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Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 09:40:43 -0400
From: 'nuther Bob <nonenopsam.nom>
Subject: Re: 1999 9-5 SE V6 Tires

On 6 May 2003 18:44:31 -0700, (jk) wrote: <snip> > I >just replaced with two Michelin MXV4 Energy Plus tires for the rear >and wasted money on Kumho. Although I told them to replace with the >SAME tires (factory original), the tire shop replaced with Energy Plus >"H" rated tires which is new model by Michelin having a different >tread patterns with the original MXV4 Energy "V" Rated. They told me >that the original tires no longer available. That's not true. The "Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus" is H rated, the "Michelin Energy MXV4" is V rated. See this URL: I got this from the tirerack site, I'm sure you can confirm it with the Michelin site and on the phone to them. I'd do that before calling the shop onto the carpet for lying to you. >1. Will this be O.K. that Energy and Energy Plus to be mixed? >- two in fronts are Energy with about 15K life left. >- two in rears are Energy Plus, Brand New First, you shouldn't mix tires with different handling characteristics. In general, this means that you should never mix different tire models. Also, you should *not* mix speed ratings. The reason is that the handling characteristics of a V rated tire are different from an H rated tire. The v rated tire will respond more quickly (typically) and the mismatch may cause a problem in an emergency situation. I think the H rated tire is also too low a speed rating for that car, but I am not familiar with the speed rating of the V6 engine, so maybe it is OK. Check your manual. >2. Shall I have them re-change with "V" rated Energy Plus tires? Yes. Confirm that the V is still made. Then insist that they pay all expenses. > >Those two in the fronts are still good tires that I don't want to >change at this time. That's fine. I might buy 4 V rated tires, but if you need to save a few bucks, keep going with those. The only danger is that they (really) stop making that tire and you end up in this same boat in a year. Bob

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