I’ll second Pascal’s opinion on the P Zero. There are, however, two issues
you have to be aware of.
First, they wear fairly quickly. The compound is very soft and our cars are
heavy. On the XJR, rears last about 10-12,000 and fronts 15-17,000 miles.
I don’t even bother to rotate them with this kind of wear rate. The newest
P Zero (the P Zero Rosso) is supposed to wear longer. You may want to ask
about this tire. Do not, however, get them with the red lettering – it
looks terrible on Jag (IMHO).
Second, (and not an issue for Pascal in South Florida) is that these are
spring, summer, fall tires only. The compound doesn’t stick well in cold
temperatures but you can drive them if all it gets is cold. Forget about
them in snow and slush, however. If you live anyplace where there is a real
winter and you will be driving the car in those conditions, you will need
winter tires and wheels. We drive the Subaru a lot in the winter.
Check out prices at www.tirerack.com. Even if you don’t buy there, some
locals will match or come close on TR’s prices.-----Original Message-----
From: Pascal Gademer [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2002 10:44 PM
Subject: Re: [xk8] What’s The Best Tires for 97 XK8?
I’d stick with what Jaguar chose… P Zeros.
Pesonally I really like them, I have them on all my cars ( XKR XKE and
XJR ) performance is excellent.
Vibration is most likely balancing if it’s in that speed range, if you still
have enough thread on them, it’s worth trying to get them balanced…
Shop aroung a bit, I get mines from a small independent shop, $ 100 a piece
cheaper than the dealer.
----- Original Message -----
From: “TNT” firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2002 10:29 PM
Subject: [xk8] What’s The Best Tires for 97 XK8?
I am a new owner of a 97 XK8 and will need to replace the tires
shortly, the car seems to have some vibration at 65 and 70, tires
have 19,000 miles on them. Any recommendations on the brand that
will perform the best?
Thanks in advance and thanks for the previous messages on the XK8.
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