I never thought I would have to think much about getting tires for the Volvo. The
Nokian's on the VW are amazing.
since the Volvo is an extremely low mileage car (less than 7500/year) I could go with a
serious Ice and snow tire like the Hakka Q (Nokian) and it would last forever - much
longer than the car would. And is that worth it? The other factor to consider is that
the Nokian guys say that it should take a 185-70R14 OEM. Well we have beaten that topic
to death - 185R14 is what 185-80R14 and the proper diameter tire is a 205-70R14 right?
The Hakka Q is $77 in a 185-70R14 and $96 in the 205-70R14
kinda expensive even for that.
So I started looking at the options. People have mentioned the Dunlops HS-1 as a great
Tire rack shows 3 options in the 207-70R14.
Blizzak WS-50 at $68 a piece Michelin Artic-Alpin at $65 a piece and the
Firestone Winterfire at $45 a peice.
And I thought well geesh $45 a peice if they last 1/2 as long as the Hakka Qs it will be
okay - and this car is driven super conservatively (baby in the back - turns are taken
very slow even when dry out). And the other thing is the inital outlay of capital.
(looking for investment return)
Okay that said I could drop the width down to 195-75s and see a price drop of about
$8-10/tire (not bad for the trade off) but going to a 185-80R14 or a 185R14 nothing
comes up. If I drop down to a 195-65R14 things look better with the addition of the
Yoko Guardex 600 at $49 a peice. Then if I drop down to a 185-70R14 the Dunlops show up
the HS-1 is $43 and the DS-1 is $46 the Firestone Winterfire drops down to $39 in that
size and the Blizzak is still $63!
There now I have thought well then I will need to get some all seasons soon anyway -
what about some good all seasons. Well the Nokian NRW was the first choice - but at $77
for the wrong size and not tire availible for the 205-70R14 I started to look at other
stuff. And the Goodyear Aquatread 3 showed up. It looks a lot like the NRW in some
respects. People have said good stuff about it in the snow and well now I am thinkin
Anyone have any comments or helpfull suggestions?
Right now I am looking at the Firestone Winterfire in the 205-70R14, 195-75R14 or
185-70R14, the Yoko Guardex 600 in the 195-65R14, or the Dunlop Graspic HS-1 or DS-1 in
hte 185-70R14 size and then the host of all season/touring tires in a few months.
Sticking with the snows does anyone have first hand experience with the ones I am
considering? Mostly for a cost factor so wear compared to longevity is important. If
the Hakka Qs are gonna dry rot after 3 years before they wear out I don't want to spend
that much money - I would rather get 2 years out of a cheaper set of tires.