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Old 01-24-2010, 04:01 PM
 
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When I replaced my stocks with Michelin Pilots over 3 years ago, I was incredulous. The noise level dropped by a ridiculous amount, the comfort level was dramatically improved, and all the frightening and frustrating hydroplaning simply vanished. Gone. Replaced by stick 'em.

They wore pretty well, with basically zero maintenance: no rotations ever.

Now, do I stick with my stick 'em?

There's supposed to be a new bad boy and player on the block: the X radials.

Can anyone directly compare the two? I wonder how good the pilots are in snow, and if the x radials really are good for 80K.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Good question, Guy.

As far as I'm concerned . . . there are NO bad Michelins.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have some Michelin Xs on my Nissan pickup. I was awed the same way by them as you were with your Pilots. If I'm not mistaken, the Michelin X is only availabale at Sam's Club or Costco. Mine have been on for more than four years and have nearly 40,000 miles on them and they still look good.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
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Well, I have a bad experience with Michelin. So I always go for Goodyear F1 tires. These are the most grippy tires I have ever used
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:16 PM
 
Location: WA
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Michelin puts the Pilot name on a lot of different tires... it is not clear to me what tires you are trying to compare. What are the exact models you are trying to compare, for what kind of driving, and what are your priorities?
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:28 PM
 
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Use to be Michlin were IMO better tires than many others. Where I live there is a rubber palnt and inthose time michlin was very particulker and the ruber had to be hand stacked not by machne. Now days michlin is machine stacked just like others.Mnay of the nrand nmaes made for wla mrt ;sam's costco are completely different tires than those sold at dealers.Alot of times they are given the names of past tires for dealers.
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S
Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S Reviews. Buying Guides & Consumer Product Reviews - Epinions.com

vs.

Michelin X Radials
Michelin X Radial Tire Reviews. Buying Guides & Consumer Product Reviews - Epinions.com

In particular, I'm curious about the snow performance of the pilots listed above...

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Michelin puts the Pilot name on a lot of different tires... it is not clear to me what tires you are trying to compare. What are the exact models you are trying to compare, for what kind of driving, and what are your priorities?
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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Could be, but when I bought 4 michelins a little over 3 years ago (at a big box), I was absolutely amazed by the quality.

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Use to be Michlin were IMO better tires than many others. Where I live there is a rubber palnt and inthose time michlin was very particulker and the ruber had to be hand stacked not by machne. Now days michlin is machine stacked just like others.Mnay of the nrand nmaes made for wla mrt ;sam's costco are completely different tires than those sold at dealers.Alot of times they are given the names of past tires for dealers.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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Here's my take on the Michelins from a couple of weeks ago:

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Went to Sam's and had the Michelins installed this morning. It's like driving a new car again.

Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions.
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Hey Mitch. I got the Michelin X Radial DT. From what I understand it's only available at Sam's and Costco. The car drives like new again and the tires are very quiet.

By the way, I went in about 10am on New Years Eve to have the tires installed and it was going to be a 5-6 hour wait. Went back Jan 2nd at opening time and was out in less than an hour. They were very professional and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sam's to friends and family.
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An update on the Michelins:

Yesterday we got about 5-6" of snow and the car ('07 Altima) never spun a tire in a 100 mile trip. My wife drove it to work and back and she was happy with the way it handled the snow and if she's happy, then I'm tickled shless.
And the price was right.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake TX
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Also might want to look at the Michelin Hydroedge. Mine have 75k miles and still cut through water like nothing. At the rate they're going, they should last to the 90k mile warranty. Reasonably quiet, handles well w/ stiff sidewalls and you might a little better gas mileage. But for safety and longetivity you can't beat it.
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