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I was told I HAVE to get V-rated tires at one shop, but another says no. Can I go with the H rated tires for my family orientated car in the Boston area. Any suggestions for make, how about the BF Goodrich Touring series? Also considering Seperate snows....

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H rated tires are designed to operate at speeds up to 130 mph, while V rated are designed for speeds up to 149 mph. Both are high performance tires, and may be overkill for a family wagon. To open-up your options and save you some money, you might also consider T rated tires, which are good for up to 118 mph.

As for recommendations, I put T rated 195/60R15 Michelin X-One's on my 95 wagon last winter. I've been very happy with the handling and ride, and found them to be extremely capable in rain and snow. They also have tremendously long tread life, in fact, they used to warrant these for as long as you owned your car, but they backed-off 80,000 miles a few years ago. Another good choice is the Michelin MXV4 or Energy MXV4 Plus. These come as original equipment on many European cars like Mercedes, BMW, & VW (not sure about Volvo though). They are slightly more performance oriented and come in H and V ratings, but are also more expensive and have shorter tread life.

But don't let me sell you on Michelin, there are a lot of good tires out there. Check-out some of these links for additional info:
http://www.tirerack.com/ http://www.discounttiredirect.com/ http://www.michelin-us.com/us/eng/tire/auto/p1.htm
 

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What was the rating of the oem tire that came on your car? Even though the V-rated tires will far outseed your driving habits, they are built to withstand higher temps and less prone to sidewall collapse which increases the saftey factor of your drive.
I have a relatve who recently replaced the original Z-rated tires (spine numbing on less than perfect roads) with BF Goodrich Comp T/A VR-4 on his 850 turbo. He has been very happy with his purchase and also said that the price difference between the H, V, and Z rating was approximately $10 a tire.
 
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