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Old 06-22-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Tires: Best Replacement Tires for 2000 Saturn SL

Hello,

I am looking to purchase four new tires for a 2000 Saturn SL that I inherited from my daughter. Any opinions on tire brands, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

Will be low to moderate use, snow driving (central Ohio), mainly back roads, limited stop and go city driving.

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Old 06-23-2010, 12:03 AM   #2
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I would take it to Costco for tires. They have good prices, a fantastic warranty, they don't nickel and dime you, and they carry quality products, s any 50k tire or longer mileage should be appropriate.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:32 AM   #3
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I have Michelin Hydro Edge tires on my 2000 SWP... They are very good in wet and snow. They really hold the road in rain. I've used them for the last 5 years with no problems.

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Old 06-23-2010, 10:19 AM   #4
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I haven't bought them for a Saturn yet, but I've had phenomenal experience with the Michelin X radials from Costco on other cars. Decent wet and snow tractions, good mileage and unreal tread wear duration. If alignment is good they'll probably outlast the car.

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Old 06-23-2010, 10:41 AM   #5
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I have Falken Ziex tires on mine, but I live in the south, I think they're all seasons, but I never see snow.

Go to tirerack.com and research tires, they have all the ratings for all tires, including in snow and wet roads, it can help alot, I searched on there before deciding on my tires. We also have Cooper CS4 Touring tires which have also been good.

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Old 06-23-2010, 12:38 PM   #6
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Obviously everyone is going to have their own opinions on the matter, but I've had Pirelli P4 Four Seasons on my car for the past 15k miles and I love them. Great grip in wet/dry, pretty good grip in snow. They are also wearing very slowly

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Old 06-23-2010, 02:03 PM   #7
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General Altimax HP in 195/60R15 have not disappointed so far!
Been using them since April 2009 or so.

Looking into getting a set of General Altimax Arctic for Winter 2010-11 in a couple months.

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Old 06-23-2010, 02:24 PM   #8
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Been using Toyo tires for the last year or so, no problems so far..

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Old 06-23-2010, 05:33 PM   #9
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I like the Riken Raptor. It's a 45k mile and I get them installed and out the door at discount tire for $260. I've bought three sets for three different saturns.

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Old 06-24-2010, 05:59 AM   #10
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Stay away from a Uniroyal Tiger Paw. I got these since they were H-rated and had a 70k mile warranty, but now I get about 2mpg less than before.

I wanted to get the 100k, low rolling resistance KR22 Kumhos but they werent available yet.

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Old 06-24-2010, 07:36 PM   #11
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The 'T' rated Uniroyal Tigerpaw touring at least used to be a fairly decent tire, I had a set of those on my '96 for several years and they were still pretty good when I traded to a VUE.

I've had some 14" Michelin Harmony on an Olds Achieva for several years and they have been a very nice tire.

The BFG Traction T/A is a pretty good tire IMO as well. I have a 16" set of those on my '96 Camaro and have been pleased as well.

I have also heard good things about the Kumho Solus KR21's as well from a friends expierence w/ a set of them on their SL2.

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Old 06-25-2010, 12:02 PM   #12
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The tiger paw H's stick like mean. They don't feel so great around curves but they dont let go either. And you have to hit the brakes quite hard to make them howl. They're aired to 34f/30r.

So maybe the mpg penalty will be worth the possibility of saving the diff pin and a collision.

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Old 06-25-2010, 12:16 PM   #13
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I've had good experiences with Bridgestone, Michelin, Khumo (sp?), and the Firestone Affinity's that are currently in our 2000 SL2.

Two brands I would definitely not use are Goodyear, and Cooper.

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Old 06-25-2010, 03:30 PM   #14
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+1 on the Pirelli P4 tires. I have a set on our other car, and so far (after 20k miles), they're doing a great job.

I'll also mention that I have Cooper CS4 tires on my SL2, and have absolutely no complaints about them. A good all-around tire, made the US, for a reasonable price.

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Old 06-26-2010, 02:36 AM   #15
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I would also recommend staying away from Goodyear. For the money, I would expect them to be absolutely bullet-proof in their ride, but there seems to be severe balancing issues with them. Just had one warranty replaced, but still can't balance (not as bad though).

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Old 06-26-2010, 02:48 AM   #16
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I'm on my second set of Pirelli P400 Touring tires. The last ones lasted me about 60,000 miles. As far as I can tell, the P400 is no longer made and has been replaced by the P4 which, according to all the reviews on tirerack.com are even better than the P400 tire. Can't go wrong with Pirelli, they're the exclusive tire supplier for WRC and starting in 2011 Formula 1 too.

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Old 06-26-2010, 08:06 AM   #17
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I went with BF Goodrich's Touring T/A's at Sam's Club.

Absolutely love them!

Very stable, and I get 42-45 MPG's with them!!

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Old 06-26-2010, 10:43 PM   #18
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have the Riken Raptors too and they sometimes seem kinda loud when the tire pressure is lower (30ish) but they did fairly good when I went to Flagstaff and dealt with snow (kicked the abs once or twice). I wanted Kuhmos since I had them on a different car and liked them but only 2 were available and I needed all 4.

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Old 07-12-2010, 02:03 AM   #19
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Check out tirerack.com for ratings on tires that will fit your rims. I run one size taller Continental ContiProContact LRR tires inflated to 35 lbs to improve fuel economy, and have been running them the past 4 years. Based on current wear I'd guess I'll get 70k from them. They now make a newer ECO version that lasts about 25% longer from tthe looks of the UTOG. If you want fuel economy, you should only look at LRR tires. I'd use tirerack's "survey" ratings as my guide to decide what brand, model and size to get, and then from there look for the best place to purchase, and then where to have installed. It was around $300 total when I bought them. Figure $10 per tire to ship and another $10 or $15 per to install/balance.

For your car I like the Michelin Hydroedge Green X or the Kumho ECO Solus

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