Having had a few situations in my car in the wet, thanks to the comedy dealer fitted Kingstar K106 tyres, I decided today to get two of the Bridgestone RE050 tyres I picked up cheap fitted.
I had the Kingstars on the back, with the front shod in my old favourite Bridgestone Potenza RE720.
Now, up until tonight, I thought there was something wrong with the back suspension on my car - be it shocks, broken spring or something. But, it seems the GHEYLORD Kingstars were just plain crap and making the back of the car skittish and "loose".
With the RE720 on the front and a new pair of RE050 on the back, my car is not only quieter (despite having a Y20DTH hammering away in the front), but it sticks like glue going round corners, it tracks round curves properly without having to correct the line several times.
Treadwear on the RE050 is rated at 140, which means they're pretty damned sticky, considering the Mingstars are 280, and the RE720 are 200. The RE720 I recon will have mabye 15k total lifespan on the front of my motor. I'd expect less than 10k on the front from the RE050, but maybe 20k on the rear.
So I did the 30 miles trip from my parents with a smile on my face, even considering the lashing rain and flooded roads. Probably the first time I've done that.
Moral of the story - buy decent tyres if you like driving.