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#4633432 - 01/13/18 09:52 AM w116 300sd Mercedes (1979) Tires 205-70-14
Gito Offline


Registered: 08/30/09
Posts: 589
Loc: CA
Own a 1979 300sd (w116) Mercedes and need tires.

Yesterday I drove to my local Costco Tire Center and found out that they only carry a BG Goodrich for my car.
I also found out that the tire comes with only a road hazard warranty, NO TIRE TREAD WARRANTY.
My last tires were Michelins (from Costco) and came with a 85k mile tread warranty.

I made a decision to look elsewhere.
Looking for 4 solid tires (205-70-14) for my 1979 300sd.

If anyone out there knows of any discounts going around please let me know.
I don't mind purchasing tires online.

Any recommendation is greatly appreciated



Edited by Gito (01/13/18 09:53 AM)

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#4633452 - 01/13/18 10:09 AM Re: w116 300sd Mercedes (1979) Tires 205-70-14 [Re: Gito]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 10018
Loc: ROCHESTER, NY
I would look at The Tire Rack and discount tire direct(DTD), tirebuyer, etc. and see if there are any in your size. This used to be a popular size on many american midsize cars in the 80's & 90's such as the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable, Chevy Celebrity, Olds Cutlass Ciera, Pontiac 6000 as their standard size tire before moving up to...

...BUT WAIT; Yeah, 15" tires!

EDIT:

Just a quick look at discount tire direct found General AltiMAX RT43 "T" for $67.90/ea & FREE shipping. The Tire Rack shows the same RT43 in "T" for the same price PLUS Shipping.
The RT43 are held in high regard here at BITOG and a personal recommendation of mine as I have owned them and recommended them as well to friends/family.


Edited by Char Baby (01/13/18 10:18 AM)
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#4633477 - 01/13/18 10:26 AM Re: w116 300sd Mercedes (1979) Tires 205-70-14 [Re: Gito]
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Is that the original size? My w123 took tiny 175R14s for example.

If you can fit a 195-70R14 there are zillions of options.

I can understand your desire for a tread warranty as you surely have a heavy car that could burn through these tires faster than average.

If you can wait until President's day you should be able to get a set of Hankook H724s for $100 or so from discount tire direct. I have these on my 300D, ableit in the non-stock 185/75/14 size. They ride wonderfully but squeal in modest corners. It makes a slow car feel fast. laugh

Is this a daily driver? Can you wait? What level of performance do you want?


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#4633504 - 01/13/18 10:42 AM Re: w116 300sd Mercedes (1979) Tires 205-70-14 [Re: Gito]
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Registered: 09/06/15
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There's nothing wrong with the BF Goodrichs. And Costco nationwide service is great. But, you can go to TiresEasy and order, or a lot of other sites. And America's Tire will mount and balance for free (around here anyway). SO lots of options. Big O has options too smile
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#4633513 - 01/13/18 10:47 AM Re: w116 300sd Mercedes (1979) Tires 205-70-14 [Re: Gito]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: Gito
Looking for 4 solid tires (205-70-14) for my 1979 300sd.


Not seeing any solid ones in that size. smile

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#4633590 - 01/13/18 12:17 PM Re: w116 300sd Mercedes (1979) Tires 205-70-14 [Re: Gito]
mcrn Online   content


Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 3200
Loc: FL
Would you consider buying a wheel/tire combo and going to a 215/65/15?
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#4633628 - 01/13/18 12:56 PM Re: w116 300sd Mercedes (1979) Tires 205-70-14 [Re: mcrn]
Gito Offline


Registered: 08/30/09
Posts: 589
Loc: CA
Originally Posted By: mcrn
Would you consider buying a wheel/tire combo and going to a 215/65/15?


Only other wheels that I would purchase and install would be the 15 inch Bundts from the Mercedes Classic Center.
$500 a piece. Not an option for me at this time.

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#4633777 - 01/13/18 03:38 PM Re: w116 300sd Mercedes (1979) Tires 205-70-14 [Re: Gito]
slacktide_bitog Online   content


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6142
Loc: USA
The BITOG-favorite General Altimax RT43 is available in the size 205/70-14 smile

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#4634249 - 01/14/18 07:04 AM Re: w116 300sd Mercedes (1979) Tires 205-70-14 [Re: eljefino]
Gito Offline


Registered: 08/30/09
Posts: 589
Loc: CA
Originally Posted By: eljefino
Is that the original size? My w123 took tiny 175R14s for example.

If you can fit a 195-70R14 there are zillions of options.

I can understand your desire for a tread warranty as you surely have a heavy car that could burn through these tires faster than average.

If you can wait until President's day you should be able to get a set of Hankook H724s for $100 or so from discount tire direct. I have these on my 300D, ableit in the non-stock 185/75/14 size. They ride wonderfully but squeal in modest corners. It makes a slow car feel fast. laugh

Is this a daily driver? Can you wait? What level of performance do you want?



I can wait. The car is my daily driver

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#4634259 - 01/14/18 07:23 AM Re: w116 300sd Mercedes (1979) Tires 205-70-14 [Re: Gito]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 10018
Loc: ROCHESTER, NY
I would wait as the benefit & overall satisfaction in the end will be worth it regardless where you buy(local or online)!

As myself and slacktide_bitog mentioned, the General AltiMAX RT43 are available and in your size at a good price and highly recommended.
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