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Re: thinking on buying a vel satis any advice
If you buy 'branded' tyres, then yes, they can be very expensive.
I bought non-branded tyres (of the correct spec), and paid around £80 per corner.
They are heavy cars, so can eat tyres - the problem with having pressure sensors is that the tyres can't be rotated around the car to equalise the wear, so you end up going through 3 pairs of fronts to 1 pair of rears...
I could get 20k out of the tyres, but the tread was fairly minimal (yet still legal) at this point - but most of the wet grip had gone because of the tyre's width.
The suspension also began to get a bit 'clunky' after a while, but still passed MOT's.
Good cars, just spoiled for a hupen'worth of tar...
The reason I will never buy another French car (regardless of brand).
This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.
Currently in VelSatisfied's garage:
2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater