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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus 2 vs Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus 2 vs Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring

Hi,

Trying to decide which tires to buy for my 2008 Matrix with 215/50R17 and just looking for some advice.

I'm between the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus 2 and the Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring.

Cooper would set me back about $741 all in, and the Pirelli about $841. The Pirelli would be at Costco and the Cooper at a local tire shop. That's including Costco cash cards, etc. I can get the Pirelli marginally cheaper at my local tire shop, but with the executive membership reward and other benefits, I'd pick Costco.

Reading online, both get good reviews, albeit the Pirelli's get better reviews.


Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts? Is the extra $100 worth it for the Pirelli's, or better just sticking with the Cooper's for a car of this age? This car is really only used for work (10 min drive), other errands and the occasional slightly longer drive (e.g. Toronto to Niagara). Costco (Pirelli) has the benefits with free flat repair, rotation, etc.

Thanks!
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gmason86 wrote: Hi,

Trying to decide which tires to buy for my 2008 Matrix with 215/50R17 and just looking for some advice.

I'm between the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus 2 and the Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring.

Cooper would set me back about $741 all in, and the Pirelli about $841. The Pirelli would be at Costco and the Cooper at a local tire shop. That's including Costco cash cards, etc. I can get the Pirelli marginally cheaper at my local tire shop, but with the executive membership reward and other benefits, I'd pick Costco.

Reading online, both get good reviews, albeit the Pirelli's get better reviews.


Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts? Is the extra $100 worth it for the Pirelli's, or better just sticking with the Cooper's for a car of this age? This car is really only used for work (10 min drive), other errands and the occasional slightly longer drive (e.g. Toronto to Niagara). Costco (Pirelli) has the benefits with free flat repair, rotation, etc.

Thanks!
There is no rebate for Pirelli at Costco right now but Pirelli is running a rebate for tires purchased elsewhere. Also, Kal Tire will match Costco pricing and offers free rotation, etc.

I would choose Pirelli over the Cooper. The P7s are a newer tire but even the previous version had high ratings.
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I would go with the P7's. I have a set on my car and am quite happy with them.

But watch these review videos from Tirerack and decide for yourself. I think for how important tires are, and how infrequency they need to be replaced, it's worth spending a bit more to get the best ones you can.

Cooper:
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/vi ... p?ttid=243

Pirelli:
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/vi ... p?ttid=231
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i would go pirelli. just make sure you get your alignment after the new tire install
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Thanks to all of you - much appreciated!

With regards the alignment, did you just mean the alignment that they'd do at time of install or did you mean something else?

Graham.
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starchoice wrote: There is no rebate for Pirelli at Costco right now but Pirelli is running a rebate for tires purchased elsewhere. Also, Kal Tire will match Costco pricing and offers free rotation, etc.

I would choose Pirelli over the Cooper. The P7s are a newer tire but even the previous version had high ratings.

Hey.

I called Costco and confirmed the pirelli rebate is actually still running. It just doesn't show when picking the tires online. But when you go to checkout it does actually show. So while not obvious, turns out it is still running and is $80 for these.
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gmason86 wrote: Hey.

I called Costco and confirmed the pirelli rebate is actually still running. It just doesn't show when picking the tires online. But when you go to checkout it does actually show. So while not obvious, turns out it is still running and is $80 for these.
Costco.ca still shows the old version of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. It doesn't show the newer Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus 2
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l69norm wrote: Costco.ca still shows the old version of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. It doesn't show the newer Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus 2
They still sell both versions. Not a good deal if Costco only has the older version.

The many different versions of tires and overlapping names are a real pain.
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I'm not sure if it's different for different cars and sizes, but they only show the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus 2 when I search.

After you order, how do you schedule an appointment? Do they call you? Do you go somewhere and do it online?

Thanks!
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gmason86 wrote: I'm not sure if it's different for different cars and sizes, but they only show the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus 2 when I search.

After you order, how do you schedule an appointment? Do they call you? Do you go somewhere and do it online?

Thanks!
Take note of the order number and make your appointment here:
https://www.costcotireappointments.ca/login

The appointment has to be at the same warehouse that you shipped the tires to.
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I would look at the Yokohama Avid Ascend GT: https://tire.yokohama.ca/tires/avid-ascend-gt

The Yokohama would be the same pricing as the Cooper but a better tire with a deep 12/32" tread depth. This video from Tire Rack compares the 2 tires:



Also, budget around $100 for a 4 wheel alignment as well (this is different than balancing) so that you can get the max use out of the tires. Given your vehicle is 2008, make sure to get the suspension checked out. Shocks /struts and other components could get worn and cause premature cupping of the tires.

A tip when looking at the treadwear claims is to look at the UTQG ratings. A higher number means longer wear. Some manufactures tend to play with their wear but the UTQG does not match up when compared to other tires. In your lineup, here is how the tires stack up

Yokohama: 740 AA https://tire.yokohama.ca/tires/avid-ascend-gt
Cooper: 640 AA http://ca.coopertire.com/tires/cs5-ultra-touring
Pirelli: 700 AA https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.js ... &tab=Specs

Info about UTQG: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_T ... ty_Grading

Unfortunately, UTQG is not an exact science as the standardized tests expose a number of issues with tires as outlined here: https://www.tirereview.com/utqg-ratings-unfurled/
That being said, at a high level when comparing like sizes to the same class of tire, the UTQG will give you a good indication of wear, traction and temp values.
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