Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5 GT
Miles Driven on Tires: 10,000
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Michelin Primacy MXM4
Initial Review: 10,000 miles on tires
November 02, 2012

I bought this tire out of curiosity, because I couldn't understand how a LRR tire could have AA traction (I expected low tread wear (high UTQG) because of harder rubber to get LRR, and thought wet traction would have to suffer accordingly). I was pleased to find that tread wear and wet traction have been very good. However, I must agree with other users on noise and handling issues. On nice smooth pavement these tires handle very well and are very quiet, the trouble is I don't have a lot of pavement like that where I live. These tires are very noisy when striking frost cracks and other pavement breaks (which as far as I can tell is a problem with all LRR tires), but my biggest complaint is with groove wander. On grooved pavement not only do these tires get much noisier (some of which I would expect), but they tend to follow along the groove lines far too much which is very annoying because I don't want to fight the steering wheel all the time. I suspect that if you drive a vehicle that doesn't offer the driver much in the way of road feel you may not notice, but I don't have that luxury. If you live in a part of the country with very smooth pavement you will probably be pleased. Pebbly asphalt is noisy but handling is fine. Wet traction is very good. I've only used them twice in light snow since I have dedicated snow tires and they did OK, although my AWD car wanted to understeer quite a bit with them.

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