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Infamous Rear End Roll and Ride Quality

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I purchased my '13, 2.0 in February with 24k miles at a dealer auction.  I had never driven an MKZ and being on the lot at an auction I didn't have the opportunity to drive this one.  After purchase, when I got the car on the street, I was devastated!  The ride quality from the 18" OEM Michelins (in all modes and comfort levels) was horrible and the rear end roll was borderline scary.  The original tires were worn beyond what I thought a premium tire with 24K miles should be with the tread wear indicators being evident.  Knowing I had to do more driving this summer than typical, I put off purchasing new tires until now.  With the Michelins completely worn out (bald) at 39K miles I just installed the Pirelli Cinturato P7 Plus and I'm thrilled!  The ride quality is like night and day from the Michelins and the rear end roll is GONE - 100% GONE!  I now have an MKZ that rides and handles like the sport luxury machine it is!  

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Tires are one of the most important parts on a vehicle and there is definitely a big difference in noise, handling, and traction between new and worn.

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A premium tire should not be considered "worn" at 24K miles. At such low mileage, Michelins should not be the cause of excessive rear end roll or be the major contributor to a harsh ride.  Just before the purchase of my MKZ, I installed Michelins on another vehicle and have regretted doing so since due to the advanced wear and unacceptable ride quality.  In my opinion, Michelins are no longer the premium product it once was.  Substantiating evidence supporting my opinion is a plenty within this forum.

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Pirelli P7 plus , had these on my 2013 Zh , now just got them on the 2016. I got them because of the good snow ratings which are correct as last winter driving proved , as long as you remember these are not snow tires. But I am most impressed with the feel and handling of the tire , they feel like the Michelin mxm4 but better in snow driving ( 2 - 4 inches ) , this makes them a true all season tire.

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