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#3435 of 8641 Re: Tire wear expectancy [philliesfan2]
Aug 17, 2004 (12:54 pm)
In reply to David about the original equipment tires (RE92's): Shortly after buying my new Legacy SE wagon, I checked the RE92's out on Tirerack's web site. Most owner reports were quite negative, especially concerning their wet/snow traction. So, for the first time in my car-buying life, I replaced the tires immediately, as we drive frequently in northern Michigan's snow country. (The replacements were Continental Extreme Contacts.)
I am very happy with the new tires in all kinds of driving, and was happy that I could sell the take-offs easily. My suggestion is to read the extensive road tests results and owners' reviews at Tirerack.com before you make any tire decisions.
Other than the oem tires, I've been happy with the new Legacy. As contrasted with the 2001 Legacy Outback I had, the new car seems to have a bit less acceleration, same mileage (22-26), and a slightly different ride, probably due to the smaller (and harder?)tires on the new one. It cruises up I-75 easily: I have to watch exceeding 80 or more.
Overall, the car is a great value, and I haven't any regrets in buying it. There were two glitches in the buying process, though: One, the salesman said we were getting a weatherband radio, and we didn't. Also, replacement weatherbands were not available for this car. Two, the air didn't work at all. When I took it in, the service manager opened the hood, flipped a switch, and sent me on my way in two minutes. Said that their delivery people neglected sometimes to change this switch from the shipping mode.
I hope this note helps David and others with tire decisions, and some others are interested in my 0 to 9000 miles Subaru experiences.
#3436 of 8641 ejhara tires
Aug 17, 2004 (7:21 pm)
How do you like your new tires . I'm al'so looking at the conti's. the only neg reviews I can find are about the way the tires flat spot very quick when sitting . They also say that the flat spotting goes away after a couples of miles . Have yours exibited this behavior . I'm at 46 k on my re92s and they are very loud and wet traction sucks . The funny thing is that I have about 1/2 the tread left on them .
thanks for yor comments
mikek in south jersey
#3437 of 8641 Conti Extreme Contacts
Aug 17, 2004 (11:01 pm)
I have about 17k on these and have not noticed flat spotting. However, 1) I run my tires at +4 psi so they are probably less prone to flat spotting and 2) my car doesn't sit very many days w/o being driven.
Very pleased with these tires.
Aug 18, 2004 (5:18 am)
I'm with you on this one! I only have 25k on my '02 OBW, and RE92's share time with my snows, so I don't think they have broken 20k yet. Now I realize that the storms we have been having this summer in the NE have been quite excessive, but I am becoming increasingly concerned about the hydroplaning at still more than half tread. I will probably run them thru the fall, go to the snows for winter, and consider new tires in the spring.
Aug 18, 2004 (5:31 am)
It's got me beat why Subaru in the US don't fit a mud/snow tyre as they do out of Japan.
Australian spec Outbacks come with Yokohama Geolanders that run about 50,000km (30,000 miles) My latest set have now run 45,000km and have probably 15,000km left on them. Wet weather performance is still very good.
#3440 of 8641 2000 Outback - Which tires?
Aug 18, 2004 (6:55 am)
Hi y'all - I have looked through a lot of messages, but couldn't find a concise answer. I hope you'll be so kind and let me know your personal opinion about which new tires to get for my 2000 Outback.
I'm in Texas, so driving on snow will only be occasional. I am mostly interested in all-season tires with a good ride and low noise. I also thought about going to the largest tires possible (18"?). And, of course, I don't want to spend an arm and a leg.
Any good suggestions? Thanks so much in advance.
#3441 of 8641 Re: Tyres [grahampeters]
Aug 18, 2004 (8:39 am)
Graham, it does seem odd indeed. Our Foresters come with the Geolanders, but not the Outbacks. Also, our Outbacks come with a larger 225 size tire, and no full-size spare. Our Foresters have the 215 size tire and a full-size spare.
#3442 of 8641 outback tires...
Aug 18, 2004 (8:46 am)
I had Michelin MXV4's on my 01 Outback and absolutely loved them...probably the best tires I have had. Most of my driving is on the highway in the mountains between Reno and Sacramento, and I found the MXV4's to be amazingly quiet, with great rain and snow performance, too. Their handling was very secure, even in high speed corners on the highway. There are other sportier (and cheaper) tires out there, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy those tires again.
#3443 of 8641 There is only one problem with MXV4s
Aug 18, 2004 (9:09 am)
#3444 of 8641 Re: Tire wear expectancy [philliesfan2]
Aug 18, 2004 (3:58 pm)
On my 2002 OB, I replaced the original RE92's at 67,900 miles. They were still legal. I drive all over heck and back here in CA, so I was a bit surprised they held up so well.
Researching tires is fun! Everyone has a crazy story to tell about what tire did what!
Based upon many reports, I narrowed it down to Bridgestone RE950's and Toyo TPT's. My tire dealer could not get 4 matching Toyos, so I went with the RE950's.
No problems so far, they ride nice and firm. But only time will tell.
mudhen - CA