Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 14:32:16 GMT
From: "Skid" <skid2nopsamast.net>
Subject: Re: Best tyres for 9-3?


"Viktor Haag" <vhaagnopsamnet> wrote in message news:1zsmoyz2aw.fsfnopsamrun.rim.net... > I wanted to replace the Michelin Pilots that came as OEM on my > 2000 9-3 SE. After a bit of research it came down to Pirellis or > Kumho ECSTA Supras. I chose the latter, as my experience with > Pirellis was that they're longer lasting, but have a tendency to > get very noisy, very quickly. > > As I was able to get the Kumhos at a remarkable discount, I > figured the lessened life of them would be made up by the > discounted price. > > I have been very pleased indeed with their performance in the dry > and wet, and they are indeed remarkably quiet; all three an > improvement over the original Pilots, in my opinion. > I second the nomination. When I bought my '99 9-3 SE two years ago, it had nearly new Pirellis mounted. They were noisy as hell, but I didn't want to waste money replacing fresh tires. A couple of months of whistling and whoosing later, I hit a pothole and blew a sidewall -- something else Pirellis are infamous for doing. I replaced all four tires with Kumho Ecsta 712s because they were a serious bargain and I liked the aggressive look. I was surprised to find out that they were better than the much more expensive Pirellis in every way, more stick dry and wet and far less noise. I've been told they suck in snow, but every Saab I've owned would get around fine in a foot or less of the white stuff on any kind of tire that happened to be mounted.

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