Can you recommend tyres for 240 in the UK?

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Olly R, Jul 13, 2004.

  1. Olly R

    Olly R Guest

    Good morning

    I've been lurking here for a while. I drive a 1989 240 DL estate (2.3,
    carb, 4-speed). I'm looking into replacing some or all of the tyres as
    they're all a bit manky and it's getting very sloppy in the wet. I've
    looked at Brickboard and through some of the FAQs but can't seem to find any
    recommendations from UK listeners. Currently I have Sprint 185/80R14 on.

    Any advice would be welcome!

    olly r
     
    Olly R, Jul 13, 2004
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    Doki Guest

    Uniroyals are very good in the wet IME. Not oustanding in the dry, but
    amazing in the rain. Not had them on a 240 though, mine were on a Ka
    (165/65/R13, Rallye 580s).
     
    Doki, Jul 13, 2004
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  3. Olly R

    AJAY Guest

    I have two 240 estates, an SE and a GLE of which the nearest in spec to
    yours is the GLE (2.3 carb, 5-speed) This runs on Semperits which were
    fitted when I got the car and perform well.

    My SE is a 2.0inj auto and that runs on Fuldas very well. It also helps
    that the Fuldas are cheap (relatively) although they MUST be sealed
    properly to the rims as the slightest kerbing will lead to a slow
    puncture unless they are tubed.

    hope that helps
    Andy R
     
    AJAY, Jul 14, 2004
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    jp Guest

    If you plan to keep the car, then get Michelin X-One. Long life, great
    grip, silent and smooth. I've put them on my 940, Camry and past Honda
    Accord and wife's VW Cabrio. Awesome tires, worth the premium due to
    the longer life.
     
    jp, Jul 15, 2004
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    Rob Guenther Guest

    You like those ones? My friend has them on his minivan and they seem to be
    fairly average... you can lock up the wheels on dry pavement fairly easily
    in a hard brake with his van.
    On our 960 we have the MXV4+ tires, less tread life (420 rating), and I
    think more money, but the grip IMO is better, I get a blip of ABS in a panic
    stop on dry, and a few pulses at the end of a panic stop in the rain (no I
    don't have to panic stop all the time, as I don't tailgate. I tested the car
    out in different conditions on a clear stretch of road to evalutate the
    performance, so I know what the car can do, if I should need it - if you're
    wondering MXV4+ doesn't make the greatest winter tire... But way better then
    the Kumho touring tires I had on my other car, I have Nokian WR's on that
    one now... fantastic tire!!! tho pricey).
     
    Rob Guenther, Jul 15, 2004
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  6. Olly R

    Olly R Guest

    Thanks for all your recommendations. My local volvo garage ordered some
    very cheap tyres (from Kwik-fit, I think) which aren't anything special, BUT
    they adjusted the tracking (it had been toeing out quite a lot, causing bad
    tyre wear and sloppy handling) and even with cheapo tyres on it feels like a
    new car! Steering is much more solid, it stops in a straight line and goes
    round corners in a predictable manner! Bit of a novelty really. One of the
    new tyres got a puncture after about 50 miles, so it's been sent back to the
    makers, so I STILL have the spare on (and beginning to wish I'd demanded a
    more pricey brand name tyre, to be honest!).

    Thanks again

    Olly R
     
    Olly R, Jul 15, 2004
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