Originally Posted by lazyb
changed my front khumos @ 12500 light caravan towing. Now on Bridgestone will see what happens
Interestingly you have gone from a budget tyre to a premium brand.
I wonder what the difference in cost was?
If you are say hyperthetically paying £60 for a budget tyre that does 12,500 miles and £120 for a premium brand that does 20,000 miles and assuming that the handling and wet weather capabilities are similar it would be in my opinion better to buy the cheaper tyre as a replacement in the event of a puncture or kerb damage is half the price.
I also think that it is preferable to change tyres long before they get to the tread wear indicators to preserve traction and road holding so again is it preferable to buy the cheaper tyres and change more frequently?
I am throwing these arguments up because I have always bought premium tyres previously and made sure they are matched.
Several years ago I bought an old E34 5 series BMW for knocking around in. I only paid £1400 for it (and sold it 12,000 miles later for £1500 - but thats another story). It needed a tyre after about 3 months of ownership, but was on metric rims which meant the cost of a tyre was astronomical as only Michelin made them.I bought 5 non metric allloys off ebay for £60 and put a set of Nanking tyres on for next to nothing.
I was amazed at how good they were on the road - nothing like the cheap tyres of years ago.
My BMW z3 was on Michelin Pilots when I bought it. At 35000 miles the fronts were original, but the rears had recently been replaced. The handling especially in the wet was awful to the point of borderline dangerous. After 2 years of ownership the fronts needed replacing as they were perished ( a point worth considering with a low mileage car as I had the same with Pirelli P6000's on my previous Mercedes).Icould not find a matching Michelin for the car as the ones fitted to the rear were coming up as 'Porsche fitment only' on tyre websites. I rang Michelin and got the opinion that they were not suitable as the tyre walls were stiffer to cope with a Boxsters mid engine layout).
I now run it on Goodyear F1 eagles which are very soft, but stay on the road!