Hi All I've a Linea MJD (Jun-2012) with stock Goodyear Eagle NCT 5 tyres. History of Stock Tyres They've done 44.8 K Kms till now. Jun-2012-Jun-2015 - I used this car for ALL my commute : 30% Highway Driving (~13K Kms) (Avg Spd 75kmph) 70% City Driving (~31K Kms in Bangalore) (Avg Spd- 15(?) kmph) I am not passive driver on highways. I am passive/lazy driver in city- more due to the nature/weight of the car that Linea and its MJD engine is! Had 3 instances where ABS kicked in - on highways when I spotted speed bump too late at high speed. Never had squealing. Had 2-3 instances of aqua planing - and it was my fault to not keep speed in check. I would say I was lucky each time. Another lesson learnt (other than maintaining low speed during rains) was to stick to middle lane - as right lane has lots of water puddles along the median and you will be taken by surprise- the gradient of the road ensures water accumulates along the median and doesnt drain out (drains are chocked) Otherwise I couldn't feel difference/poor performance in wet/dry conditions. On certain tarred highways - where there is heavy truck movement- there are grooves made - and I found my car refusing to come out of those grooves - and would move out only when I reduce speed below 80kmph. Current Physical Status: Almost all tyres are bald with max tread depth of 2mm. Current Usage: My Linea is parked and I take it out every Sunday - just to give it a run of 5-10 kms. Ever since I got a car from company (Grand i10 AMT) in June'15 - Grand i10 has become my primary car for daily commute <and I am loving it!>. Interestingly even my Grand i10 has Goodyears! Experience with Stock Goodyear Eagle NCT5 Tyres I never 'hated'/'disliked' these tires - Rather always felt happy to see same NCT5 in Mercs, Superbs, Lauras and Jettas. Had only one puncture at 43K kms. <touch-wood> Tire noise - I always admired the huge 205 tyres and also I admired the noise from them. I always told myself that since other luxury cars also have it as stock tyres in them- means NCT5 has met stringent quality/safety metrics! Moreover I didn't have the budget to upgrade stock tyres - so I lived with it until now. In the hindsight- I don't regret upgrading the tyres i.e. Dont feel I missed something. Spare Tyre My spare is a full 16" alloy with NCT5 and never used Hindsight - What I did wrong/ Could have done better Tyre Rotation I never really followed tyre rotation as per more diligent members of this forum. Swapped Front <> Rear at 18K and then at 32K Corrective Steps: I will do wheel rotation every 5K Kms (along with wheel alignment check) - from a credible service station. Wheel Alignment I left the wheel alignment ONLY to the annual service by FIAT ASS. I think they did shoddy job. (Fiat service is at 15K Kms or 12 months) All my tyres have worn-out unevenly - and that is a function of incorrect wheel balancing/wheel alignment and less-frequenst wheel rotation. Corrective Steps: Lesson learnt- not leave Wheel Alignment to ASS and Free Service sessions. I will do Wheel Alignment and Balancing every 5K kms - Paid service- at a credible place. Tyre Pressure I did tyre pressure check-up only when I did Fuel Top-Up - that too at times when I saw I huge queue - I would rather skip it out of impatience and leave it for next top-up. Corrective Steps: A month back, I've got a CODIO Manual Double Cylinder Foot Pump and Codio presure gauge and I do it myself for all my vehicles now - every weekend. My Current Budget I've a budget of 35K. Can stretch by 2K. Future Usage 1. Linea will be used only for highway ridings (which will be once a quarter) 2. Rest of the times- it will be pretty much do a 10-20 kms run in city per week. 3. Tyre size will remain stock - 205 55 R16 I enquired 2 places in HSR and Tyre Plus guy is pushing Michelin 3ST at 8950 and the Bridgestone Showroom is pushing B290 at 8750. I asked them about Goodyear Eagle NCT5 - and they were saying its not good! Each showroom us pushing what they have in stock and talk non-sense about what they don't have! I am so confused ! I am a lazy guy to goto JC Road - to enquire or for any after-sales-servicing. I stay in HSR and would prefer anything close by. Are Goodyears that bad and Michelins that good ? I may sound foolish - but, hey, I can only appreciate anything if I experience it! My next long trip is 2-3 months away and I am in no hurry! Please help with suggestions - both on tyre models and renowned vendors!