Michelin Primacy 3

Dry Grip 86%
Wet Grip 80%
Road Feedback 78%
Handling 78%
Wear 67%
Comfort 81%
Buy again 67%

The Michelin Primacy 3 is a Premium Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

This tyre replaced the Michelin Primacy HP

This tyre has been replaced by the Michelin Primacy 4

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Tyre review data from 119 tyre reviews averaging 77% over 1,683,795 miles driven.

Reports

Tyre Test Highlights

2018 ADAC Summer Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 - 1st of 16 tyres

  • Positive - Very balanced with top marks when worn, especially good on dry roads, still very good in the wet
  • Negative - None mentioned

2017 AZ Summer Tyre Test - 1st of 10 tyres

  • Positive - High grip on wet surfaces, the shortest braking distance and safe behavior on a dry roads
  • Negative - Steering feel in the wet a little numb

2015 European Tyre Test 205/55 R16 - 1st of 19 tyres

  • Positive - Very balanced summer tyres, top marks in the dry and lowest wear
Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
225/50 R16 92W   C A 69  
225/50 R16 92V   C A 69  
195/55 R16 91V XL   C A 69  
195/55 R16 87H   E A 71  
205/55 R16 91W   E A 71  
205/55 R16 91V   E A 71  
205/55 R16 91W   C A 69  
205/55 R16 91V   C A 69  
205/55 R16 91H   E A 71  
205/55 R16 94V XL   C A 69  
205/55 R16 91H   C A 69  
205/55 R16 91V   C A 69  
215/55 R16 93V   C A 69  
215/55 R16 97W XL   C A 69  
215/55 R16 97V XL   C A 69  
215/55 R16 97H XL   C A 69  
215/55 R16 93H   C A 69  
215/55 R16 93W   C A 69  
215/55 R16 93Y   C A 69  
225/55 R16 99V XL   C A 69  
225/55 R16 99W XL   C A 69  
225/55 R16 95V   C A 69  
225/55 R16 95W   C A 69  
205/60 R16 96W XL   C A 69  
205/60 R16 92V   C A 69  
215/60 R16 95V   C A 69  
215/60 R16 99V XL   C A 69  
215/60 R16 99H XL   C A 69  
225/60 R16 98V   C A 69  
225/60 R16 102V XL   C A 69  
225/60 R16 98W   C A 69  
215/65 R16 98V          
215/65 R16 102V XL          
205/45 R17 84W   E A 71  
205/45 R17 88W XL   C A 69  
205/45 R17 88V XL   C A 69  
205/45 R17 84V   E A 71  
205/45 R17 88W XL   C A 69  
215/45 R17 91W XL   C A 69  
215/45 R17 87W   C A 68  
225/45 R17 91V   C A 69  
225/45 R17 91W   E A 71  
225/45 R17 94V XL   C A 69  
225/45 R17 94W XL   C A 69  
225/45 R17 91V   E A 71  
225/45 R17 91W   C A 69  
225/45 R17 91Y   C A 69  
235/45 R17 94W   C A 71  
235/45 R17 94Y   C A 71  
235/45 R17 97W XL   C A 71  
245/45 R17 99W XL   C A 71  
245/45 R17 99Y XL   C A 71  
205/50 R17 93H XL   B B 69  
205/50 R17 89Y   C A 69  
205/50 R17 93V XL   C A 69  
205/50 R17 89W   C A 69  
205/50 R17 89V   C A 69  
205/50 R17 93W XL   C A 69  
215/50 R17 95V XL   C A 69  
215/50 R17 95W XL   C A 69  
215/50 R17 91W   C A 69  
225/50 R17 98Y XL   C A 69  
225/50 R17 94W   C A 69  
225/50 R17 94Y   C A 69  
225/50 R17 94H   C A 71  
225/50 R17 94W   B A 69  
225/50 R17 94V   C A 69  
225/50 R17 98W XL   C A 69  
225/50 R17 94W   C A 69  
225/50 R17 94W   C A 71  
225/50 R17 94Y   C A 69  
225/50 R17 98W XL   B A 69  
225/50 R17 94W          
225/50 R17 98V XL   C A 69  
235/50 R17 96W   C A 71  
205/55 R17 91W   B A 69  
205/55 R17 95V XL   C A 69  
205/55 R17 91W   C A 71  
215/55 R17 94W   C A 69  
215/55 R17 94V   C A 69  
215/55 R17 94V   C A 69  
215/55 R17 98W XL   C A 69  
215/55 R17 94W   C A 69  
225/55 R17 97W   C A 71  
225/55 R17 97Y   B A 68  
225/55 R17 97Y   C A 69  
225/55 R17 97Y   C A 69  
225/55 R17 97W   C B 69  
225/55 R17 97Y   C A 71  
225/55 R17 97W   C A 69  
225/55 R17 97Y   C B 69  
225/55 R17 97Y   C A 71  
225/55 R17 101W XL   C A 69  
235/55 R17 103Y XL   C A 71  
235/55 R17 103W XL   C A 69  
235/55 R17 99V   C A 71  
245/55 R17 102W   B A 71  
245/55 R17 102W   B A 71  
215/60 R17 96V   C A 69  
215/60 R17 96H   C A 69  
215/60 R17 96V   C A 69  
225/60 R17 99Y   B A 69  
225/60 R17 99V   C A 69  
245/40 R18 93Y   C A 71  
245/40 R18 93Y   E A 71  
245/40 R18 97Y XL   C A 71  
245/40 R18 97Y XL          
275/40 R18 99Y   C A 71  
225/45 R18 91V   C A 71  
225/45 R18 91W   C A 71  
225/45 R18 95Y XL   C A 71  
235/45 R18 98Y XL   C A 71  
235/45 R18 98W XL   C A 71  
245/45 R18 100Y XL          
245/45 R18 100Y XL   C A 71  
245/45 R18 100W XL   C A 71  
245/45 R18 96Y   C A 71  
245/45 R18 100Y XL   C A 69  
245/45 R18 96W   C A 71  
255/45 R18 99Y   C A 71  
225/50 R18 95V   C A 69  
235/50 R18 101W XL   C A 69  
235/50 R18 101Y XL   C A 69  
245/50 R18 100Y   C A 71  
245/50 R18 100W   C A 71  
245/50 R18 100Y   C A 71  
215/55 R18 99V XL   B A 69  
225/55 R18 98V   C A 69  
275/40 R19 101Y   E A 71  
275/40 R19 101Y   E A 71  
245/45 R19 98Y   C A 71  
245/45 R19 98Y   E A 71  
245/45 R19 102Y XL   B A 69  

Questions and Answers for the Michelin Primacy 3

2017-11-25 - trying to find the treadwear rating printed on the sidewall of Michelin primacy 3 and continental sportcontact 3 and 5. This is my deciding factor on these tyres 235/50 R17 96 Y or W for my Jaguar s type 2004 3.0. Why on earth do no uk websites display this info, would really help if this was included in this website PLZ.

Unfortunately manufacturer's treadwear ratings aren't a super reliable way of judging wear. Instead we suggest looking at user reviews and tests, and if you do that you will see that the Michelin Primacy 3 should last longer than the Continental tyres you mention.


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Size Price Range  
205/55 R16 £64.64 - £107.00 (65 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/55 R17 £93.91 - £150.90 (56 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £78.69 - £106.43 (66 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/50 R17 £108.58 - £151.61 (108 Prices) Compare Prices >>
235/45 R17 £87.12 - £103.24 (24 Prices) Compare Prices >>
245/45 R18 £125.70 - £185.33 (56 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top Michelin Primacy 3 Review

Given 99% (breakdown) while driving a Vauxhall (215/50 R17 W) on mostly motorways for 17,000 spirited miles
Fitted to the front at 81385 miles, laser alignment completed at the same time + new front shocks, springs, top mounts & bearings fitted. They have lasted to 98885 miles and still are just over the treadwear indicator. Amazing tyres. Incredible grip in the wet and dry; 100% confidence in them always. Slight slip now with full acceleration in the wet; but they are almost fully worn! Incredible comfort and quietness, and great durability on the front of a car which has 354NM of torque. I have always run top rated premium tyres from all the biggest brands. These are the best tyres I have ever had; second to none. Very highly recommended and great value too.
106 - tyre reviewed on November 30, 2015   

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Given 80% (breakdown) while driving a Lexus CT200h (205/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 7,000 average miles
When buying my Lexus CT 200h the front was already fitted with Michelin Primacy 3 tyres and the rear with Yokohama (can't remember which model). When the rears needed replacement, I opted for the Michelin's again, both because I like to have 4 identical tyres all around, but also because I had a very good experience with the Michelin Energy Saver on my previous car. I'm not disappointed so far, very good handling and grip in the dry, combined with a good feedback while being slightly on the comfortable side for 17 inch tyres with 45 height. Only thing I need to check is how life is going to be in the long run.
0 - tyre reviewed on May 13, 2018   
Given 88% (breakdown) while driving a Mercedes Benz C180 (225/50 R17 V) on a combination of roads for 100 average miles
replaced them after the OEM horrible run flats were half worn.
good grip for comfort tires in both wet and dry conditions, drove into a storm on the first day, resisted hydroplaning well considering these are not performance tires.

ride comfort is excellent, maybe i was coming from run-flats.
0 - tyre reviewed on April 19, 2018   
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Given 87% (breakdown) while driving a Audi A5 2.0 TDi (2017) (225/50 R17 H) on mostly motorways for 23,000 spirited miles
Have had Primacy & Pilot Sport on previous cars and these were the best tyres I've ever had. Excellent grip, especially in the dry and gave full confidence when turning in hard. Very low road noise, although since these were on the car from new difficult to say if that is the car or the tyre.
23000 miles on the fronts in a relatively powerful FWD car is excellent IMO and only now when worn to the limit do I experience any slip, and then only in the wet. Rears still have plenty of life left in them.
An excellent tyre and have already ordered same tyre as replacement.
0 - tyre reviewed on March 16, 2018   
Given 83% (breakdown) while driving a BMW 323i 1997 (205/55 R16) on mostly town for 400 spirited miles
Went out to purchase Pilot Sport 4s to replace the extremely worn out PS3s on the wheels I purchased, but since the shop haven't got the size I needed - the salesman immediately threw the Primacy 3 ST at me, advertised the tyres as one of the quietest and most comfortable around. I'm not too bothered with either, I have loud pipes and pretty stiff springs. I needed grip (hence my desire for the PS4) since my car had proven to be a loose cannon.

The main problem I had with the previous Achilles 2233 and Dunlop SP01 on the car is that they're fine on dry roads, but murderous once the going turns damp, with the Achilles being a step ahead - nearly killing me by sending the car sliding to another car once. The old rear tyres occasionally produces an unmistakable squealing noise even on slightly damp roads, even with the lightest throttle, and the fronts were dangerously prone to aquaplaning - happens quite often and when it happens, they do lose all grip which is fairly frightening. The Michelins eliminated ALL of these issues. The rears only squealed once in the wet, and that's when I deliberately gave too much throttle to test it. The fronts are less prone to aquaplaning - though not entirely impossible, but it happened once, and when it does, it doesn't entirely lose grip and rectifies itself almost immediately. Cornered quite quickly in various degree of wetness with these a few times, a dangerous act, but proven the Primacy retains grip very well in bad weather.

I haven't tested them at the absolute peak, but so far, the old E36 handles and feels far better than it ever did with the my previous tyres. Not a huge surprise compared to the cheaper Achilles, but with the equally premium priced Dunlop? Steering feels immediately lighter and more direct. Dry grip is phenomenal, wet grip feels great too. And it made the car more comfortable, the old tyres makes the suspension feels shakey. I also didn't think I would notice tyre noise due to my exhaust, but apparently, the cabin is actually noticeably quieter, particularly at higher speed.

Cannot provide any information on wear yet, as they're relatively fresh off the racks now, but considering the car's rear heavy tendencies combined with my idiotic driving, I'm pretty sure the rears would go out a year or two from now.

Read a lot of bad reviews on these (mostly installed on new, higher-end vehicles instead of a 20 years old clunker like mine) which didn't help to my early skepticisms about the tyres. Would I buy them again? Yes - Unless they finally have the 16 inch Pilot Sports I was looking for. But otherwise, glad I have tried these because it did make me realise how comfortable and stable the sub-200 HP E36 could be. Something I haven't truly felt since I bought the thing.
2 - tyre reviewed on February 28, 2018   
Given 47% (breakdown) while driving a MINI Cooper S (205/45 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 8,500 spirited miles
Bought my car in december with 3500 miles on it. The front tyres were a quarter worn. Now, two months later the car has 8500 miles and the fronts need changing. So they have lasted 5000 miles of my driving, half of which was spent touring Europe, mostly on motorways. There is nothing spectacular about this tyre other than its wear rate. It wears like a semi slick but without the performance! It’s not even like the weather has been good enough for me to thrash the car either. Don’t get me wrong, when I’m driving country roads I like to corner at confident speeds as this car does inspire confidence, but at no point have I pushed the tyres beyond the limits of lateral grip. Will not buy again. Maybe I’ll actually change to some semi slicks now so I can actually reap the benefits of increased wear. I’m used to it now anyway.
1 - tyre reviewed on February 21, 2018   

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