while driving a
Mercedes Benz E320 CDI
(235/45 R17 W) on
mostly country roads
110,000 miles of motoring in this car and I highly recommend the Marangonis. After finding the original Michelin Primacy HP's dissapointing in terms of grip, I went through, 2 sets of Bridgestone Potenza's and 6 sets of Goodyear Eagle F1's on my 280hp E Class Merc. I am an enthusiastic driver and enjoyed the grip from them. The car has a lot of torque and with the power only going through the back wheels and me enjoying the car, the last 2 rear sets of Goodyear's lasted 6k and 8k respectively. After hitting harder times I fitted the Marangoni's purely because I couldn't afford the Goodyear tyres. However, after 4 sets of 4 I am very impressed. The grip, accuracy and feedback is as good if not slightly better than than the Goodyears IN THE DRY and they wear around 40% better than the Goodyears(about 12k from the rears when driving like I stole it and then 26k for slightly less enthusiastic driving).
The only thing is that the wet grip is probably 20% less than the Goodyear's but I am not suggesting for one second it is anything other than good (but there isn't a tyre that can touch the Goodyears in the wet). As for snow... forget it, like all the rest, they are a performance summer tyre so you shouldn't expect it.