The WORST snow tires I have ever had were some aggressive-looking Yokohama tires on a Jeep Cherokee. Good snow tires can look like street tires or like aggressive mudslingers. Looks just don't matter for snow/ice performance.I went with the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady. They look aggressive enough that I am going to sell my extra set of wheels and snow tires in September. Brand new 2018 Outback Limited wheels with Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires. BTW, Discount Tire broke a stud. Those Subaru studs are stupid soft and weak.
I would like to highlight, the Michelin Premier LTX is not the same as the Michelin XLT A/S. I have had the XLT A/S on my 2002 Ford Escape for 40k miles and the tread is still good. Further, those tires are still solid snow/ice performers. However, I am not sure if Michelin makes the XLT A/S anymore.I would advise against Michelin Premier LTX if you were considering them.
I only got 26K miles from mine even with fastidious attention to pressure and rotation.
Treads failed completely and started flaking off wholesale.
Just replaced with Goodyear Eagle Sport, but too early to give any feedback on them.
Why not have one new tire shaved down?I have to make that decision today, since one of our tires has a nail in the sidewall. The tires have 7/32" tread left, but the new one will have 11/32", so I have to replace all four.
I did not want to deal with the shaving of tires.. I got one free tire because of the hazard warranty and also got a $160 rebate from Goodyear/Discount Tire for 4 tires.Why not have one new tire shaved down?
Tire shaving lets you replace one tire on an all-wheel drive vehicle instead of having to buy four new ones. Consumer Reports explains.www.consumerreports.org
There is so much serviceable life left on the other three. TireRack can probably provide you a replacement, shaved in one day or two. Maybe even a local shop.
Another highlight, my Michelins say “XLT A/S”, not “LTX” or “LTX A/S”. I am going to say these tires are all different, because a tire maker obviously would not just accidentally switch the letters around. But that is stupid of them to make the letters so similar.Both of the Michelin Premier models (LTX and A/S) are excellent tires, but both also suffer from poor treadlife (I've had both). But, that's what the 60k mile treadlife warranty is for. The Altimax is a decent tire, but much more prone to failure from what I've read (particularly sidewall bubbles). I'll happily pay the extra couple hundred because reliability is my priority, and I've never had more reliable tires than Michelins.
I'm getting the Yokohama's on my wife's 2017 OB 3.6. That's what our Stealership pushes, they are 80k mile tires and ride very nice/quiet, I got them on my 2011 OB now. They offer them at "cost", so it's not too bad of a deal after install. I tell you what, my OEM Continetals are already loud as heck, the car only has 41k. Starting to sound like BigFoot rolling down the road. I guess the factory tires might also be just like the factory battery ; a cost savings by Subaru on a wear-and-tear item.My wife's 2016 forester XT has 18's. I just put Yokohama Ascend GTs on it and I like them a lot.
The Goodyear tires I purchased are highly rated for snow/ice. We will see soon enough.The WORST snow tires I have ever had were some aggressive-looking Yokohama tires on a Jeep Cherokee. Good snow tires can look like street tires or like aggressive mudslingers. Looks just don't matter for snow/ice performance.
Your Goodyear tires will probably be outstanding performers on snow/ice. My aggressive-looking Yokohama tires were placed on my Jeep before the Internet was a thing. At the time, I was ignorant enough to think a more aggressive-looking tread is automatically better on snow/ice. It was like driving on hockey pucks.The Goodyear tires I purchased are highly rated for snow/ice. We will see soon enough.
How do you "hear" the wear bars when braking? at 21,000 mile the OE tires should have 6 to 7/32 of tread depth. Wear bars are at 2/32.I have 21k on my OEM 18 OB Ltd tires and they still have some life in them although I am starting to hear the wear bars on braking. I was considering replacing with Michelin but really didnt want to spend that much on tires......a friend of mine got a set of General Altimax for his 18 WRX as all season and loves them....so I looked those up and can get them at Sams Club or Tire Rack for $131 a tire.....they have a 65k warranty for the H rated tires....so right now that is they tire I am leaning towards for the replacement.