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#260 of 299 Re: 04 Forester tires [emem]
Dec 05, 2010 (7:40 am)
If you constantly drive on snowy roads do yourself a favor and buy a set of dedicated winter/snow tires. Buying dedicated snows will cost you more money now, but the money, aggravation and injuries you may save in the long run will be well worth the initial investment. If based on your driving conditions you choose all season tires than you won't be disappointed with the General Altimax HP. Falken tires are garbage. My father always told me that their are two things that are most important when it comes to a car. NEVER skimp on tires and brakes as your life may depend on it. Go to tirerack.com and do your research. Good luck and drive safe.
#261 of 299 Re: air leaking [logtrail]
Dec 06, 2010 (9:19 am)
Keep in mind the temperature drop may be largely responsible for the drop in tire pressure in this case. You need to check more often when the temps dip significantly.
When it warms up, too, to let air out, else you may up with 40psi in summer!
#262 of 299 Re: 04 Forester tires [laredo13]
Dec 06, 2010 (9:22 am)
Falken Ziex 512s are fine, the one bad thing about them is tread life, but that doesn't make it a bad tire overall. Grip is actually far above average.
I actually owned 3 sets of them - on an 03 Miata, 98 Forester, and 02 Legacy. Not a great winter tire, but good grip even in the wet otherwise.
Again, my only complaint is short tread life.
#263 of 299 Re: 04 Forester tires [laredo13]
Dec 06, 2010 (10:49 am)
In terms of tread life and all-season capability, I very much like the Goodyear Assurance TripleTread. I had a set on my 1996 Outback, and they were fantastic. Unfortunately, I was only able to use them for 13 months and about 25,000 miles before we (me and the car) parted ways, but I used them over two winters and they were great. They also only wore ~2/32 during that time.
They will last you about three years with your driving habits and they'll give you very decent traction on snow and ice.
#266 of 299 new year-any good tires
Jan 23, 2011 (4:55 pm)
I'm a Chicago woman who has a 2008 forester 2.5X (so my manual says) who is not an expert in cars. Apparently I haven't rotated my tires often enough and the sides of the two front tires are bald. My car just hit 28,000. The dealer wants me to buy two new Yokahama tires for the front, get an alignment and then rotate the backs to the front. We have had a horrendous winter with snow and ice. The Yokahamas never worked well in rain, and are nightmares in winter; I'm slipping and sliding. I've seen at least 10 suggested tires for the last 5 years of this blog. What do you recommend-are there any good ones out there? i need to get something ordered ASAP because my 2 and a half year old Suburu is a scary car to drive. I don't feel safe in it right now. By the way, what are suburbucks?
#267 of 299 Re: new year-any good tires [chitown21]
Jan 23, 2011 (11:37 pm)
First, of all, I would run quick from that dealer! You definitely should not purchase only two tires to replace the worn ones. If you do that, you will put heavy stress on the center differential and may very well end up with much more serious problems (such as a center differential failure!) down the road.
I agree that your tires, the Yokohama Geolandar, are horrendous (for winter conditions).
Are you wanting to purchase an all-season tire that performs decently during winter, or have you considered running two sets - one for winter and one for summer? If you go with the two-set approach, you can probably run your Geolandars for another summer to help spread out the extra initial tire investment.
The best all-season tire I have used is the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred. It has an excellent treadwear life as well. Tirerack.com is a good place to go to get an idea of how you can expect a tire to perform. They have a (subjective) rating system based on user feedback, so you can compare tires within a given class and read reviews.
#268 of 299 Re: new year-any good tires [chitown21]
Jan 24, 2011 (3:31 am)
Second vote for RUNNIG from that dealer. Read your owners manual. It ought to say somewhere in there that you have to be careful about tire diameter - and that means tires have to be replaced in sets of 4.
And the cause of the eneven wear is alignment. Get that fixed, too!
#269 of 299 Re: new year-any good tires [chitown21]
Jan 24, 2011 (4:53 am)
With 28,000 miles on your set of Yokohama's I'd replace all four. Stay away from dealers and find a reputable mechanic for this type of repair. Bridgestone 960 or General Altima HP would be a great choice for an all season tire. The General is just as good at a much lower price. I love them. As I've said before, don't skimp on tires and brakes. These are two of the most important items where money should not override safety. Yes, it would also be a good idea to check alignment at this time. Good Luck...