Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001 10:28:45 +1100
From: Peter Wilkins <wilkinspnopsamail.com.au>
Subject: Re: Replacement Tyres for 98 Saab 9-5SE in Oz?


On Thu, 8 Nov 2001 00:40:29 GMT, "Paul" <norsoftnopsamoblue.net.au> wrote : >Hi Peter, > I had about 42,000Km on the Michelins on my 99 9-5 when I noticed a flat > tyre as I reversed out of the garage. The case had split on the front > passenger side tyre. (an unusual thing to happen, but it happened on my > wifes car as well last week ! ) I replaced them with Pirelli 4000. These > are a cheaper tyre (with a lower rating) and as others have said are > quieter and feel smoother. I was getting quotes on Michelin Pilots so I > am suprised they are not around , but then I suppose there are many > different types ? These tyres feel a bit lighter that the Michelins and I > think they need to be re-balanced as there is some shake at 110k's so it;s > back to Bob Jane's. I changed the back 2 at 45,000km as well. According > to the saab dealer they only had about 4,000k's left at the last service. > So, when you say you only get 60,000k's, from my perspective you're doin' > well. I asked the guy at Bob Jane's about some Pirelli 8000s he had > lying around and he said that someone had them fitted to their volvo and > only managed 14,000k's. > Thanks Paul, I haven't got 60,000Km yet - that was the estimate - am only at 55 so far, but from what I have now read, that seems to be par for the course. I used to get 60,000 Miles with Michelins on my old 99's. The OEM Michelin Pilots are not available anymore - but there are others available (forget the designation) which are quoted at $450 each, which seem a trifle exe to me. I've been talked out of the Pirelli's from several sources now, your info confirmed it! I didn't think the Dunlop Monza and Goodyear Eagle GA+ tyres looked well made, but I think the Goodyears would be OK. However, for an extra $20 per tyre, I have been taken by some Yokohama V210's that Bob Jane suggested. They are $190 each, look great, have good recommendation for directional stability, handling and quietness, but may not last quite as long. They are directional too, so that limits the tyre rotation scheme. I think I will go for them in the next month or so. Thanks again for the advice. -- Regards, Peter Wilkins

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