After noticing an increase in tire noise I removed the wheels on my outback to clean them and check for lost weights, stuck rocks in tread, etc. What I found was fairly bad unevenness in the shoulder blocks of the tires. It was confirmed by the dealer they would not suggest wasting money on trying to balance the tires, and I could either put more miles on them as it is not really a safety concern, or get new tires. Since winter is coming, and the tires are down to about 6/32's I am now waiting at home until new tires are installed with a road force balance and alignment check/adjust. My question is this-how many miles are people getting out of the oe tires? Does anyone else notice the uneven wearing of these tires? All in all 30,000 plus miles in an awd car is not terrible, and if I wanted to live with the noise, I could probably get another year out of them. After a little looking around I settled on the Continental Procontact eco-plus tire, which is a much better rated tire for a reasonable price ($141 each). It also has a 99t load rating instead of 98t and is supposedly an 80,000 mile tire. Hopefully I will be happy with them.