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My dealer claims the Pirelli P6 is the best tire (235/45 R17 94V) for the T5 in Arizona conditions.<p>They're $170 each installed.<p>I've pinch flatted these tires twice and the ride is a bit harsh (I realize many prefer this).<p>I'd like to find an alternative that is more cost effective and provides more of a comfortable ride (taller profile perhaps?).<p>thanks in advance.<p>
 

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Re: Is there an acceptable alternative to the Pirelli P6 for the V70 T5?? (Misery Goat)

The Falken Ziex ZE-912 is consumer reports #1 ultra high performance all season tire. I've got them on my V70 and my S40. Discount tire has them for $120 each but at Discount tire direct they are $100 each. Just call your local discount tire explain this to them and the'll give you the $100 price.<p>I got 4 installed on my V70 for $505 after taxes and everything. Definitely a better ride than the Michelin Pilots I had before. I shopped around quite a bit and this was a smoking deal. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> Just got back from a big road trip in the V70 and had no problems with them.<p>FYI I'm also in Arizona and between the two cars I've put almost 10K miles on them.<p>Discount Tire Direct link...<br><A HREF="http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/findTireDetail.do?yr=2003&pc=18150&counter=1&ar=45&rd=17&vid=008342&sw=false&cs=235" TARGET="_blank">http://www.discounttiredirect....s=235</A><p><IMG SRC="http://www.u.arizona.edu/~mjfinch/Tires/P7250121.JPG" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://www.u.arizona.edu/~mjfinch/Tires/P7250123.JPG" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Is there an acceptable alternative to the Pirelli P6 for the V70 T5?? (Misery Goat)

Mine came with the P6 tires, and they ran fairly well. I think I got about 55K miles, and then switched to the Kumho Ecsta AST. Got about 35K miles from them. Now I'm running the P6 again as I thought they did the better job. Both ran fairly quiet and since I'm a very easy driver met my needs for cornering braking etc. Tire rack lists the P6 at $111, and the AST at $79. My local America's tire Company shop will match anyone's prices, so I print out the cost of shipping etc. from tire rack and they match it plus mounting. <p>There low aspect ratio tires are easy to run flat and ruin them. I did it twice, and while I didn't destroy the tire, I did do some damage and had to replace it. As a result, I bought a tire pressure monitoring system and LOVE it! It gives you the pressure for each tire, and sounds an alarm if the pressure drops below a certain level. I bought the Schrader Bridgeport model from my local dealer and installed it myself. Orange also seemed like a pretty reasonable model. Good Luck!<p>Jerry
 

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Re: Is there an acceptable alternative to the Pirelli P6 for the V70 T5?? (timewstr)

thanks timewstr, how would characterize your driving? would you say these tires are quiet? the image you linked is the exact wheel I have and it appears the profile may be slightly taller than the P6 which is a good thing I think.<p>Thanks again.
 

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Re: Is there an acceptable alternative to the Pirelli P6 for the V70 T5?? (jjwoomer)

Thanks JJ, I think I'm done with the low profile type tires. I just drive too hard, i really like the comfort and quiet of the T5 but the tires are a shortcoming imo. <p>
 

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Re: Is there an acceptable alternative to the Pirelli P6 for the V70 T5?? (Misery Goat)

Spirited, city driving, but that is usually hampered by the traffic in front of me and the kiddo in the car seat behind me. With the S40 I'm definitely more spirited, lighter car, more horsepower, no kiddo, same tires, different size.<p>Just got back from 2400 mile road trip through Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico. Drove in sun, rain, sand, dirt, absolutely no problems. Did lots of driving at 80 mph on the interstates and back roads, nice and quiet.<p>I'm not a tire expert but when I bought the S40 it had the Falkens on it and I really liked them. Then I saw consumer reports listed them at #1, then I found a screaming deal on them at discount tire. Seemed like a no brainier for the V70.
 

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Re: Is there an acceptable alternative to the Pirelli P6 for the V70 T5?? (Misery Goat)

The P6 is about the worst tire you can have.<br>Almost ANY other tire will be better<br><A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.tirerack.com</A>
 

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Re: Is there an acceptable alternative to the Pirelli P6 for the V70 T5?? (timewstr)

Thanks! I think I will give them a try. Cheers. Mark.
 

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Hello again, it's time for tires and it appears the Falken ZE-912 has been discontinued. There is a ZE-612 that is supposed to be the same or similar. Does anyone have any experience with these tires??

The Falkens were a marked improvement over the Pirellis so I am planning on going the same route if the 612 proves to be the same tire.

Thanks in advance.
 

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CONTI DWs or DWSs if you ever go into light snow
 

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I hear nothing but bad things about Pirelli. I just purchased a set of the top line UHQ AS Bridgestone, (sorry, I don't remember the model) which I am quite pleased with.
 

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CONTI DWs or DWSs if you ever go into light snow
+1!!!! I have the DWSes on my 2007 V70 2.5T on JRL's suggestion. EXCELLENT tire. I am glad I listened to a guy with much more Volvo experience than I have.

I purchased my set at Tire Rack. Ran me around $100 per tire...
 

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Falken Ziexs came on my Mazda5. They slopped around in the wet, and wore down quickly. I had one replaced by Discount thru the road hazard warranty (bought the warranties the week I got the car, since the tires looked brand new) and <5K mi later, it looked 1/2 worn. I replaced all 4 @ that time since the other 3 were well worn.
Done with Falkens.

I have Goodyears on my T5 now. Eagle GTs. Only 16" Sirius wheels, but I like them mucho gusto.
 

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I was gonna say, I ran Falken Ziex 512s on a Saab I used to have and they were worthless in the wet and the noisiest tire I ever owned. Felt every piece of gravel through the steering wheel too. Rock hard tire.

Best tire I've bought recently was the Cooper Zeon sport all season, now discontinued replaced by something else. Super quiet, super grippy wet or dry, held the road like nothing else I've owned.

Bottom line, look for good reviews on tire rack or discount tire direct, they're pretty reliable in my experience.
 

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Hankook V4 ES 105 All season tires are great on my V70. Lasted way over 60K. Great traction in Delaware/SE PA snowy roads . Great in the rain as well and they're inexpensive with a hot looking thread on them. :)
 

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I have tried Falken ZE-326 and ZE-512 albeit on a different vehicle. They are OK but not great. A bit hard and as it wears out, the grip in the wet diminished far higher than other brands.
 

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I had Conti DWS they wore out quickly.
Your problem.
The longest mileage set I have are on my wife's V70R. Approx 30K miles with about 5-6K left on this set, this is about normal for an ultra high performance all season tire driving and braking on roads with curves and hills every day.
Tire wear is different for everyone.
Road conditions plus the way you drive can mean a 10-20K miles difference in wear
 
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