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Old 07-04-2010, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just purchased two LRR tires for wife's car

The wife's car (98 olds intrigue) needs two new tires; currently running Hankook Optimo H418 tires; 225/60/16.

After calling several tire stores to see what they offered in the LRR range, I decided to buy (again) from discount tire direct; have always been pleased with tires from them in the past.

Best price on a regular tire from the local shops: $75 installed

Best price on a fairly LRR tire (goodyear integrity) from local shops: $137 installed

DTD tire I selected: (here) Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max: $117 installed (I decided to buy the replacement warranty for one of the two tires ($12) in case one fails)

I also opted to change from a 225/60/16 to a 215/65/16 (it's cheaper than the comparable 225 and it's narrower, for theoretical better rolling resistance)

Hopefully the fuel savings will outweigh the additional $42 per tire. I bet so; my wife drives 20,000 miles per year and her car gets about 26 mpg throughout the year on average. (about $2000 per year in fuel costs at current pump prices)
A 2% improvement would mean payoff in two years, which seems to be pretty likely. Sadly the car doesn't have a scangauge or MPGuino so the savings will likely be lost in the tank-to-tank measurements she does. Bummer.

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