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Sarah (OH)
posted October 24, 2001 12:25 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Can anyone recommend tires for the Subaru Forester. I drive mainly highway, with some city, and on weekends I drive curvey, hilly roads in Southern Ohio.

Very little ice and snow here, but still a concern. This is an AWD car also.

These Geolanders seem to be good tires, but only lasted 30k - 35k and wear excecively on the outer end (probably allignment).

Please help. NTB told me Michelin X-Ones, but I've read alot about Yokohama AVS S4 too.


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posted October 24, 2001 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dar97     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
If your main concerns are treadlife and traction, the X-One is a good choice. It's an all season so it will get you through a bit of snow. The handling isn't the greatest, but should still be an improvement on the O.E.M. Geolanders.

I can't tell you much about the AVS S-4..it's been discontinued (here in Canada anyways)

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posted October 25, 2001 02:43 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
What size is on your Forester? If the OEM tire is the 215/60-16 (IIRC) then the only choice is that exact same tire.

If you want to change tire sizes then the whole world opens up. You can go to 225/60-16 with no problems.

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Radio Ranch
posted October 26, 2001 06:03 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
We have a 99 Forester S, and the OEM Geolanders were 215/60 16 size. We had the exact same wear problems. Exact. And we have to replace ours after 35k, too.
Iowa has winters vary from dry, to sleety, to snowy...some years temeprate, others beastly cold.
We went with the Mich X-ones and will see how the winter goes. If nec., will look into getting a set of Bridgestone Blizzaks or Mich Artic Aplins next year.
The X-ones seem to be highly praised by some consumer services and owners, and given a fairly bland response by Tirerack.com and my local dealer. The others suggested in their place seem to be just as conflicting, or more highly specialized for wet conditions, or higher performance. If you go with the X-ONes, I'd be interested in sharing notes....

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