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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Tires, Wheels, Wagon
#1 of 124 Firestone Wilderness Tires
Aug 01, 2007 (7:45 pm)
I have a 2001 Subaru Outback that has the Firestone Wilderness Tire but no one has them. They have to be ordered. Is it the best tire for this car or can I go for another brand tire?
Aug 02, 2007 (6:26 am)
Try the several online retailers like TireRack. They all have search engines that allow you to enter your model and will bring up all the tire options that are available.
#3 of 124 Tire of choice?
Aug 04, 2007 (6:40 pm)
I bought a '97 Subaru Legacy Outback last May and I'm considering my future tire options when the set on the car wears out in the future.
1. What kind of winter tires would you install
2. What kind of all season tires would you intall and are winter tires overkill for an AWD?
Aug 04, 2007 (6:49 pm)
Are the original tires still on the car? If so, replace them now because they are too old. Wear isn't the only factor when replacing tires as rubber gets very harder and dryer as it ages. 6 years is a good benchmark maximum age for tires.
1) Depends on where you live and how you drive and what you are looking for as far as performance. Is comfort and quietness a high priority or is grip?
2) AWD is only as good as the tires. If you can't get traction, then having AWD does no good, you just end up with 4 tires spinning instead of 2. AWD will make poor tires perform better, but only to a point. Again this also depends on where you live and how you drive. For me living in Iowa, snow tires are overkill because I just don't drive in snow that much, a good all season tire works just fine.
#5 of 124 Re: Tire of choice? [dliboiron]
Aug 07, 2007 (7:53 pm)
Pirelli Sottozero are my favorite 3-season winter tire. I run them from Nov to March on my cars.
#6 of 124 Re: Tire of choice? [paisan]
Aug 08, 2007 (7:45 am)
The italian name alone makes it cool.
#7 of 124 Re: Tire choice [shrinermonkey]
Aug 08, 2007 (6:10 pm)
I live in the south--Charlotte NC. Most of my driving is inner city--I only have 36,000 miles on the car and the original tires. We have mild winters-no snow or ice storms the past 2 years and from what they say of global warming that we can go buy palm trees now and plant them. Summer our temps are in the 90--100 during summer. 101 today. I would like a smoother ride primarily
#8 of 124 Re: Tire choice [nelgigenflugen]
Aug 08, 2007 (8:32 pm)
Sumitomo HTR+ is going to be the best all-season tire you'll find out there for the money.
#9 of 124 Re: Tire choice [nelgigenflugen]
Aug 09, 2007 (6:26 am)
Sounds like you could get by with a summer tire but many of those are performance oriented and tend to be noisey, stick with summer touring. If comfort is your priority, I would look on TireRack for a quiet touring or grand touring tire ignoring the snow/ice traction ratings.
It also depends on how much you want to spend. Searching on TireRack for a 97 Outback yielded 24 tires with a price range of $46 to $107 each.
Aug 10, 2007 (8:25 am)
when I went from FWD cars with all seasons to AWD all season tires I thought it was great in the winter in the midwest, then I put on snowtires on the AWD and I have never used all seasons again in winter. the traction and braking are so much better.
one great option is to use Nokian WR tires which are winter snowrated but can be run all year round. I use them as winter tires on my Legacy and all year round on my Tribeca and a minivan.
The Turanza LS (NOT the ELs) are very good all seasons.