The Panda’s New Boots!

t1rI mentioned in my last post that the 100hp was shortly going to need a new set of tyres, well, after it being called into service on a far more regular basis than the beginning of this year, that time came around a little sooner than expected.  Adding 1500kms in just a few weeks saw grip and braking performance disappear and an increase in road noise and fuel consumption.

There was actually plenty of tread left of the Eagle F1’s the car came with, but the rubber had started to crack, so a search for the best price started.  If I wanted to continue with F1’s then a set of 4 195/45/R15’s would cost 400 euros fitted, or I could go for Rainsport 2’s at 380, however I had them on my Golf and wasn’t that impressed.  So, I decided to go for the F1’s again and cough up the money.

But when it came to the day I just couldn’t do it, instead I took a trip around some more dealers to see if I could better the price.  I was shown some Toyo Proxes T1-R’s which have essentially the same tread pattern and stickiness as the F1’s, and were 370 for 4, but if I went for 195/50/R15’s they were 290 for 4!

What can I say, stuff the slightly higher sidewall and possible iffy speedo reading, that was a big saving.  An hour later and they were on the car.

The first journey was a strange one and saw me visiting the nearest petrol station to check the pressures and sure enough, tyre man saw fit to pump my new Proxes to between 33 and 35psi, hence the odd feeling.  Pressures adjusted properly and a decent drive later, I can honestly say I don’t notice any downsides with this change, in fact, the upside is the increased sidewall has lessened the crashy nature of the Panda on the potholed Athenian tarmac!  Grip is also excellent and the car feels like new again – it really has made a massive difference!

My original F1’s lasted 26,800kms, which I don’t consider too bad, especially on Greek roads.  I’m hoping the Proxes will prove equally as long lasting.  Anyone else made this change?

4 Responses to “The Panda’s New Boots!”

  1. 1 Bae Oct 21st, 2009 at 11:28 am


    Thank you for editing this blog, it’s a great source of informations !
    I’ve a question about your new tires. I’m thinking about puting somes 195/50/15 on my 100hp.
    What would be your opinion about theses, a few month later ? Are you still happy of your choice ?



  2. 2 100hp Driver Oct 23rd, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Hi and thanks for the compliment! Since fitting the 195/50s, I have had no problems at all and haven’t regretted the decision. If anything, the higher sidewall has softened the ride, but not so much it affects the handling, so I can only recommend doing so if you don’t want to pay for the 195/45s.

    Just make sure you get the tyre pressures right when the new ones go on!

  3. 3 puff daddy Dec 3rd, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Good choice, i have a pair on the rear on my 100hp.
    Two more brand new in garage waiting to go on the front.
    Original Eagles on the front have done 18000 miles and will probably go to 20000.
    I got 4 Proxes T1R for £155 GPB delivered from a seller on E Bay. Bargain.
    Cant say i have noticed much difference in ride, still sticks like glue in the wet.

  4. 4 100hp Driver Dec 5th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Did you go for the 195/45s or 195/50s?

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