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Old 08-08-2008, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default Opinion on all-season tires

My mom has a 97 Ford Escort wagon and needs new tires. I know of the numerous options for performance tires from browsing Nasioc but she obviously would be better suited with some good all season tires. I've looked around and still not sure what would be best. She lives in Illinois so winter snow is a factor. She's willing to go with a good set this time around after feeling the ill effects of cheap tires. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:24 AM   #2
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I hear good things about the brigestone g009's, which were just recently replaced with the g019's.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:49 AM   #3
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I've been very happy with my Kuhmo ASXs...
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:09 AM   #4
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Can she afford a winter set and a summer set? (or snows and A/S's)

No-seasons are a comprimise.. they do nothing very well..

Once I made the switch to winter tires, i've never looked back. They are cheap insurance, considering most peoples deductable is ~500$, snow tires are much cheaper and the confidence they inspire it well worth the money...

I DD a Pontiac Vibe and in the winter I was scared to death when I started out with A/S tires... Well, I found that my winter wheels and tires from my subie fit, so I put them on... Night and day difference...

I'm not saying that snows will keep you out of an accident, but you deffinitly have an advantage over even the best A/S tires in the snow... It's not about going, it's about STOPPING... lol..

If you want to go cheap, search out Winterforce tires, made by bridgestone/firestone..

I know, not what you asked, but, it's how I feel, and something someone should tell everyone considering A/S tires for the snow... MANY people get by with them, mainly because they have never made the plunge, but I can almost guarentee you, that if you, or your mom WERE to make the plunge, you'd never look back...

Snows on a Subie is even better...
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:36 PM   #5
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I have a winter set and a summer set. I got caught in a late season blizzard (late May/early April) in my summer tires. Worst driving experience ever. I would have stopped at a hotel 20 miles from home if worse weather wasn't predicted for the next morning. Had to drive about 55 miles though some ice, slush and lots of snow (on top of ice) with about 50 mph winds. I'm really thinking about A/S for most of the year and my Blizzaks for the winter. Minnesota gets some weird weather changes in the fall and spring. Ideally, I'd get a third set of wheels but I'm not sure that'll happen soon (summer tires for summer, A/S for spring and fall and snows for the winter).
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Old 08-09-2008, 12:18 AM   #6
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I just got myself some Goodyear F1 A/S and the are fantastic in the rain. There is a highway near my house that has some deep groves so they become small creeks in the rain. The rain I went through about two weeks ago was so intense that I could not see the car 10 feet in front of me. These tires held so well that I was able to maintain speed and never faltered. Could not ask for anything better but we will see what the winter brings. I have no worries about it! Since I have a smaller budget I can only do one set for all year so the A/S is the way to go for me.
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Old 08-09-2008, 12:58 AM   #7
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Kumho Solus.
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Old 08-09-2008, 01:08 AM   #8
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The Nokian WR models are my favorite. They carry the Rubber Manufacturers Association winter rating, yet work fine in the summer as well. They're not cheap, but they seem to last a long time. My mother has ~60k miles on the WRs on her Jetta, and they still have some life left.

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