Originally posted by Luke Adams:
Our 1985 Volvo 850 T5R with 205/45/17 Pzero tires needs new tires AGAIN!
The car handles well, but the number of sidewall bubbles and blowouts have us shy about driving this family car (we have small children)
We live in Austin, Texas, where temperatures reach above 100 degrees during the summer. When it rains in Central Texas, it pours. In January, we get the occasional ice storm. And, on Spring Break we find snow in Colorado and New Mexico. So, we want all season tires.
I understand the following tire sizes might be appropriate:
Should we switch to 15" or 16" wheels, or should we stay with our 17" wheels?
It seems to me that the 205/50/16 or the 195/60/15 might have least impact on the speedometer (according to Powerdog).
The 195/60/15 gives 4.6" on its sidewall versus the 3.6" on my current 205/45/17. This should help minimize sidewall bubbles.
Once the wheel decision is resolved ... with your help ... I can move to the tire decision.
Ideally, we would like a safe riding family car with a wheel/tire combination that provides:
1. Good dry traction;
2. Good wet traction;
3. Long tread wear;
4. Even tread wear;
5. Good warranty;
6. No sidewall bubbles;
7. No bent rims;
8. No scapping inside wheel wells (brake calliper clearance); and
9. Low road noise;
Here are the tire options:
Bridgestone Potenza RE730
Bridgestone Potenza RE930
Dunlop SP Sport 9000
Falken GRB Fk-451
Falken Z-502 60 & 65 Series
Falken Ziex ZE-502
Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D2
Kumho Ecsta Supra 712
Michelin Pilot Sport
Michelin Energy MXV4+
Michelin XGT Z4
Nitto NT 450
Nitto Nt 500
Pirelli P7000 Supersport
Pirelli P8000 (NTB for $145)
Toyo Proxes FZ4
Should we buy 16" wheels; 205/55/16
Falken Z-50 or Pirelli P7000 Supersport tires?
Please let me know your thoughts, especially if you have experience with the Volvo 850 T5R or the tires listed above.