Posted by Randall Antonio on September 02, 1997 at 12:47:27:
In Reply to: New tire/wheel combo for my Volvo 850R? posted by Guy Taylor on September 01, 1997 at 21:09:35:
Pirelli PZeros, based on my experience with them, have been better tires for dry pavements
and semi-tropical climates. I know that they slip a lot on wet surfaces and I could imagine
how much more on snow and ice. They're great tires but also a bit expensive too.
I had wallet complaints when my 1995 BMW 540i-6speed required 17" tire changes
every 12,000 miles. Also, I spun twice (ending on the freeway ice plants on 2 different
rainy occasions)when I had Pirelli PZeros.
I replaced them with Michelin XGT-Z4, a 17" all-season tire. There are other brands that
carry this new breed of tires. I looked into the Pirelli P7000's when I was on the market.
I recommend trying these tires instead of trading your more expensive OEM rim/tires for
a 16" version (that is one of your car's upper model identification).
The Michelins handled very well on wet/dry surfaces. Also, I recommend going a tad wider
to put more traction on the road surface. Just make sure that you calculate the correct
width that your car can accomodate... check my other posting about the 17" tech briefing
on the Autopedia web page. Feel free to email me if you have any other questions.
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