In Reply to: Good Thought! Take a Survey posted by RH on April 17, 1999 at 09:46:38:
I just checked. The fronts were 7psi overinflated and the back were 2-3psi over. I brought them down to the recommended pressure. It will be interesting to see if that makes a significant difference.
Many years ago my wife put some Bridgestones on our Beetle to replace Dunlops only in the back. It made the car feel very unstable around corners. It was so bad she had them changed the next day with Dunlops.
And more recently we replaced the rear tires on our Jetta with Michelins. It wasn't an exact replacement because the tire model we had before had been discontinued. This time my son felt like the car was going to tip over going around curves. He did some spirited driving on some mountain roads to convince himself that it really wasn't a danger and that he could get used to it.
There is no doubt in my mind that the brand and model line of tires can make a difference (even when they are the same size) in how a car handles.
: : I haven't had any of the problems mentioned. My 323i w/sport pkg came with 225/50x16 Continental SportContacts. Anyone with steering problems have those tires?
: I agree with this line of thinking - People who have experienced this problem should post a message with their tire brand, size and inflation pressures.