- Aug 14, 2010
- Northern Kentucky
Okay it looks like it's new tire time for my Buick. Currently I have over sized rims/tires from a Regal with 6.5 inch rims and 215/70/15 tires, (Stock size is 6 inch rim and 205/70/15 tires) the front two are only a year old but the back two are much older and the inside 25%+ is completely bald. I just had them rotated in the back when I got the new front tires side to side and I noted they were evenly wearing but not anymore. The front two tires are a solid 7/32+ at all grooves, the backs are bad, they are 5/32 at the outermost groove, 4/32 at the next one, right at the wear bar at the 3rd groove, and bald at the last groove. So I am possibly dealing with a rear suspension issue or maybe I just need to rotate more often than once every 10k miles? If I get two of the same tires in the 215/70/15 oversize option it will be $220 they are mastercraft avenger gts, that's option #1... Option #2, I am considering getting 4 new tires in the oem size of 205/70/15 which will cost substantially more, but maybe it will wear more even with the stock size and I will finally get out of the only buying two tires at a time game. Plus I might be able to recoup some of the cost if I keep the two good tires and re sale on Craigslist? I doubt anyone would be interesting in the ones that are worn on the inner tread. The one thing that I'm thinking about is the rim width, the rims I have are 6.5 inch wide but oem is 6.0 so going back to oem Tire size with a wider rim might not be ideal but it's only a half inch...will that matter? If I do decide to get 4 new tires what should I get? Here are my options, heavily favoring tire discounters since i will get a free alignment, but i am option to options if they are better. All prices listed are total per tire installed.. Michelin Defender $170 Goodyear Assurance Fuelmax $158 Cooper CS5 Grand Touring $143 Toyo Versado LX $139 Yokohama AVID Ascend $138 Hankook Optimo H727 $136 Dunlop Signature II $134 BF Goodrich Advantage T/A $133 Toyo Extensa A/S $132 Hankook Optimo H724 $128 Falken Sincera Touring SN211 $124 Yokohama AVID Touring-S $122 I really like the Michelin Defenders, but that is probably a bit more money than i want to put down for tires at one time, my top priority is tire life/grip, i do not care about noise if a tire is excellent in either of the two categories. The defenders are rated for 90,000 miles, but it just seems like a lot of money when you buy 4 at a time. The goodyears are on special, i can get $75 off the total if i buy 4, so those look enticing. Do any of the tires models stand out? Either good or ones to avoid? Also here is a picture of what the bad tires look like, because a thread is always better with pictures! One picture of each side. Drivers side on top, pass side on bottom.