I have a 2010 Thunderbird SE and just passed 5K miles. The dealer told me the rear tires have about 500-1000 miles left on them. I have the stock ME880s on them. Because I do a lot of commuting on superslab, the tires are worn in the middle and are still in pretty good shape on the sides. I'm wondering if I should replace with a different tire. I'm looking at the Bridgestone Exedra Max 200/50ZR17.
1) Does anyone have any experience with this tire?
2) Does anyone have a good dual compound tire they recommend for commuting?
3) The dealer told me it was a bad idea to mix tire brands between front and back. The front tire still looks good. Is there any validity to that?