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Old 12-16-2007, 04:01 PM
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Smile New member.....help please..

Hello, I got my first MB yesterday.
2006 C 230 - 13k miles.
I am in Chicago and had a tough time getting the car home in the snow.
I checked the tires and found - 245/40-17 contiSportContact 2 tires.
The car hardly moves even in 1-2 inches of snow. The wheels just keep spinning.
Please let me know what tires are the best for this car. I prefer to get one which I can use all season. Drivin this car with the current tires is a nighmare.

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Old 12-16-2007, 06:07 PM
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High Performance Summer tires in a snowstorm?
Good luck.
Go to the TireRack site here , type in your vehicle & select any All Season tire you want.
Btw. my 2007 C 230 Sport has 225/45/17 in the front and 245/40/17 in the back for the summer.
In the winter I run 225/45/17 Snowtires front & rear.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:22 PM
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put a hundred or two pounds in the trunk and it will help enormously too.

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Old 12-16-2007, 09:03 PM
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High Performance Summer tires in a snowstorm?
Good luck.
Go to the TireRack site here , type in your vehicle & select any All Season tire you want.
Btw. my 2007 C 230 Sport has 225/45/17 in the front and 245/40/17 in the back for the summer.
In the winter I run 225/45/17 Snowtires front & rear.
Do you use the 245 tires on the OE 7.5 wheels up front? I would assume that 8.5 in wheels on the front will rub on something, or am I wrong?
The new owner should be aware of these matters, and learn to avoid any tire shops that don't know what they are doing. Like ask them to use stick-on wheel weights when balancing and hand torque the lug bolts to spec.
I saw what a mess a Firestone shop did to a C230 with staggered wheels, they sent the car to my friend's shop to have the broken-off lug bolt drilled out and it turned out they needed a new hub all because a tire jockey set his air tool to max torque

Oh, use sacks of sand for weight, you never know when you might need some for traction
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:41 PM
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High Performance Summer tires in a snowstorm?
Good luck.
Go to the TireRack site here , type in your vehicle & select any All Season tire you want.
Btw. my 2007 C 230 Sport has 225/45/17 in the front and 245/40/17 in the back for the summer.
In the winter I run 225/45/17 Snowtires front & rear.
I didnt know they were summer tires untill i drove away. They looked good and the car had 13K.
225/45/17 in the front and 245/40/17 in the back this is what I have too. I will use sand bag and get some all season tires.

Thanks all for the response. You people are cool!!
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:31 AM
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get winter tires for the winter .... you already ghave summer tires for the summer ... all the wieght in the world will not alter the fact that summer tires do not work in the snow
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Old 12-17-2007, 08:20 PM
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Do you use the 245 tires on the OE 7.5 wheels up front? I would assume that 8.5 in wheels on the front will rub on something, or am I wrong?
My car ( Sport Package ) came with 7.5 front and 8.5 in rear rims.
I use 225/45/17 winter tires on 7.5 in rims because it is the only size that will clear my huge front brakes.
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Hi, this is my first post here. For the past 21 years I have driven BMW's. Now I am driving a 2006 C230 with staggered tires. Possibly in 6-9 months I would like to have the same size tire on all four wheels. Where is the best place to buy 7.5 rims and sell the 8.5's?
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Get in touch with Luke at Tire Rack. He may be able to hook you up with winter tires mounted on 7.5" rims for only slightly more than you'd spend in trading rims to buy all-season tires. Then, you'd have a great set of rims (factory) and tires for 8 months and just do a swap for the winter months. Call Luke now--you might catch a season-end deal.

Just finished my first season on Dunlop Winter Sports--car liked them very much. I didn't add any "extra" weight in the rear, though i do carry a bag of fire-rescue gear that weighs close to 50 pounds.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:37 PM
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[QUOTE=greenacres2;2693354]Get in touch with Luke at Tire Rack. He may be able to hook you up with winter tires mounted on 7.5" rims for only slightly more than you'd spend in trading rims to buy all-season tires. Then, you'd have a great set of rims (factory) and tires for 8 months and just do a swap for the winter months. Call Luke now--you might catch a season-end deal.
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Exactly.
For about $ 100.00 each you can get some nice rims for the winter ( not ugly Steelies ).
By the time you pay twice a year to have wintertires mounted & balanced on your OEM rims, you're better off with an additional complete set.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:32 PM
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I remember driving home in one blizzard in the UK ( Suffolk.) and coming down a narrow country road......F&M for those of you in Texas.....I was getting along at a fair clip when I saw a fox leap across a seemingly shallow snow drift. Entering the drift at 25 mph the little Mini Wagon just high sided and I found myself hanging all 4 wheels 6 inches clear of the road.

It took 2 hours for me to get the little car down....I bought a bigger truck with Winter Studs for the next year.

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