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I know it is all a matter of opinion, and I have read a few articles in Car and Driver etc, about ratings of tires and such. I AM CONFUSED! So many tires are good dry, not so good in rain, or good in wet, not so hot dry!?!? I live in a climate where the weather changes by the hour. sometimes even snow in August! Pretty rare but still happens. Can you knowledgable Volvo guys help a girl out and suggest some tires? My pocket book is a little tight, as in I would probably like to stay under $1K CDN if I can <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">. What do you guys run? Thanks for all your help <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emlove.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: New Tires (Dills)

I run my S70 on Kumho Ecsta, considering the price (somewhere in $700-800, don't remember exactly) they are not too bad, fairly good dry traction, not bad at all on wet surface either. Hot? Well, they do stick, had no big problem there either. Winter - can't tell, I use winters <br>Cheers
 

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Re: New Tires (d_man)

Thanks. I'll check them out. I have separate rims and snow tires for winter.
 

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Re: New Tires (Dills)

I don't have them yet but I have pretty much decided to go with Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3. They offer excellent dry traction and one of the best wet traction available. I just don't know which size yet, 16" or 17".<p>For the winter I'm planning to get real winter tires, maybe Nokian. I would think in Canada the safest option would be to forget all seasons and get two sets.<p>Edit: Ah, I see you have separate winter tires. Way to go!
 

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Re: New Tires (FinnSpeed)

Forget Nokian! Gislaved Nordfrost are made for Volvo and for our harsh winter climate. A truly amazing winter tire, although downside is low speed rating. 140kph. I have driven on mine for two winters and still tons of tread left. For those of you who don't know, winter in Canada can last for up to eight months. At least wherre I am. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>What about Falken rubber? I have heard it is one of the best high performance tire on the market. Also Bridgestone Potenza? I think, is the name?
 

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Re: New Tires (Dills)

Heh, I had Gislaved Nordfrosts in my Fiat Tipo back in Finland. Great tires but because the tires keep evolving all the time, I'm going to check the Nokian's (made in Finland <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> ) first and then Gislaveds (or maybe Bridgestones if I want studless) if the Nokian's don't match the performance.<p>I'm moving back to Finland in a year or two and the winter there is as bad as in Canada. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: New Tires (FinnSpeed)

What is a good suggestion for all-season, especially able to handle snow on 16". <br>TIA<br>- wish
 

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I've got the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S. I haven't used them in the winter yet but I've heard great things. You can get them for around $800. Run great in dry and wet conditions from what i've seen so far. <p>EDIT: These aren't the stock tires, they're a couple steps higher, the names are just similiar.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by makonyy15 at 8:12 AM 6-24-2006</i>
 

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Re: New Tires (Wish2k)

I've been very pleased with the Nokian WR all-season tires on my SAAB. Much better than the Michelin Energy MXVs that they replaced. I'm told that they are the only all season tire that passes the severe snow (snow tire) test, so their winter performance is comparable to dedicated snow tires, but they still perform well on dry roads. Fairly low noise, too.<p>I believe that my V50 is equipped with Michelin Pilot A/S as part of the Sport package. They've gotten some good reviews, so I'm curious to see how they compare.
 

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I am a huge fan of the Kumho Ecsta MX (got a set for $400 new) ... excellent wet and dry traction and an awesome price. <p>They have been great on street and wet track for me so far.
 

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Here's some info. There may be other blurbs after a more rigorous search.<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=56129" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=56129</A><p>I'll say again here that my 17 inch 225/45/17 Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 tires are great (mounted on 17x7.5 wheels). Everything I was hoping for happened. Great wet traction (they did get tested in very heavy rain), only a little extra noise, more feel of the road at all times, better turn-in, better cornering at high speeds, arguably the coolest looking tire, mid-range cost (150 U.S.$ per tire - there are cheaper and there are more expensive), bit of bumpier / sportier ride but nothing ridiculous. <p>Nothing was so different that it felt like a different car. I'm not going to be too dramatic. Everything was somehow better either incrementally or perhaps a bit more than incrementally. Also, as the tires have settled in, they get better.<p>These tires are not recommended for track use if you want the tires to last another 6 months afterwards. They will likely perform well, but they apparently get torn up pretty fast. I can see why based on the tread pattern.<p>My affirmation does not mean other tires are bad. I just don't know. I bought these because the reviews suggested that they might be the best combination of wear/tear, noise, performance in dry, performance in wet. I don't do all-out track dry performance driving regularly, so I figured to go with some kind of compromise high-performace tire. The dry performance is still pretty good, so the compromise isn't too bad.<p>Bassman<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>makonyy15</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I've got the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S. I haven't used them in the winter yet but I've heard great things.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I too have the Pilot Sport A/S, and love 'em. They're excellent all-around tires and especially on my AWD are great year-round. From a performance perspective they're really, really good in wet and dry, and only a little less so in snow. Shall I say, you have to "plan ahead" just a bit in the winter. Only a little. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Tom.
 

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So, will 225 rubber fit on the Sagitta rim? Whats the widest tire I can go? I think I will purchase the Kumho Ecsta MX after reading tons of reviews and research.
 

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Re: New Tires (Wish2k)

I switched to Pirelli Pzero Nero M&S 205/55/16. I am very happy with them. Excellent in wet and dry. They are worlds better then the Michelin MXV4s that came on the car (those tires were horrible in the rain). We had a decent amount of snow this past winter and I had no problems at all.
 

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If you go to Tirerack.com, and choose a specific tire, you will be able to see the Technical Specifications. In the specs, you will see the allowed rim size range for a specific tire rize. I assume Sagitta is 17x7??? I think a 225/45/17 tire will probably fit on the wheel, but it's bloating. The tirerack sales guy convinced me it's best to try to get the optimal rim width for a given tire. That's why I went with a 17x7.5 wheel. I was hoping for a wheel offset closer to stock (mine was 7.5 mm lower offset, so wheels further out), but in practice my wheel/tire setup is great.<p>If you don't want to bother with wheels, probably 225/45/17 will fit on the Sagitta, but I would suggest looking at Tirerack to see if 17x7 is an "allowable" width. I believe if I remember that widths for this tire range from 7 to 8.5 inches, but you might want to look to be sure.<p>I've heard stuffing as much width of rubber in same wheel has diminishing returns, perhaps even problems. Other folks say it's not a big deal.<p>Bassman<br>
 

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I recall somebody did install 225s on Sagittas w/no problem, sorry - don't exactly remember who that was. I am bouncing between 225 on my Sagittas or getting an 18" package, can't really see any big benefits from going +1" for a daily driver, so it's kinda hard to justify the expences and all the troubles finding the right combo, but either way probably when lease expires (and if I buy the car)
 

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225 will fit definitely be okay on a 17x7 rim, 225/45 tires have a width range of 7-8.5. I have 225/40-18 on a 7.5x18 wheel, and 7.5 is the lowest width approved and I haven't encountered any problems, buldging, etc.
 

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i cant speak for snow, but if you want a good wet/dry tire... then (from most expensive to cheapest) <p>michelin PS2<br>bridgestone SO3<br>dunlop sport maxx.<br>goodyear eagle F1 GSD3 (made in germany, dont get the thailand one)<p>all fit the bill.<p>i was jusing the F1s, and just swopped out to the sport maxx. both are pretty cheap, definitely should be under 1k for u.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mistral</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i cant speak for snow, but if you want a good wet/dry tire... then (from most expensive to cheapest) <p>michelin PS2<br>bridgestone SO3<br>dunlop sport maxx.<br>goodyear eagle F1 GSD3 (made in germany, dont get the thailand one)<p>all fit the bill.<p>i was jusing the F1s, and just swopped out to the sport maxx. both are pretty cheap, definitely should be under 1k for u.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>ya michelin ps2 are awesome in wet and dry,also very quiet,I have about 4500 miles on mine and there's no tread noise whatsoever. However, Dunlop Sport Maxx are number 1 user rated on tire rack right now.
 
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