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    Opinions on budget tires

    I have a 2005 Cadillac srx v8 AWD. Need new tires but not a lot of money. My local tire company recommends a few. Base price : Kumho road venture apt $703.00 total price including tax . More expensive Toyo open country $844.00 and toyo c.u.v $841.50. I asked him about Firestone destination and he said this is a good tire for dry weather but not for snow or all seasons. What do you guys think about these options? Anything comparable for same price?

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    If I was you I would try http://www.discounttiredirect.com
    Its where I got my tires last 4 times. You get a better choice of tires and better prices.

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    He is right on the firestone, I like Kumho, they are cheap but not cheap.

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    check the Tire Rack as a resource for prices and reviews as well as Discount Tire...just remember, you don't know who wrote the reviews and some of them are obviously written by someone who never tried the tire they're supposed to be reviewing...you'll get a lot of prices and choices you may be able to check against one another for what you'd like to have on your SRX...good luck...

    http://www.tirerack.com/index.jsp?ef...6!30271439365&

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    The toyos are great tires and last a long time.
    A few bucks extra and you will have a safer and better drive for years.

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    I know people will disagree, but......... I've always tried to get decent tires, only occasionally buying expensive and generally buying the less expensive tire. On the same vehicle, if you buy known brands, I've found they last about the same number of miles. Noise and quality of ride is not something I've ever worried a lot about. I bought a set of Dunlops for ours (2 wheel drive with the same size all around) a couple of years ago, and have been happy.

    Good luck with your decision.

    Note: Haven't seen this mentioned, but a lesson I've learned the hard way is to buy from a dealer that has the gizmo to reset the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system). Never gave it a thought until one of mine went bad and found that I had to take it to another dealer to have it checked out.

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    So when I bought my tires Michelin was about the only one that had the correct size for F/R. Just under a thous. bucks .

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    Thanks for all the info and suggestions. I have looked at discount tire direct and I was not crazy about any of their choices for my vehicle with matching tread pattern. I looked at the survey results on tire rack for crossover/suv tires and I their top 4 are what I am looking at now. They are: Continental Cross Contact LX20 Ecoplus, Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia, Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season, Dunlop Signature CS. These are in order from best survey result down. I like the look of the Continental and the Pirelli. I am currently shopping online at different sites to compare prices. I have never bought tires online before and I don't know if tire stations will jack up prices if I bring them tires and ask them to mount them for me. What should I be looking at price wise for a station to mount and balance 4 new tires? Also, I assume that I need new TPMS sensors when I get new tires? I am leery about not buying tires from a Brick and mortar location in case anything goes wrong. Any thoughts? I know that with these tires I mentioned my price is going to go up, but if I can get into any of these for a little over $900 installed I think that would be ok.

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    Don't forget to check tirerack.com
    You do not need new sensors unless yours are no good, if they work then rock on, that said they are getting old if they are the original so not the worst idea in the world to swap them.

    When reading reviews remember to toss out lots of them, people are really stupid and rate stuff based on crazy thinking or are biased because the tire did not do a job it was never made to do.

    If a tire has a high treadwear then it will wear well but you give up grip in the dry and a bit more when cold, any all season is OK at best in the cold and snow so if you have to go with all-season then get the best one you can, large solid tread blocks are going to be horrible in the snow but great when warm and dry. Lots of small tread blocks with sipes will offer better ice grip but give up grip in the dry but if this is your only set of tires and your on a budget then I don't think you care about ultimate dry grip.

    My choices are the same order as yours, the Conti is hard and will wear forever.

    Are you doing the same staggered sizes or are you going with the same size front and rear, this will open up the choices a bit.

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    I was going to keep staggered. I have read several posts on here claiming that there is no big difference when using the same size. Although when I called the two local mechanic shops I usually use for service, they both claimed that it was very important to keep staggered. The each gave me several reasons why. For example, transfer case issues, computer issues because it monitors tire rotation and would need to be re-calibrated if different size.

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    They are 100% incorrect and do not know how the system even works if they claim reasons like those, they are plain wrong.

    Ask them again then why your care does not fail when you install the OEM spare tire that is 4" smaller than your normal tires.
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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    In my post I didn't mean to suggest that you replace your TPMS sensors just because you get new tires - it's just that not everyone selling (and mounting) tires has the needed gizmo to recalibrate(?) the settings. I found my bad one after the tires were rotated - not when they were first installed. Was sent to a tire store that checks them for free (some charge) but paid some $97 for replacement, sensor itself cost less than $50 Also, I really don't know if the 2005 sensors are the same as our 2008 SRX (or my 2007 Lucerne).

    I just included the info in my original post for an FYI.

    Good luck

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    I decided to purchase the Continentals. Won't be here until next week. My right rear tire leaks like crazy. It is an old tire that has to be aired every couple of days. Took to tire shop and they said they couldn't find any leak. Maybe it is in the stem? They said they would need to pull it apart and repack stem. $50

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    or the wheel...but they should have found that...I'd like to hear from more who went to same size tires all around...I may be up for new tires by Summer...

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    Re: Opinions on budget tires

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger007 View Post
    In my post I didn't mean to suggest that you replace your TPMS sensors just because you get new tires - it's just that not everyone selling (and mounting) tires has the needed gizmo to recalibrate(?) the settings.
    Sorry, a bit offtopic, but I did this myself. Just put your car in park and use the little pad thingy to the left of the steering wheel.
    All you so it turn on the calibratrion, car will beep twice, go to the drivers wheel and let a bit of air out, car will beep, move to front passenger, then to passenger rear, then to driver rear and then the car will beep twice again.

    We have winter tires set on steel rims with sensors. Put them on ourselves and calibrated the TP sensors ourselves. =]

    Oh and I also vote Tirerack... here in Canada we have something called Tiresdirect which is essential the same company, just Canadian. Bought my winter tires from em for a really good price.

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