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mwreidI have a 1992 Volvo 240 Wagon that needs new winter tires. I'm interested in the Michelin Arctic Alpins, since we deal with a lot of snow, and this car needs all the help it can get in snow.

The "official" tire size for this car is 185R14, which is only available in a very few models. I have gotten wildly differing recommendations for tire salesmen on what will work on this car. I have tried several manufacturers' web sites, but their tire selector tools don't come up with any substitutes. (For example, Michelin's site says they don't have a winter tire that fits my car, since they don't make a 185R14.)

Is there a database of tire size substitutions on the web? Any recommendations on commonly-available sizes that would fit?

MarcYes, It is quite simple:

185R14 = (650mm) Avail Nokian NR09
205/70R14 = (644mm) Avail Nokian Hakka 1

Nokian from Finland are the best winter tire
available on the market. My suggestion for
your rear wheel drive Volvo is studded tire,
both Nokian model available for your car are
studdable. I won't recommand Artic Alpin,
not agressive enough for snow and slush.

mwreidThanks, Marc.

You say that Nokian tires are the best, but can you point me to some objective testing that proves this?

The Arctic Alpins were top-rated by Consumer Reports (Nov. 1999) against other winter tires --- but Nokians were not tested.

Also: I found through a search that you consistently recommend one and only one brand of tire on this forum -- Nokian. And that all your posts appear at times when most people in the U.S. are asleep ( and Europeans are at work). Are you being paid to represent Nokian?

JeffCheck out: This is a test of the studless Nokian tire the Hakkapeliita Q) vs several other brands. Note that the Maxi-Ice is the european equivalent of the Artic Alpin.

As for Marc representing Nokian, only he knows. One thing for sure is that the clock on this BBS is 3 hours behind, so I figure he posted around 6:30 am EST.

As for Nokian tires, I have a set of Hakka 1's on my car. I can tell you they are an excellent tire. Yesterday morning was our first blast of winter here in southern Ontario and I was truly amazed at how well my car handled in the varied conditions I encountered (snow, slush and ice).

MarcNo I am not getting paid by Nokian to have
posted all the comments on that BBS. I work
in the tire business for an independant
company that sells tires around the world and
of all brands, it is just by experience
(20 years) that when it comes to the quality where the winter tires are judged, Nokian tires always been head and shoulders above all the others, you just cannot ignored that those Finns knows what they do and are totally devoted of building the best winter tires in the world.

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