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Tyre wear -vs- driving style

During my service visit today the agent did a health check and reported the tread depth on the 4 tyres.

2 x rear 6mm throughout.

2 x front 3mm throughout, no uneven wear.

I knew I was getting near to the 1.6mm legal limit, but was a little surprised considering mileage to be 7,600.

So it's 2 new front tyres very shortly, don't want to push it as we are heading into the winter months.

Originals are 195/45 R16 84V Continental Premium Contact 2

But suppose in hindsight a victim of my own driving style.
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During my service visit today the agent did a health check and reported the tread depth on the 4 tyres.

2 x rear 6mm throughout.

2 x front 3mm throughout, no uneven wear.

I knew I was getting near to the 1.6mm legal limit, but was a little surprised considering mileage to be 7,600.

So it's 2 new front tyres very shortly, don't want to push it as we are heading into the winter months.

Originals are 195/45 R16 84V Continental Premium Contact 2

But suppose in hindsight a victim of my own driving style.

Chas the contis are rubbish, so rubbish they maybe are wearing quicker as they have no ultimate grip and are suffering to cope with the increased power of the Abarth. I know it would cost more, but perhaps best to change all 4 tires to the Michelin Pilot Exalto 2's with much higher grip? I have so far not managed to lose grip with the Mitch Pilots, while with the Contis I have! Keep the 2 6 mm tires as emergency backup or something or try and sell them on ebay.
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Re: Tyre wear -vs- driving style

Now go out with a depth gauge and check the tyres yourself My tyres once picked up tread from one month to another according to my dealer
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Re: Tyre wear -vs- driving style

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Now go out with a depth gauge and check the tyres yourself My tyres once picked up tread from one month to another according to my dealer
Thanks Maxi, I go along with your sentiment of self checking. On this occasion they do check off at 3mm
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How about the bargain PS3's Ahmett spotted the other day?
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Re: Tyre wear -vs- driving style

Seeing that I have good tread on the rear tyres (Both Conti's) and requiring to renew the two front ones, is it acceptable to fit a different brand to the front which will have a completely different tread pattern?

Have always renewed using the same brand previously.
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Seeing that I have good tread on the rear tyres (Both Conti's) and requiring to renew the two front ones, is it acceptable to fit a different brand to the front which will have a completely different tread pattern?

Have always renewed using the same brand previously.


I personally prefer not to, but its not the end of the world and many people do it. So yes you can. Put the new tires in the back with the 2 old ones moving to the front and in a few months you can buy new front tires so you will have 4 tires of the same make again, preferably the Mitch Pilots!
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Re: Tyre wear -vs- driving style

It's acceptable as long as they are the same across the axles. but if you push your 500 hard I'd stick to same all round.

You could sell your rears part worn if you want to change brand if tyre.

New tyres should always go in the rear.
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New tyres should always go in the rear.
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Re: Tyre wear -vs- driving style

6mm isn't too bad a tread depth and seeing as though you come across as someone not having a single digit IQ, you could chuck the new tyres on the front and hopefully end up needing to replace all 4 at the same time in the future. Best tyres on the rear is the safest if you're at all worried though
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seeing as though you come across as someone not having a single digit IQ,
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Re: Tyre wear -vs- driving style

have you considered a set of winter wheels/tyres?
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Re: Tyre wear -vs- driving style

If your car has ESP and the other skid resisting acronyms the manufacturer strongly recommends fitting identical tyres on all wheels.

And as they say, new tyres should always go on the back wheels as in an emergency you want the car to understeer, not go into a tailspin. Especially not with such a short wheelbase.
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Re: Tyre wear -vs- driving style

While it is generally accepted that NEW tyres should go on the back, unless you specifically want to run down your existing fronts and buy new tyres, you would be perfectly safe to swap your existing tyres front to rear now and get max mileage out of your original Contis. Then get a full set of 4 matching new when the time finally comes...
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Re: Tyre wear -vs- driving style

In my years of driving, I've never had to do a swerve and recover. I've had to do numerous emergency stops on the other hand. Ergo, I'd rather have the new tyres on the front.

Worn tyres front, you might not be able to stop OR swerve out of the way, you'll just go straight on.

If you swerve with worn rears, you way well loose control, but if you've avoided the obstacle, spinning is fairly harmless (certainly if you've learned to control a spinning car).

I'll take the oversteer, and if there's a wet slippery corner and I'm going (too) fast, I'll yank the steering wheel to force understeer.
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