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Old 10-04-2007, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default Potenza RE92A worth $200 if returned

I just bought a 2008 Impreza 5 door. Blue, not a WRX.

The dealer said he would take the tires back at $50 each.

There are two ways of looking at this:

1. I have $200 to spend on better tires.
2. I can buy 4 brand new RE92As for $200.

Should I run to the dealership and get my money ?
There seem to be two groups of people.
The "bad RE92A" people and the "good RE92A" people.

I don't want to be one of the "I had them for 10,000 miles and
I couldn't stand them so I got rid of them" people.

I care if they hydroplane, if they can't get up my 1200 uphill driveway
with 4 inches of snow on it. I don't expect them to do ice.


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Old 10-04-2007, 11:24 PM   #2
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The other thing it is that the car is sitting in my garage waiting for me
to either just drive it with the Potenza's or for me to drive it to tire warehouse
to get better tires.
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Old 10-05-2007, 12:52 AM   #3
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Just drive them as they are perfectly fine for every day drive. Unless you plan to autoX RE92 are just fine. I've had RE92/70/50 and Kumho SPT and car drove just fine with RE92 as long as I didn't push the car to the limit. You will end up spending upward of $500 extra out of your own pocket $$ which IMO isn't worth it.

Just my 2 cents...
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Old 10-05-2007, 01:02 AM   #4
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take those re92 and sell them to someone else, take money, buy new tires
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:31 AM   #5
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I looked at the survey infor for the RE92A and then the RE92. No one would buy them again.

But wait, the people who have used the RE92A the most have mostly liked it.

I thought that the statistics are flawed because most people change to different tires after the OEMs are gone except for the ones who have had bad experiences.

What really puts me off is that everything is "fair" for the winter use.

I think I need better than that just to get to the point where I can put a winter tire on. In other words I'd be swapping to the winter tire too soon.

I think I'm talking myself into this.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:43 AM   #6
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I'm keeping them.

It works like this:

If I get better ones I'll still reach a point where I'll need winter tires.

At that point I won't have any money left.
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If I sell them I'll get $200.
And get 205/55ZR16 RE960AS for $116 each
4x116=$464-$200 = $264
Their winter rating is pretty good so maybe perhaps.

Is there a down side to this ?

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Old 10-05-2007, 08:49 AM   #7
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$200 isn't enough to offset the cost of immediately buying new tires. Use them, abuse them, then replace them with RE960A/S-PP.
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Old 10-05-2007, 09:21 AM   #8
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Keep them. I have 37k on ours(LGT) and have been okay on an uphill driveway with a few exceptions on pure ice that gave my Nokian NRW's a challenge(WRX). Nothing taking a bit of sand and 10 minutes of time took care of.

My wife(LGT hers) who has been driving on crappy all-seasons on FWD for 20 years likes the RE92a's. I will say the RE92a's(LGT) > RE92(04 WRX) in winter stuff.

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Old 10-05-2007, 09:25 AM   #9
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I'm going to swap them out for RE960AS.
They will have about 200 miles on them.
The $200 was from the dealer.
I'll put an add in Craigs list and since what surfaces.

I drive way too much and in way too many sad conditions to want to stretch things.

The RE92A's would have been just fine I'm absolutely sure.
The RE960AS's will be even better and I have only one chance to sell the RE92A's without a ton of miles on them and that is right now.

I figure if the dealer is willing to take them back at $50 each and the sell at $150 each then perhaps I might get more.

I didn't say I was sane.
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Old 10-05-2007, 10:05 AM   #10
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Thanks RamiJ for the information.
I'll see what the final ticket is going to cost.

Aren't the RE960AS's even better in the snow and ice ?

At least that is what the survey on tirewarehouse says.

I real honest to got person is better than the survey.

I figure some percentage of the survey people are way off the curve for one reason or another.
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Old 10-05-2007, 10:18 AM   #11
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And then there is the little detail that the RE960AS is on national backorder.
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Old 10-05-2007, 10:21 AM   #12
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I had the re92s. I also hydroplaned constantly in the rain. I got the Kuhmo Ecsta asxs before winter though so I cant say for how they do in snow. My bet is not too well
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Old 10-05-2007, 12:55 PM   #13
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Well I was all set to jump to the RE960AS but found out they are on national backorder. Nuts.

They looked good in snow (tire rack info).
They had good wear characteristics.

Nuts.

So I drove the car into work, it's been sitting in my garage
so as to keep the miles off the RE92As.
It's much different than my Prius or Jeep was.
For one thing no one tailgated me when I was doing 60.
(I am seeing what MPG I get).

This is on a 2008 Impreza w/o WRX, 5 door.
I'm up to a lordly 200 miles on the car.

Tirewarehouse in Manchester, NH suggested:

Continental Extreme Contact
Goodyear Eagle Response

Anyone else suggest a RE960AS replacement ?

Maybe I should just buy my $600 for $200 and tell myself what a deal I just got.
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Old 10-05-2007, 02:01 PM   #14
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You most economical choice is to keep the RE92's you have and run them till they're dead.

If you don't do any track/autox, then you have no need for the really sticky stuff.

If automatically losing about $200-300 in usage from the RE92's in order to get better performance tires is worth it to you, then sell em. I got $200 for my 4 RE92's with 1000 miles on them on Craigslist. After driving them on the street for those 1000 miles, I couldn't stand them. Dry was acceptable as an all season tire, but wet just sucked. So I didn't care that I lost $200-300 of mileage on them by selling them.

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Old 10-05-2007, 03:25 PM   #15
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Well I drive 90 miles a day.

I also have a 1200' driveway all up hill with one hairpin turn which gets north shade. So it eventually get icy in the winter.

The roads are mostly good but there are places where I'll be going through water. Especially in the spring.

These are the reasons I was interested in the RE960's.
Mainly traction ...

The other thing is that if I can get up my driveway when it is icy
on the RE960's I might not need to buy a winter tire.

Still, it is more expensive to sell the RE92's.
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:30 AM   #16
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Thanks everyone for all the help.

Well on my way Tire warehouse in Manchester, NH (RON) I tried out the RE92A as seriously as I could and I thought they were very good.

I got to Tire warehouse and well I got theContiExtemeContact speed range V anyway.

Out of the box I didn't think they were so good. They chirped a bit. They felt a bit numb.

After a few miles they grew on me. They seemed to change a bit now that I think of it. I never noticed something like that before but this time I was looking for anything interesting.

I like them well enough.

It's a balance thing.

My have been on black ice 3 or 4 times,
my driveway is 1200 up hill and icy in the winter,
and I drive about 90 miles a day and I am worried about hydroplaning.

I think I would have been happy with the RE92A,
more happy with the RE960AS.

The Conti's were cheap and seem like a very good overall compromise.

The RE92A's were a darling thought.

The thing that teared it was the low tire pressure inflation monitor. I was told I didn't have it and I most certainly do.
2008 Impreza 5 door non WRX.

After thinking about it some more I thought what the heck that is a really good feature and if I go to real winter tires I won't have it, and the swapping of tires back and forth, and the general change in handling swapping back and forth I might as well try something that might work. So if a better winter tire let's me not have a second set of tires it would be a very good thing.

When I got home I researched them a bit more and a lot of people like them

I can always drive the '93 Toyota pickup if they are forecasting 12" of snow.

The conti's cost < $500 mounted, with a lifetime balancing, rotation on them.

And they will take them back.

I just noticed that the Consumer's reports has a revie on UltraHighPerformance all season tires dated November 2007 and includes the ContiExtemecontact.

Also tirewarehouse has about 5 reviews.

Please keep in mind this is a compromise tire.

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Old 10-07-2007, 10:15 PM   #17
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9f the dealer will pay the 200 and mount/balance the replacement tyres at their cost, go for it w/o hesitation. again, 2 tyre/wheel setups. look for winter tyres NOW. in late winter, start looking for a summer setup, even if they are used.
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:10 AM   #18
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Put a few thousand miles on those re92's then drive them in the snow. They get suprisingly worse when they are broken in. I just picked up some Nokian Wr's to replace mine for the winter.
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