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The winter is long over and I need new summer tires (running winter tires now).<p>Pirelli Rosso gave me no problems and I enjoyed them but now they are like F1 tires. They lasted long enough for the 220 rating so no complaining.<p>People allways complained about the Roso on this forum (and on TireRack) and this is why I question if it is something subjective or I am lucky. On the other hand Rosso are best sellers on TireRack <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I saw that Bridgestone come out with the Pole Position replacement the Potenza RE050A Pole Position (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Bridgestone&tireModel=Potenza+RE050A+Pole+Position&partnum=345YR7RE050APP&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&place=1)<p>I always wanted to try the S-03 Pole Position but could not justify the expense for the car I was driving before. There is also a monetary motivation for these as the price is $161 after rebate.<p>Is any of you running the Potenza RE050A Pole Position? What is your impression?<p>Thanks
 

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Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position (doru)

If you liked or found nothing wrong with the PZeros, then (and this is just my opinion) why go with another tire, especially if it is more expensive? Don't worry about what everyone else says (personally, I can't stand the PZeros) and just keep what you enjoy. Different tires WILL change the way your car handles. Who knows, you might not like the way a different tire feels.<p>For more information on "high performance" tires that compete in this cateogry, you should take a look at the article published in Car and Driver back in December '05. Here's a link to it online:<p><A HREF="http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=4&article_id=10252" TARGET="_blank">http://www.caranddriver.com/ar...10252</A><p>If I were you and wanted to try something new (either to save some money or just to try something new), I'd probably go with the best, yet most economical tire in the test.<p>Just my $.000000000000000002.<p>-Eric
 

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Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position (Sue Esponte)

I was looking to something else because I can always use more grip, especially the G kind of grip with a so heavy car.<p>Unfortunately there is just not enough info for this tire and his little brother doesn't have too good reviews. Add to that the 94 load ratting and it doesn't look good at all.
 

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Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position (doru)

Have you thought about some of the top line A/S tires, like the Michelin Pilot A/S or the Pirelli's?<p>I have about 8200 miles on my Rosso's and will replace them in the Fall with a really good A/S tire. I just don't want to have to fool with two sets of tires for the Seattle area. I'm doing that on our other Volvo and its a pita. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position (Lead Foot 60)

I always had two sets of tire and wheels on my cars even for cars far from sporty. I like to go out in the winter in not so good conditions and have lots of fun on the road and on the mountain (including driving above average speed on snow) and not worry about tires.<p>Last winter I made quite a few trips over Stevens Pass in snow storm conditions and the car felt sure footed doing 50 MPH while everybody else was going 20 up AND down the final climb. I had snow tires on her.<p>I also don't want to carry chains for this car due to the special required chains - spider style (they are expensive and bulky to store). I used many types of chains including cables that some people talked about here, and even cables managed to damage one of my cars that has far more clearance than R. So no chains/cables for my R. This is besides the fact that chains require you to install/uninstall and not go over 25-30 MPH if you don't want to damage your R.<p>If you have A/S tires and no chains the cops will stop/fine you even with AWD in some places here. That is sometimes the case going up to Paradise on Mt Rainier and in some days up Stevens Pass. The problem is that when you leave home it may be Ok up there but by the time you get there (about 2.5 hours) it may be snow storm, and the weather forecast is far from precise.<p>This is a highly personal choice. It requires having a garage with available storage space, tools, getting dirty twice a year, and switching between sets at the right time. And of course it takes time. Money is not really an issue besides the initial wheel cost ($1000); you will not pay more on tires because you are not using both sets at the same time.<p>It all depends on what are using your R for and how much effort is worth for you to put into this.<p>I agree that there are better things in life than switching tires.
 

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Re: Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position (doru)

Go to; <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=70281&page=2" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/z...age=2</A> for a more recent thread. You will see that replacing the Pirelli P-Crappos with the Bridgestone PolePositions will make a huge difference and be a great all year around tire for your R. The last ice storm we had in Delaware will attest to my positive experience.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Viking at 5:56 PM 10-6-2007</i>
 
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