Excellent Winter / Snow Tire Options for Your E-Series Mercedes-Benz E350, E550 and E63

Friday, February 8, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class? Both options are excellent vehicles, but we've seen a spike in drivers going the E-Class route.

Have you just picked up an E-Class Sedan, Coupe or Cabriolet? If so, and you live in the Snowbelt region, your E-Class is going to need to be equipped with a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. Given the wide variety of E-Class drivers, both Studless Ice and Snow and Performance Winter / Snow tires may be appropriate. Take a look at "Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?" to see which winter tire is appropriate for how and where you drive.

Winter / Snow Tire Size

Depending on your exact model, Original Equipment sizes range between 17" and 19" including staggered (wider rear tire) fitments. An optimum winter size for most E350 drivers is 235/45R17. The heavier E550 excels with a 245/45R17 size. While the large brakes of the E63 require the use of either 18" or 19" wheels. Given the E63's prodigious horsepower and torque, most E63 drivers are best served by 255/40R18 in the front and 285/35R18 in the rear on 18" wheels or 255/35R19 in the front and 285/30R19 in the rear on 19" wheels.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

The E-Class uses valve-stem-mounted direct TPMS sensors priced at $62* each. You can register the TPMS sensors yourself by following the instructions in the owner's manual. There's no additional cost to install the sensors as part of our free mount and balance.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for E350 4MATIC

Since you've selected your E350 4MATIC for ultimate safety in the worst conditions, I recommend 235/45R17 Studless Ice and Snow Bridgestone Blizzak WS70s on 17x8 44mm offset bright silver Sport Edition ST3 wheels at $1440*.

235/45-17 Studless Ice and Snow Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 $179*
235/45R17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
17x8 5-112 44 ET Bright Silver Sport Edition ST3 $119*
17x8 5-112 44ET Sport Edition ST3


Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for RWD E350

If you're a spirited driver who chose a rear-wheel drive E350 for its emphasis on handling, then the 245/45R17 Performance Winter / Snow Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II is a better choice. Four of these tires mounted and balanced on Sport Edition ST3 wheels is currently $1488*.

245/45-17 Performance Winter Pirelli Winter 210 Sotto Serie II $191*
245/45R17 Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II
17x8 5-112 44 ET Bright Silver Sport Edition ST3 $119*
17x8 5-112 44 ET Sport Edition ST3

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle LS-2 RunOnFlat

Thursday, August 30, 2012 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.


Goodyear Eagle LS-2 RunOnFlatReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.6

2009 Mercedes-Benz GL320 BlueTEC
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Ridgewood, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
August 23, 2012

Will probably get 40,000 miles out of these tires. They have been good overall but very hard over bumps and a little noisy. On a Mercedes, they do not give that Mercedes ride, although on smooth pavement they are fine. I would not get them again only because of the hard ride over bumps, ruts and harsh pavement and noise. I have had no problems with sidewall bubbles like other reviewers. I did get a nail in one and it was replaced for free (well not really free since I paid for the wheel tire insurance)without a problem by Mercedes. I will probably get a set of regualar tires and get a spare so that I get a normal ride unlike runflats.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.4

2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
July 16, 2012

My C300 Mercedes is a very quiet car and the tires seem fine in this regard. Handling is also fine. BUT - in the summer, when the tires are hot, they make a very pronounced rolling noise that is only apparent when the windows are open. I had the top trouble-shooter at Mercedes here in Toronto check out the car. I though there was a problem with balancing, or wheel bearings, or brakes but the final diagnosis was the tires. I have been happy with the treadlife but this problem surfaced around 25,000 miles and is only getting worse. Next tires will be Michelin Primacy MXV4

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Friday, June 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LX PlatinumReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2009 Lexus ES350
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Miles driven on tires: 28,000
Location: Richmond, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 28,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2012

I am the service manager at a small high-end import shop, and after a short conversation with Jerry my Tire Rack Rep. I reluctantly tried a set of the LX Platinum for a customer with very picky taste but wanted to try a "cheaper" alternative he was a regular so I obliged him. He still stops by at least once a week on his lunch break to thank us for turning him on to these tires, and has since put them on his wife's Volvo V60 as well. Now any time I can find the proper fitment for my application the Kumho LX Platinum is my go to tire across the board especially on anything with a longer wheel base for its class. All Wheel Drive platforms also performed surprisingly well for tread live and minimal tire noise.
(Other successful applications: Subaru sedans(Wagons, especially for ridding that symmetrical AWD tire noise), Mid/Full size Volvo's, Volkswagen Passats, Audi A4, A6, BMW 3&5 series in all generations and the Mercedes C&E Class; as well as your typical applications: Civics, Corollas)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2000 Mercedes-Benz C230 Special Edition
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2012

Very good tire for the value. I used them as go-flat replacement in my BMW with sport suspension and 18" wheels and the ride was much better in terms of comfort and noise with almost no difference in handling to the original run-flats. I am using them in my MB and just bought 2 extra ones to replace front tires (rear one have 3000 miles) which are the previous General model but with 30k in them.

I recommend highly this tire. However, I must say that the General tire model they replaced (Exclaim UHP) somehow felt they had better handling. Pity General discontinued it.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta ASX

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta ASXReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27

1987 Mercedes-Benz 190D
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2012

Installed on aftermarket wheels with H&R sport lowering springs and konis on a euro model. They do well in the rain and the dry performance is very good considering the long life compound used and the relatively low price up front. I think they are slightly louder than average due to the harder compound at highway speed, but I'm willing to put up with a little noise if they last a long time. With an aggressive alignment, you will have to rotate them more often, but then you would with any tire in that situation. They did not do well in deep snow as they became packed pretty quickly- but with a light snow they did just fine with my limited slip rear end.

I would read people whining about these (or any) tires failing after 15K on them (on some front wheel drive car or minivans in super hot or cold climates) with caution. Like all tires, when they are on cars with alot of weight and steering on a front wheel drive vehicle in temp extremes- they will require more maintenance, frequent rotations and general care. Tread separation, blown-out sidewalls and etc. indicate design or quality problems. 50,000 mile tires that "wear out" in 15K? Likely due to "user error."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super SportReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2009 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Luxury Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Walden , NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2012

Replaced a set of Conti Pro Contact Continental's (Mercedes should be ashamed of putting this JUNK on a new car. I have two sets of wheel and tires for this car. Winter tires Blizzak WS 60's and Sport wheels for summer. About 20000 miles on the Conti's and they where shot. When we changed them out one front tire was coming apart inside. Never run low, charged with nitrogen. They where very noisy and vibrated ( balanced twice, alignment checked by Mercedes. Mercedes mechanic said that there Conti's are pure junk. These Michelin tires are not cheap (You get what you pay for). I have not had the chance to drive them in the rain because it has not rained. These Michelin's are quiet, very responsive and the car is a true pleasure to drive. I will update this review when I get some more miles on them. Love this tire so far. Thanks Tirerack for this great reviews area of your website "TIRERACK IS A CLASS ACT"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Friday, April 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Ice & SnowReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27

2010 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Canon City, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
November 18, 2011

Negotiated with M-B dealer to substitute these NON runflats for the factory set. I am glad I did.
In Colorado my biggest challenges are snowpacked and icy roads more than deep snow, with occasional bouts with the dreaded Black Ice. These tires are exceptional in those conditions, with much better road feel than my General Altimax studded, Michelin x-Ice2 and Blizzaks on other autos. I didn't pray for the day when I could finally get my winter tires off! Very impressive.
I started in November 2010 and experienced "all of the above" at a variety of temperatures from water on ice to powdery and frigid to black ice on I-80 at 75 mph with surprise BIG crosswinds. Exceptional tires that reduced the white knuckle cross country experience.
These tires are also pretty sporty in the dry, so I thought I'd wear them through the summer months because my 8-mounted-tires-per-vehicle habit has caused me to run out of winter tire storage.
We had lots more than usual 90+ temps, but the tread didn't melt away like other dedicated winter tires.
I have 6/32 tread left, which projects out to about 24,000 miles. Not bad for a winter tire pressed into hot summer service. We'll see if they get noisy when they get under 5/32, and how well they work in the wet.
We tow a 27' travel trailer and the tires are very stable with a load - inflated to the M-B recommended pressure of 38 lbs.
I also spent several days four wheeling on the legendary Ouray, Colorado extreme passes and I was really surprised how well the tread worked on rocks and other obstacles. Especially impressive on slick rocks in the rain! (Deflated to 28 psi.)
These are great tires for the difficult to predict Colorado driving conditions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.25

2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Montreal, QC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2012

Had these tires installed in the Spring 2011 to replace the OEM Pirelli. I had to trash the Continentals when I installed my winter tires in Fall 2011 after 10,000 miles. Treadwear rate is extremely poor when one drives a high torque rear wheel drive car. I do not recommend these tires if you drive a high performance car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.7

2009 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Luxury Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Walden, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2009

These tires are AMAZING. I got caught in an ice storm the road was a sheet of ice, uphill rain coming down and freezing on the roadway. Cars off the road, others stuck on the hill. I walked right up that hill around a Esclade that was sideways on the hill. Without spinning a wheel. Last night I got stuck in a heavy snow storm Christmas night over the RT 52 mountain from Ellenville NY. About 4" of fresh snow on top of freezing rain. The Blizzak's performance is amazing. There was no one on the road. I stopped in the middle of the steepest part of the mountain and the car started without even spinning a wheel. When I came down the other side the car traced perfectly no sliding or slipping at all. I hard braked it from about 35 MPH, the anti-locks kicked in and came to a perfect straight stop. The tires are perfect for my car. I can not make any comments as to tire wear as I only have about 800 miles on this set of tire. I researched a bunch of tires here and made an educated decision base on the previous reviews of this tire. "It is like being able to test drive the tires before you buy them". Thanks again Tirerack for a great price and the research area on this website.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, February 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57

2010 Mercedes-Benz S550 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Dayton, OH
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2012

Replaced OEM Continental SportContact 2 tires, which had gone completely bald. New DW is an excellent performing tire for my particular car. I'm looking for a quiet ride and decent treadlife out of a Max Performance Summer tire (because I have 20" wheels & summer tires, and a second set of 18" winter wheels and tires for my car). The tire is a runner up to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Ordinarily, I would have purchased the Michelin, except I couldn't justify the significant price premium vis-a-vis the reviews, ratings, and rankings of this tire. Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase after an unpleasant previous experience with Continental OEM tires on this car.
Highs: Very quiet, smooth ride, and very very good dynamic capabilities
Lows: Hard to to fault the tire, possibly not the most appropriate for dynamic enthusiast driving. But, not a huge priority to me on this car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, February 17, 2012 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.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan 4Matic Sport Pkg
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Miles driven on tires: 95000
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 95000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2012

I have purchased six tires for my Mercedes. The first two sets went on the rear wheels and there was no notice of Noise from the tires. I was surprised when I had all four tires on my E350, (the new ones on the front) that the tires were noisy when driving starting at 60 miles per hour. On the highway the tires performed well and they provide a confidence level of response and stability. I will trade noise at 60 to 85 mph for the tire performance.

Weds Sport Wheels at Tire Rack

Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis
Weds Sport designs race inspired, super light alloy wheels. With a rich motorsport history that has proven to be highly successful in the JGTC (Japanese Grand Touring Car Championship) series, these ultra-light street wheels contribute a race look while improving the performance of your sport import car. All the rims are engineered, developed and manufactured with space-age technology for Acura, Audi, BMW, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan and VW cars. Here are a few Weds Sport styles we offer:
 
SA-55M
SA-55M
SA-67R
SA-67R
TC105N
TC105N
 
Weds Sport was founded in Osaka, Japan in 1965 as an automotive supplier to Nissan. In 1977, the company's Racing Forge was introduced as Japan's first 3-piece forged wheel. They opened their North American headquarters in 2008.
 
Take a look at all Weds Sport wheels we carry.
 
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Monday, January 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HPReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.6

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Cleveland , OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 21, 2012

I drove from Cleveland to Akron (~40 miles) in 4+ inches of snow last night and these tires performed wonderfully. I was in control, very little wheel slip when moving and I was able to maintain an aver of 45- 50 miles per hour. A great product.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel MaxReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320 CDI
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Miles driven on tires: 5000
Location: Denton, Tx
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
May 12, 2011

Replaced Michelins that lasted only 17000 miles.

EXCEPT for the fact that initially these tires seemed not to balance, these tires ride very nicely, quiet and with loads of traction. It seems I get another 1-2 mpg out of these, but it could be the size of the tire.

BIGGEST PROBLEM is that 2 of the 4 (so far) turn out not to balance because they are actually DEFECTIVE according to the installer! He says it is not the balancing, but the fact that 2 of the 4 are not round and straight, they actually were wobbling on the wheel, creating a sensation of imbalance. He said to call Tire Rack which I did. The customer service gal talked to the installer while I was on the phone with her, arranged replacement tires to be sent to the installer, and the old ones returned, all in one call, all in one day! We'll see how this works now.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5

2001 Mercedes-Benz E 320
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Lexington, KY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
December 13, 2011

I only had these tires a week, replaced one wheel due to vibration thinking that was the problem then replaced wheel and tire which did not correct the vibration issue either, at slow speeds you could feel the car bouncing as the tires rolled out of round. Upon further inspection by my local tire store they found one tire had a bulge forming near the bead. Put my factory wheels and tires back on ride was fine.
Sent all four back under the 60 day ride guarantee. Awaiting a replacement set of Continentals to arrive, hopefully they will be better then these DWS I had.

Enkei Racing PF01 Wheels. Thanks to MAT!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by Gavin Carpenter
Last April, I discussed putting new wheels on my vehicle. After making my decision and driving the new setup for some time, I'm quite pleased with my selection. 

I went with the Enkei Racing PF01 for several reasons. First, is the brand's reputation. Several F1 teams, including the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team use them. For many SCCA and NASA members, as well as road-going folks, Enkei is synonymous with a low-cost, quality wheel. 

Second, is the strength of the wheel. Many of Enkei's wheels, including the PF01 and the RPF1 are gravity cast wheels and use Most Advanced Technology (MAT) in forming the rim of the wheel. I didn't come up with the name MAT, but "shaving the wheel weight while adding strength to the rim" turned out to be a messy acronym. Here in the Midwest, I encounter a variety of driving surfaces and have hit my fair share of potholes and they've proven to stay true, so far. Thanks MAT!

Finally, is the wheel's weight. There is a noticeable difference in weight from the factory 17" Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on my stock 17" VW Denver wheels and that of the 18" Enkeis with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The 18" PF01 comes in at about a pound for every inch of diameter and the tires at 22 lbs. each, or roughly 40 lbs. per corner. My stock wheels weighed approximately 50 lbs. with tires. This gives me a huge loss in unsprung weight, giving me an advantage in handling and braking. The ride quality of the 18" setup is rougher than the stock 17", but then again, I put them on my GTI and not a Golf.

Developed for many fitments including certain Honda, Mazda and BMW models, the PF01 is available in the following finishes: 
Interested to see what the wheels look like on your vehicle, visit our Upgrade Garage.


Enkei Racing PF01 (Black w/ Mach Lip)
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Enkei Racing (White w/ Mach Lip)

I also toyed with the idea of purchasing a nice set of BBS rims, the CH in particular, but the cost dissuaded me a little bit from going that route. So, what do you think about the Enkei rims? Please note this is a photo from our Upgrade Garage, as my car was in desperate need of a wash at the release of this post.



 2010 gti enkei pf01

Limited Inventory of Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
Winter / Snow TiresIt happens every year, customers put off buying their winter / snow tires until it's too late. Winter / snow tires aren't made throughout the year, therefore when inventory is depleted, it's likely they will not be available until the following fall or winter. The winter of 2011-12 promises to be worse than previous years due to a shortage of raw materials and plant layoffs.

This creates even more of an issue for customers with specialty tire sizes, especially for the owners of sports coupes, sedans and sport utility vehicles equipped with larger diameter SUV wheels. Ironically, these vehicles typically need winter / snow radials more than most because most BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche tires fall under the Summer Passenger performance category. Tires in this category are not appropriate for use in snow or on ice and can actually be quite dangerous during winter driving.

In many cases, customers who wait too long end up with only all-season options, and while they're a better solution than summer tires, all-season tires simply do not offer the same snow and ice traction of dedicated winter / snow tires. Winter Tire FAQs

If you're planning on getting winter wheels and tires for trucks, cars, vans or SUVs, don't wait too long or else you may get left out in the cold.

Be safe and happy motoring!

Bring Back Style to Your Mercedes-Benz with ASA Type 8 Wheels

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
ASA Type 8 Chrome PlatedAlthough black, gray and machined finish have become popular wheel colors, they may not be the ideal match for your Mercedes-Benz. Chrome, especially on a black, navy blue or white Mercedes has a very proper look.

While Mercedes' cars are built to last, even a meticulously maintained and detailed Benz may be lacking because of its pitted, scratched or peeling chrome wheels. Peeling chrome can be a factor for those annoying air leaks.

If you've decided it's time to fix your wheel problems, take a look at the ASA Type 8. The wheel is the standard Mercedes 5-lug 8 hole design. (This design is often referred to as an 8 Hole because it's a flush disc with 8 oval-shaped holes around the perimeter).

It's available in silver and chrome finishes, with the option of using the Mercedes-Benz O.E. center cap. Adding a new set of tires to a wheel purchase to create a Tire & Wheel Package can also give your Mercedes a new look while receiving all necessary hardware including lugs, center caps and centering rings at no additional charge. Professionally mounted and balanced, a package arrives ready to install. Read 'How to Install Your Wheel & Tire Package" for more information.

If you are someone who drives approximately 5,000 miles annually at or slightly above the speed limit and having a tire that is quiet is one of your top priorities, then consider the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity or the Michelin Primacy MXV4. Both tires are quiet with good wet traction. The Bridgestone has slightly better wet grip while the Michelin tire offers better steering response. If you prefer the Michelin Primacy MXV4 and want them with a set of 15" Chrome ASA Type 8 wheels, they can arrive in Miami, Florida, for example, mounted and balanced for approximately $1326.* If considering an upgrade in sizing to the 16" version of the wheel, the total is roughly $1551.*

Begin creating your Tire & Wheel Package today.

*Prices subject to change

What Are My Options with Run-Flat Tires?

Monday, July 25, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Continental Tire ContiComfortKitMany drivers who have run-flat tires on their vehicle want to know if they can switch to a regular tire? While technically there is nothing preventing a non-run-flat tire from being mounted on the wheel, there is one thing you must consider before making the change. Most run-flat equipped vehicles do not have a spare tire. I highly recommend giving some thought to the course of action in the event you get a flat.

One option to consider is Continental Tire's ContiComfortKit. Developed to seal typical tire punctures making it possible for you to complete the drive home, to work or a tire repair facility, the ContiComfortKit is suitable for use with passenger car tires, including run-flat designs. The other option I hear customer opt for is carrying a full-size spare in the trunk to use in case of a blowout.

With more and more vehicles such as some Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Corvettes and minivan applications equipped with run-flat tires as Original Equipment, this issue affects more drivers on a daily basis. To gain a better understand of maintaining vehicle mobility after a puncture, read "Run Flat Tires."

Shop by vehicle to find the tire that works best for your vehicle.