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Old 08-22-2014, 10:59 PM   #1
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2008 Ford Edge SEL AWD, tires size is 235/65/17.

She drives about 15k a year, mostly highway/country roads (aka highway speeds).

Looking for something that will last a few years (50-60k) and won't suck in our crappy IL winters. I'd like to stay under $140 a tire without the current incentives.

Discount Tire/America's Tire is having a big Labor Day sale this weekend, so ideally I'd like to go there tomorrow and have new tires put on her car. I went in a few days ago and they recommended a Continental tire that's only available through them.

Here's what I was looking at:

Cooper Discoverer HTP
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...865&vid=013207

Kuhmo Solus KR21

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...714&vid=013207

These are the bespoke Continentals, ControlContact Tour AS (that the salesguy is pushing HARD on me, which makes me want to stay away. It's a new tire with very few reviews online.

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...669&vid=013207

I've looked up reviews on both Discount Tire and Tire Rack's site and I can't really find one that sound better or worse. Alot of the reviews for the tires are for sedans in TX, which doesn't really help me with colder/snow reviews.

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Old 08-22-2014, 11:09 PM   #2
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Making Epic. Behind the scenes with Nitto Tire [VIDEO]

























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Old 08-22-2014, 11:14 PM   #3
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Making Epic. Behind the scenes with Nitto Tire [VIDEO]

























Sorry, I had to.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:18 PM   #4
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Which one has the highest curb impact rating?
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:19 PM   #5
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Kumho tires is good , instaling lots of them. But you get what you pay for regards to miliedge. Usualy they last 3-4 years (20k a year)
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Had a Expedition before - instaled "contenental" tires there (same as OEM ) - tires performed wery well , but they come with price tag


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Old 08-22-2014, 11:23 PM   #6
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firestone precision touring?

I donno just get the cheapest best rated combination from tirerack.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:26 PM   #7
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firestone precision touring?

I donno just get the cheapest best rated combination from tirerack.
And by best, look for the quietest and snow performance ratings.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:27 PM   #8
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Yap.
Sometimes it makes sence to spend few extra bucks


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Old 08-22-2014, 11:37 PM   #9
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firestone precision touring?

I donno just get the cheapest best rated combination from tirerack.
Yeah, I saw those on TireRack, problem is I prefer to go to DiscountTire. There's a Firestone store not far from my house, their site has those tires for $15-16 more per tire than TR, I wonder if they would price match them. Might be worth calling them in the AM.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:07 AM   #10
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:01 AM   #11
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Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs.

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Old 08-23-2014, 06:27 AM   #12
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nitto is already covered so I will just add:

get the round black ones. always go round and black with nobby bits around the 'edge'.


For a Ford Edge, you should probably get ones with some horizontal lines going across them and maybe get whitewalls since that matches the genre. buy some chrome hubcaps too.


Kumho sounds too much like cum-hole which is what I call your wifes lower half.


on a serious note, if you are getting winter tires you need to check reviews. The Canadian Tire flyer probably has a buy 3 get one free sale this weekend... I am sure you have one close by. I have 3 winter tires in the basement that you can have, theres at least 1/4" thread left and maybe 5 or 10 studs left in each tire. buyer pays shipping.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:30 AM   #13
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I'd get the Conti's. They are more modern than the other choices and the latest all-season tires seem to have improved wintery traction than the previous generation.

That guy is pushing Conti's for his benefit but it still might be the best tire for your wife. My sister sold tires years ago. She'd make $2 per tire on high end brands and less on store and value brands. She also got a portion for tire insurance.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:29 AM   #14
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Those Kumho's aren't great - harsh ride, on the noisy side, not great treadwear considering the performance (lasted about 35k on a Sorento, mostly highway miles)

Replaced with Continental CrossContact LX20, made a huge difference in how it feels & they are far quieter. You get what you pay for here.
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Get the low rolling resistance touring tires.

If you can't get 50k out of a set of those on a soccer mom driven SUV, then something is wrong.

Bridgestone or Firestone are good, as are Goodyear. You aren't picking out a track tire here.

And just remember that 99% of the entire tire buying world does one of two things when they walk into the store.....

1. Just give me four of whatever is on there now.

2. Oh, they don't make those anymore? What do you have on sale today?
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:43 AM   #16
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I recently picked up some v-rated General Altimax RT43's for my wife's 2010 Outback. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....Speed+Rated%29

After a few thousand miles, they seem to be a much better tire than the stock Continentals. They are excellent in the rain, quiet, predictable, handle well, and have a 65,000 mile warranty. Soon enough, we will find out about its performance in the snow. The price was right and they seem like a great tire.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:46 AM   #17
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Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs.

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Saw those on TireRack too.

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I'd get the Conti's. They are more modern than the other choices and the latest all-season tires seem to have improved wintery traction than the previous generation.

That guy is pushing Conti's for his benefit but it still might be the best tire for your wife. My sister sold tires years ago. She'd make $2 per tire on high end brands and less on store and value brands. She also got a portion for tire insurance.
Good to know. I wasn't sure if they have commissions on tires or not, but he was pushing those hard.
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Those Kumho's aren't great - harsh ride, on the noisy side, not great treadwear considering the performance (lasted about 35k on a Sorento, mostly highway miles)

Replaced with Continental CrossContact LX20, made a huge difference in how it feels & they are far quieter. You get what you pay for here.
Thanks, we don't want tires that'll be done in 2 years. I saw the LX20's on TR also.

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Get the low rolling resistance touring tires.

If you can't get 50k out of a set of those on a soccer mom driven SUV, then something is wrong.

Bridgestone or Firestone are good, as are Goodyear. You aren't picking out a track tire here.

And just remember that 99% of the entire tire buying world does one of two things when they walk into the store.....

1. Just give me four of whatever is on there now.

2. Oh, they don't make those anymore? What do you have on sale today?
Well, Soccer mom isn't quite the correct term here. My wife tends to pretty drive aggressive, not enough to warrant a high performance tire, but enough to not want to put some super hard hockey puck tires on her car. When we go somewhere in her car, I usually end up driving, so I don't want some crappy tires.

I'm no closer to a decision other than to rule out the Kuhmo's
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Tire rack usually does some testing on tire categories. They usually have 4-5 competing brands and make a recommendation.

This may be of interest....

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/...y.jsp?ttid=137

I'd avoid Michelin. I think they generally make a good tire, but they are overpriced and seem to wear twice as fast as other brands.

Everyone I know who had them as original equipment did not replace them with Michelins due to price or wear.

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Old 08-23-2014, 09:25 AM   #19
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yeah, I was looking at that earlier.

Called a different DiscountTire that's just as close to me as the one I went to a few days ago, he also recommended the Continentals highly. Asked about other recommendations, he gave me a few that I will research momentarily.

Asked about the General RT43's, they can get them, they'll have to order them though. He said that Continental owns General, so he said between the 2, the other Continental's are a better tire.

I'll research the other 2 tires he recommended and pick a tire.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:32 AM   #20
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1 of the 2 he recommended had pretty bad reviews on TR - Bridgestone Dueller. The other tire is another Discount Tire exclusive that cost the most of all the other tires, so that one is out too.
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Grippy, long lasting, cheap... pick any two.

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Old 08-23-2014, 09:42 AM   #22
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I know. I tried explaining that to my wife, but you know, she doesn't listen to me.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:51 AM   #23
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I work at a Ford dealer. We usually put Yokohama Avid ascend or Michelin Latitude tour on those.
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If only there were a tire site with consumer reviews and professional tests and stuff, you wouldn't be left to ask random dudes on an Australean terbo econobox web forum what tires to buy for your wife's cushy SUV.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:40 AM   #25
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Maybe I should have gotten her an automatic honda civic sedan.

At Discount Tire getting the Continentals. I'll bump this thread this winter after we have some snow and comment on how they drive in the snow.
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