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My tyres are shite and I think that's why my aero doesn't hold the road as I would have hoped. They,ve got loads of tread left and the tread pattern looks identicle to the Pilot Sport model. They are called "star milenium" and are probably some cheap pilot sport copy mede in the far east. Anyone heard of them?

Well what should i replace them with please. I need something good for spirited driving but that will last and not break the bank.

BTW what does "saabisti" mean? Coz that's my member status
 

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Ihave Firestone at the moment and the only complaint is that they seem to attract every 4inch nail for miles.have used Uniroyal(not impressed) and Pirelli , last forever,good grip , but not cheap.
 

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My tyre specialist recommend Bridgestone S02. He says that they are the best relation quality/price on tha market. I'm still on Michelin Pilot I bought the Aero with.

I have heard that Yokohamas have better grip, but more expensive.

If you want lo know something more on tyres for the Aero visit the following link: http://www.electricbbs.com/saab/tyres.html.

But when you are buying your tyres remember just one thing: They are the only thing that ties you to the ground, don´t be cheap on them.
 

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I wouldn't buy SO-2's because they have now been deleted and it may be difficult to find another if you have a flat.

They have been replaced by SO-3's, of which I'm on my second set. A fantastic tyre once scrubbed in.

Toyo T-1S also come highly recomended.

Ian
 

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Dont let price put you off a tyre, by phoning about I can usually knock £20+ off main suplier prices.I used a set of Vredestien on my Citroen Bx Gti,great tyres,but I have never been able to find any since.
 

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I had gislaved on my old 9000 and they held the road very well.. just couldn't get them locally so had to settle for some uniroyals which seemed pretty good too.

I had Toyos on my old Y reg Cav (which was on a par with the 9000 for eating front tyres) and they were pretty good value for money.

Steve
 

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We've had a number of threads on this subject now, I say we put it to a vote and keep the results posted elsewhere on the site for future reference!

Hope you're reading this /john

I've only had a few tyres on my cars as my annual mileage is pretty low and I'm pretty delicate with the gas pedal (I think!). But my personal faves up to this point are the Michellin Pilot Sports (directional) they have fantastic turn-in and wear very well.
 

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Good idea Jason, tyres are a recurring necessity & a reference point would be very useful.
To add my 10p worth to the thread, I fitted a pair of Avons ZV1s to my CDS turbo which utterly transformed the handling & noise levels
When I bought my CS part of the deal was new tyres on the front, but I forgot to specify which make & they cheerfully fitted two Dunlop SP sport 200s. Now I'm not a Dunlop fan, & was a bit aghast at this, but they have been excellent. Delivering low noise levels & over 22K miles to date, but I have a soft foot on corners which may help.

Incidentally, the rear tyres (also over 22K miles) are called "SEAL"?? Does this mean they are good in the wet? Anyone know anything about them?
 

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I say we put it to a vote and keep the results posted elsewhere on the site for future reference![/b]
Indeed, I am all for that, but who is going to volunteer to write it up?

Gassy suggested a couple of weeks ago the direction that this site might go - but there were few takers.

If there are people out there willing to write up an article on a chosen subject then I shall host the info - no problem

However, I can not be expected to write this up for you since not even I can recall how many websites I am supposed to be maintaining before "other projects" that are ongoing.
 

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/john, I'm happy to get the ball rolling and to submit articles that I've already written and had published elsewhere. I don't mind if I stand out in glorious isolation until someone else puts something forward.

There are lots of possible topics, and most of the contributors to Saabscene already have demonstrated that they can string sentences together, and often very humourously.

I can think of several sorts of topics that would make good articles, and I'm sure that everyone here has at least one good story in them.

Restoring any/all models
Solving a particular problem
Buying advice
Horror stories
My fastest trip
My most costly breakdown
Saabists en-mass
etc

And one of the benefits is that most of us are already here because of a degree of interest in self-help, so for someone who had a problem, posted it and then got a solution via Members here to then write it up would seem to be a logical progression.

Take for instance this thread about tyres. All it needs is for someone to distill all the comments we've seen into an article, indicating which tyres have gained most support and which have been vilified.

Maybe JD would progress from "sabisti" if he took this particular burden upon himself.

The question is how/where to submit them .. how it going to work ? If it needs an "editor" of some description I'll volunteer for that
 

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I'm happy with Gassy as editor - making suggestions for topics and people making submissions to him and I'll publish the articles on Saabscene.

I would suggest that articles are submitted in some sort of text format and not HTML - as I will be changing that anyway.

I notice we have gone way off beam from the original topic. Gassy - do you want to start of this as a new thread in the car park and we'll take it from there.

/john
 

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I have just replaced all 4 tyres on my Aero with Dunlop SP 9000's, £250 for all four, a high performance tyre with a 'V' cut pattern similar to Pilot Sports, handling seems very good, time will tell on the wear side, its worth shopping around plenty of tyre depot's, they are crying out for business, and in some cases you can virtually name your own price when playing each one off.
 

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Just checked the "mytyres" website and they seem to have equalised their British and German prices to within 5%.

Checking the 215/55 16 tyres I need for my 9-5. MyTyres (supply only) offer Michelin Primacy for £110 each against KwikFit (fitted) of £156.

I wonder if I can get 4 tyres + valves fitted and balanced somewhere for less than £184
 

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I reckon to pay £200 or so for 4 new tyres fitted/balanced etc. (balanced on the car is best if possible).
Tyres are one of those commodities that have no real recommended price and I think depots make up the prices.
You also will know my view regarding the spirited use of high performance tyres in normal road conditions. Frankly, if you are getting breakaway with any half decent tyre then your driving skills are, let's say, not the best.
Flak jacket is on!
 
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