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    Hi Everyone,

    For a long time now my steering has had a vague feel and a tendency to follow ruts in the road. Sometimes on a badly rutted road it feels as if the steering is just going its own way and you have to almost fight with the steering wheel to keep it in a straight line. The tyres were Michelin Primacy HP.

    The trackrod ends and inner track rods are OK and there is no play at the wheels.

    I have recently put on winter tyres (Michelin Alpin) and the steering feels different class - normal in fact. As my Primacys were quite badly worn I have scrapped them and when the weather warms up I will need some more summer tyres. Although they were fantastic in terms of wear (lasted 35K on front and rear still useable) and they gripped well in corners, I cannot put up with the funny steering feel if I go for new ones.

    Has anyone else experienced a similar problem and if so which tyres did you find that worked OK. I would want a top brand as tyres are one area I will spend money on, despite being a Yorkshireman . I do a lot of mileage and safety is a concern.

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    Vehicle : Vectra and a Signum

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    I use goodyear asymetric 2 these days on mine, not cheap but great grip in wet and dry. Have a read of tyrereviews.co.uk to see what others say.
    My old Signum, the animal; she now rests in pieces in several other members cars.. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=200
    The wifes vec show car, started as a standard daily driver and ended up like this. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=709



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    Vehicle : Signum Elite 1.9 CDTI

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    I'm using Kumho's SP31's and find them ideal. On the wandering issue, can I suggest that you have the car's alignment checked and adjusted. It's usually free with a charge made for each adjustment needed.

    It worked for me.

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    Vehicle : Signum Elite 1.9 CDTI

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    ............. as a follow on I was advised by the folks who did the checks to keep a close eye on the tyre pressures and to use those recommended by the tyre manufacturer rather than Vauxhall.
    Last edited by alhambra; 19th January 2012 at 17:18.

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    i like dunlop sp20/20 i have had them on for 2and half years and they are just needing to be replaced 25000 miles

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    When I got my Signum V6 CDTi a few months back, I decided to change the tyres (Accelera up front, Dunlop SP's on the rear). I'd previously had Uniroyal Rainsport II's on my GSi which were an excellent all round tyre (£100 a corner fitted) and the fronts would have done at least 18k before they got to 3mm depth.

    Back to the Signum - looked at the Rainsports again (£110 a corner fitted) and then came across the Kumho KU39's at £80 a corner fitted. The Kumhos had excellent reviews - dry and wet handing, longevity and noise. So, looking to save a few a few £'s, the Kumho's went on.

    Biggest mistake I've made in the past 10 years with tyre selection . Droning is a major issue at all speeds, especially the rears. New bearings haven't helped the droning and Kumho are playing hard ball as they don't have technical support in the UK.

    Others rave about the KU39's but I'm not a fan - in my case, buy cheap, pay twice .

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    I have been using Michelins for years on several cars and they have always been excellent - til now

    Looks like its time to change then. Interesting about tyre pressures, I will have to check out the tyre makers recommendaton with whatever I choose.

    I am just loving the car though now on the winter tyres, it really is so much better to drive and I cannot believe a different tyre makes such a difference.

    Alhambra - the tracking has been checked and there was no uneven wear on the old Michelins. I just think Michelin have lost their way with these...

    I like a quiet ride and comfort above all else. I dont go fast through corners - its an Elite not an SRi (old man spec ). Might have a look at the Rainsports as they sound like they would suit the summer weather

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    The Goodyear GSD3's I once fitted trammed like crazy. It made driving long distances quite fatiguing as I was forever having to fight the steering wheel.

    The Uniroyal Rainsport 2's I've now got fitted are brilliant. No tramlining, quiet, long lasting, and grip really well. Best tyres I've ever had in fact.

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    Cheers Dave, just the sort of thing I am looking for. Have heard good things about Goodyear lately. Also had recommended the Eage F1 Asymmetric 2.

    Suppose they are much better than the Eagle NCT5 fitted by the factory

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    Winter tyres will have softer sidewalls, with less tendancy to 'tramline'

    A correct 4 wheel alignment should minimise this.

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