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Old 05-05-2020, 01:36 PM
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w123 new tires

Earlier this year I bought a running (near basket case) 1979 300d

It took a while to get some electrical gremlins sorted out.

Now that it's road legal I finally got around to replacing the 4
mismatched tires it had when I bought it.

It's amazing how much better it looks and rides.

The road stance much more impressive
and the severe pulling I had to the right is gone.

Tracks very straight and no more shimmy above 75mph.

It still has aesthetic issues but I feel much more comfortable
investing time into to it now that the driving experience
has been upgraded.



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Old 05-06-2020, 10:55 AM
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Good job. New tires almost always make a major difference.
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:40 AM
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I need new all season tires on my car. Other than obvious sizing and looking for sales on reputable brands, how do you pick new tires? Is there some sort of buying guide?
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Old 05-23-2020, 10:37 AM
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I need new all season tires on my car. Other than obvious sizing and looking for sales on reputable brands, how do you pick new tires? Is there some sort of buying guide?
Assuming you have a W123, it is not a performance car. Pick any tire that you can afford and looks good to you. Ignore everyone else's advice.
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Old 05-23-2020, 11:44 AM
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alfred0809,
I've used General Altimax RT 43's on a couple of cars and am very satisfied with their wear, ride and handling. Good price point too.
Good luck!!!
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Old 06-09-2020, 02:28 PM
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I buy only american,north or south tires.No chinese made michelins for me
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Old 06-13-2020, 02:46 AM
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The Michelins are made in China now?
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Old 06-20-2020, 09:04 PM
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I buy only american,north or south tires.No chinese made michelins for me
I’ve come to love the Cooper CS4 and CS5 series. They are made in USA.

I installed the CS4 in 195/70-14 on my 240D, while I run 195/65-15 (iirc) on 15” Bundts on my 300CD.
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:57 AM
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Go to Tire Rack for many reviews and tests.

I've been buying from them for years, and have yet to be steered wrong.

It also helps to have your own Hunter tire machine and dual plane balancer.

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Old 10-01-2020, 08:12 PM
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US brands don't seem to make 14" tires anymore. I found Maxxis MA-202s, which are made in Taiwan. I was not willing to buy a mainland China tire but these got good reviews.
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Old 10-01-2020, 09:17 PM
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I have US made Cooper CS 4 and 5 ultra on my w123 cars.

I have US made Bridgestones on my w126.
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Old 10-27-2020, 02:58 PM
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Invest in upgrading your entire front end suspension, including front sway bar bushings, then any tires will feel amazing. Some brands will be a bit better, but #1 priority is getting your suspension sorted out.

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