Anyone have a good tire recommendation?

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  1. Pig Man

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    I have a 2012 TDI Wagon with 46K miles so time to finally look into tires. Does anyone have a recommendation for tires that perform well and won't break the bank? I am thinking bout doing the tirerack.com or some other on-line thing for the first time too and have a local guy install them. Any advice there would be welcome too. Thanks!
     
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    Michelin Defenders if they make them in your size..
     
  3. chittychittybangbang

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    This varies greatly depending on what you want.

    Do you drive aggressively? Do you want a smooth quiet ride? Do you want max mpg but are willing to accept lower handling limits and more noise/roughness? All of these are contrary goals. Tirerack has surveys which show some of these traits but don't forget the local tire guys will often match online pricing after shipping.
     
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    As mentioned above, really depends on what you're looking for with the tire. I went with the Perelli Cintirato P7 all season. Not sure what size wheels you have...not too familiar with the JSW, I have a Golf. So 225-45-17 is standard.

    Based on the research I had done for a good all around 'all season' tire, Perelli and Michelin were at the top of the list. Just happened that the Perelli was a bit less expensive for similar, if not the same results in the many reviews I scoured. Not to mention the local guy I have gotten tires from for years was a bunch cheaper than the online places like tire rack.

    IMO, it's a great tire...much better than the Continentals that came on it from new. But you'll find a lot of opinions out there. All really comes down to your preferences and the desired results you want to achieve with a set of new tires.
     
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    Got 50K miles out the original Contiproconatacts. Replaced them with Michelin MXM4 low rolling resistance tires and already have 60K miles on them with about 5k more (safe) to go. Very satisfied with longevity, snow prowess, wet weather grip, but no quieter than the Contis. Was lucky to get them on a rare buy 2 get 2 free from Merchant's (NTB).
     
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    How is the noise, mpg, and handling on the MXM4 now that they're worn? I'm considering either the MXM4 or Pilot Sport A/S 3. Since I have a winter set I'd prefer to get a summer tire but the MXM4 looks good and the PS A/S 3 is an all new design. The PS plus (2nd gen of their pilot sport all season) wasn't too well reviewed but this tire looks like an all season version of the super sport which is an excellent street tire.
     
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    My original tires lasted around 60k. Probably could have gone another 5-10k if I wanted to slow down... I went with the Continental ExtremeContact DWS (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ExtremeContact+DWS). Local tire shop, Bob Sumerel, recommended them and then when I went in for my last free maintenance at the dealer, the maintenance manager said some people really liked them.

    I honestly haven't noticed a huge difference in handling, road noise or mpg with these. Maybe slightly better than before? But can't tell if it's just new tires too vs worn ones.
     
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    They are no louder now than when new, and that says something about the engineering of the tread. They have worn extremely evenly, and the handling is what you would expect from an A/S tire. I am sure the A/S 3 has better dry handling. I don't know about the snow. We had a whopping 2 inches of snow last week on the road, the MXM4, even after 60K miles were fine. Still getting 38-40 mpg around town, 42-44 mpg on the highway. The A/S 3 actually has 0.5/32 more tread depth than the MXM4. A/S 3 is also less expensive. My only concern is snow handling. MXM4 is fine for the driving wife and I do. Now, I will get A/S 3s for my .:R32!
     
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    I personally love Conti Extreme Winter .Im on my second set at 104,000 miles and i commute from NJ to RI weekly.Buy 4.
    I mounted mine on a nice set of Borbet alloys w/ tpsm from Tirerack. Awesome in snow/wet,anything below 40 degs.get narrower 16"tires if u run 17" all seasons.
     
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    Also wouldn't hurt to check places like Costco. On the Scion I ended up just getting new tires at the dealer cost me over $700 for tires and install. I could have gotten better tires at Costco installed for around $550-600 Michelin's with a 60k tread warranty vice the it may last you 36k type tires... I bit the bullet and did it, because dealer pointed out you could see the core on one of the tires rubber was splitting very not safe (although Costco wasn't far down the road had I known at the time). Plus free nitrious, warranty included, lifetime rotate and balance. The tire guy told me Costco just about breaks even selling them (looking at just the tire department cost vs income), they mainly do it since people walk around inside and spend more while waiting on their car and it's an added benefit to membership.

    As a reference note my scion has low profile tires... so it sucks finding good tires at a decent price - even the no tread warranty ones run over $100/tire. :(

    Edit: the MXM4's run $649.96 for 4 at Costco is that good? (plus $60 fee for install/disposal)http://tires2.costco.com/product.aspx?ItemNo=274976&SearchID=942636a2-d05d-4f25-a31f-057a31b660ba
     
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    Just over a year ago, I paid $764 installed for my MXM4s at Costco and that included the $70 Michelin coupon.
     
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    Here's another vote for the Perelli Cintirato P7's and I noticed they now offer the 'Plus' version (whatever that means). I've had P7's on my 2007 Passat and at the time I thought they were some low-rent OEM junk so I swapped them out for Michelin PS'2 which were great for about 10k and that was it. I then tried the Pilot Super Sport which were even worst in terms of balancing, noise and trend life. Currently, I'm running ContiProContacts but I'll be going back to the P7's later in the year. They provide a nice comfortable ride, lower noise and hold a balance pretty well. They also have a somewhat wide shoulder that makes them look beefy vs. the worn-out look (rounded shoulder) of many performance tires.
     
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    Think we lost the OP.
     
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    I love the Continental DWS summer. They stick to the ground very well, excellent rain tire, they perform reasonably well on snow and they are ok with noise. Comfort is excellent, Continental tire side walls are softer providing better comfort. However, tire pressure cannot be neglected or sidewall blisters are easy to get especially in the north east that roads are real shitty.
    Price? on sale for $115 per tire for 17" wheels. Longevity? don't know yet I only have 10k miles but treadler is almost 500 therefore 40k miles should be realistic.
    Overall, I'm extremely happy with them, considering the performance and price. Michelin are known to be fairly quiet but they want crazy money for them.
     

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