Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 14:40:58 -0600
From: "B" <Bnopsamm>
Subject: Re: V rated tires really necessary ?

I own a 1996 CSE and recently purchased Michelin's MXV+ (M-rated) as recommended by my friends at the SAAB service department in my town. My reasons are similar to yours. Those darned V-rated tires cost a fortune!! Also, I live in a snow prone climate 6 months out of the year and with the V's the snow might just as well be grease! I have snow tires, but find it burdensome and expensive to be switching back and forth twice a year. My point is this: I find my M-rated tires to perform adequately, but I can definitely tell they are not V-rated tires. I miss the excellent performance of the V's (cornering, stability, road grip). If I had the chance to do it all over again, I'd buy the V's. I made the same decision you probably will by going with a less expensive, yet longer lasting tire, and sacrifice the optimum performance capabilities our SAAB's are truly designed for. Are they really necessary?? NO, but beware that when you're in the midst of a split-second maneuvering decision, you'll thank those V-rated tires. Brian "Stephen McCracken" <> wrote in message news:ePJEaTOT$GA.332nopsamnbbsa03... > The Saab 9000 turbo calls for V rated tires but are they really necessary ? > The cost per tire is about 2X a S or T rated. If one drives conservatively > and doesn't take corners too sharply, won't the lesser rated tires suffice ? > >

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