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Old 09-30-2012, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mrs A's Prius is now on 19K miles - the front tyres look OK but will need replacing. They are the standard fit Michelin Energy ones (she has the 17" alloys) - what tyres would the forum recommend as replacements ?

She has to stick to standard size as it is a company car, but we may be able to choose make / range.

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PS - for info - the law in the UK is minimum 1.6mm tyre tread across 3/4 of the tread face, so no racing "slicks" or waiting for the canvas to appear is allowed here. Also tyre makers recommend 3mm for replacement - as they would I suppose.

We live in Scotland, it rains a lot in Scotland, and the roads are very full of grease, oil, mud, dirt etc. and about the same quality as Beirut in the 1980s.

So the tyres will be replaced.

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is an extremely useful website when it comes to buying tires:
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Even if you don't subscribe to consumer reports, it'll give you some basic information on buying tires.

If it were me, I would look for reliable, quality tires with high maximum pressures. The more pressure you can put in the tire, the less the rolling resistance. Michelin tires tend to rank the highest when it comes to product quality, so I would go with them.
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I went from 17" tires and MPG numbers topping out in the mid 40's, to "stock" Prius 15's with the Bridgestone Ecopias and two tanks of fuel are suggesting mid to upper 50's may be very doable. You may want to look into swapping your 17's for 15's, and get the Ecopias.
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Mrs A's Prius is now on 19K miles - the front tyres look OK but will need replacing. They are the standard fit Michelin Energy ones (she has the 17" alloys) - what tyres would the forum recommend as replacements ?
Mrs A has managed to waste the Michelin Energy in only 19 K mikes ?
That's quick ...

The missus may want to drive a tad slower, be a bit more gentle during cornering or braking, refrain from dry-steering, or any combination of the above !


Surprisingly, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 combines good FE with good wear - must be a first for Pirelli in both regards !
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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@Euro - they haven't quite gone yet - probably another 3-4K before I need to get highly concerned, but she is doing quite a high mileage so it will need to be done before winter hits. As for getting her to corner more slowly, yeah...

@wyatt the car is a company one so no mods allowed.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Does the company pay for fuel? If so, you may want to consider that fuel economy should NOT be your first priority. Mrs. A's safety should be - and that means a high grip tire, not a fuel efficient one. She spends a lot of time in her car, and better traction would decrease the odds of her having issues when it is wet - which, in Scotland is a lot of the time!
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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@Capri - for info the company pays for fuel for when the car is used for business, we have to pay when we use it ourselves. And I'm after any recomends and not just for FE - Mrs A would love to reduce the noise levels for instance which pushes me towards Dunlops or Pirelli instead of Michelin. The Continentals on George are noisy but he has minimal soundproofing.
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my preference is michelin, but they are usually a bit pricey. We had a set of michelin Harmony and they were very quiet, great tread wear, and never lost traction even with me driving.
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Many thanks - will take a look at Bridgestones - not normally on my list - and the site posted by Mr (or indeed Mrs ) Wobombat.

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