Good cheap tires?

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JackWade
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Good cheap tires?

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Hi, I bought the 1.8 Vibe base last summer, and it had sumitomo tires. Those were installed in 2019 but they only have about 5000 miles. So far they seem good. Surprised no dry rot. I’m wondering though for next year what brand everyone uses. I’d rather not get into the expensive Michelin type stuff.
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JackWade
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Re: Good cheap tires?

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From what I am reading, Cooper Evolution Tour?
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Good and cheap do not go together. They are in most way opposites of each other. Value for your money may be a better choice of words. I like General Altra-MAX RT43 tires. They are not a cheap tire but are rated one of the best by Consumer Reports, while being a mid range price. A value buy in my book.
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I have had bad experiences using cheaper tires. Lately I only buy continental. Cheaper tires tend to wear down too fast and have a higher chance of going flat. The conties last way longer. There's Michelin, Good Year etc...

I order from discount tire direct too. Nice tire website.
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Well my 2004 Vibe GT just got new tires today ... BUT ... they cost me NOTHING! At least on the invoice they did list the price BUT I think it may be their cost, not retail cost. I perform HVAC services for this tire company and they offer me free tires for labor trade! Trust me, I have a LOT of free tires coming my way. May have to include certain repairs in the deal at some point as I will never cash in on what they really owe me. Anyways, they got me "KUMHO" Solus Ta51a, P215/50 R17 95V tires. Pics below show what they gave me. So far, the few miles driven on highway home, they are noticeably quieter :) Hopefully they last 60k miles or longer.

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Back when I sold my last XRS in 2020, it needed tires prior to me selling it. I ended up going onto Walmart's website and find tires and had them ship to store. This was during covid, and my local service center was closed, so I had to have them shipped to another store that was 30 min. away. They weren't expensive at all, but did have a 40k mile warranty on them.
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JackWade
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Thanks all. Will see if the current set passes the upcoming safety inspection. Some slippage with starts in wet pavement. Tread appears fine.
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JackWade wrote: Mon May 13, 2024 6:17 pm Some slippage with starts in wet pavement. Tread appears fine.
That's actually the only complaint I have about the Cooper Evolution Tours. I've had two sets - some 195/65R15 on my last car and the 205/55R16 on the Vibe. Wet weather traction wasn't the best on either, particularly when accelerating from a stop on wet pavement. Aside from that, they've been fine. The ride is so good on the Vibe with them.
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