Last post on Feb 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Tires, Wheels, Wagon
#115 of 124 Re: AWD & all 4 tires [gjksn]
Nov 29, 2010 (8:35 am)
For sure, that is a trade-off for a good AWD system. (cost, mileage being others)
If you think about it, though, even cars with ABS will be thrown off when you have one tire with a different diameter.
If it doesn't, that just means it would be slower to respond to a skid.
If you have a full sized spare, some folks rotate that 5th tire so it gets used up as well, that way a flat doesn't mean 4 replacements.
#116 of 124 Certified??? Really???
Jan 19, 2011 (5:15 pm)
Hi all, just bought an '06 Outback Limited, certified, with just under 30,000. The tires just didn't look right, especially with the recent weather in the northeast. The original Bridgestone Potenzas have about 6mm of tread in the centers, but there is a lot of edge wear, especially on the rears. Also, I had my nephew, who's a Firestone store manager, look at the tires, and he said one of them had sidewall damage due to having been driven with very low inflation. He said the inner side wall was pinched, and is a potential blowout hazard. Any ideas on how I should approach this with the dealer? I know he's going to push back. Also, the air filter was never changed (appears to be the original), despite being replaceable at 30k due to the maintenance schedule. I'm going to check the plugs too, which also should have been replaced as part of the certification process / 30k maintenance. And the brakes seem pretty slim too. Should I take the vehicle to another dealer, or perhaps to the Firestone store, and have them do an inspection and writeup of what needs to be done?
This really bothers me, as I assumed that buying a certified vehicle, at a certified price, meant oil changes only for the first year or so at least. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave
#117 of 124 Re: Certified??? Really??? [mooseriver]
Jan 21, 2011 (8:04 am)
I would give the dealer a chance to rectify everything first. Call 800-SUBARU3 if they're not helpful, ask for a different dealer to correct it.
#118 of 124 Re: Certified??? Really??? [ateixeira]
Jan 23, 2011 (3:17 pm)
Was this a Subaru CPO car? "Certified" is a term thrown around these days very loosely. I mean anyone can certify that a car is used, that would make it a Certified Used Car. It doesn't necessarily mean that it has met the criteria that the Subaru CPO requires.
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#119 of 124 Re: Certified??? Really??? [paisan]
Jan 23, 2011 (7:18 pm)
The dealer is going to pull the tire off and look at it Tuesday. The service manager claims that even though you can see the problem from the outside, it doesn't necessarily mean the tire is damaged on the inside. Seems they'd be taking a chance to not just put a new tire on for safety reasons. Yes, Mike, it's a Subaru CPO. The air filter was filthy, they are going to rectify that too, and when the service manager checked the trans oil, he could tell that that wasn't changed either. All in all, they did a cursory job of certifying the vehicle, and obviously missed a few things. I wonder what else they missed? Seems this dealer is certifying every vehicle they can, while most other dealers in the area are only certifying '09's and '10's for the most part. Now I know why. As was explained out here somewhere, a certification is nothing more than a powertrain warranty purchase. Doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot more. I'll remember that next time and choose my dealer more carefully rather than thinking "certified" is the same at every dealer.
Jan 21, 2012 (7:52 am)
My Yoko Avid T4s are toast (at least I got my annual flat out of the way early this year). Can get Nokian WRG2s down the road at a shop closer to Detroit. Locally here in Port Huron where we're visiting, there's a Cooper/Mastercraft Glacial Grip II. Blizzacks in the 205/70R15 didn't show up in the local guy's system and I didn't quiz him about an alternate size, but they stock the brand.
Could go with all seasons again, but I'm mostly driving the Subaru in the winter up in the UP.
I'll be in Port Huron long enough to track down Geolanders or have Tire Rack ship some out.
Suggestions for my '97 Outback Limited?
Steve, visiting host
#121 of 124 Buying new tires - H rating ok or not?
Jan 22, 2012 (3:02 pm)
I am planning to get new tires - Michelin primacy mxv4 - for my 09 outback. I hear mixed opinions about moving from a v rated tire to a h rated tire. What are the advantages and disadvantages of getting a tire with a slower speed rating than the oem tires?
#122 of 124 Re: Buying new tires - H rating ok or not? [trautmak1]
Jan 22, 2012 (7:22 pm)
Correction - I am thinking of the Michelin primacy MXM4 or Goodyear Assurance Comfortred. Am wondering which would be better overall and which speed rating would be best. I live in NY and do highway and city driving and often encounter a lot of rain on the highways. What is important to me is a quiet comfortable ride, safe particularly in wet conditions and pretty long wear. Suggestions and opinions welcomed!
#123 of 124 Re: What all terrain tires are best for a 2005 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon? [monalea]
Feb 23, 2012 (3:46 pm)
cooper cs4 tires. I use this tire on a 2005 outback wagon, a 95 impreza [ like glue on the road in any condition 16" wheels], 98 Camry, my son delivers pizza without problem in all conditions, a Toyota sienna minivan. We all go skiing in NY, VT and beyond with no problems.
#124 of 124 Re: What all terrain tires are best for a 2005 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon? [colliedug]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 23, 2012 (4:42 pm)
I wound up with some Nokians for $~528 out the door for my '97 OB.
So far so good.