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Old 08-18-2004, 09:47 AM   #54
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Join Date: Jun 1999
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Alfretter Geeoja
2012 Geeteeeye
and 71' VW Gulf Beetle


#1.) what tire are you offering for review: Pirelli P Zero Nero 205/50-16

#2.) what is your geographic location: Alpharetta GA

#3.) what types of driving events if any: None yet

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving: 55% highway 45% city

#5.) your review and personal comments:

So far I've had three sets of tires on my MY98 Impreza L (aside from the 15" stockers). These were Falken Azenis sports, BF Goodrich G-Force KDW and the Pirellis.

Comparing them all, the Pirellis have BY FAR the best wet grip. I can take corners in the pourng rain at about 90% of the speed that I take them in the dry.
Adversely, the Azenis become scary in the wet after about 5k miles. They are by far the best in the dry but at the cost of noise and rapid tire wear.
So far the Pirellis have been the smoothest out of all three and not noisy at first... but not they howl like crazy (after about 8k miles). I drive fairly agressively on the street and like to head to some twisty mountain roads ever now and then so they are easily half way through their usable life at this point.
The one thing I can say I don't really like about the Pirellis is that they don't feel like they really grip until you get to the max adhesion point in a turn. What I mean is it feels like they are almost all-seasons up to a point but they just keep gripping. I think the problem may be that I'm used to a stiffer sidewall overall.

Next tire I'm going to try the Goodyear F1 GS-D3 in the same size.

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