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    Default Longest Lasting Tyres for The Front

    So, after about 30k miles (maybe more) and 18 months, I need some new front tyres.

    Not a huge fan of the cheapies so would be looking for a brand name.

    The Mrs has a set of Continental's and are good but FFS, they aint cheap!! Currently got Dunlops on the front which have lasted well.

    Thing is, I am not a hard or fast driver these days, preferring the relaxed but spirited drive, so what have you got or had thats lasted for a good while?!

    Were the NCT5's from factory any good?

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    If your not going to be putting your car near its limits any time soon just buy a half decent pair of budgets. Accelera Alpha are what are on the front of my car and they are as good as the Falkens and Pirelli's i had before if im completely honest.
    They wear the same and seem to have the same amount of grip but only cost 50 quid a corner.
    If you want a tyre that lasts a long time you need a hard compound but then you lose a lot of grip so i would definately not recommend any to you. Simple solution is to go budget. If you spend 99% of your time driving normally you will never know the difference.

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    Ideally, swap rear to front as they wear, that keeps the maximum tread on the rear and the average tread will be at least 3mm

    My personal choice is Michelin
    On every car I have had these have last the longest

    However this Vectra C came with Good Year NCT5 in 215/50R17
    I bought one pair (£300 fitted), but after that swapped to the GSD3 in 225/45R17 (£200 fitted)
    The wear is reduced by about 25%, but the cost per mile is less

    I did test one pair of Michelin tyres, which compared favourably to the Good Year, but the cost per mile was about 20% higher

    I also did one test on a pair of Dunlop tyres
    They are clearly not suited to the Vectra C, the wet weather handling (with 7mm of tread) was scary
    However, I have had them on small cars and they were fine

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    i used to run 215/50 r17 goodyear eagles normally

    tried michelin primacy

    lasted 25% longer - but cost 15% more - but reckon they grip better

    take your pick

    i would always buy branded

    they're the one thing that keeps you in contact with road.

    i've tried so many budget tyres.. to me always false economy as they wear quicker and never provide same performance ( especially in wet and cold )

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    There's a lot of good tyres on the market today, even some good cheap ones. The thing that concerns me most about the cheapos is the safety aspect. I know a few cases of blow-outs using budgets - maybe the tried and tested brands have better safety records, wouldn't surprise me if that was the case, but who knows.
    Michelin seems to be the way to go for mileages.

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    did you know that most budget tyres are made by the big brands. And in some cases are rebranded tyres that are not selling well. Pirelli have been known to do that quite often. And the Pirelli p6000 is one of there best sellers and is no better than mid range these days as its been around for so long. But people pay silly money for it because they know the name and they feel comfortable buying it. If you want some good advice on tyres read my tyre guide sticky at the top of the page. The Acelerra alfa tyres came 3rd in a propper indipendent tyre test of about 15 brands. it was the cheapest tyre by far and beat bridgestone etc.

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    Decent alternatives to the big brands at a reasonable cost include Kumho, Falken, Vredestein and Avon, amongst others. No need to go 'fully budget'. Check out an online site like Camskill.

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    try kuhmo ku31's from black circles.

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    Just checked my mileage. Just hit the 30k mark on my fronts too. Michelin pilot primacy 225/45/17/94w

    Dont drive hard these days, no hard cornering or hard braking. More in to mpg.

    Tyres have been great. and paid about £120 each about 2 and half yrs ago.

    Looking very soon for new ones, And will 100% be buying Michelin again. Also have Michelin on the back too.

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