reputable tire dealer near NYC, and tire question

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Zack, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. Zack

    Zack Guest

    Last night I blew out my right rear tire, and it's unfortunately time
    to buy a new set of tires (I had Michelin Rainforce MX4's with about
    65,000 miles on them, so I was probably due for new tires anyway).

    I normally get my service work done at Dan Perkins Subaru in Milford
    CT -- I've had excellent experience with them and trust their work.
    Under normal conditions, I would have bought my tires there (or near
    there) and have the dealer do the balancing and alignment. However,
    I'm now running the space-saver donut tire on which I have already
    travelled 35 miles. Driving an additional 100 miles up to Milford is
    obviously a bad idea.

    Can anyone recommend a reasonably-priced tire dealer within 20-30
    miles of NYC that they would trust to do a proper job of alignment and
    balancing? I live on the lower west side of Manhattan, so any dealers
    in New Jersey within 20-30 miles of the Holland or Lincoln tunnels
    would be great.

    Also, that age-old question, any recommendation for replacement tires?
    I'm looking for all-season tires, something reasonably priced; my
    priorities are long-wear, good handling (wet/dry) and
    quiet/comfortable ride in that order. I don't get a lot of snow
    (unfortunately), but do get up into the mountains maybe twice each
    winter. I've always had good experience with Michelins, but they are
    expensive and their all-season tires seem to be less comfortable on
    snow than the competion. The other contenders seem to be the
    Bridgestone Turanza LS-T, Yokohama Avid Touring, Goodyear Regatta 2,
    or Pirelli P400. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,
    1990 Subaru Legacy Wagon AWD 155,000 miles
    Zack, Dec 19, 2003
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  2. Zack,

    If you _don't_ have a limited-slip differential on the rear , and you
    _do_ have an automatic transmission, install the "FWD" fuse and drive
    to Milford (in fact, you could drive to the moon and back without
    damaging the drivetrain as long as the "FWD" fuse is installed). If
    you have a limited-slip diff on the rear and/or a manual transmission,
    find a closer tire dealer.

    As far a tires go, I recommed the Continental ContiExtremeContact.
    They're excellent in the wet and dry, and not to shabby in the snow.
    Haven't had them in the ice yet.
    Verbs Under My Gel, Dec 20, 2003
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  3. Zack

    Guest Guest

    I got "Futura Plus Touring SE" tires from PepBoys just before last winter.
    Pretty good tires with 75K warranty. For set of 4, with installation,
    geometry, balance, and free "life time" tire rotation I paid about $330.
    Since last year I have about 20K on them and had no problem.
    Guest, Dec 20, 2003
  4. I just bought the Bridgestone Turanza LS-T. According to the ratings at these are the BEST all season tires around.
    I had the Pep Boys Futura tires in the past (they are made by Cooper).
    The Futura weren't bad tires but good enough if your budget is limited.
    Personally I stick with major brands.

    Howard R. Silverstein, Dec 26, 2003
  5. Zack

    mac Guest

    <<the space-saver donut tire on which I have already
    carefully driven (i.e. no Petter Solberg like stunts on the way<BG>), there
    should be no problem at all. Call the dealership to get their verification
    of the idea if you wish.
    mac, Dec 28, 2003
  6. Zack

    Zack Guest

    There seems to be lots of confusion on the question of driving with
    the donut. The manual for my '90 Legacy AWD (no limited-slip
    differential, which I don't think was an option for that year) says
    nothing about using the front wheel drive fuse in this situation.
    When I called the Subaru dealer whose service dept I trust completely
    and explained the situation, they said don't use the FWD fuse and --
    even though they knew it meant that they would lose the sale of 4
    tires to me -- told me not drive more than 50 miles on the donut if I
    could avoid it.

    Another Subaru dealer which is decent but which I trust less than the
    one just mentioned told me to use the FWD fuse with the spare, but
    again not to drive more than 50 miles on the spare if at all possible.

    So I called Subaru USA, spoke to the tech person who answered the
    phone and asked about using the FWD fuse with the donut spare. She
    said she would check and was off the phone for a long time. When she
    returned, she apologized and explained that she had gotten conflicting
    responses from the people she consulted! (though everyone agreed on
    not driving more than 50 miles). She asked me to wait a bit longer and
    she would track down the senior tech person and get his advice. She
    eventually came back this person's final explanation: Subaru had
    initially declared that the FWD fuse should not be used while driving
    with the donut in the rear on '90 Legacies (hence the lack of mention
    in the manual); however, a few years ago they changed their minds and
    now recommend using the FWD fuse while driving with the spare in the
    rear. In any case, they recommend not driving further than 50 miles
    before replacing with a full size tire. I assume (though I didn't
    ask) that this answer would apply to all first generation Legacies.

    And of course the 50mph speed limitation on the tire should also be

    '90 Legacy Wagon AWD automatic 155,000 miles
    Zack, Dec 28, 2003
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