Customer Survey Results. I'm going up into the snow quite a bit this season. Other than borrowing Jennie's Subaru, I really should get a good set of winter tires. This looks like the best review board. It says, Pirelli Winter 210 Snowsport, Bridgestone LM-22 or the Dunlop Winter Sport M2 are the highest rated by users.
As someone who lives in a mountain town that gets on average 50 feet of snow a winter (although apparantly not this year) I ca highly recommend getting tires that are pre-siped. If the set you decide on are not already siped then get them siped as it will give you much more traction on ice than straight snow tires. Siping does reduce the life span of the tire but it’s worth it.
Thanks for the tip. I tried siping once and it does seem to help. Does really reduce tire life as you point out.
Although Tire Rack does not sell it, I am very satisfied with my Nokian Hakkapeliitta 1 snows. We get lots of snow and ice in Canada and these tires will get you thru even the worst snow storms.
I had not heard of these before, but I’m sure you have lots of real world experience. Have not heard of this brand in the states, but a great pointer.
I am trying to decide on which tire to buy for my 2000 Outback Station wagon.
These are the five recommendations I have received from various dealers.
1. Eagle GT HR
2. Kelly Navigator Gold
3. Goodyear Weather Handler
4. Dominator MRII (Cooper)
5 Firestone 440 (not sure of the name of the tire)
I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan so will be driving in snow and ice and wet weather.
Any recommendations would be appreciated.
Also #4 also recommended siping. I have never heard of it. How much does it reduce the life of the tire? For example: A 65,000 mile tire would last how long? The advantages seem very good.
Hmnmm. I don’t see any of these in the tirerack.com recommendation list. I myself got the Dunlop M2’s for our Volvo. They are amazing tires.
The main issue with Siping is that it reduces tire life. I’m not sure how much, but had it done on our Volvo 850 and the tires lasted about 20K miles, vs 30K we normally get.
A quick glance at tirerack.com doesn’t show the tires you’ve mentioned. As I said before I’ve had a great experience with tirerack. They deliver them to an installer near you and then they pop them on.
I’ve found that tirerack.com tends to have higher performance tires that what I find out here in Seattle and at a lower price
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