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I would soon need to replace some of the tyres on my Golf GTE 2015. At the moment, I have Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetrical 3 225/40R18 92Y. For an EV, they have quite a low fuel economy rating (E rating) and are 71dB noise level. I was wondering if I can replace Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance 225/40WR18 92W? This tyre is much more fuel efficient and has lower noise levels (69dB). So my questions around it are:
1. Can I go down a speed rating (From Y to W) but significantly higher than the car's top speed of 138mph? So not breaking the law there.
2. Can I have 2 different tyre speed rated tyres (same rated tyres on the same axle)? And eventually have all 4 tyres on the same speed rating

Thank you for your help. Any other suggestions are welcome.
 

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I believe that the speed rating set for the tyres on a vehicle does not just depend on the maximum speed of the vehicle. It is often a mechanism to get a tyre with suitable strength characteristics.

My own choice of tyres was based on the dreadful noise level and cold/wet weather performance of the factory tyres. I went for Michelin Cross Climate Plus as I am too mean and lazy to buy a set of winter tyres and rims and switch them over twice a year.
 

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For insurance purposes, downgrading the speed rating of the tyres will give your insurer an excellent excuse to tell you that any claim will not be paid because you're not using the correct tyres.
You can change the brand and EU ratting of the tyres but things like size, speed rating and load should be kept the same.
This is also valid if you upgrade the speed rating, it is idiotic but insurers will use any excuse.

A wee note, EU rating are as useless as a door on a desert island :) they are set by the manufacturer and under lab settings.
 

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Are you sure about those ratings for the good years? I thought the db was 67.


I would stick with the Goodyears, or if you want more grip then Michelin Pilot Sport 4s or for an all rounder go with TomH suggestion of Michelin CrossClimates.

Regarding the EU ratings, I have to say I've not found the Goodyears to be much better than the bridgestones in terms of grip and noise. Certainly an improvement, but not by much. Perhaps my expectations were set too high given how much postive feedback there was for them.
 

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Are you sure about those ratings for the good years? I thought the db was 67.
I was also of the same opinion ?.
I had the OEM Bridgestone’s on my GTE for about 22,000 miles and COULD not get rid of them fast enough !.
I went for the Goodyear’s F1’s and found them better in every department.
The noise and lack of traction on the OEM tyres where shocking.
What a terrible choice of tyre for a part EV car !.
I found the compound of the tyres WAY to hard and therefore the side walls so ridged, you could feel every small bump in the road.
Going over a rubble strip or even just overtaking over the cats eyes in the centre of the road would almost shake your fillings out.
After putting up with the OEM tyre’s for that long, sorry but I would never have a Bridgestone tyre on my car again !.
Horses for courses I guess.
 

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I think I will just stick with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetrical 3 225/40R18 92Y. Thank you for all your replies.
 

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I've just replaced all 4 tyres on my Golf 7.5 GTE Advance with Michelin CrossClimate + tyres. So far the grip from a standing start in the wet is amazing. I found that my ageing Goodyear F1 Asymmetric 3's on the front were struggling to put the power down when pulling out into gaps on busy roundabouts. The rears still had the original Bridgestone Pontenza's on. The noise reduction (especially from the rear) is amazing, also my VW dealer told me they were out of shape. Having hit a nasty pothole recently and needing a front alloy wheel remoulded I decided I should change that tyre just to be safe. So I bit the bullet and got 4 CrossClimates with a 15% discount from BlackCircles too. Not sure if we will get snow in Dorset this year, but you never know. It would be good to know how they handle in the white stuff.
 

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Bridgestone Potenza S001 are the tyres that VW decided to install on the majority of their 17 inch wheel & tyre combo’s.
The GTE was fitted with these tyres, a lot of owners ( including myself ) did NOT likely them.
I think the Bridgestone Tundra’s where favoured on the 16 inch set up on e.Golf, not a big fan of those either to be honest.
 

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I'm using Michelin Cross Climates on my Golf GTE all year round. Quiet and great grip.

Anyone want a set of half- worn Bridgestones? First time I have ever changed tyres without wearing them out first. Didn't like the noise but the decider was nearly getting stuck in an icy carpark that last snowy winter while others just drove off.
 

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I'm using Michelin Cross Climates on my Golf GTE all year round. Quiet and great grip.

Anyone want a set of half- worn Bridgestones? First time I have ever changed tyres without wearing them out first. Didn't like the noise but the decider was nearly getting stuck in an icy carpark that last snowy winter while others just drove off.
Yes, it’s moments like that where you realise there is something in the ‘winter tyre’ thing even for us in the UK.

Mine was getting stuck in a fairly shallow dip in a long straight road on the way home from work after some unexpected snow fell during the afternoon. I was driving slowly in my car (a Golf 5 GTD) and going up the other side of the long gentle incline when grip went and never came back. I was like a spider stuck in a bath.

I happen to have a couple of sets of golf wheels, so I do change mine every year for something more suited to winter, but even my winter wheels now just run Cross Climates, a great all round tyre and good for British winters. Work brilliantly on snow I’ve found, and excellent for normal driving too.
 

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I'm using Michelin Cross Climates on my Golf GTE all year round. Quiet and great grip.

Anyone want a set of half- worn Bridgestones? First time I have ever changed tyres without wearing them out first. Didn't like the noise but the decider was nearly getting stuck in an icy carpark that last snowy winter while others just drove off.
Hi @TomH .
If you can sell them, you can sell sand to the Arabs !.
Only joking, some body who is hard of hearing may fancy them !.
 

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Hi @TomH .
If you can sell them, you can sell sand to the Arabs !.
Only joking, some body who is hard of hearing may fancy them !.
I spent a long time wondering how a reasonably organised outfit like VW could choose such a bad tyre. Then one day I drove onto a nice smooth newly surfaced stretch of motorway - silence!

Could never find that stretch again. Maybe the autobahns are smoother than UK surfaces? They Germans do expect to change to winter tyres each year. So maybe the Bridgestones work there.
 

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I spent a long time wondering how a reasonably organised outfit like VW could choose such a bad tyre. Then one day I drove onto a nice smooth newly surfaced stretch of motorway - silence!

Could never find that stretch again. Maybe the autobahns are smoother than UK surfaces? They Germans do expect to change to winter tyres each year. So maybe the Bridgestones work there.
My guess would be that the Germans keep all the better tyres to themselves !.
You can just imagine it now :-
"Hey ........ Ship all of them Bridgestone's over to the U.K.".
Leave us the nice tyres - Fantastisch !.
 

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I quite like the Michelin Pilot Sport 4's that came with my GTE. Very good summer grip. Still decent in cold weather and with heavy rain. Limited wheel spin on "enthusiastic" acceleration.
 

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I quite like the Michelin Pilot Sport 4's that came with my GTE. Very good summer grip. Still decent in cold weather and with heavy rain. Limited wheel spin on "enthusiastic" acceleration.
The guy at my local tyre shop, I have known for over 30 years.
He knows his stuff !.
When I was trying to decide what tyres to replace the crappy Bridgestone’s with, he said :-
“If you want maximum grip and handling, you won’t beat the Pilot Sports, but the cross climates or the Good Years are a great tyre also. The Good Year‘s have one of the lower DB values, if you are after a lower rolling resistance tyre”.
He was spot on - the Good Year’s beat the Bridgestone’s hands down in every department.
 
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