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So after reading discussions on here about the factory fit tyres I researched web reviews as well. Conclusion: It must be down to driving style in terms of how they perform. Why? Because some people love them, whilst others don't. Will have to see which side I fall after trying them out over the coming weeks.

One person said "They are perfect. Previous tyres would wheel spin in 3rd. These grip no matter what the weather or power"

Another said "Terrible tyre if you ever intend to drive on wet roads. This will lose grip if someone throws a cup of water in front of your car, even at slow speeds"

To be fair, the majority seem to think the P7 is a great tyre. Rating 4.7 stars (from 1500 reviews) on one site.

You wait, I bet I don't even end up getting the P7's on mine when I pick it up! :lol:
 

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The Wall Watcher said:
So after reading discussions on here about the factory fit tyres I researched web reviews as well. Conclusion: It must be down to driving style in terms of how they perform. Why? Because some people love them, whilst others don't. Will have to see which side I fall after trying them out over the coming weeks.

One person said "They are perfect. Previous tyres would wheel spin in 3rd. These grip no matter what the weather or power"

Another said "Terrible tyre if you ever intend to drive on wet roads. This will lose grip if someone throws a cup of water in front of your car, even at slow speeds"

To be fair, the majority seem to think the P7 is a great tyre. Rating 4.7 stars (from 1500 reviews) on one site.

You wait, I bet I don't even end up getting the P7's on mine when I pick it up! :lol:
Temperature seems to be one of the biggest factors effecting performance and therefore opinion. I have the Hancock tyres, they seem to be good in all conditions, not a performance tyre but give decent traction in hot, wet and cold weather TBH. Having a derv means plenty of torque that can overwhelm different tyres in certain conditions so quite a good indicator in that respect.
 

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I have come to the conclusion that the Pirelli P7 are like marmite, love it or hate it.

In warmer weather they are great, however when cold (especially for first mile or two) they are hard and are easy to spin the front wheels in rain if pulling out of a side turning quickly. Perhaps the heavier diesel is ok, and extra weight helps traction, but I have the lighter 1 litre petrol DSG.

Great as a summer tyre, poor as all year tyre as they can't cope with cold rain and frost, although they obviously warm up a bit in use so become better 5-10 minutes into a journey.

The one day we had snow, they were dreadful, assume you will be stranded when you get to a snowy hill with these.
 

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Hi, so an update from me.

I have to say that I've had no issues so far in all conditions. Performed well in all areas, even snow. We live in a Cul De Sac with a steep entrance /exit. Being private it didn't get gritted in the most recent snow fall. Drove straight out and in with no spinning or skidding.

Will probably buy again when required. Hopefully not needed for at least 20,0000 miles though!
 

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Snowdaddy said:
I have come to the conclusion that the Pirelli P7 are like marmite, love it or hate it.
That's my opinion as well. There are two brands of tyre which I hope to avoid, and that's Pirelli and Continental. Pirelli beacause of excessive wear, and Continental because they are so damned noisy! Of course this is a very subjective opinion based on my own limited experience with these brands. However I was very pleased to see that my FR Sport has been fitted with Hankook Ventus Prime 3 tyres. They seem to get reasonably favourable reviews so I look forward to enjoying some quiet tyres with a long life :!:
 

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After a year and 10,400 miles my Pirelli P7s are down to 5.5mm tread on the front
Back ones still have over 6.5mm

So wearing slower than I was expecting
Probably get them swapped front back 17-20k miles
So think they will be good for 35k+ miles

But if I lived bit further North, they would have to go, as still poor in winter
Just wish there was more choice of all season in 215 / 45 R18
 

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After 3 years and 3 months and 18,000 miles one of my front tyres had a serious split down the tread line most probably due to hitting a pothole! I have never liked the Pirelli P7 on this car they are not very good in the rain and terrible in the winter on the snow and ice (I know they are summer tyres really). Purchased Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons as a replacement I am well impressed with my choice so far.
 

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After 3 years and 3 months and 18,000 miles one of my front tyres had a serious split down the tread line most probably due to hitting a pothole! I have never liked the Pirelli P7 on this car they are not very good in the rain and terrible in the winter on the snow and ice (I know they are summer tyres really). Purchased Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons as a replacement I am well impressed with my choice so far.
My P7s seem to wear very slowly, but I too discovered they are rubbish in colder weather
Have at least 4mm tread, some have over 5mm (car has done about 19k miles on these, and about 8k on winter tyres, as limped through first winter)

My car has the stupid 18 inch wheels with uncommon tyre size, and 2 years ago negligible choice of all seasons in that size (choice of 2, both now superseded), and all season were nearer £160 per tyre in Autumn 2019, so winter rims and tyres were cheaper

Good time of year for a general reminder, anyone looking for all-season or winter tyres buy them between now and early September as prices then jump with higher demand.

Anyone wanting more details should read this thread
https://www.aronaforums.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=232&start=60
 

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Just had third service and the Pirelli P7s just don't seem to wear, car has done 27k miles (about 18k on P7s, other 9k on Goodyear winter tyres). I did rotate them (swap front-back) but still have between 5.2mm and 5.6mm of tread

So now looking like P7s will last nearer 50k miles usage, before any will need changing, which shows how important it is to swap front-back at intervals to avoid two worn tyres.
 
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