin 205 50 R16) are > almost worn. looking for a good all weather tire rather than going with a > winter summer tire solution. what have peopled tried that they like or is the > best solution a winter summer one. > >Thanks in advance > >Phil Phil, I had a 95 900SE V6 that I drove through two W.PA winters. The original equipment tires were 196-60VR15 Michelin MXV4s. These were rated all-season. But, during the first snowstorm, I found out they were not very good for snow. While trying to get up the the hill to my house, the wheels were spinning fruitlessly, and the traction control practically shut the engine off. There I was in the middle of the hill, full throttle, engine chugging like a lawnmower engine on bad gas, and slowly drifting backwards. I couldn't turn off the TCS because that was one of the many gremlins the car had. The TCS could not be switched off. Anyway, the next day I ordered a set of four Goodyear Eagle GW snow tires mounted on new OE rims for about $550. I got them as a package from The Tire Rack. No trouble going up hills after that. I would advise snow tires on all four corners for winter and regular tires in summer. Buy the snows mounted on rims to save your nice alloy wheels from the ravages of winter and the tire changer twice a year. For what its worth, I just installed a set of Dunlop SP Sport 9000s on my 94 900 Turbo Convertible which also came new with Michelins. The improvement in the handling response was impressive. I would reccomend these as summer replacements. They are not cheap, but you get what you pay for. To sum it up, all season tires are at best, a compromise. My advice is get a set of each and enjoy all the performance your car has to offer in the summer and get where you want to go in the winter. Check out Tire Racks winter packages at www.tirerack.com. You will probably not find a better price anywhere. I dont work for them either, I'm just a satisfied repeat customer. Hope it helps, Tim.