Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL55
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Loudon, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Tires transform the car. It feels like it is all wheel drive. Steering with the throttle is a snap. The limits of the car on the street with these tires have not even be tickled by me; I would need a track for that. The stock Bridgestones are unacceptable and wore quickly. I thought the Hankook V-12s were good until I tried these PSS. I have a set of Pilot Alpin PA-4s on separate AMG wheels for winter use. I do not believe in all-seasons. Frankly, there is no other choice than the PSS unless you want a DOT approved race tire which has its compromises in the wet. The PSS do not.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.38
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz E550 4Matic Sedan Sport Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Boylston, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 11, 2014

In general, these are probably good - perhaps great - tires. However, mounting and balancing to get good ride quality has been challenging (my installer has the most current road force balancing equipment, and has spent a lot of time trying to optimize it, and yes, also checking to ensure the wheels themselves aren't bent). Still, there is far more NVH than there should be for a high quality of tire like this.

Tire wear has been good, but not great. Then again, it's a heavy car. Normally the wet and dry traction is quite good, but I've noticed wet traction gets a bit more sketchy when it's colder outside.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P Zero Nero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.57
 
 

2013 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
June 30, 2014

These came oem on my mercedes. I have read bad reviews however so far these have been great tires. I can't rotate them due to difference size wheels front and rear. Tires are quiet and tread wear has been great thus far. No need to rebalance them or get an alignment yet. Very happy since the day I bought the car last July.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1999 Mercedes-Benz C280
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
April 28, 2014

Just finished 8th (yes, eighth) winter with this set running in Minneapolis/StPaul on a RWD 1999 Mercedes C280, my daily driver on a 10 mile round-trip 5-weekday commute. I bolt them on approx Dec 1 and pull them off approx April 15. Tread is half worn, if even that. Very heavy snowfall this past winter (toughest conditions I've seen in a decade). Tires performed perceptibly equal to first winter (2007,) which is to say excellent. Great value and service. Purchased as a tire/wheel set from Tire Rack in Jan 2007, as their recommended combo.

High Quality and a Value Price with the BBS SR

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

BBS' name is world renowned for making high-quality wheels. With years of success in motorsports, BBS is dedicated to pursuing the highest level of technology and then applying this experience to the street.

 BBS SR - Anthracite Painted
BBS SR Anthracite Painted
 BBS SR - Machined w/ Graphite Accent
BBS SR Machined with Matte Graphite Accent


The SR is one of their newest and most affordable cast aluminum monobloc wheels, made using one-piece counter pressure cast technology and optimized by FEM analysis. Using FEM analysis and computer simulations, wheel properties are determined and optimized during the design stage. Prototypes have to demonstrate their quality on laboratory test benches under extreme conditions. During series production, an effective quality assurance system guarantees that each wheel is of first-rate quality. All BBS SR wheels are currently manufactured in BBS's state-of-the-art facility in Germany.

BBS SR wheels are available in 16" - 19" sizes and offered in anthracite painted and machined with matte graphite accent finishes. Vehicle fitments for the wheel include BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and other foreign and domestic models.

Shop by vehicle to see if the BBS SR is a fit for your application.

Best Brake Pads for 2014? It Could Be Brembo's New Offering

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

All brake pads produce dust as they wear. However, there are some pad materials that create a less noticeable dust and don't make your wheels look like they're covered in tar. A newer form of friction material, called ceramic composite, creates a light-colored dust that's much less noticeable and is less likely to stick to your wheels. Ceramic pads are quieter and easier on brake rotors. These pads can also extend brake life beyond a semi-metallic pad.

New this year are the Ceramic Brake Pads from Brembo. The pads are available to fit most popular sporty sedans and coupes like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Designed and engineered to enhance braking power, Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads minimize braking distances while offering a quiet and safe braking experience on a variety of road conditions. Original Equipment Direct Moulding Pressing Process provides a proper and accurate fit. The positive molding process uses extreme pressure to compress friction materials and provide balanced bonding to the backing plate. Each pad is then thermal scorched following Brembo's O.E. specifications to lessen running-in and fading.

Brembo's multi-layer ESE (Elastomer - Steel - Elastomer) red shim, clearly identifying the pads as Brembo pads, dampens noise and minimizes vibrations. Additional noise dampening is handled by the backing plate which also acts as a heat shield to reduce heat transfer to the caliper.

If you're looking to change the pads on your vehicle and want an alternative to black brake dust, take a look at the Brembo Ceramic Brake Pads. When changing brake pads, it's a good time to change brake wear sensors and maybe time to consider changing your brake fluid. Don't forget you'll get free shipping on all brakes, suspension and other parts and accessories on your order over $50.

All-Season Tires for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

With sophisticated all-wheel drive, traction control and weighing 5,622 pounds, you'd expect the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG to dominate in the snow. Surprisingly, this isn't the case because there are no all-season or winter tire choices made in the vehicle's 275/50R20 Original Equipment size. 

Do you own one of these amazing SUVs, but a few inches of snow have you sliding? It's time to get creative with your next tire purchase. 285/50R20 is about 1/2" wider, 3/10" larger in overall diameter, and meets the G63's Load Carrying capacity requirements and fits on the Original Equipment AMG rims. Going with the 285/50R20 size provides you with many dedicated winter / snow and all-season tire options. Snowbelt drivers who want their G63 to excel in the snow should install a set of snow tires.

Even those who reside in a warmer climate, such as Atlanta, should consider all-season tires for their Mercedes-Benz. For a great combination of wet grip, decent light snow traction and good overall handling, the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is hard to beat. Another great option to consider is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus.

Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Continental CrossContact LX20 $168*
Continental CrossContact LX20
with EcoPlus Technology
Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus $233*
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus


For more assistance in finding a good set of tires for your vehicle, read "Selecting the Right Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

I got these Michelin Super Sports when I put on my aftermarket 19" Brabus wheels. They are solid performers and have a nice quiet ride, which compliments the car. Road noise is minimal, even when the tires are worn down. Driving style is moderately spirited, the car is a daily driver to and from the office, with a mix of street and hwy in Orange County, CA.
My issue is the tread life. I used to get 20,000 miles+ from the Michelin PS2 tire and the Goodyear Eagle F1. On these Super Sports, I only got 17,000 miles, and the tread is showing on both of the rears (E550 is a rear-wheel drive car). I'm going with another brand this time, most likely the Continental Extreme Contact DW.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2002 Mercedes-Benz ML320
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Newton Center, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2014

While this is certainly a very early review, these tires have transformed my ML320. I have had Toyo Proxes tires on for about 63000 miles any while they were always comfortable and decent in dry conditions, they were poor in wet weather and simply lousy in snow. They do have an all season rating, but looking at the tread design should have pushed me to buy something else at the time. Well, I saved about $25 each tire at the time vs the Continental 4x4 tires that served my family well for 55000 miles. Unlike so many others, my experience with the Continentals was outstanding. I figured that I would wait until the Toyos to wear out and then change them. They won't wear out. My patience finally did.

I bought the Bridgestone Alenzas from the tire rack and had them mounted and road force balanced by a reputable family owned tire business here in Massachusetts. I also had them do a 4 wheel alignment. All I can say at this point is that I am amazed. The ride is supple and yet still firm, but never harsh. The ML tracks straight and true and the handling is supurb. I haven't heard a sound from the ABS system and they don't make a sound in tight, fast corners. Literally, it is like driving a new car. My family has owned this car since new and it has never driven quite like this. I'm estatic. I have about 127,800 miles on the ML320.

I'll report back after the winter when I have experienced more miles, road, and weather conditions.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.56
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Weldon Spring, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2013

This tire rides extremely hard on my Mercedes E350. Has been very difficult to balance. You feel every irregularity in the road surface in the steering wheel or the seat of your pants. Seems like the sidewalls have zero flex. It was sold as a comfort tire, not a sports tire. Would not recommend it or every buy again. Should have known better than to buy anything with the word "eco" in the name.l

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Portage, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

I purchased a rear wheel drive Mercedes Benz E320 CDI this fall and was concerned with handling this winter. Living in Michigan we see all types of winter driving conditions.
I went online to the Tire Rack website and researched tires for winter driving and with their customer service support selected the Bridgstone Blizzak 225/55R16 WS60 tires. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone. The ride is excellent and quiet. The traction on snow and ice surpasses my expectations.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Portage, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
March 14, 2013

Living in Michigan I was concerned about winter tires for my rear wheel drive car. I have been very satisfied with the tires, they have performed above and beyond my expectations. I discussed my situation and concerns with the customer service folks at Tire Rack and they gave me excellent advice. Thanks RCF in Portage, MI

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS550
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Kemptville, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2013

I just went through a winter that delivered record snowfalls and the tires performed as I had hoped they would - excellent. I drive in deep snow all the time and despite driving a high performance rear-wheel drive car, I had no problems driving on ice and deep snow on a regular basis. I put them to the test while driving through the Adirondacks in a blizzard after a day of skiing Whiteface...the tires got me through 6-8 inches of snow on the icy roads without a problem...even the step hills and sharp turns...outstanding winter tire fit for my car. I know winter and I love winter driving..great recommendation Tire Rack

 

Dunlop Sport Maxx Race: DOT-Legal Track Tire Expands Size Lineup

Monday, March 25, 2013 by Ben Rooney

The Dunlop Sport Maxx Race is a racing tire that is street legal. Unlike some other race tires that are DOT-legal but not intended for road use, the Sport Maxx Race is able to be driven to and from the track. This tire performs excellently on dry roads and was introduced as the stock tire for the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series. Dunlop has recently expanded their offerings for the widths ranging from 235mm to 325mm.

These tires are a class up from Extreme Performance Summer tires that offer a balance of street longevity and track performance. The Dunlops are more track focused and have less longevity on the street. While we haven't had the opportunity to test the Sport Maxx Race yet, we have received some very positive customer feedback. In a recent review, one owner writes:

"Though it is soft and wears quickly, it is actually quite comfortable and not very loud at all. I have two sets of wheels/tires; one for the street and another for track. Other than the price and how quickly they wear, I can't find a single fault with this tire. It is designed for the track, and is only DOT-certified so that you can drive your car to the track, instead of trailering it there. The Sport Maxx is the best tire of its kind, in my experience."

While it's definitely not a tire for everyone based on price and limited treadlife, it could be just the ticket for a dedicated enthusiast. View available sizes to see if the Dunlop Sport Maxx Race is an option for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2000 Mercedes-Benz C230 Special Edition
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2013

It rarely snows in Portland, but some life changes required that we drive over the Cascades to Central Oregon in winter. This is the first set of dedicated winter tires for this car, and I'm very happy with them. I had zero traction issues with my RWD car, even when climbing fairly steep hills with 2-4" of packed snow. No issues descending, either. Sure, I could slide the tail under power if I chose to; but that's not unexpected. At near highway speeds (45-50) in the mountains, I encountered patchy ice with a lot of embedded gravel and chain rutting interspersed with wet pavement at temperatures at or just below freezing. The car tracked beautifully; on occasion I could feel it squirm just a bit but that wasn't even enough motion to light up the ESP warning light...so the car wasn't alarmed by the level of traction. The tires do "sing" more on dry surfaces than my Pilot Sport Al-Seasons, but the level of grip in true winter conditions is far, far superior. I'll only put this set of wheels on when snow threatens or when we need to go over the mountains, so they won't be worn all winter. At this rate I'll get many years of service out of them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91
 
 

2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 4matic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Mount Prospect, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2013

These tires most assuredly saved me from an accident. While driving at about 40mph at an intersection, a drunk driver ran his stop light and T-Boned the car immediately in front of me. Had I hit the brakes I know I would have hit the offending driver. I turned the wheel hard right and although the tires were screeching and screaming their protest, I made the 90° turn at 40mph as if my Mercedes were on a rail track. Finest tire I have ever had on a Mercedes!