Will New VERY QUIET Tyres for Mazda 2 make any difference?

Will New VERY QUIET Tyres for Mazda 2 make any difference?

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KingLudwigII

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20 posts

4 months

Monday 24th May
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E-bmw said:
Mrs E has a 2010 1.5 Sport & I have to disagree with a lot of criticism on the listing in general.

OK, it is no Roller, and neither is it an M5 in ride quality or handling, but for a medium to small cheapo hatchback I think it is on a par with a comparable fiesta of the same era but much better equipped.

Anyway, to get back to the OPs questions.

Your initial question is about tyres & you are in the worst possible situation of have 4 different tyres fitted, 3 of which are commonly called "ditch-finders" and the 4th of which is a reasonable mid-range tyre.

If you were to fit 4 of decent tyres, I am sure you would notice some improvement alas I suspect this is not your only issue from other things you say in latter posts.

You may well need some suspension work doing, likely shocks/springs as what you say about the car bouncing all over the place should not be happening.
Yeah I think i'll get it cheacked out, apparently before sale it had a 82 point RAC check done, so if there;s anything 'Wrong' this surely should have been detected!?

Time for my mechanic to take a look.... looks like new tyres are a go-go!!

928

217 posts

146 months

Monday 24th May
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Has it been sat still for a while resulting in making 50pence pieces of a poor set of tyres.

If you're lucky enough to have smooth bit of tarmac and another decently riding car, try them both out.

And yes, new quiet tyres do make a difference; maybe more at lower speed than NSL speeds in a small hatchback.

Davie

3,622 posts

184 months

Monday 24th May
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E-bmw said:
Mrs E has a 2010 1.5 Sport & I have to disagree with a lot of criticism on the listing in general.

OK, it is no Roller, and neither is it an M5 in ride quality or handling, but for a medium to small cheapo hatchback I think it is on a par with a comparable fiesta of the same era but much better equipped.
Which takes me back to my point about it all being subjective...

The OP may think there's an issue when in reality it could be perfectly normal noise, harshness and road manners for that car and when he says "bouncing about" is that a slightly firmer ride than previous cars or trying to put him over a hedge. Likewise, I say "harsh" or "noisey" but again compared to what, my several tons of Volvo or a friends race prepped Caterham. So basically, it's very hard to convey what you think / feel / are experiencing via the internet which is why I said try another or get something who's more clued up to have a drive.

I drove three before my old dear bought hers, a couple of Tamuras and a Sport plus the one she bought and I thought they were all quite unrefined... or perhaps to say they feels quite "connected" is more accurate. It's less harsh than say a Panda 100hp as far as damping goes but compared to a Fiesta or a Clio, road noise seems worse in the Mazda. My Mum describes it as "Not as comfy as my old Clio" (51 plate Dynamique) The best way I'd describe it is that it feels very very light... you feel a lot of the road surface through the wheel and your arse and it is quite firm so can be a bit jiggly in certain road conditions. Not terrible, but again not the most refined small car out there so whilst tyres may help matters, I don't think it'll cure the OP's issues... or maybe it will.

Either way, with four mis-matched ditch finders I'd be changing them ASAP regardless plus four mis-matched ditch finders don't usually suggest the previous owner was that bothered about the upkeep of the car, more do the minimum required so it's possible it's got tired bushes, shocks and steering parts and buying from a dealer is no guarantee that it's a good one, nor is the low mileage.

I think I'd get a trusted mechanic to give it a once over and then take it from there... of it's all good, stick four decent tyres on it and see how you get on with it from there. I'm doing similar with my old dears but I expect the improvements to be minimal, if at all.

KingLudwigII

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20 posts

4 months

Tuesday 25th May
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Davie said:
Which takes me back to my point about it all being subjective...

The OP may think there's an issue when in reality it could be perfectly normal noise, harshness and road manners for that car and when he says "bouncing about" is that a slightly firmer ride than previous cars or trying to put him over a hedge. Likewise, I say "harsh" or "noisey" but again compared to what, my several tons of Volvo or a friends race prepped Caterham. So basically, it's very hard to convey what you think / feel / are experiencing via the internet which is why I said try another or get something who's more clued up to have a drive.

I drove three before my old dear bought hers, a couple of Tamuras and a Sport plus the one she bought and I thought they were all quite unrefined... or perhaps to say they feels quite "connected" is more accurate. It's less harsh than say a Panda 100hp as far as damping goes but compared to a Fiesta or a Clio, road noise seems worse in the Mazda. My Mum describes it as "Not as comfy as my old Clio" (51 plate Dynamique) The best way I'd describe it is that it feels very very light... you feel a lot of the road surface through the wheel and your arse and it is quite firm so can be a bit jiggly in certain road conditions. Not terrible, but again not the most refined small car out there so whilst tyres may help matters, I don't think it'll cure the OP's issues... or maybe it will.

Either way, with four mis-matched ditch finders I'd be changing them ASAP regardless plus four mis-matched ditch finders don't usually suggest the previous owner was that bothered about the upkeep of the car, more do the minimum required so it's possible it's got tired bushes, shocks and steering parts and buying from a dealer is no guarantee that it's a good one, nor is the low mileage.

I think I'd get a trusted mechanic to give it a once over and then take it from there... of it's all good, stick four decent tyres on it and see how you get on with it from there. I'm doing similar with my old dears but I expect the improvements to be minimal, if at all.
Many thanks for all that great advice...

if my mechanic says the suspensions all shot to pieces can I get my money back from dealer as its 'meant' to have had an 82 point RAC inspection?

Best get it checked over anyway for my peace of mind... the dealer has lots of good reviews, but they could be all made up! I like driving cars but hate buying them, i should have test driven a few more before I bought one... I was told to 'buy Japanese' which I did... trouble is I didn;t have much money to spend, so I had to either choose a newer crap car or an older 'better' car... next car I want to be like a sofa, ad quiet, don't car about speed,. just comfort!

to the mechanic!!! Many thanks again!!