Clarty New Reader
May 28, 2014 9:03 p.m.

OK, I know there will be the wiseacre with the "cheap helmet" comparisons, but I'm in the market for some inexpensive tires for the family truckster.

It is a 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SE, and it's been sucking the family budget dry, but it's a nice old car as well as my daily driver year-'round.
I use winter tires in the winter, so the cheapies are just for summer.

Discount Tire has Barum Bravuris 2s for $69 a piece, $72 if I go with 215/60s instead of the 205/65s.

Mills Fleet Farm has cheapie tires, too: Starfires. Don't know much about them, but their pricing is pretty low.

An independent tire shop has Uniroyal Tiger Paws and Cooper CS4s, both of which are more expensive than the Barum tires.

Any suggestions? I'd love to go with Michelin Defenders, but the budget won't allow that right now.

Tom Suddard Associate Editor
May 29, 2014 12:13 a.m.

I loved the generals I put on my 1984 300SD. Give tire rack a try—I think I paid something like $50 each for them.

Kenny_McCormic UberDork
May 29, 2014 12:21 a.m.

Of what you've said, the CS4 or Tigerpaw, rest are crap. Look at whatever hankook is slinging currently as a T speed rated "touring" tire, or the general equivelent(RT43 I think), maybe look at Fuzion, that's owned by bridgestone.

Wally MegaDork
May 29, 2014 5:57 a.m.

I get Tiger Paws for the Malibu and generally get 70,000+ miles on them.

RoughandReady HalfDork
May 29, 2014 6:40 a.m.

Whatever has tread at the pic-a-part.

May 29, 2014 6:50 a.m.
RoughandReady wrote: Whatever has tread at the pic-a-part.

This. I haven bought new tires since my '78 Landcruiser.

cdowd Reader
May 29, 2014 8:02 a.m.

I put 2 used 17" 80% tread tires on my BMW last summer for just over $100. If the budget is tight that is the way I would go. Or look at the tire rack which is what i usually do.

EvanB PowerDork
May 29, 2014 4:48 p.m.

Why not just run snow tires all year?

dean1484 UltimaDork
May 29, 2014 5:05 p.m.

We have put Fuzion's on severial cars at the shop I help out some at an I put a set on the 94 mustang about a year back. For the $$$$ not a bad tire at all. I would get them again.

chuckles HalfDork
May 29, 2014 6:36 p.m.

TigerPaws are awful in the rain.

Wally MegaDork
May 29, 2014 7:37 p.m.

In reply to chuckles:

I haven't had any trouble with them even with the over active ABS in my car. I tried a couple cheapo tires that make the ABS come on if there was even a threat of rain.

Streetwiseguy UberDork
May 29, 2014 7:47 p.m.

How do I phrase this correctly...Coopers are a good bad They are a cheap expensive sell lots of them, they are better than Chinese Walmart junk, but not as good as a Michelin.

Clarty New Reader
May 29, 2014 10:31 p.m.

How about a set of Kumho Solus?

Clarty New Reader
May 30, 2014 10:59 a.m.
Clarty wrote: How about a set of Kumho Solus?
Kenny_McCormic UberDork
May 31, 2014 3:32 p.m.

These are cheaper and score higher on the TR surveys

KyAllroad Reader
May 31, 2014 3:53 p.m.

Price a set of Riken Raptors. Actually a very good tire I bought off eBay and am exceptionally pleased with.

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