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Old 07-03-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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Old but new winter tires

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There is a good deal on Tire rack for Michelin Xi2 tires. However the production date is 2009. Even if they are new, 4 years is not too much?? Is it harder? Or it depend how they stored it? These tires are supposed to be one of the longest lasting winter tires on the market
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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Tires should generally not be used after 10 years. Even if you buy a 4 year old tires, you have at least 4 good years and then maybe a couple of questionable ones.....
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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I would have no cause for concern in this case.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:45 PM   #4
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I would have no cause for concern in this case.
....Unless you plan to keep the tires for a long time. If you are buying them because they are long lasting and you don't drive a ton, they may age out before you get full life out of them.
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The biggest concern with "old new" tires is probably the lack of up-to-date-technology compared to a new new tire.
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The biggest concern with "old new" tires is probably the lack of up-to-date-technology compared to a new new tire.
Tire technology doesn't evolve that fast. Once a new tire is released it will be sold for a long time (5-7 years) without any changes. That is like saying you shouldn't buy a 2014 f30 because it won't have the newest technology having been released in 2011.

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I wouldn't worry about a tire made in 2009 to be honest.
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Tire technology doesn't evolve that fast. Once a new tire is released it will be sold for a long time (5-7 years) without any changes. That is like saying you shouldn't buy a 2014 f30 because it won't have the newest technology having been released in 2011.

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The motor press here in Europe claims that tires are constantly improved and that is why results often differ a bit from year to year in tire tests, like studded tires for instance.

But it if it's true that they just put out a product and do nothing more then it might be that way.


When I bought my latest (slightly used) winter tires in 2011 they were the Michelin X-Ice North (studded), produced in 2007 and sold in 2010. Mediocre tire when it was launched
and it hasn't improved during those years. X-Ice North "2" or whatever it's called is one of the better, but the seller I bought them from didn't know that they even existed..
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The Xi2 was the best in its class just a year ago and is still a top tire choice in snow and ice traction.
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The Xi2 was the best in its class just a year ago and is still a top tire choice in snow and ice traction.
Yeah that's what I wrote. But the "Xi1" kind of wasn't
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