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Subaru Impreza, Tires, Sedan, Wagon
#76 of 114 Re: OEM 2010 SUBARU IMPREZA TIRES ARE REALLY BAD AND SUBARU KNOWS ABOUT IT [isilverboy]
Jan 11, 2011 (1:12 am)
I absolutely agree - those RE92A are pathetic tire (I don't even hold a very high regard for them during the summer months) that they have used on the Impreza and Outback/Legacy for years. I think they started putting a different tire on the O/L with the 2010 model year, but before that it was RE92A for a long while. I *HATE* those tires. They literally hobble a fantastic car in slick conditions. That said, I did drive them through a winter in my '08 Outback with 4EAT because it was a short-term purchase and I did not want to spend the money on a second set of tires, but that sucker sure liked to break loose. I smile every time I think about it - so fun (but not what you would want to send your wife & children off in!).
I run two sets of rims with a winter and summer set of tires. Sure, you have the initial $500-600 cost for the second set, but with only 50% of the year (here in Fairbanks, AK) for each set of tires, they both last twice as long.
Before you judge your car too harshly, get that new set of rubber and go have some fun and/or peace of mind.
I am sure to slam Subaru about the RE92A when I get the chance of it. I hounded them about it on both new owner surveys I completed for Outbacks purchased with them.
#77 of 114 Re: OEM 2010 SUBARU IMPREZA TIRES ARE REALLY BAD AND SUBARU KNOWS ABOUT IT [xwesx]
Jan 11, 2011 (9:15 am)
All OEM tires are a compromise in cost, noise, ride, etc.
The Blotzena RE92 are especially poor, though. I replaced them a bit early on our Legacy.
#78 of 114 Re: OEM 2010 SUBARU IMPREZA TIRES ARE REALLY BAD AND SUBARU KNOWS ABOUT IT [ateixeira]
Jan 11, 2011 (9:29 am)
What really blows me away is that they are, as the OP mentioned, a very expensive tire off-the-shelf. I wouldn't pay $50 per tire for them, let alone over $200!
#79 of 114 Re: OEM 2010 SUBARU IMPREZA TIRES ARE REALLY BAD AND SUBARU KNOWS ABOUT IT [xwesx]
Jan 11, 2011 (9:44 am)
Marketing? The average consumer has no idea...
#80 of 114 Re: OEM 2010 SUBARU IMPREZA TIRES ARE REALLY BAD AND SUBARU KNOWS ABOUT IT [ateixeira]
Jan 11, 2011 (9:55 am)
I agreed, the typical consumer has no idea.
I did a lot of research on this vehicle but didn't check the tires.
Can I get a second set of tires and spend another $500? I shouldn't.
I live in a metro area not the mountains.
A part time AWD like the CRV/Element or a 2011 Hyundai Tucson handle better. I know they are diff cars but my point is, since SUbaru bread and butter is AWD why install those $254 per tire on that vehicle that will not assist you to stop as well as a more cheap tire (Pirelli P4 four season) rated #2 tirerack and other cosumers. That is the type of tire I have installed in my 2011 Scion FWD Xb and the car stops and turns better than the Impreza.
Anywho, the purpose of this thread is to educate future consumers looking into buying a Subaru.
#81 of 114 Re: OEM 2010 SUBARU IMPREZA TIRES ARE REALLY BAD AND SUBARU KNOWS ABOUT IT [isilverboy]
Jan 11, 2011 (9:58 am)
Sure, marketing can convince people that they need a mediocre product.
Example: pet rock.
#82 of 114 Re: OEM 2010 SUBARU IMPREZA TIRES ARE REALLY BAD AND SUBARU KNOWS ABOUT IT [isilverboy]
Jan 11, 2011 (11:10 am)
the car stops and turns better than the Impreza.
That it will, because it is the tires that make all the difference in those situations. Even with the crappy tires, though, the Impreza will still "out-go" the Xb, which is a great testament to the quality of the AWD.
Frankly, I would much sooner buy good winter tires for "metro" driving than for mountain driving because there are far more stops and turns in the city, not to mention the density of vehicles and less margin for error.
Your point stands, though - the RE92A is a terrible choice for an OEM Subaru tire.
Jan 11, 2011 (3:41 pm)
Okay, I have a question in regards to our new Impreza, not really a tire question but wasnt sure where to post it.
It now has about 615 miles on it, and i know you are supposed to be nice to it the first couple thousand miles and break it in. So we really really wanted to drive up to Yosemite tomorrow in the snow, would that be bad to do???? We are new to this and just want to take care of our Subie.
#84 of 114 Re: New Subie [cooners77]
Jan 11, 2011 (5:30 pm)
1000 mile break-in, but that trip should be fine. Just don't use cruise control so you vary engine speeds, and try not to put TOO much of a load on the engine. If possible keep it under 4000rpm.
#85 of 114 Re: New Subie [ateixeira]
Jan 11, 2011 (5:45 pm)
sweet thanks. that all matches up with what i have read and heard. thanks again