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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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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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