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Re: Tires (Mail Order) (fwd)
Tom Leveckis adds to Bart's comments:
> > I have been *very* happy with BFG Comp T/As, in all their evolutionary
> > iterations, over a *long* period of time, and over three cars, including
> > the Syncro (currently wearing 195-60 HR-4 14 Comp T/As). These are the
> > tires I've ever gotten 20K miles from (others commonly report 40K), and I
> > think they're fantastic in the wet as well as the dry!
> I have my 2nd set of Comp T/A 's on my 80Q, but I should be on my 1st set.
> on 3 of the tires on my 1st set, I developed splits on the sidewalls. I
> bought them at NTW, they gave me an 88% refund towards another set (after
> 20K). Good tires, but I don't know how you would deal with defects after 20K.
> The price for the 195/60 HR 14's at NTW was 70$/tire, while the magazines
> had them for 62-64$/tire. Personally I don't think mail order is worth it
> for 25-30$.
No flame intended here, but I think that there might be a connection among
the factors cited: Major defects in tires purchased from major discounter.
Personally, I always buy my tires from a local dealer and pay the freight. Just
FWIW, I don't buy parts and expect my mechanic to install them at his regular
rates either. The reason is simply that I like to support the small
businessman. Also, just FWIW, I've never had problems with BFG tires this way.
YAMMV, as we southern boys say...
'77 Feline Varmint, Felix, Gray
'86 Carrera Cabriolet, Indischrot
'87 Syncro (Stealth Quattro) Alpenweiss