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Old 11-11-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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XI OWNERS -tire recomendations?

What are you guys running for a practical, all-season tire? I am in Colorado Springs but do get up to the mountains every weekend during the winter months...

I would like to go inexpensive (under $150 tire) since tires do not generally last that long in my hands!

I realize the tire question has been raised too much in the forums but I am looking for xi owner specific feedback if possible.

Also, would anyone have any idea as to why the left side of my car will not hold alignment?
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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I'm actually in the market for new tires as well, so I'd like to get some ideas from this thread as well.
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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I have owned 2 sets of tires. The Pirelli P6 were pure trash. Lasted about 20,000 before the tread was unusable on packed snow. Also if you happen to drive a few miles after picking up a screw, expect to wear off the lettering from the sidewalls. My next set were Continental all Season Extreme Contacts. They score a rating average of 8.5 on TireRack and they are excellent. Very even tread wear which is so important on the XI AWD. Whatever the rubber formula is, they stay sticky in very low temperatures. Will buy these or equivalent again.
On other vehicles I have been impressed with the winter performance of my Dunlop winter tires. I haven't bought Michelins for a few years because I feel that their tires get too hard and like slippery hockey pucks in very cold temperatures.
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:51 PM   #4
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Contis are on the short list... How many miles do you have on them?
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:59 PM   #5
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The best tires I have ever used are Nokien WR and the newer version the WRG2. In the winter they are super and fine for all season. (fine for just driving around or commuting not going to the track) I have used up several sets of these tires and got around 45K miles out of them. They did get noisey near the end. The downside is that thay are pricy-around $180 or so each.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:05 PM   #6
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Those Nokiens are dedicated winter tires no? I am pretty set on just getting a set of all-seasons. Believe it or not it snows less in Colorado Springs than on the East Coast (or at least melts a lot faster), but the roads do get very crappy when we do get snow.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:09 PM   #7
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I actually just ordered the Conti DWS....new, but seems like a good tire that'll last a while.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:13 PM   #8
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Also, would anyone have any idea as to why the left side of my car will not hold alignment?[/QUOTE]

Any input on the alignment?
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:42 PM   #9
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Contis are on the short list... How many miles do you have on them?
Around 45,000 mi
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:55 PM   #10
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+1 for the Continental all Season. Havent let me down.
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:08 PM   #11
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I am just short of 60,000 miles on my Michelin MXV4 all seasons, and they still have about 1/2-1/3 tread left.
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:41 PM   #12
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:24 PM   #13
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I was just researching tires as well, and since I'm in So Cal, I leaned toward a summer tire, but I also looked at the General Exclaim UHP and Toyo PX4 which were both "all season." I didn't need this, but both seemed popular with the AWD rally crowds (Evo, WRX). The Exclaim has some pretty deep tread for a UHP tire but has gotten good dry reviews as well.
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:49 PM   #14
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Stay away from conti's! I hate all continental tires that i've had.

I like those Nokian WR also, although I've never personally owned a set. They seem like the most aggressive for winter, "all season tire".

I would buy a set of nokian hakkas for winter, and a set of vredestein ultrac sessantas for summer. Wait. I already did.
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Old 11-12-2009, 03:02 PM   #15
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Stay away from conti's! I hate all continental tires that i've had.

I like those Nokian WR also, although I've never personally owned a set. They seem like the most aggressive for winter, "all season tire".

I would buy a set of nokian hakkas for winter, and a set of vredestein ultrac sessantas for summer. Wait. I already did.
I appreciate all of the feedback guys... very helpful.

I am all about the all-seasons living in Colorado... The winters are nowhere near as bad as Boston. I will look at the Nokians as well.

WAs there anything in particular you don't like about Conts? BTW I have vredesteins on my bicycle! Great tires.
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:27 PM   #16
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btw, what size tire are you looking at? (an aside: what would be the maximum size tire without any rubbing issues at stock XI height?)

i just picked up michelin's pilot sport a/s plus...i'll let you know how that goes tomorrow.
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:34 PM   #17
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btw, what size tire are you looking at? (an aside: what would be the maximum size tire without any rubbing issues at stock XI height?)

i just picked up michelin's pilot sport a/s plus...i'll let you know how that goes tomorrow.
Was looking at the standad size 205/50-17s but would like to here the answers to your questions as well! Below is the chart of different sizes form the Discount Tire website, anybody care to comment? I am going to syick with my 17s so wghich size would be best to use for all-around driving?

Plus Zero
215/45-17
215/50-17
225/45-17
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225/40-18
235/40-18
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235/35-19
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245/30-20
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:38 PM   #18
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I have Yokohama ADVAN S.4's on my xi and love em. I run 2 different sizes, wider in the back stock size in the front though.
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:45 PM   #19
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Was looking at the standad size 205/50-17s but would like to here the answers to your questions as well! Below is the chart of different sizes form the Discount Tire website, anybody care to comment? I am going to syick with my 17s so wghich size would be best to use for all-around driving?

Plus Zero
215/45-17
215/50-17
225/45-17
235/45-17
Plus One
225/40-18
235/40-18
Plus Two
235/35-19
Plus Three
245/30-20
Am I correct in saying that the 215/50-17 would be slightly wider but otherwise the same as the OEM size (205/50-17)? So would a 2XX/45-17 be slightly shorter?
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:10 PM   #20
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Ok. Ok. Ok. On 17" wheels, you want 225/45-17. You can also do 205/50-17, which came on most of our xi's. The 205 will be better in snow, the 225 everywhere else but gas mileage.

You can do a 235 or 245 width tire on our cars with no rubbing issues, provided they are on the right offset wheels. Since we are talking all seasons here, I would stick with a 225. Also, my stock wheels were 17x7, so the biggest tire you want to put on there is a 225 anyway. I think the later xi 5-spokes are 7.5 or 8 inches wide.

Snow tires are a tough call- if they are hardcore, I would put 205's on there. If they are performance winters, I would go 225.

I just took my 235/40/18 vredesteins off and put the dreaded stock 205/50/17 conti all seasons on for a month or two before my studded nokian hakkas go on for winter. Gas mileage went through the roof: +4mpg.

Djparallel- whatup? I met you at the autox a couple months back.

Continental tires- they just don't do it for me. They don't holdup well on bad roads. The only reason I have them now is because my last set- two bubbled out and a third one leaked, so they gave me a new set.

I still have a 205/50-17 contitouring brand new with sticker if anyone needs it.
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