UK weather is more favourable to the Michelin tyre compound, especially if you drive your SAAB like it is meant to be driven....SENSIBLY HARD! Though, the ATS price for the Pirelli seems very reasonable....not old rubber I hope!
Had a look at http://www.mytyres.net
They show 195/65/15 H Michelin Primacy at £59.80 delivered to you for you to get fitted, balanced and valved. Don't know the cost of the extras. Has anyone bought tyres this way?
The Pirelli P Zero is a tyre system with assymetric tyres for the rear wheels and directional tyres for the front. For dry road use you can use the assymetrics all round. Check the offer isn't for the leftover directional tyres.
My Elise was supplied with P-Zeros. Absolutely loads of dry grip but not so hot in the wet and not very progressive on breakaway. Very sensitive to tyre pressure's too. They have very stiff sidewalls which is great for turn-in but you would want to run them a good 2-3psi below what you would normally use.
I have Michelin Primacy on the front of the Saab at the moment. Quite happy with them. They are about £50+VAT from Costco.
sgould, I had a look at www.mytyres.net and was quite impressed. Checked it out, looks like a german company with an office in Scotland.
I have already placed an order for four budget 185/65R15T tyres to fit to my newly acquired 1984 99GL. Delivery will be 7 days plus on the budget tyres, but at £98.40 including delivery and VAT for brand new tyres I don't think you can go too wrong.
The German version of the mytyres site gives even better prices, roughly 1 euro =£1. We travel to Europe a couple of times a year and have had a puncture or two recently. Last year we were charged £64 for a 215/60/15 H for my wife's Galaxy by a tyre depot near Hamburg. The best price we got here in UK for a pair at Christmas was £81 each.
I think that Michelin own ATS, it's now ATS Euromaster - can't confirm the details but their web site links only to Michelin's tyre selector.
One thing I found out that surprised me was that Michelin now own all of the following:
B F Goodrich, Uniroyal, Kléber, Riken and Stomil.
hold everything! www.tyres-sold-online.co.uk are slightly cheaper again and this includes vat, p+p and can arrange fitting you only pay for valve and balance. Michelin Primacy 205/60 15v are only £69.10, only a couple of quid cheaper than the other site but it all counts.
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