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Old 11-23-2004, 01:35 PM   #1
wrxinfx
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Default All-Season tires for a 2001 Outback?

Anybody have any suggestions? It's for my parents Outback, they live in the SF Bay area, so snow performance is not too important (occasional ski trips) but good dry and wet traction are.
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Old 11-23-2004, 05:59 PM   #2
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I put Michelin MXV4+ tires on my 01 Outback -- they were fantastic tires, but a bit pricey. The MXV4's ride really nice, are really quiet, and handle quite well on the highway at high speeds. I tried the highly-rated Dunlop SP Sport A2's on the Outback and they were terrible -- they cupped within a few thousand miles and were completely worn out within 18k miles. Also, they were extremely noisy on the highway (due to the cupping). Discount Tire thought they must have been defective and replaced them with the MXV4's for me.

I have Pirelli PZero Nero M+S tires on my WRX that I absolutely love, but they are a totally different type of tire than the Michelins (not that the Pirellis wouldn't also be fine on the Outback). The Pirelli is an ultra high performance A/S tire, where the MXV4 is more of a luxury touring tire. That said, the Pirelli does ride amazingly well considering it's handling capabilities, and it's much quieter than the Potenzas I had previously on the WRX.

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