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Old 15th September 2009, 15:51   #46
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I've had the Michelin XM1 on the Baleno for last two years, run 23000 kms on them. I don't know how much more they'll last, I find estimating tread wear to be very dicey for an amateur like me.
But I have no issues with the tyres, no punctures, no air loss, wonderful ride and braking. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 22nd September 2009, 12:32   #47
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Reading your experience and looking at the pics it is quite evident that you are mad at Michs.

One thing that I found was that while rotation and wheel balancing the guys at workshop do not look at the tire, for them all are same. And I might sound stupid wrt the thread but during one of the service those morons rotated the XM1 as they do the normal ones. XM1 is unidirectional tires. Thank God that I saw this and had to spend a sultry hot afternoon overseeing the rotation and wheel balancing again.

This can adversely effect life of the set.

Also one thing I notice is that you have a symmetric thread pattern while on my tires I have asymmetric pattern. Did I miss noticing or there are more than one type of XM1?
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Sniper, something is seriously wrong.

The XM1 and the XM1+ is an asymmetric tyre. NOT a unidirectional tyre.
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Old 23rd September 2009, 12:38   #49
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My bad Nikhil

I wanted to cut short the details. while rotation the mechanics changed the tires but they did not see the Outside label and that side went in the wheel well.

XM1 asymmetric not uni directional. Confirmed
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Thanks for all the precautionary notes on Michellin, I haven't read this thread before tyre upgrade, else I could have tried something else.

Just to give you a perspective from first time user, for me I upgraded from worn out MRF zvts tubed tyres to 1 plus size (155/70), tubeless and completely different compound michellin ones (155/70 R 12 XM1+).

There is a sea of difference I can feel in the drive, The kind of corners I can take without braking at 80 kmph on the mysore Rd itself is testmony of the tyres. The ride quality is obviously vastly imrpoved.

Come coming back to age, the thread has definitely put the alarm bells ringing. Keeping fingers crossed. Another point I noticed from the pics is there is more thread wear in middle of tyres, does it hint at over inflating ?
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Old 29th September 2009, 16:42   #51
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Hi,

The XM1 on my Verna has lasted 44 K now and has as much thread now as bj96 posted (how much are they and How can I tell? I believe 2 mm is minimum required). Planning to upgrade it by next month as it is now more than 2 years since I had them. Changed them when I bought my car new in July 2007 from MRFZV2K. I believe mine lasted longer also because most of my drives were done in better roads (read: Highways with GQ mostly) and my car has ABS which can cause a lot of difference specially in soft compound tires. The tire noise has increased now as well.

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tyres are 2 years and 15000 kms old. Looking at the treads, I am worried will it survive another 6k kms/1 year?
Thought of updating the thread.

I am touching 51k on WagonR, that means XM1s have held up to ~21000 kms and ~3 years now. Only one puncture in last ~6k kms. The tread is bit depleted, but, probably will sail through the coming monsoon (city driving). Now I am happier than I was at the beginning of the thread

Thinking of Acelere 155/70/13 or Yoko 155/70/13 (if available) next. Any suggestions?

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Thinking of Acelere 155/70/13 or Yoko 155/70/13 (if available) next. Any suggestions?
Any particular reason for looking at 155/70R13 instead of 155/65R13?
Yoko A-drive is available in 155/70R13 now, not sure about 155/65R13 though.
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Dont pay much attention to those ratings. They dont make any sense in the real Indian world.
Why not? Just like ARAI ratings, its a good way to compare 2 tires during purchase.
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Any particular reason for looking at 155/70R13 instead of 155/65R13?
Mine is type I Vxi (2002) model- it came with 145/70R13 (later ones came with 155/65R13) as OEM.

I guess, 155/65 is reducing (already low) GC further, making her kiss most bumps with four adults inside. Because my wagonr is nowadays confined only to city limits, I prefer a taller profile rather than a wider one. Hence thinking of 155/70 (or 145/70). I was of the opinion that 145/70 may not be available in tubeless, but, then saw a BS Turanza other day at a tyre shop- will probably pick these. Moreover, going back to 145/70 will correct the ODO error and might fetch bit more KM/L.

Suggestions welcome.

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