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2006 Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan: Tires/Wheels-Road Noise

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  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    I have the Avid H4S on my V6 Accord. Terrific tires, very quiet, decent fuel economy without the extreme compromises I've seen with super-high-mileage (80k) Bridgestones etc.
  • blumsteinblumstein Posts: 38
    I have a 2007 Milan V6 Premier. I have 17" rims with a 50 aspect. Your choices will probably be different, but let me tell you how I solved mine. I went to tirerack.com. They have the results of tire tests and customer surveys. They will give you recommendations for your car or you can look up your size and figure it out for yourself. I wanted great treadlife & wet & dry handling as well as being okay in the snow. I ended up buying Kumho Extasy (sp?) LX Platinums and so far love them. (No snow yet to test them there). Tirerack will show you that it has a slightly hire load rating than my original Michelins. They warn you that might be too harsh. It isn't.

    Tire Rack sends the tires to you or your installer. They have a directory of installers that don't hassle you about buying over the net and guarantee their installation prices. Works for me.
  • jeff_hjeff_h Posts: 20
    I've ordered 3 sets of tires from tirerack and their prices are good, the only complaint I've seen from online reviews of installers is that a mounting price per tire is $11.99 (for example) and the customer found out that the installer charged $20 (or so) per tire, saying that the price listed on tirerack was outdated. So if you take this route, call the potential installer yourself and verify the price before handing over the keys.

    The OP also noted that you can have the tires delivered to your house or directly to the installer. I guess this is preference, but I alway chose to get delivery at my house and taking them with me. It is a small amount of legwork but ensures that there are no mixups on your tire order and that your nice new tires didn't get put onto another car the day prior.
  • hickorychickoryc Posts: 25
    I ordered a set of 4 Michelins for my Expedition. Wanted same as bought for it over 5 years ago as the ride is excellent, the tread is great, the miles on this set is 70,000. Ordered from Sams Club on line. You do not pay up front. Took the order confirmation to Pep Boys. They have a sign up that they will beat any advertised price by 5%; and they did. Currently they have a sale: buy 3, get 4th tire free. Right down the line, Pep Boys beat not only tire but valve stem, install, road-hazard, everything by 5%. Now I mail off the receipt and the rebate form and I will receive a check for $135 (the competitive price of the LTX tire). In the end, the new set will cost me the same as I paid Sams Club five years ago---for the same great tires.
  • thekingtheking Posts: 107
    I am looking at a '10 Hybrid....Tires are 17" Michelin v-rated...I am hearing they are terrible in the snow(I live in Mass. we get snow) I need feedback !!! :confuse:
  • petras2petras2 Posts: 104
    I think part of the problem is inherent due to the fact that it is a relatively low profile, wide tire, (50 series)..you gain better dry handling and summer, dry traction with these tires but they come at the expense of a generally harsher ride, poorer gas mileage, thread life, snow traction and higher replacement costs... just compare the replacement costs of a base, (S model) fusion tire which is smaller and offers better epa gas mileage, (34 vs 31 hwy) with the larger tires that come with the higher trim line models...
  • OK, I just got new tires. Only 1 day of use, 120 miles, combined city and highway. Tires I weren't even looking at until I looked at the rankings at tirerack.com.

    Bridgestone Turanza with Serenity with 70,000 mile warranty. I know it's early. But these are much better than my Conti's that they replaced, so far. Good ride, and quiet.
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