steve haley

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  1. Michelin Lattitude tour HP - very pleased as are wearing well and fuel consumption is better from stock bridgestones
  2. Has anyone else had issues with brake calipers. I have just had my 4th and last one go at 106k/9yrs. First went at4 yrs and 30k then the two rears at 6 years and 60 k. This is the first car I have seen these problems with. Regards Stephen
  3. I have full winter tyres on my rx350, Nokian SUV WR3, Dont think I have see the traction light yet after three winters in the alps, Goes up the driveway in 6" plus of snow no problem and eats slush and deep puddles. Trouble is that they wear badly once the temp is above 12-15 deg. Remember that you need a minimum of 4-5mm tread for snow - In some countries it is "illegal" to have less than 4mm. Never sure about all season tyres always seem like the worst of both worlds. Got them from openeo who I can heartily recommend, unlike most their warehouse is in the UK Always liked the german winter rules that if you have to be rescued or cause a jam in winter conditions while wearing summer tyres you get landed with a big fine.
  4. Did you/anyone solve this problem? I tried striker line down it but it didn't appear to go through. Do you have to take of the trim by your feet? Exactly where are the drain hole exits? Regards Stephen
  5. Quick update after a few thousand miles. The lattitude tours initially were very noisy and jiggly until I checked the pressures and found that f1 had set them to 40psi now they are at 32 they are quiet and way better than the bridgestones. The mpg appears to be up 2mpg as well. Appear to be wearing well Recommended
  6. Hmm Bit more complex than that. Almost never use high unless going across a rutted field to retrieve gliders. Low will auto cancel over 20mph Tend to use normal except for 1 winding roads where the car is rolling or I want to corner with more control 2 motorways - low stiffens the stearing and makes the car less susceptible to wind gusts In theory the car drops automatically at 75mph but mine never appears to. There is a button under the dash that enables low entry/exit ie drops car to 1cm below low when engine turned off. There is a green light on the dash to show it is enabled at bottom of fuel or temp gauge I think.
  7. Yep examine tyres VERY carefully one will have blown out a portion of the tread aka egg Fit spare ASAP before driving. One of your tyres has basically failed structurally it won't be far off a complete blowout.
  8. thanks for all the feedback. Have eliminated the Continental as a friend had them on a toureg and said they were entertaining once you left tarmac. The pirelli are interesting but too many iffy comments around and they don't perform as well as Lattitude in the tests and are £100 more expensive by the time I have got the discounts. So will pull the trigger on a set out Lattude Tour HP from f1autocentre and report back in a few weeks,
  9. I am fairly sure that the tyres in the states are different to ours. The mileage claims are just too large. I reckon I've done well doing 40k on my bridgestones and that is largely motorway. The us talk about doing 70-80k on a set.... Tyres are exactly the same. Pirelli scorpion verde all season are made in Britain and they get exported out whereas Michelin are made over there and get imported in. No difference in tyres but obviously you have to be skeptical of the mileage claims. Other than that the tyres are very good. Michelin's are very quiet, had them on the last RX. Never had pirelli scorpion verde all season though but it gets good reviews and if im not mistake, is oem on Range Rover Evoque's and the new RR Sport, probably because theyre made in britain tbh Curious as to where you get your information as I have heard the opposite, most US tyres are made in the states or made for that market. Note hey arent milage claims they are milage guarantees. Most Goodyear are circa 90k and Michelin 65k. I consider myself good on tyres but count myself fortunate if I can get 50k out of a set. 40 is my norm. American roads are if anything worse than ours so I just dont see it. See tyrerack etc for more info,,,,,
  10. Dont use tyre foam except as a last resort - has a nasty habit of wrecking the tyre.
  11. Thanks I did know about those but they are probably too extreeme for my needs. Can be sourced at a reasonable price if you have a local garage willing to fit them or costco will do them for 175. So given no discount they work out a lot more than the tour hp.
  12. I am fairly sure that the tyres in the states are different to ours. The mileage claims are just too large. I reckon I've done well doing 40k on my bridgestones and that is largely motorway. The us talk about doing 70-80k on a set....
  13. Pirellis are 72db. Remember the sound scale is logarithmic so the diff between 68 and 72 is not 7%. Having said that not sure how good these labels are as the bridge stones and my winter vredestein have the same rating but while the winters aren't very noisy there is definitely a difference. The bridge stones always coped only the limited amount of off-roading that I do but the continentals look smother still. I don't want a tyre that is as noisy as my winter tyres. I can live with that out of necessity with my winter tyes as my driveway spends jan and feb under snow and ice and the alpine road outside is often under 4" Still being pulled slightly by the continentals as they are so highly rated for grip but their noise rating is higher and their are comments about the wear not being great. How well are the continentals wearing compared to your bridge stones. The only true all season tyres used to be the nokians not sure if any others have turned up in the last few years.