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#5036 of 6720 Replacement tires
Jul 14, 2003 (6:11 am)
I am looking to replace the OEM Michelin MXV4 tires that came with my 2001 4-matic wagon. The mnileage has been great (40,000)with a reasonable amount of tread left, but the tires have been plagued with punctures, leaks etc. MY Mercedes dealership recommends replacing with the same tire. Does anyone have any suggestions for a replacement tire, I have considered the Michelin energy MXV4 Plus and the Bridgestone Potenza Re 950. I am open to your comments and ideas. I need an all season tire that can handle snow here in Massachusetts. Thanks
#5037 of 6720 MB Reliabilty
Jul 14, 2003 (5:55 pm)
Having owned a number of MBs (5) and BMWs (2), my 98 E300 Turbodiesel is the best overall vehicle I have ever owned considering performance, economy, handling and reliability! Yes, reliability! No problems in 112,000 miles and I yet to do the brake pads! Have had a Toyota Prius the past year which I really enjoy because I am a mileage nut. The wife enjoys the E300 now.
The 97 BMW 740iL was a reliability problem - lots of little things. The 98 BMW 328iC was okay, but the convertible was a poor ride on rough roads.
#5038 of 6720 Luck of the Drive...
Jul 15, 2003 (7:02 am)
Reading, not just this board, but others mfg boards, it seems that it is all luck whether you get a no problem car, a few problem car or a lemon...
If you do get a problem car, then the issue is whether or not your service center fixes the problems to your satisfaction. Granted, some cars maybe more prone to having problems than others (but from the survey that may not be the case), but it just seems to be luck of the drive...
Jul 15, 2003 (9:48 am)
Sounds as though you've had good mileage with your original Michelin MXV4 tires. But enduring many problems with leaks, etc., can be a real bummer.
I put new Yokohama AVS Db tires (235/45ZR-17) and 17" wheels on my E320. The tires are designed to be very quiet, and they were at first. But like others who post on this board, at 10,000 miles I began experiencing lots of noise between 30 and 60 mph. Had only one puncture -- large screw embedded in the front left tire and a resulting slow leak. Fixed in February and no problem since. But I probably won't get more than 20,000 miles on them, and I won't buy Yokos again (reputation for being noisy).
Several on this board a while back strongly recommended Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season, but they're pretty expensive. However, Tire Rack rates them highly, as do many users. Suggest you go to www.tirerack.com and read all the reviews. I've done that, and I'm anxious to replace my Yokos with them (at more than $2000 each!).
Let us know what you decide.
#5040 of 6720 replacement tires
Jul 15, 2003 (1:20 pm)
My OE tires, Goodyear Eagle LS has about 31k miles, they wear very evenly (should go to 40k before replacing), have not had a nail/screw in them, and they hold the 35psi tire pressure very well (no significant leak after 6 months). The only complaint I have is they are rather noisy on freeways, since new. I plan to replace them eventually with Dunlop SP Sport A2, they are rated very favarably on TireRack.com for all catagories. At $89 per tire, it seems like a good choice. Does anyone have any pro/con comments?
Jul 15, 2003 (2:49 pm)
I have just one comment -- you get what you pay for. Have you checked the specs on the $89 tire? I would be hesitant to put a tire like that on an E-Class Mercedes.
#5042 of 6720 Luck of the drive - luck varies
Jul 15, 2003 (3:21 pm)
Edsoto - any individual experience with a new car purchase is luck of the drive. The question though, is how (un)lucky are you likely to be.
With MB you are more likely to be unlucky both during the initial 90-day ownership interval and over 3 to 5 years of ownershp than with ANY major, competitive luxury brand such as Lexus, Infiniti, Acura and BMW. All of the major mid segment Japanese branded vehicles: Toyota, Honda, Nissan will also be luckier choices. Some domestically branded cars will be luckier but the difference in the luck is lower.
It is luck of the drive. But you can start out with a more luck in some cases than in others.
Jul 15, 2003 (3:53 pm)
I just put new Michelin Pilot sports on my 2000 E430 sport (total current mileage, 21,400). I have about 1,000 miles on the new tires now and so far, so good. They are quiet. The total price was just under $1,000 including the four wheel alignment.
I just had my "B" service done at the dealership today and when I picked up my car, I overheard a gentleman talking with one of the service guys about tires. The service guy said that every brand of "low profile" tires will get noisy at 10,000 miles and just get noisy-er as the mileage increases.
Well, I guess there are trade off's for the look vs. the longevity and noise.
#5044 of 6720 engine electronics message E430
Jul 15, 2003 (4:52 pm)
I recently purchased a 1998 E430 Sport with 50,000 miles on it. Just a few days after purchasing it (from a private party) I had to have the crank shaft replaced. I had the repair done at the MB dealer in West Palm Beach. Before taking the car in for a 60,000 mile maintenance visit, our horn went on the blink. We also noticed that the light in the glove compartment did not come on and that the side view mirror on the passenger side didn't move when putting the car in reverse. Our rear Bose speakers don't work. Additionally, the odometer reader (LCD screen) keeps fading. Our mechanic, a reputable garage in Boca Raton, told us, after checking the car and doing maintenance on it, that the car was in good shape and not to worry. The next day (today) the message "engine electonics" and "check engine" came on. I am very concerned of what this can be and am really deciding of selling the car. Any ideas before I call my mechanic?
Jul 15, 2003 (4:57 pm)
In response to Mark 156, the tires on my 1998 E430 sport are very noise. They are top of the line and everyone that had ridden in my car is shocked by how loud the sound is. It is very embarrasing. I do think that the longer I drive it the worse it has become.