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Panda 2009 Best Tyres

Recently purchased a 2009 Panda Mami, unfortunately one of the back tyres needs changing , was wondering the best tyre to get
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Re: Panda 2009 Best Tyres

Its not a good idea to have different tyres on the same axle. If you are just changing one I would go for one that's the same as the other side or at least one of similar specs.

Not sure which wheel and tire combo the Panda Miami has

Post the size from of the sidewall. For example mine are 155/80R13


Best

There no such thing. Some are quiet, others grip well in the wet, some
Are economical and other wear well.

Deep block treads for snow and ice and grooves for rain.

Near slicks for dry roads and so on.

Its a compromise for example the best wet grip might be the noisiest.

You have to work out which parameters are the most important to you.

Here in the UK. Online tires only normally don't work out the cheapest.

I paid 42 fitted for mine. They are 35 tyres only. Very few places would fit, balance and dispose of the old tire for 7. In fact the cheapest for the tyre I wanted was 35 all in just a bit too far out.
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Re: Panda 2009 Best Tyres

Koalar is right in saying there's no single best tyre for everybody.

Changed mine a couple of months ago; the discussion is here.

If you're buying with an eye on the price, be aware that one factor affecting the total cost of tyre ownership is how long they will last; that's something you won't find on a label. The Panda transmits quite a bit of road noise to the cabin, so the noise rating of the tyres is worth noting; it's not a linear scale, and a couple of dB makes quite a difference.

Thee's a lot of price variation in the current market; it pays to shop around online to find the best deals. Like Koalar, I've found buying tyres separate from the fitting doesn't work too well. Usually you can phone round the local tyre shops and find one that will match or even better the best online price. Just turning up generally costs you more, sometimes quite a lot more.

Tyres on a Panda will cost you about 1/2p per mile; for most folks that's about 4% of what they spend on fuel, and 1-2% of the total cost of ownership. so don't stress about trying to save the last few pennies. A good quality tyre is a worthwhile investment that, in the longer term, could save both your money and your life.
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Unless there is a problem with the tyre brand already fitted (assuming they match now) you should probably start by trying to get the same as the other rear tyre. It may not be possible/convenient etc. but it's usually a good place to start.

Mixing brands/types across an axle (I know they aren't really axles, but it's easier to say) is not illegal (in the UK) or even forbidden by the manufacturer, but it can lead to inconsistent braking and handling.
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The only other point to make is that a measure of the tyre's effectiveness is not only the amount of tread, but the age of the tyre. An 8 year old tyre with very few miles has very little grip in wet/cold conditions.


Swap both. Preferably swap all 4.
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The only other point to make is that a measure of the tyre's effectiveness is not only the amount of tread, but the age of the tyre. An 8 year old tyre with very few miles has very little grip in wet/cold conditions.


Swap both. Preferably swap all 4.
That. The difference in characteristics and grip between two identical tyres, one new and the other a few years old and half worn, will likely be greater than the difference between different brands.

If you can't comfortably afford to replace them all (not everyone has their own money tree), at least make sure that your best tyres are on the rear. Any reputable tyre fitter should swap the wheels around as necessary without extra charge, and some will insist on it.
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