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    Finanly lost the run flats

    Recently decided to dump the run flats. Had Continentals & Bridgestones. Both handled OK and got decent mileage up to 43 mpg on the Continentals and 42 on the Bridgestones. As one would expect, the ride was harsh and kinda' noisy. Got around 20 to 22K mi. on both before they needed to go.

    Now I have Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S PLUS - 225/45R17/XL 94H and a fix-a-flat can in the trunk. They are much quieter and a nicer ride on the highway. Control and cornering are better as well as high speed lane shifting. Haven't done an emergency stop yet. Gas mileage is in the 38 to 40 mpg range. I haven't had them in the rain yet but have had a loaner 2016 CLA in the rain and it did very well.

    I've always been suspect of Pirellis in the rain and snow as I've had them on a Lincoln LS Sport and they were awful. They were great on dry pavement but as one would expect didn't wear very well. Even the Pirelli snow tires were useless and back then at $425.00 each were a huge disappointment. So bad my wife wouldn't drive the car in the winter. Swore I'd never buy Pirellis again.

    Then I got in that CLA loaner and was impressed. So far, I'm very pleased with the Cinturatos - will keep you posted on rain, durability & winter handling.
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    Wait, are you saying the 2016 CLA came with Cinturato P7 A/S PLUS non-RFT? Did it come with a spare or a fix-a-flat kit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Al View Post
    Recently decided to dump the run flats. Had Continentals & Bridgestones. Both handled OK and got decent mileage up to 43 mpg on the Continentals and 42 on the Bridgestones. As one would expect, the ride was harsh and kinda' noisy. Got around 20 to 22K mi. on both before they needed to go.

    Now I have Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S PLUS - 225/45R17/XL 94H and a fix-a-flat can in the trunk. They are much quieter and a nicer ride on the highway. Control and cornering are better as well as high speed lane shifting. Haven't done an emergency stop yet. Gas mileage is in the 38 to 40 mpg range. I haven't had them in the rain yet but have had a loaner 2016 CLA in the rain and it did very well.

    I've always been suspect of Pirellis in the rain and snow as I've had them on a Lincoln LS Sport and they were awful. They were great on dry pavement but as one would expect didn't wear very well. Even the Pirelli snow tires were useless and back then at $425.00 each were a huge disappointment. So bad my wife wouldn't drive the car in the winter. Swore I'd never buy Pirellis again.

    Then I got in that CLA loaner and was impressed. So far, I'm very pleased with the Cinturatos - will keep you posted on rain, durability & winter handling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Al View Post
    Recently decided to dump the run flats. Had Continentals & Bridgestones. Both handled OK and got decent mileage up to 43 mpg on the Continentals and 42 on the Bridgestones. As one would expect, the ride was harsh and kinda' noisy. Got around 20 to 22K mi. on both before they needed to go.

    Now I have Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S PLUS - 225/45R17/XL 94H and a fix-a-flat can in the trunk. They are much quieter and a nicer ride on the highway. Control and cornering are better as well as high speed lane shifting. Haven't done an emergency stop yet. Gas mileage is in the 38 to 40 mpg range. I haven't had them in the rain yet but have had a loaner 2016 CLA in the rain and it did very well.

    I've always been suspect of Pirellis in the rain and snow as I've had them on a Lincoln LS Sport and they were awful. They were great on dry pavement but as one would expect didn't wear very well. Even the Pirelli snow tires were useless and back then at $425.00 each were a huge disappointment. So bad my wife wouldn't drive the car in the winter. Swore I'd never buy Pirellis again.

    Then I got in that CLA loaner and was impressed. So far, I'm very pleased with the Cinturatos - will keep you posted on rain, durability & winter handling.
    Thank you for this information. This validates my observation on my car's handling on snow, w/c I'm not confident about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bahn View Post
    Thank you for this information. This validates my observation on my car's handling on snow, w/c I'm not confident about.
    I don't think he's driving them on snow yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmwei396 View Post
    Wait, are you saying the 2016 CLA came with Cinturato P7 A/S PLUS non-RFT? Did it come with a spare or a fix-a-flat kit?
    My 15 sport came with the P Zero non run flats and the tirefit kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Al View Post
    Recently decided to dump the run flats. Had Continentals & Bridgestones. Both handled OK and got decent mileage up to 43 mpg on the Continentals and 42 on the Bridgestones. As one would expect, the ride was harsh and kinda' noisy. Got around 20 to 22K mi. on both before they needed to go.

    Now I have Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S PLUS - 225/45R17/XL 94H and a fix-a-flat can in the trunk. They are much quieter and a nicer ride on the highway. Control and cornering are better as well as high speed lane shifting. Haven't done an emergency stop yet. Gas mileage is in the 38 to 40 mpg range. I haven't had them in the rain yet but have had a loaner 2016 CLA in the rain and it did very well.

    I've always been suspect of Pirellis in the rain and snow as I've had them on a Lincoln LS Sport and they were awful. They were great on dry pavement but as one would expect didn't wear very well. Even the Pirelli snow tires were useless and back then at $425.00 each were a huge disappointment. So bad my wife wouldn't drive the car in the winter. Swore I'd never buy Pirellis again.

    Then I got in that CLA loaner and was impressed. So far, I'm very pleased with the Cinturatos - will keep you posted on rain, durability & winter handling.
    38-45 mpg ... mostly freeway right??? Can't imagine it doing that while driving through heavy slow moving traffic. Even if you are driving like a grandpa, you still won't get that kind of mileage in moderate-heavy stop/go traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse1825 View Post
    My 15 sport came with the P Zero non run flats and the tirefit kit.
    Same here. Happy with them so far, just over 20,000 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse1825 View Post
    My 15 sport came with the P Zero non run flats and the tirefit kit.
    Cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmwei396 View Post
    Wait, are you saying the 2016 CLA came with Cinturato P7 A/S PLUS non-RFT? Did it come with a spare or a fix-a-flat kit?
    Sorry for the confusion. The MY2016 had the same class of Pirelli Cinturatos all seasons but, they were the run flat model. Even so, the ride and handling was nicer than my Continental & Bridgestone run-flats and they did very well in the rain at highway speeds. The 2016 was a 4MATIC and my 2014 is not, which may have contributed to a slight advantage in the stability area but compared to the one's I had on the Lincoln they were very sure-footed, quiet and smooth as well.
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