Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

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Vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Value Edition
Miles Driven on Tires: 2,000
Location: Northeast, OH
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Primacy MXM4
Follow-Up Review: 45,000 miles on tires
December 24, 2013
...then after about 30,000 miles, these tires started to shake. I had them balanced to no avail. They were rotated every 4,000 miles, front to back and back to front only. They seem to have gone out of round as they aged. I replaced them after about 45,000 miles because I hated the constant shake. Rotating would change the shake a bit, and there was one tire that was worse than the others, but all of them went out of round. Yes, VWs are hard on tires, but this should not have happened.
Initial Review: 2,000 miles on tires
January 22, 2011

Wow. This tire tread looks to be fairly aggressive, and looks like it would probably not be good for the cold and snow. However, that sunflower oil in the compound really keeps this rubber pliable in the cold. In the warmer weather, this tire is smooth, responsive, fairly quiet, with just the slightest hint of vagueness on-center - you really have to be paying attention to notice it. In the snow, you can feel that the tires remain pliable, and that keeps traction even for a tire that does not have very aggressive sipes or grooves for snow. You get very little wheelspin in snow, and letting up on the go pedal or going easy on the clutch keeps the car moving in bad weather. Impressive.

For grand touring tires, these do well on the grand touring front, and respectably well in the cold. Even when it has been in the single digit temps recently, they are still pliable and grip in the slop. Pricey tires, but worth it.

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