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Old 30th June 2016, 13:06   #466
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Changed my stock apollo aceleres after completing 45000 km. They were not completely worn out, but road noise and braking was troubling me. Went for 205/55 R15 Conti MC5. Went for a long trip after the change. Road noise has dramatically improved and grip levels were much superior. Steering control was excellent at high speeds. I feel mileage has dropped by 1 - 2 km, but I will take it for the superior stability I get on highways.

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If budget permits you, please change it ASAP. I understand, from the forum, that those tyres are a limiting factor to the capabilities of your machine! I wouldn't say the same for the Apollo's though!
There are plenty of options available, the top being Michelin P3ST and the Yokohama S drives!
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I agree. I have Michelin XM2 on my Swift Dzire and they feel much more planted than the Vectras. My question though is "are Vectras now the stock tyres on Tsi comfortline models". i thought my car should have come with Apollo Alnacs.
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Changed my stock apollo aceleres after completing 45000 km. They were not completely worn out, but road noise and braking was troubling me. Went for 205/55 R15 Conti MC5. Went for a long trip after the change. Road noise has dramatically improved and grip levels were much superior. Steering control was excellent at high speeds. I feel mileage has dropped by 1 - 2 km, but I will take it for the superior stability I get on highways.
Could you update on the price paid for the change?
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Could you update on the price paid for the change?
I paid Rs. 6500 per tyre plus an additional Rs. 1200 for the balancing and alignment, which totaled to Rs. 27200.
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I have switched to Yokohama Earth 1, 195, 60, R15.
Kris_risk, that's a nice feedback you have provided! If you don't mind could you tell me how much the Earth 1s cost you?

Our 2010 Vento Petrol Highline is due for a tyre change. I'm looking at 195/60/R15 tyres. I'm running Yokohama Earth 1 175/65/R14 on my Beat for the last 13,500 kms & I'm extremely happy with their performance. They're a safe bet for sure!

I would be happy to go for the Earth 1 tyres on the Vento. However, would appreciate if someone could suggest any other comfort oriented tyres which are not susceptible to punctures & side wall damage in the 195/60/R15 size.

The car is in Kolkata, mostly driven within Salt Lake, with the occasional highway trip.
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Guys, I am having the usual question - 205/55 R15 Continental or S drives?
I have tried with most dealers in Villupuram and Pondicherry, and got a quote of Rs.5700 per tyre for the S drives. No luck with the Contis yet.
1. How will be the life of Yokos with mostly sedate run and proper maintanence?
2. Will the hit on FE be more than 2 Kmpl?
My actual plan was sticking to stock specs. But I couldn't source any premium tyres in that size ( read = Turanza and CC5) and not interested in getting a budget all rounder tyre.
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Guys, I am having the usual question - 205/55 R15 Continental or S drives?
Depends on what is your main criteria - performance or comfort. My understanding is that Yoko S Drives are purely performance oriented tires and will give you excellent grip and cornering ability. But the noise will be on the higher side.

Continental MC5 and Michelin P3ST are tuned more towards comfort and will be quiet silent, and reasonably grippy as well. As you mention about driving sedately, I would suggest dropping the S drives and go with Conti MC5 or Michelin P3ST.

Regarding tire life, as all these tires come with softer compound, the life would be 30K to 35K KMs.
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Old 13th July 2016, 23:29   #473
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Kris_risk, that's a nice feedback you have provided! If you don't mind could you tell me how much the Earth 1s cost you?
While I need to check the specific cost, I recollect it was around 5k odd for each tyre + WB/WA but mind you, that info is now almost few months old and the prices could have changed.

As with the tyres, I have now used them for around 10k kms and they are certainly better than the stock tyres. My only concern if at all would be the ride is a bit 'floaty' though not bouncy..
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Hi, I have been using Yokohama C-drive tyres in 195/60 R15 size, for about 85,000 kilometers, on my 2010 1.6 TDI Highline. The second set that I am using now, may not last for more than 5000 kilometers I think.

I am looking for similar tyres in terms of cornering abilities, wet traction, aqua panning, and the "flatness" attribute while driving. Wet performance being impressive even on almost worn out tires. Since the C-drive tyres seem to be discontinued in India, I have been looking for similar tyres in 195/60 R15. [I have the stiff, heavy-duty suspension setup]

I have come across:

- Continental Conti Max Contact MC5
- Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 (3 generations old tyres being sold here, oh well)
- Michelin Primacy 3 (I would hate if it has greater side wall flexibility than C-drive)

Yokohama S-drive seem to be lacking in wet performance, as compared to C-drive. Having said that, I'm not sure about the tyres I listed too, but they seemed similar to C-drive in some aspects.

If anyone has experience with these tyres, or any other tyres that may be similar in performance to C-drive, I would love to know about it.

Thanks.

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Finally took the plunge with the only newly manufactured premium tyre in the 205 section.
Year of manufacture : 2016 ( may )

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By Jove, what a difference in handling and road behaviour !! I get a wide grin in the twisty 2 lane state highways now. It really feels like said in the forum -"on rails".
Waiting to feel her on butter smooth 4 lanes tomorrow. It's totally worth the money spent.
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Finally took the plunge with the only newly manufactured premium tyre in the 205 section.
Year of manufacture : 2016 ( may )

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By Jove, what a difference in handling and road behaviour !! I get a wide grin in the twisty 2 lane state highways now. It really feels like said in the forum -"on rails".
Waiting to feel her on butter smooth 4 lanes tomorrow. It's totally worth the money spent.
Is that the Yokohama S drives? From which brand did you upgrade from?
Since you're a regular in the fuel efficiency thread, I'm looking forward to the figures you're gonna get from now.
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I upgraded from the stock Goodyears which had done 50,900 Kms and still in good shape, maybe for another 5000 Kms. I am eagerly looking forward to know the FE difference myself and have filled up tank yesterday after fitting. Hopefully , by next Friday I can come out with the calculation. BTW, the last 2 tankful a yielded 23.39 & 22.89 Kmpl on the old tyres. Cheers.
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Guys, what would be the optimum air pressure (warm) for 205/55 R15 tyres in Vento TDI? I am maintaining 34 PSI all around like I used to in stock tyre, but the outer shoulders are in a different gray shade compared to black central part of the tyres which had run 520 Kms. Am I being paranoid or is that normal?
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Going by the previous post, here's how the grey colour contrasts with the black colour!
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Needing your valuable suggestions. Thanks in advance.
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Going by the previous post, here's how the grey colour contrasts with the black colour!
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Needing your valuable suggestions. Thanks in advance.
Only two things come to my mind
  • Either you grazed the tyre on a kerb
  • Balancing & alignment are out.
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