Just had to put new skins on our '08 Compass Sport
Just as an FYI as to what seems to be a pretty good tire for a Compass....
My wife's '08 FWD with 32k on it had a flat while in Chicago two weekends ago. She must have not known it and drove it far enough to ruin the OEM Firestone Affinity.
The Affinitys only had about another 8k left in them or so, and had grown very NOISY (even with rotations), so we decided to go ahead and swap on a whole new set. NOT an expense I was counting on for her on this particular trip for a volleyball tournament!!!
After having AAA swap the mini spare on, I did some online research and decided that she could go to Discount Tire and get a set of Yokohama Avid TRZ's put on. The retail price of these ended up being about $116 per tire before $90 worth of rebates.
Discount didn't have the OEM size (215/55), but instead they installed a set of 225/60's. The only difference I could determine is that they are about 1/2 inch wider, which most online resources said is actually not a bad thing.
With the $90 rebate, and the $15.50 full free replacement when damaged insurance (down to 3/32 inch..... a good deal I think), plus the other miscellaneous environmental fees, etc. AND Illinois' famous 7.75% tax!!, the out-the-door price for these 80k tires was approximately $570.
From what I read online, I'll probably be lucky to get 60k out of the Avids, but from looking at the Affinitys, they were wearing VERY evenly so I don't think that will be a problem. I will say that it is SO nice to have that #$%^ tire hum/roar finally gone! The ride and handling of the Avids seems real good (as it should with new tires). From what I read online, the Avids are excellent handlers on dry and wet/rainy roads. Snow and ice travel is supposedly so-so. If you read many tire reviews however, those traits seem to be reported for just about EVERY all season type of tire that isn't dedicated soley to winter traction.
The one thing that makes you wonder about "providence" sometimes, is the fact that the next day while driving home, my wife and daughter were caught in a REAL GOOD 2-3 hour snowstorm down in southwest Michigan as they came home on I-94. The tread was getting down enough on the old Affinitys that I actually wonder if they wouldn't have had some perilous moments with those, based on my wife's description of the driving conditions. As far as the winter traction for Avids go (at least when they're new), my wife said they did fine.
Makes you wonder why things happen the way they do sometimes, eh?
Last edited by CompassSportMan; 03-06-2010 at 08:13 PM.