The first aftermarket tyres that went onto the Myvi Turbo, before it was turbocharged, were Michelin Pilot Preceda 2 (PP2) in 195/50 R15 size. It had pretty stiff sidewalls, and was rather harsh, though performance wise its pretty good overall. Not too long later I replaced it with Goodyear Revspec RS-02 in 195/50 R15 size, Made in Japan. These tyres were softer than the PP2 and more comfortable, performed very well in the dry but was simply terrible in the wet, and they did not inspire confidence in Malaysian tropical rains while cruising at 110km/h on highways.
In early 2010, Michelin introduced its Pilot Sport 3 (PS3), and immediately I replaced my Revspec, although it still had more than 50% tread left. The size I chose were again the 195/50 R15, Made in Thailand.
My usage and driving style:
- The Myvi Turbo is daily driver, regardless of rain or shine.
- The Myvi Turbo does not track, gymkhana or drag. It’s a street only car.
- I dislike braking and usually corner at speeds higher than the average joe.
- I rotate my tyres every 10,000 to 15,000km.
- Driving style is consistent regardless of wet or dry.
- 90% short distance driving of ~50km daily. Occasional long distance on highways.
So after more than 2 years and 45,000km clocked on the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 (PS3), here’s my review. A tad stiffer than my Revspecs, but definitely softer than the Pilot Preceda 2. It tracked very well, and in the tyre’s entire lifespan, it had never once squealed. With these tyres I did 212km/h in the dry (in case you’re a cop, I did it on an air strip, I think) and it stayed true with no wavering or nervousness. I cruised on the highways at 110km/h while it was raining cats and dogs and it handled standing water extremely well. Noise wise, they become noticeably louder as it worn down, but were still grippy. If I were to describe them throughout its lifetime from new right down to the tread indicators, I would say they are consistent and a very safe tyre. Not that it matters, but I never had alignment and balancing issues with these tyres which may be an issue with other tyres.
Because my daily route is the same, I more or less know how fast I can take a corner, and with the Pilot Sport 3 I am able to go faster than before on the same corners. Sounds like all praise right? I just took them off my car last Sunday on 7th July 2013 but I did NOT replace them with Michelin Pilot Sport 3. Because of this:
Although the tread is peeling/chipping off on the corners and the center, there were no discernible difference in performance. I spoke to my tire guy and he says it is a common sight on the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 and I am not the first to face this scenario. He said it is due to the rubber compound used and maybe our hot weather here. He did say the peel is more apparent on the sides of my PS3, and I guess it is due to the fact that I usually accelerate out of corners, applying more torque and force to the sides of the tyre.
In conclusion, it is the best tyre I’ve used so far, and its more than sufficient for a street vehicle. The Michelin Pilot Sport 3 is definitely among the top and you won’t go wrong with it. So what do you think I got instead?