Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

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Vehicle: 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T Sedan With Rubber Valve Stems
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,000
Location: West Linn, OR
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Primacy MXM4
Follow-Up Review: 12,000 miles on tires
April 14, 2012
I run winter tires so it's taken a while to get some miles on these but at 12K I will say that they fit the sport-touring part of the spectrum. Comfortable but not as plush or quiet as the Primacy MXV4, yet more sporty and definitely better in the rain. I make a trip to Seattle from Portland at least once a week, often in pouring rain, and these tires stick like glue and resist hydroplaning, even at elevated speeds. Very good tire for rainy or normal climates, average in snow. I just sold this car so will not be able to gauge the longevity but with 12K on them they look like they will make it to 45 or 50K. Roughly 8/32 remain.
Initial Review: 1,000 miles on tires
January 13, 2011

This is my initial review for these tires - I drive a lot in the Northwest for work (two Saabs) and my priorities are: minimal road noise, crisp handling, grip on wet pavement, good longevity and LRR if possible. I drive fairly fast and enjoy good handling on twisty roads, but dislike tires with a lot of road noise or harshness. Hence I gravitate to Grand Touring tires, and tend to use Michelin for the consistent handling, durability, quietness and low cost per mile. This tire meets all my stated criteria - my first impression is they are perfect for a Euro sports/luxury sedan. Not quite as sporting (or firm) as the Pilot Exalto I have on my other car, but better handling than my previous favorite - the plush Primacy MXV4. These tires exhibit a comfortable ride, minimal road noise (some on bad pavement) and yet they deliver good grip and neutral handling. Very solid in the rain. They also have an LRR rating for good mpg, and a 55K warranty. All tires are somewhat of a compromise between pure handling performance and comfort, and so far I really like where these fit on the scale.

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