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Flying Buttress
When I drive Old Red, our 1996 Passat wagon, I have to stop by the gas station near our house to fill up the tires. For a long time now, the two rear ones have had leaks. We need to replace them, actually, but the exorbitant cost -- around $200 per tire -- has proved a powerful disincentive, since we want to be sure we're investing in something that we will be able to use. Still, we're going to have to dive into the pool pretty soon. In the meantime, however, I continue my near daily ritual of bringing the rear tires up to 40psi.

As I was sitting here tonight contemplating my extreme fatigue, I realized that this non-standard sort of "filling" -- I put air in more often than gas -- actually makes for an ideal allegory of my present existence. It's a lot of work keeping air in those tires. But I do it without complaint, soothed by the mindless movements that accompany it. And, while I realize that making the investment in new tires would take some stress out of my everyday life, I'm more comfortable maintaining the status quo.
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driscoll From: driscoll Date: July 4th, 2005 11:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There's also the price of the tired to be considered. That's what I always end up dwelling on. The price of the tires. And that, of course, something might go wrong with those new tires and you might end up wishing you could trade back for the old ones.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: July 4th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like allegories.

I'm still not sure if I was trying or trying not to come up with one about my vizard mask.
danthered From: danthered Date: July 4th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Forgive my blithe disregard of the allegory, but...$200/tire? That sounded off to me. I wonder if you're being quoted on Michelins, which are generally good tires but generally not better than comparable tires from other major makers, the difference being that Michelins tend to be grossly overpriced.

I don't know if you've got the GLX (with P215/50R15s) or the GLS (with P195/60R14s) but a quickie search on www.tirerack.com, restricted to my favorite tire brand (BFGoodrich tires have been consistently very good for me on lots of cars for years) turns up the GLX size in a BFG BFGoodrich g-Force Sport for $80/ea and the GLS size in a BFG Traction T/A for $61/ea.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 4th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow. We have the 215/50R15s on the GLX. But Goodrich didn't use to make them, as far as I know. Our quote was for Goodyear Eagles. Actually, it was $180 each plus incidentals. Thanks for the awesome tip. I'll check out another vendor.
danthered From: danthered Date: July 4th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oof. I have had moderately consistently poor luck with Badyear Goodyear tires. Not that every Goodyear I've ever had has been junk, but it's been impossible to get a consistently good tire out of them IME.

Do you have Discount Tire Company in AZ? (clickety click, looks like you do) I have had very good service from them in...ummmm...six states over the years. You may want to swing by there and check their price on the BFGs.
cpratt From: cpratt Date: July 4th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And if that doesn't work, try Costco if you have a membership, or http://www.tirerack.com - my Passat tires ran me something like $65 a pop, and they've survived a few Seattle winters, even...
danthered From: danthered Date: July 4th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There is Costco, for sure. I tend to be a little skittish about buying tires there any more; I had one experience where the name-brand tires I got for such a screamin'-deal price deteriorated so oddly and quickly that they could only have been factory seconds. In the meantime, I've heard enough echoes of that same experience that I think I've probably figured out how Costco can sell for $47 a tire that everyone else sells for $77. I can't really blame them; they're not really doing anything illegal, and most people don't require a lot of their tires.
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