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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 11:23 PM
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Is the Michelin cracking something new within the past couple of years? My 2012 Equinox has a little over 100k on the stock Michelin tires and still has some tread left. I'm thinking of replacing with the same ones but now wonder about this cracking issue
I had 2 sets of Defenders on my Impala and not a sign of cracking. Then again, I drive so much I generally got 2 seasons out of them so they never had chance to get that old. I liked them so much I was going to get them for the Nox but Costco's deal on the Bridgestones along with other circumstance changed that idea.

After driving about 5000 km on the Ecopias I have no complaints. Very good in the rain and we've had a lot of it including torrential downpours, not a hint of hyproplaning. Quiet and sure footed as advertised. Only thing is many reviews claim better gas mileage and I have seen none of that, but gas mileage did not decrease so no complaint. I was skeptical about that for good reason. I'm happy with the choice and fatter in the wallet for it. The Defenders would have run me about $500 CAD more. **** 18" shoes aren't cheap.

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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-20-2017, 01:46 PM
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Define "Tread Depth".

At 100k miles, I'd be surprised if you could block sight of a single hair on Lincoln's head!

You know .. the computer should really keep track of hydroplaning events to remind the owner that it might be time for new tires. I stopped at the gas station about 6 months ago (and "no", my Equinox doesn't go 6 months between fill-ups), and while I had the pump locked to pump the gas, I did my usual quick inspection around the vehicle. Then I glanced over to this retired gentleman filling up his sedan at the adjacent pump and was aghast at what I saw (and I am not exaggerating the *least* bit here): Almost *every* trace of tread grooves/lines were rubbed off the face of those tires - every single one of them! I couldn't believe they were still holding air! So I mentioned this to him, and surprisingly - instead of the typical "mind your own business", "F-you" kind of response you get around here, this man seemed genuinely concerned and was listening very carefully to every word I was saying (and I was very nice in saying it). My impression was he was someone who didn't have much, probably drove *very slowly*, maybe only when the weather was nice, and that's how he was getting along like that.

I should've recorded his vehicle information - not to report him, but just in case I crossed paths with him again ... to see if he did anything about his tires. I'm telling you ... all four of those tires looked like inner tubes! That's how bald they were ... and that's just very dangerous for him and anyone else driving *near* him!

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820 tread wear rating? That'd last me the rest of my life. Pretty amazing stuff in the tire advancement these days.
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post #34 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-21-2017, 01:30 PM
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820 tread wear rating? That'd last me the rest of my life. Pretty amazing stuff in the tire advancement these days.
Don't think you can trust those tread wear ratings. No third-party verification, and therefore - likely exaggerated

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Don't think you can trust those tread wear ratings. No third-party verification, and therefore - likely exaggerated
It is done by the Federal Gov't. and, while not perfect, it is certainly better than just looking at a tire and trying to determine how long the tread will last.

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