my sister has a leased 2002 jetta that she has for another year, but we will probably just buy it. the oem michelin mxv4 plus tires have about 1/4 tread left in front, and 1/2 left in back. so winter is approaching, and since those tires would probably need to be replaced sometime next year, i decided to buy her new bf goodrich traction t/a's. her boyfriend told her she does not need new tires. which i agree with, those tires will do fine, but since they will need to be replaced within the next year, why not get a good solid tire now that will last years and give better, safer performance in winter. whats the point of running them until they have no tread? so i set up an appointment to get them put on, my dad and sister go because she couldnt fit the tires in her car. she gets there, and they tell her she does not need new tires. so they say ok, and leave, and i flip out. we have new, better tires. why not get them put on? the guy claims they can go till 50k, which im sure they could. but why on earth would anyone want to drive a tire which has poor winter performance down all the way? put the new tires on before winter so you get the advantage of the deep tread blocks, and better overall tread pattern. just checking to see if im really as stupid as my dad/sister/mechanic/her boyfriend think.