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Recently, I bought an Intrepid. Actually, about a week ago :). There are a couple things wrong with it and right now they're getting fixed(I knew what was wrong when I bought it). I was just wondering what type of tires you guys recommend? Does width matter much, should I go wider? Right now I'm looking at some Goodyear Aquatread 3's...they're about 80 a piece. What do you guys recommend?
 

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everyone here says that goodyears don't last very long. i have firestones on my 97 right now, they're at about 25k and have plenty of beef left on them. they are extremely grippy, good in the rain, and are moderately quiet. potenza is a pretty good tire too.
 

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Goodyears have earned the nickname "one years" for a good reason, that's how long they last. The a-tread 3's ride extremely hard, don't corner very well either. It would depend on what kind of budget you're on as to what tire you buy, but keep in mind, MOST Intrepids came with 225/60/16 HR touring performance tires. Try to stay in the HR range, Dunlops are inexpensive and quite good, I have them on my wife's car and we both love them.
Try going to the "tire rack" web site, there you can compare and price all kinds of tires! I was just looking at BFG KDWS for the 17" wheels i'm looking to get! :D
 

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Well, I did goto Tirerack.com thats where i found the Aquatreds. I compared them with other tires in the $70 range, and the ratings on dunlops were lower by the way..?
 

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Why don't you get those Firestone Wilderness AT's? I hear they are pretty good......

Goodyear GT's eat up quick from my experience, but what do you expect from a soft tire?

Depends on your type of driving, suit the tire for your needs.

Remember, you can drive any car, but the most important things are tires, and brakes!
 

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I have always used (on ALL of my cars) either BF Goodrich or Cooper tires. Why? Because Goodyear tires are too soft and wear out way too quick, and Cooper tires are high quality and last a long, long time.

I use 225/60/16 on my trep, and they work like a charm. I usually get about 60,000 miles out of a pair of Coopers, with regular care and rotation (of course).

Don't go for fancy schmancy "aqua" bull... get a good, all season tire.

-wolf out
 

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I'd say Coopers all the way. Hey, that's what my last name happens to be. Anyways, my friend has a pair of Cobras on his Camaro, and MAN those things are sticky tires. In the rain they're quite nice too. Probly not a great winter tire, unles you like little or no traction, which can be fun if you manage to get moving. And I've heard these tires will last a while too. Not to mention that you can get a pair of Cobras for under a hundred each, if you look around.
 

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I have the Dunlop D65Ts. They provide a great ride, they're good in the snow and rain, and they're wearing very well so far.
 

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try to find a discount tire co around you. they have good prices and great services. I don't have a lot of money so i got the dominator mrII. if any tire fails and the can't fix it they treplace it for free if you bought the $5 certificate for each tire. Also they do tire sipping which gives 30% more traction. The best service i think they have is making online appointments. The Url is www.tires.com.
 

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Pirelli P4000 or P400 (the 4000 is a much higher performance tire),

Also if you can get Michelin XGT-4 you won't be unhappy. I've used both and got an increase all the way around, less balancing, great stickiness, just as good in wet as dry and well above average in snow. Both were good for 50-60k but I replace them between 45-50k.

Check out the Tire Mart and some of the mail order houses, too. Sometimes you can get incredible deals. (4 GT-4 @ 75.00 !!!)
got the P4000's for $400 on the road.

When I need to replace tires on my 01 R/T I'll be going to Pirelli's. NO GOODYEARS !!!

Good luck
 

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I use Michelin Pilot XGT Z4 tires on my intrepid. I love them and they handle incredibly well. My other car is a 2002 Z06 vette, and I would say the intrepid with the new tires is about halfway inbetween the vette, and the way the intrepid was stock. A rather dramatic improvement, and it makes for one hell of a handling sedan.

Scott
 

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I won't run anything but Michelin Rainforce (MX-4). Great mileage and really cut thru standing water. I have NEVER worried about hydroplaning with these tires.

And I'm pretty sure they beat the Aquatreds in a Consumer Reports comparison several years back.

[ September 18, 2001: Message edited by: 79lilred ]
 

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northerners, what is the best all-season tire out there for stock rims taking into account SNOW and WINTER? i am praying my firestones are good, they are good in the water and are pretty grippy in the dry but as we all know snow plays games. i'm thinking about XGT Z4 Pilots with a slightly lower profile for my next set, are these a good snow tire?
 

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generally.. i have found lower profile tires aren't very good in the snow... they are made for grip in the dry. I got just got some firestones... I wish I knew the exact model number.. but I got the whole thing at 50% off, I think the final bill for the tires, installed, and the old ones disposed... $260. Tires Plus f***ed me over the last time I was there... so to keep me happy, they gave me the $110 per tire for $55 a tire... (then install/balance/disposal) weee!
 

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uh....snow is one shortcoming of the XGT Z4. It sorta sucks in the snow. At least that was my experience. My brother (who has been driving the car for years) took it out the first time it snowed last year, and promptly slid off the road into a snowbank....only about 500 feet from our house. If you are careful they aren't that bad. But I wouldn't count on them to get you home in a storm. I have Michelin Pilot Sports on my Lincoln Mark VIII. Those have much deeper grooves than the XGT Z4, and are incredible in the rain. I am hoping they are good in the snow too. I'll find out this winter. They may be a better alternative than the XGT Z4.

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Lafrad, i will go look and get the exact model number/size off my tires this afternoon after classes. if you have the same ones as me prepare to be satisfied in at least the dry and in the rain. no word on snow yet. if my tires aren't up to snuff in the snow i'll almost have to blame it on the set approaching 35k miles. god knows what they might do if they were newer or straight up new.
 

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ok, Lafrad, my tires are FT70c in the stock size (255/55/16 off the top of my head). they are excellent.
 

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i have the michelin rainforce tires on my trep too and i like them. they wear quite well and dont handle too badly either
 

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this topic has been goin awhile. I will read the model number on the tires before I let the shop have my car for the head-gasget job for a week. :( gonna have the heads Cut and a valve-job done right away tho.. so I should have a smooth purrin engine after this.
 
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