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Old 09-17-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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Default Tire Retail Experts: Retail Price on Make-Specific Tires...

Long story short, I'm buying winter tires...

From one particular retailer, I can by what appears to be a Mercedes-specific version of the a tire for $80/tire LESS than I can the normal version.

At least I think this is the case...the tire that I want has has the "MO" designation in the name...compared to the non-MO designation in the generic, higher-priced version.

Think it's a very similar tire? Should I hesitate to buy it?
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #2
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Without insider information about differences between OE and generic model it is hard to tell. Is there any difference in load, speed or UTQG rating?

Krzys

PS OE may have lower rolling resistance and lower tread life but it is a guess.

PS2 I do not think that Mercedes specifies bad tires, I would probably buy them.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:03 AM   #3
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Without insider information about differences between OE and generic model it is hard to tell. Is there any difference in load, speed or UTQG rating?

Krzys

PS OE may have lower rolling resistance and lower tread life but it is a guess.

PS2 I do not think that Mercedes specifies bad tires, I would probably buy them.
I guess I'm less concerned with the differences and more questioning how they could sell both. Who'd by the non-merc versions?

You need to prove ownership or something?
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:40 AM   #4
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the merc ones met merc specs...not just the tire mfgr specs
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:38 PM   #5
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You can buy OE tires and mount them where you want. They are usually more expensive than non-OE.

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Old 09-18-2012, 01:00 PM   #6
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You can buy OE tires and mount them where you want. They are usually more expensive than non-OE.

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What is this in response to?

I was kidding about the proving ownership.

That's the point, these are $80/tire cheaper than the non-OE. Shockingly cheap.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:25 PM   #7
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Maybe there's a lot of mercedes owners like the guy I saw in a tire place years ago. He was livid and berating the tire guy because no MFRs made econo tires that would last 50k miles in a fitment for his BMW Z3 rears (like 255/40/18 or something). He was so mad that his luxury sports car tires only lasted 25k and was demanding cheaper alternatives that would last longer.

Mybe the MB spec in this case is for those people... buy luxury car, expect econobox maintenance prices.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:27 PM   #8
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What is this in response to?

I was kidding about the proving ownership.

That's the point, these are $80/tire cheaper than the non-OE. Shockingly cheap.
Especially when you consider that 205/55R16 RE-92As are $256 EACH on Tire Rack.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:48 PM   #9
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tire manufacturers often alter tires from the original design to meet engineering parameters specified by auto companies. Those changes are considered proprietary information and are not shared with the public ... we do not know what the changes are in most cases but, when used in full sets you should not see any problems
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