I've had my 2012 '(61 plate) Coupe SD for two weeks now and find that the ride is very rough over potholes and broken tarmac. So rough in fact that my oh is not enjoying being in the car at all. I read on Car Magazine's long term test review (I Can't post a url as I haven't the required number of posts) that fitting Continentals would improve the way the suspension absorbs ruts and ripples considerably while leaving the ride firm.
I'm currently driving on Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 205/45 R17 84V tyres and am looking for suggestions and advice on swapping to something more forgiving. I noted on here mention of needing a compressor and filler which the car came with so that shouldn't be an issue.
Plus, are there any dealers that do part exchange for part worn tyres?
I had Bridgestone Potenza's on my Dooper Convertible and to be honest the ride did not bother me, yes it was hard but I quite like that.
When I needed two new ones I went for Hankooks. I had only replaced two and the new ones went on the back and the car handled like a bag of sh**e. When I went back to the tyre place I mentioned it to then and they said it was because of the flexibility in the tyre wall. The got me a Hankook and a Potenza off the rack and got me to press down on the sidewall. The Hankook gave a fair bit but the Potenza's were almost solid.
I needed a new front tyre as I had been given an MOT warning on one of them so I replaced the front two with Hankooks and the handling improved considerably.
I am happy with the Hankooks, but if I had known what I do now I would have stuck with the Bridgestones, avoided the bad handling and continued to enjoy the bone shaking ride.
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