Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2000 22:04:08 -0400
From: Bob <>
Subject: Re: Help - Need Tire Recommendations

On 4 Oct 2000 15:07:52 GMT, (rjs) wrote: >It's time to replace my Saab's OEM tires. It's a US 99 9-3 SE with the >205/50-16 Michelin Pilot HX's. These have been wonderful tires but I don't >want to spend that much money this time around. To keep cost down, I'm willing >to give up some performance, don't need winter traction, and don't want >high-mileage/long life. I would like to keep or improve comfort (quiet and >ride quality). Please weigh in with any recommendations or experiences. TIA, >RJ Go out to Select "Search by size" (right side of page, small print) Enter your size and see what's available. You can see consumer ratings and comments on any tire by clicking in the list of results. Pirelli's and Yokohama's are my personal favorites. Michelins are OK but usually pricy and slick in the rain. Oddly enough, you can often get all season or "ultra" high performance tires for less money that what would appear to be cheaper tires like non-all-seasons or just "high performance". Don't ask me why... more competition perhaps. Tires with more aggressive tread patterns tend to be noisier but checks the survey results to see what consumers say about real world results. Make sure that whatever you get has a speed rating equal to your OEM tires ie., if you have V or Z rated tires you should replace yours with similar. If you have a non-turbo you may be able to get by with H rated tires. Be aware that tires rated for higher speeds generally perform much better in all types or driving. Watch the UTQG ratings for tire life. bob

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