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Old 07-29-2009, 09:12 AM   #1
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Tire Sticker Shock

Just wondered if anybody else noticed the upwards movement on the price of a good tire? And why is it going so high so fast?
I recenty went to Discount Tire to have my old set of Michelin Rib XPS tires remounted and balance and put on my newer truck. In the process I had to have a receipt for the older tires. These old tires are only 3 years old so lots of miles and time left on them. Anyway, since I also needed to purchase a spare tire I compared the price I paid 3 years ago to what a new one would cost. The tires sold for $158.00 each then and now the price is $220.00 each.
I checked around town and at a Sam's store and their price was even higher for the same tire, $244.00 each.
I realize it takes over 22 gallons of oil to make a car tire so a truck tire will take even more oil but man these prices seem way out of line. Oil price are not as high as a while ago. I feel like we are all getting hammered on again.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:20 AM   #2
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Yep, Paid $1100 for new tires on my Sequoia, from a local guy and he was about the same price as the chain stores...(( support the local guy first ))

That included mounting disposal and free balance are rotate for life. Plus they are a 18" rim which and not cheap to find tires for...
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:08 AM   #3
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Like so many things that are tied to the price of oil, when the oil price goes up, the price of the tires go up quickly. But when oil prices fall, the prices of tires do not adjust down as quickly, if at all. My 2 cents.
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I'm dreading the purchase of new tires for my '06 Ram 2500. The mail order places have the Michelins at $225 each, plus shipping.

I can't complain much, I have almost 110,000 miles on the original tires and they still have some life left , that equates to less than a penny a mile.

I was looking for a set of M/S for my jeep and ended up buying a set of new take offs on the rims for $200, less than the price for 2 tires .
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I about died when I realized the price of my new truck tires. I had NO idea how painful it would be (> $1000). But I like 'em!
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Wait until CO2 tax/penalties are added to the cost of items like tires. Things that require a good amount of energy to manufacture.

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Tom,

Even if that cap and trade bill doesn't pass, the cost of everything is going up because the cost of doing biz will be increasing. It's one of two 3 letter words that start with T of F. Because the G men have to get $ to pay for what happened this year.

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Even if that cap and trade bill doesn't pass, the cost of everything is going up because the cost of doing biz will be increasing. It's one of two 3 letter words that start with T of F. Because the G men have to get $ to pay for what happened this year.

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That is so true it hurts to hear it. But you forgot to say that there is no end in sight to this storm.
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I dropped my wifes towncar car off at NTB, told em to put 4 Michelin symmetry tires and front end alignment, figuring around 500 or so. Over $750, I almost gave them the car. Definitely a shock. I would have bought the michelins anyway, just wasnt expecting that.
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I'm dreading the purchase of new tires for my '06 Ram 2500. The mail order places have the Michelins at $225 each, plus shipping.

I can't complain much, I have almost 110,000 miles on the original tires and they still have some life left , that equates to less than a penny a mile.

I was looking for a set of M/S for my jeep and ended up buying a set of new take offs on the rims for $200, less than the price for 2 tires .

What!!!!!!! have you been driving on padded roads 110,000 miles on one set of tires. Thats insane....

Mine last 35-45 at the most.. How in the heck did you get them to last so long. and when you say you have tread left, there can't be much...

We live in snow country so unless I have at least a 1/4 inch of tread it's time for a new tire.
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A premium set of tires could get you 80,000 miles. Rotate them every 6000 miles, perfect alignment, always balanced and don't speed in corners might get you more.

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We got 24000 miles from the mfg OEM tires on our 07 4wd tundra. Could not believe the poor performance. The new Mich's cost 1,100.00 hope they go farther but I don't think so.
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What!!!!!!! have you been driving on padded roads 110,000 miles on one set of tires. Thats insane....

Mine last 35-45 at the most.. How in the heck did you get them to last so long. and when you say you have tread left, there can't be much...

We live in snow country so unless I have at least a 1/4 inch of tread it's time for a new tire.
Not padded but a lot of interstate, of the 135 mile daily commute, 110 is interstate. I have rotated them, once, at 72,000 because the fronts were starting to slightly cup. New shocks at the same time.

I just measured and I have .218 of tread, .132 to the wear indicators so it's about time.
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What!!!!!!! have you been driving on padded roads 110,000 miles on one set of tires. Thats insane....


Quite common, actually, for a Dodge diesel and OEM spec Michelins LTX A/T.

Mine had 123,000 when I replaced them. Former owner only stopped the truck for more diesel and cigarets.

I've had 1/32" of tread wear, average, in the 26,000 miles since (measured at 64 points).

(And, just over $1,000 for a set of [4] two years ago. And new Bilsteins another $360).

Since it's a Dodge diesel my logbook shows 19 mpg around town, and 22+ on highway trips for this 7,500-lb truck. An excellent truck for economy.
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