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379 clicks; posted to Business » on 27 Jul 2012 at 8:40 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-07-27 09:40:32 AM
A new set of "35,000 mile" michelins for my car was over 600 bucks last time i did a replacement.

A new set of Fuzion (off brand) tires was just over $200. The guys at the tire store said they were every bit as safe, they just wouldn't last as long. 25k miles on the Fuzion tires and it's about time to switch again. 1/3 the price for 2/3 the lifespan.

So it seems to me there might be a reason people are not buying a lot of Michelins.

/Bibendum is cool
 
2012-07-27 10:00:02 AM

unlikely: So it seems to me there might be a reason people are not buying a lot of Michelins.


I've had Michelins in the past, but they seemed to have an bad tendency to either break belts or go out of round in some fashion. Maybe it's just me but I like to wear out all the tread before I have to get rid of the tires.
 
2012-07-27 10:12:09 AM
sounds like my ex
 
2012-07-27 04:39:01 PM

unlikely:

A new set of Fuzion (off brand) tires was just over $200.


Because if there's any one place you want a cheap off brand, it's on the tires on your car.
 
2012-07-27 05:04:47 PM

PsychoPhil: unlikely:

A new set of Fuzion (off brand) tires was just over $200.

Because if there's any one place you want a cheap off brand, it's on the tires on your car.


They ran their lifespan better than the Pirellis that came on the car. YMMV.
 
2012-07-27 11:57:16 PM
They make very decent motorcycle tires.
 
2012-07-28 09:59:35 AM

unlikely: A new set of "35,000 mile" michelins for my car was over 600 bucks last time i did a replacement.

A new set of Fuzion (off brand) tires was just over $200. The guys at the tire store said they were every bit as safe, they just wouldn't last as long. 25k miles on the Fuzion tires and it's about time to switch again. 1/3 the price for 2/3 the lifespan.

So it seems to me there might be a reason people are not buying a lot of Michelins.

/Bibendum is cool


This.

Last set on our Armada were Michelin Cross tour's and they wore very nicely and I am hard on tires. Replaced that set with Michelin LTX M/S2's ($1100 installed with alignment) again. After traversing some serious snow for the past few winters, the fact they are dead quiet on the highway, have very good ride quality and wear very nicely I'll be replacing the nearly worn out and crappy General's on our Accord with Michelins. They're much less prone to cupping and abnormal wear (yes I rotate and align regularly) but others still wore poorly.

As with everything else in this country people are not willing to pay for quality. They'd rather save a couple hundred dollars now then spend it back plus more to replace the same crappy tires.

To be fair though, OEM Michelin's on most vehicles are atrocious with regards to wear characteristics but thats by design. Aftermarket, not so much.
 
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