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Correct Tony, had no issue at all until October, terrible now 4500 miles, not only on full lock.

Andrew, which Michelins are on your car, mine are latitude sports.
Hi Phil Mine are Latitude Sport 3 , I don't know if the 3 makes any difference.
 

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However this could work to my advantage as I can use the summer tyres (revised compound or not) till next winter then get a set of all-season tyres fitted.
Yes, that's basically what I did. Although my 220d came shod with 235/60R18 summer tyres and didn't display any of the tyre skipping characteristics through the whole of last winter, I still took up the swop offer last June with 6000 miles on the OEM rubber. I would have hung on for a few more months but then it would have been colder and may have had a harder time making a claim on a non-crabbing car. You also get your old tyres back so you can have the option of running summer tyres during the warmer months should you so desire.
 

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Thanks Toobad, interesting that your car on 18's is ok and good to know you get your old tyres back. I feel a little happier now accepting delivery.
 

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Thanks Andrew, mine are also latitude sport 3, no way I can see that Michelin would change the compound of the tyres because MB have an issue with their 4 matic system.

K44ENT, Toobads car is a 220D, they don't have a problem with supplying all weathers for the car.
 

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I get that but thought all models were affected by crabbing?

Anyway, been in touch with my trusted tyre supplier and NO Vredestien 255/50/19 OR 235/55/19 Quatrac 5 tyres available, no date either so not even able to order.

He can however potentially get in a few weeks a Nokian Weatherproof all-season in the correct sizes for our 19" cars.

Getting back onto the dealer as if the tyres it comes with are not a revised compound then I'm potentially in the same boat as you however AndrewB has the same tyres I believe with no or minor issues?

AndrewB, Philamg are both your tyres M01 and what are the 4 digit build dates, maybe a change in compound from a certain date?
 

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My tyres are M01, not sure about build date. There is no way Michelin would change the compound on one of its best selling summer tyres because MB have issues in the winter with their 4matic system.

As for the Nokian, they would still have to be approved by MB before dealer can fit, do you know the speed rating of them?.
 

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My tyres are M01, not sure about build date. There is no way Michelin would change the compound on one of its best selling summer tyres because MB have issues in the winter with their 4matic system.

As for the Nokian, they would still have to be approved by MB before dealer can fit, do you know the speed rating of them?.
I can see the compound changing as the M01 is a special compound for AMG vehicles and the same tyre can be offered but tweaked for a manufacturer.

Tyreleader have the Nokian in stock £160 fronts and £152 rears. Both are V rated, 107 load rating fronts and 105 rear
 

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The tyres on your car will be Y, V is only rated to 149mph.
 

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The dealer has agreed to me driving the car before registering it so I have the option to walk away if it crabs and an agreeable resolution is not possible.
 

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I drove my car before I bought it (March 1st) and it didn't crab, it certainly does now.
 

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At what mileage did yours start to crab and was it when the weather got colder? If I can remember correctly last March was pretty mild?
 

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I know only V rated but Camskill have Pirelli Scorpion Verde all season tyres in stock. 255/50/19V £155, 235/55/19V £127. I'd be happy with these on my GLC 43 as long as MB and the insurance company were ok with it.
 

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Ok, I have now spoken to the workshop manager at the dealership and this is what he is telling me.

Once the car arrives they can determine what tyres the car has on, at the moment we only know that my car has summer tyres on.

If the tyres fitted are not a revised compound summer tyre then a claim can be submitted by the dealership and MB allocate a set of tyres to that chassis number.

The tyres that are allocated are based on availability and determined by MB, they could be a revised compound Michelin, an all-season Vredestien or an all season Goodyear. The dealership has no control over what tyres are allocated.

The dealership has 2 years or 19,000 miles to submit a claim.

Some cars are leaving the factory with standard rubber on and having the tyres changed at the UK port before they get to the dealer so no way of knowing till it arrives at the dealer. Seems a bit poor by MB but not surprised!

So my options are.

1. The car may come with a modified compound summer Michelin tyre, the dealer will check when it arrives and can tell by a code on the tyre side wall. No claim is necessary so happy days.

2. If the car has a non-modified summer tyre fitted they can submit an immediate claim and get the tyres changed before collection, they are taking around a month to come through.

3. I can run the car as it when it arrives and assuming it has the ‘wrong tyres’ submit a claim for new tyres at a later date so in my case I would wait till later this year when winter starts to set in.


The workshop manager was very helpful and didn’t talk down to me as some dealers do. Apparently the E Class especially the E63 is by far the worst vehicle for this.

Hope this helps clarify things
 

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Dealership service manager has just phoned and there is NO solution for the 43 19/20 tyres, he has spoken to customer services this morning and that is definite.

The information they have given you is for other models of the GLC and is correct but not for the 43.

Hope this clarifies things.

Car started crabbing in September and has got progressively worse, to the point where if you have a passenger and have to pull out of a parking space on full or nearly full lock it is embarrassing.
 

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I know only V rated but Camskill have Pirelli Scorpion Verde all season tyres in stock. 255/50/19V £155, 235/55/19V £127. I'd be happy with these on my GLC 43 as long as MB and the insurance company were ok with it.
I would also be happy with these if authorised and paid for by MB and as you say acceptable to insurance company. They can't be any worse than what I have fitted now.
 

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Dealership service manager has just phoned and there is NO solution for the 43 19/20 tyres, he has spoken to customer services this morning and that is definite.

The information they have given you is for other models of the GLC and is correct but not for the 43.

Hope this clarifies things.

Car started crabbing in September and has got progressively worse, to the point where if you have a passenger and have to pull out of a parking space on full or nearly full lock it is embarrassing.
Thanks for the info, however I’m really confused now. I’ve just called AMG back and they have been equally evasive saying that the car would need to be inspected by the dealer if it does suffer from crabbing and then tyres ordered. I explained that I had been told by the dealer that if my car does not have the revised compound (regardless of crabbing or not) then they would look to change them, he said that was correct.

I then explained about being told by the dealer that tyres were available for the GLC 43 however other sources were saying they were not available so what’s the truth as I’m not parting with £50k + without a definitive answer.

He said he would get an AMG specialist to call me back however he believed option tyres are available for the GLC 43 on 19” staggered rims but may be on back order for around a month.
I’ve also put a call in to the workshop manager to again question him as to see if he has fitted any option tyres to a GLC 43 on 19’s, will post back once I have the info.

Call back from work shop manager.....

and he says he has fitted replacement 19” tyres to the GLC 43 and other GLC coupes (not AMG 43) which also run a staggered set up the same size as ours. He also advised that they tried the Pirellis I suggested and they didn’t work so needs to be a MB approved tyre to minimise the crabbing issue.
The only potential issue is availability of the tyres but it normally takes around a month so not as long as you are experiencing.
 

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Hi K44ent, have you taken delivery of your car since your last post and has your tyres issue been resolved to your satisfaction? :smile2:
 

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K44ENT hasn't posted for a while on here, I was in contact with him regarding his car and eventually he was told by AMG Customer services that there isn't an all weather tyre in 19 or 20 inch available for the 43, what his dealer was telling him shall we say was incorrect.

If a dealer fits all weather tyres they are not authorised by MB.
 

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Ah okay..


By the way Philamg, how are you finding your 21" wheels, have you experienced any slipping/crabbing? I don't think it wouldn't bother me too much if it was minor.
 
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