Long-term update: ZDegree home-delivers new tyres for our Jaguar XK

Long-term update: ZDegree home-delivers new tyres for our Jaguar XK

Jaguar XK ZDegree DriveArabia

It was time to get some new tyres for our Jaguar XK, since the old ones had “expired” as per the RTA. Considering it’s always a hassle to go get tyres changed, we decided to try shopping for tyres online, on the only local tyre site we’d heard of in Dubai.

On the ZDegree website, we found a selection of tyres that matched our car, but then we called them up directly and got a different selection of tyres to choose from. We actually wanted Michelins, but they were not available in the required size so we went with whichever good brand was available at the lowest price.

Jaguar XK in the UAE wheel

They had Z-rated Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT “max performance summer tyres” in stock, and we were surprised by the price for low-profile 20-inchers. For two 255/35 front and two 285/30 rear tyres, the price came up to only Dhs 3700, including on-site balancing. Admittedly, a pair of them were manufactured last year, but that’s still a great deal for premium tyres.

Their tall-roofed van came in maybe an hour, and then their team of two proceeded to swap our tyres over the next hour in the public parking lot below our place. It probably helped that we called them during the “free” parking period between 1 pm and 4 pm, because we don’t know how a RTA parking inspector would’ve reacted to that otherwise.

With fitting and balancing done, both using equipment in their van, we did a final check and found that at least two of our painted wheels had minor surface scratches on them. We were upset to say the least, especially since we’d just gotten the wheels and calipers painted a month prior.

Jaguar XK in the UAE

After speaking to someone from ZDegree on the phone, they offered to fix it for us if we drove to one of their locations and left our car there for a day. Considering that completely defeats the purpose of saving time by home-delivering tyres, we just let it go and polished down as much of the minor scratches as we could ourselves. To be fair to them, they caused a lot less damage than some of the other tyre places we’ve visited in the past. And for the price we got, we’d still recommend them.

Original Mileage When Bought: 99,150 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 106,500 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 14.8 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 3700

Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 30585

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What do you think?



  1. Hope they are originals. Dunlop Sport Maxx is a common model available with every tom dick and harry tire dealer at throwaway prices.

  2. Very good deal. This car is so beautiful!

  3. I also got tyres from ZDegree and they offer very good service. Free rotation for the tyres every 10k kms.

  4. 30585 AED in 6k km …get ride of
    No offence

  5. How much did it cost you paint the calipers?

  6. There was a mention of some scratches on the rim during the tyre change. Hey Mash, could you please suggest some places to get the scratches fixed at a reasonable rate. Got 3 rims to be fixed… Please Help….

    • Author

      We got the wheels painted earlier at some garage whose name i don’t remember. Most decent garages should be able to paint wheels. You can google for a place called Automotive Repair Systems that also does smart repairs and wheels.

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