Leesbro63 wrote:bigmantenor wrote:Purchased my first set of Michelin's due to their prominence in this thread, and all I can say is WOW. To be honest, I never realized that Michelins where considered a high quality brand (I always went for Yokohamas on my Mazda). They are whisper-quiet, and handle great. Assuming that I can get near the 55,000 miles out of them that they are warrantied for, Michelin will be getting more of my in the future.
Actually I feel the opposite about Michelins. They cost close to double and the warranty is very hard to collect upon. Around here (Pittsburgh) the roads are bad, the hills are steep and winter is sometimes brutal. In other words, even Michelins take a beating that is not directly a premature wear issue...thus not a honored as warranty claim. That being said, I have sort of concluded that its better to get new tires twice as often for half the money. Just my .02
Tires are definitely YMMV with regard to cost. I drive a small hatchback (Kia Forte), which doesn't have very large wheels/tires (I think 17"). I had a golf-ball size bulge in my tire shortly after reading this thread, and shopped online at Tirerack and Discount. I ended up finding a nice set of Michelins for $104 a tire, which was mid-bottom as far as price but near the top with regard to treadwear warranty and overall reviews. Out the door price at Discount with everything included was $550, NOT including a $70 rebate they were doing at the time. I am fortunate to live in DFW, where the roads are not quite so bad as what you describe (and most of my driving is done via freeway). Heck, I got 45,000 miles out of the OEM tires that came on the car (I believe they were Goodyear).