Last post on Sep 10, 2010 at 10:43 AM
You are in the Nissan Quest
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Nissan Quest, Tires, Van
#112 of 114 Re: new shoes [rockmobile]
by steve_ HOST
Jun 29, 2010 (9:10 pm)
Seems like I had a set of X clones from Costco years ago. X Radial Plus iirc. They did fine but I didn't get 90k out of them.
The last set (Toyos) were high tread wear tires and I didn't much like them. Lousy grip in the rain and snow. I've about decided to go with lesser tread wear ratings and just replace tires a bit more often.
Maybe I'll get to 182k on the van, but I doubt it. Between the two cars, we just don't drive that much - maybe 18 to 20k a year combined.
We may have hit the sweet spot on these vans. Got the double sliders that the first generation didn't have and missed all the teething pains of the Canton built vans. Been real happy with mine.
#113 of 114 Re: new shoes [steve_]
Jun 30, 2010 (7:45 am)
I'll admit, I think I pushed the Michelins to the limit with the wear bands out in the open but I think they can be safely driven to around 80 to 85k miles if they are taken care off.
Right after that first set I decided to go with GoodYear Assurance for a little comfort as the Michelins are a little stiff. It was a real fiasco because they required constant balance and never rode right. I threw them away after around 35k miles. A waste of money.
The installers at BJ's thought I was crazy when they saw all the rubber left on them, but I know I would had gone crazy had I kept them.
You mentioned the Outback and a friend just got one of them and says he loves it. Besides, it seems that once you get one you stay with them forever.
Right now I am trying to cross that psychological barrier towards Subaru and the Forester looks attractive. I am sure my Quest will give me plenty of time to look around.
Sep 10, 2010 (10:43 am)
My 2001 Quest SE hit 175,000 miles and needed a new set of tires. The van was riding on Bridgestone SE200 in front and Goodyear Triple Treds in the rear. Both tires were excellent but had seen better days. The Bridgestones lost their tred depth and the Goodyears had been on for so long that they were starting to crack from exposure.
Given that I only plan on driving the van for another 25,000 miles I cheaped out and bought a set of Firestone FR380s. The tires are smooth, quiet and have a lower lowing resistance than the previous set if my fuel economy computer is to be believed, but the handling is pretty awful. I have yet to try them in the snow. If they are competent in the white stuff I will be able to declare them a good buy.