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Tire question for the auto enthusiasts...


#1

It's a long shot, but anyone on the forum have any experience with Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S tires? I need a new set, and these are my first choice, but I'd like some feedback from anyone who uses them.

Thanks.

LS


#2

I don`t know about how bad winters are where you live, but here M+S tires in winter are an unnecessary added risk. M+S can do the job for the rest of the year, where performance is not an issue.

Just my 2 cents, coming from where winter is a real bitch.


#3

i have a nice set of "big o's."


#4

I live in SF, so rain is my only winter issue, but spend a lot of time in Lake Tahoe/Reno. I need the M+S designation to get through chain control. My only other alternative is snow tires, but that's overkill in this situation.


#5

What kind of car do you have....It makes a big difference in what kind of tires to get.


#6

It is very dependent on what your needs are and the vehicle you are using them on.

They are a great tire, if you will be going somewhat off road, snow etc.. But if you are looking for a long lasting tire they are not the way to go.

Sorry P-dog, but with the Big O tires you are getting what you pay for, they are a lower priced tire.

Just fig'd I would add that I was until six months ago in/around the tire industry for the whole of my life, if that helps any.

As far as brands I would suggest.

For a car I would look at Continental, Larimie, and Cooper in that order, for a evryday tire. Kumho and Continental for high performance.

As for trucks. Most will probably think I am crazy for this but for the best heavy truck tire for everyday use and lasting Firestone is by far ahead of the rest. Just dont get the Wildeness A/t, Look at the steeltex. Cooper also makes a good truck tire for everyday use. As far as off road I would look at some of the off brands such as Big O and Seiberling, etc. No matter what tire you get in this area it just wont last up to everyday use. The compounds just arent made for it.

Hope that helps.


#7

Thanks for the responses, guys. I'm driving an Audi TTR, quattro. Phill, my other tire choice was the Continental Extreme Contacts. I was leaning toward the Pirellis b/c of feedback I received from other TT and S4 drivers that the Conti's dry grip was the big drawback on the tire, and most of my driving will be in dry conditions.

Wear/long-lasting-ness is my lowest priority. And silly as it seems, I need the M+S designation on the tire somewhere...I've seen people turned back at chain control without it, even with aggressive tread.


#8

Look at the Michelin Pilot A/S, not sure if they have M+S on them, I am almost positive that they do. A little more expensive, but AMAZING tire, truly amazing. Wet, dry, any traction is great, and even better high perfomance results than with Pilot performance summer tire (the non-A/S model). Really do give this a look and check it out, it will honestly change the way your car handles. I didn't believe it, but now I don't know if I would by any other tire. Should be great on the little TT.


#9

Oh, it does have the M+S, so look into it, easily the best tire out there. A good reason they are standard issue on Porsche 911 Turbo S.....


#10

Get the P-Zeros...They are perfect for your car.