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The stock Conti's are shot (thank god). I'm ready to get some new (better) rubber on the V50. Keeping in mind that I will run dedicated winter tires next year, I'm looking for advice on the best tire to address the remainder of the year, most importantly the shoulder seasons. <p>Basically, its a decision between Summers or All-Seasons.<p>Here's the catch: I spend a lot of time up in the mountains (year round). Typically I'll encounter snow as late as June and as early as September. Although, here in town, its typically very dry through the summer and fall. <p>I've searched and read through many of the posts here on Swedespeed and TireRack, but I'm still not convinced I've found THE tire for my driving environment.<p>Any and all advice is appreciated, especially from drivers in CO and the Mountain West.<p>Cheers! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by flying uittos at 12:33 PM 5-7-2009</i>
 

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Re: best combo for 06' V50 in Colorado? (flying uittos)

I was looking for advice too but will offer my current thinking....<p>I'm just about to order four Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S from Costco. The reviews look good on Tire Rack and Consumer Reports. Like you I understand that we can encounter snow almost any month of the year. I've seen flurries on the first and last days of summer here at 7,600' in Evergreen, and we too spend a lot of time at higher elevations. I always use real snow tires in the winter, but to me summer in Colorado is like "all season" most anywhere else.<p>FWIW, Costco.com has a $70 discount on the tires through June 7th, which makes them less expensive after mounting than Tire Rack even with the sales tax. And its hard to beat the lifetime rotation and balancing.
 

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Re: best combo for 06' V50 in Colorado? (jackf)

Thanks for the advice jackf. I probably will end up going with an A/S vs. a summer tire. <br>Like you I'm looking at the Michelin Exalto's as well as Yoko Avid H4S and Pirelli PZero Nero M+S (wife really liked our last set of Pirelli's). I've already tried Kumho's and Bridgestone's and haven't been too impressed, so I'm looking in a new direction.<br>Thanks for the tip on Costco. My in-laws are always telling me to check them out for tires, so maybe its about time I did. <br>Maybe we'll see you out on 70 or 285?<br>Cheers <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: best combo for 06' V50 in Colorado? (flying uittos)

I ran PZero Nero M+S on my R, and they were great in most conditions. Not the greatest in snow, but that shouldn't be a concern as you plan to run dedicated winters. They should be a great choice as a 3-season Colorado tire.
 

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Re: best combo for 06' V50 in Colorado? (02s60t5)

I highly recommend Pirelli PZero Nero M+S in 17" provided you are a good driver and will slow down<br>in any snow. Snow tires such as Vred Wintrac Xtremes can be used for longer duration when<br>there is chance for spring snow and then go A/S for the summer. If you have high income I would<br>recommend the Michelin A/S plus because it is a wear monster and if you do not use all year it will<br>give good life, with good carbon and compound juices if stored in complete darkness
 
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