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post #21 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-22-2017, 07:45 PM
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I have a dedicated winter setup so I figured there was no point in getting all seasons for my new wheels last year.

Went with the continental extreme contact DW ultra high performance summer tire. No complaints, great tire.
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post #22 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-22-2017, 08:07 PM
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Like most all-seasons, the stock Dunlops are compromise tires, trying to do-it-all, but they do nothing well. While driving in the rain this past weekend, realized how low grip they are in water. The car deserves rubber that better matches its chassis so I'm thinking of replacing them. In the past I liked to run extreme summer tires like Dunlop Direzza Star Spec, Yokohama AD08, or Bridgestone RE11, loved their immediate response and predictable grip in dry and wet at expense of ride and wear. But for this car, I'm thinking something more comfortable but still deliver grip and responsiveness, which puts me in max summer category.

I want to try the new Michelin PSS replacement PS4S, even though I hated the PSS when tried on two different occasions. Sticking to oem size really limits options, but most likely go with Bridgestone S04 PPs. I remember they have stiff sidewalls, good predictable grip, quiet, and wear well. Good value too at 133 per on tirerack.
Unfortunately if I understand things correctly the PS4 will not be available in the US except as an OEM tire. The PS4S is coming, but not for a while and only in larger sizes above 18", so only 19" or more.
Continental has just released a new high performance tire that is said to be at least as good as the PSS and better in the wet, and the Hankook RS4 will be out in a couple weeks.
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i heard great things about the re003 from bridgestone about wet performance on his xr5 turbo. i'm not sure if that tyre is up to date or if there's anything newer from them.

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Pirelli P7, better grip, lower noise, love them (not performance) but I can corner at higher speeds.
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As we all look at tires, there is truly not one best tire, or even two/three best that will be the same for all of us. Do we: Track our car? Drive it instead 99% as a computer car? Primarily drive inner city, or primarily carving country corners? Weather in your area? As we know, tens of variables. This thread has pointed out (as have our related ones), some really good tires that work well, and that is the value of this thread and the good preceeding advice.

We should then consider that advice in terms of how it fits with what we do with our cars, and what type of tires would work best for our personal use.
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Just put 4 GoodYear Efficient Grip 16 inch on my Mz3.
Fine tyres, good cornering and probably slightly quieter than the default Bridgestones.

PS: I wont buy Pirelli tyres after watching them in F1. Its not how many laps they last, its how many corners! I know they were designed to do that but its hurt the brand and I for one, won't buy them.
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In Europe Mazda 3 gets TOYO Nanoenergy tires which are extremely BAD if you take 16 inch wheels

If you take 18 inch wheels you will get Dunlop Sport Maxx TT tires or Michelin Pilot Sport 3 (if you live in Germany)
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well at the end of they day, it's pretty much down to brand loyalty and preference. like i know i've got a soft spot for michelins over pirelli (except for my motorcycle in which it's on a diablo supercorsa.) and of recent, yokohamas.

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In Europe Mazda 3 gets TOYO Nanoenergy tires which are extremely BAD if you take 16 inch wheels

If you take 18 inch wheels you will get Dunlop Sport Maxx TT tires or Michelin Pilot Sport 3 (if you live in Germany)
I've just ordered a UK model with the 18" wheels so I might get the Dunlop Sport Maxx TT tyres. Are these good / average / poor particularly for road noise?
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Road noise would be 70dB, the are very good on dry road, good on wet

From my experience the Michelins would last longer, will be much better on wet, but less fuel efficinet and 1db louder which gives 30% louder - 3db difference = 100% difference
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