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Old 10-16-2013, 09:00 AM
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Question Michelin Primacy MXV4 vs. Nexen N5000

I know there is a lottttt of tire discussion on this board, but I have not yet seen this discussion (please redirect if I am incorrect!!):

Michelin Primacy MXV4 vs. Nexen N5000? I have done some pretty extensive online research, for a few months now even, and I keep coming upon folks who recommend the Nexen over Michelin due to a quieter ride with affordability in mind. Thoughts?
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:15 AM
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Just a bump to see if anyone has any opinions...
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:38 PM
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I am putting Michelin Primacy MXV4's on my '05 this weekend. I will let you know the impression.

Have read some positive accolades for the Primacy's in the forum, and they are less expensive than the Pirelli STR's I currently have on it, so I decided to go with the Primacy's.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:40 PM
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Primacy MXV4 is what I put on my wife's '08 Taurus! Put Pilot Sports on a BMW I have A/S Plus on mine I am not sure what the newest model is but you should put a better tire on your BMW than a Primacy. Save money where you can but not on tires.
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:58 AM
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OK, I have read good things about the Pilots. Now, are they more performance or touring oriented? Most of my driving is boring straight-line freeway and in-town stuff. I am looking for ride comfort, quiet, and durability.

Since I am not going to have anything done until tomorrow, I want to make sure I get the right tire for my ride. (17" wheels BTW).
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:55 AM
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Re: Michelin Primacy MXV4 vs. Nexen N5000

Get the MXV4! You won't be disappointed.

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Old 10-25-2013, 07:13 AM
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Just say away from Nexen

I have Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus on my X3 and love them. Just to confuse you a bit more
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:52 PM
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I'm putting Primacy MXM4's on my wife's 2008 next week. 18" wheels. I'll let you know how it works out.

It's got the original Pirelli Scorpians with 50k miles on them so I'm pretty interested in the result here.
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:40 AM
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I am really surprised, why Primacy rather than Pilot? it can't be cost.
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:59 AM
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Had Primacy MXM4's on for 3 years now. 30 K miles and still look like new.Very happy with ride & performance.
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:17 AM
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I am really surprised, why Primacy rather than Pilot? it can't be cost.
Primacy MXM4 is an updated version of the Pilot MXM4, which will be phased out eventually.

http://www.motortrend.com/features/c...acy_mxm4_tire/
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:50 PM
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I had the 17" pilots on my car when I bought it used, they had a lot tread left but had dry rot cracks in them. The ride was very stiff and my wife hated the car. I put the primary's on from Costco and the ride is considerably smoother , my wife noticed it right away and said "what a difference the ride is much better now". Around corners the primary's give a little more before they set in, but it's not even noticeable unless you're really pushing the car. I would probably buy the primary's again, $750 out the door at Costco.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:28 PM
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Primacy MXM4 is an updated version of the Pilot MXM4, which will be phased out eventually.

http://www.motortrend.com/features/c...acy_mxm4_tire/
I mentioned earlier Pilot Sport A/S Plus... but they too are being phased out.
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:14 PM
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I had the Primacy's installed today. The ride is very compliant compared to the Pirelli Scorpions with 50k miles on them. I'm not feeling a lot of the high frequency road aberrations as before. So far very happy.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:32 AM
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Put the Primacy's on Saturday. Ride considerably smooth and much quieter. But the STR's were worn down to practically nothing, so I suppose anything would be an improvement. Have also taken it on a 200-mile round trip this Sunday as well. Excellent ride quality over the long-distance. So far so good.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:50 PM
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turanza

my '08 X3 had new Bridgestone Turanza Serenity's on 18" rims on it when I got it from the dealer in August.
I have been quite happy with ride and performance, plus they are very quiet. It's too soon to have an idea of how they will wear.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:26 PM
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I had the Primacy's installed today. The ride is very compliant compared to the Pirelli Scorpions with 50k miles on them. I'm not feeling a lot of the high frequency road aberrations as before. So far very happy.
...and two days later there's a screw in one of them.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:15 AM
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MXV4 it is! I really appreciate your insight on this! The price point really hits me in the face when comparing but I trust Michelin above most brands. I currently carry Toyos and they are w-o-r-n out!
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:26 AM
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You'll be happy with the Primacy MXV4's, I've been using them all summer and now on the ice and snow covered roads in Chicago they are performing fine. In the snow traction wise they, or the car, is very good on take off, stopping is just like every other car I've driven through the last 35 Chicago winters slow and you just need to know ahead of time how much traction you do not have.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:31 PM
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I'm still happy with the Primacy's.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:00 AM
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I research tires all the time, have a fleet of vehicles, some with dedicated snows, it seems a buy I set for one of them annually. I am not a Michelin only snob, they make some excellent tires, also some duds, but in general are very expensive for what you get. I have ended up with mostly Conti Extreme Contact DWS on the AWD cars, though the Primacy MXM that came on the E350 are quite acceptable.

Now like I said, I read up on tires a lot, pore through the reviews and comments on Tire Rack before buying the next set, even pay some homage to what Consumer Reports says. I have never heard of Nexen tires. Take that for what it's worth.
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:12 PM
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My 2004 came with Pilots and I got 85K out of them. A year and a half ago I went with the MXV4s and couldn't be happier. I'm at 110K now and they're still great.
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:39 PM
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My vote goes to Michelin MXV4 too, I had two set of them done already, just got new set. It is good on dry day, and it still good especially in winter.

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Old 01-07-2014, 06:37 AM
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Nexen tires are... let me find a polite word here.... hmm.... not good at all!

Any Michelin will be far better. Just to throw another idea out there, I went for the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus that comes with an amazing warranty and is very good in the wet.

Very happy so far and price was rather good! They are soft over bumps (235/55/17) and rolling noise is very low. Steering response is quick around centre and braking is also very good. Only negative is that the tread doesn't look attractive, but who cares... Check them out.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:58 AM
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During the recent snow storm from St. Louis to Chicago I was in St. Louis for a hockey tournament with the X3 and the Primacy's, they performed well there and back. In the 3 days we were there the snow, ice and cold set records for St Louis, about 10" and -5 degrees F. They really don't have or need much snow removal equipment there and the Primacy's and X3 were great. The main roads were plowed and left with large ridges along all side streets the Primacy's went through it all and up and down hills the other cars were sliding off. Then coming back the roads were a solid layer of packed ice and snow and the tires and car handled it all fine.
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