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Old 04-07-2008, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Baby needs a new pair of shoes

I got around to changing my tires yesterday, noticed I'm due for a new set of shoes, anyone got preference on brand that lasts better than others? She's got 199K kms on her, probably the originals, aftermarket last as well or not?

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Old 04-07-2008, 08:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Baby needs a new pair of shoes

uh oh. Another one of the "whats the best oil" threads :P

Use the search button. You'll find TONS of posts on this subject

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Old 04-07-2008, 09:05 PM   #3
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Default Re: Baby needs a new pair of shoes

the Firestone Firehawk GTA lasts a long time by not gripping the road. If you want some good replacement tires I'd suggest the Falken Ziex ZE-512 if you can find them, otherwise the 912 is the new version.

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Old 04-07-2008, 09:18 PM   #4
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NOOOO. 199KM can't be the originals?
I get 60,000 M out of a set, that is by driving like grandma.
The original size is some weird commonly unavailable size, so I bought a close-out set of 175-65 Goodyear Vivas from Wal Hell last time. $39 each. So far I like them. A little wider than stock and a little shorter.
About 3% less circumference but also less weight and less J (polar moment of inertia) too. So I think better gas mileage. An essential quality for a Saturn owner.
And another benefit is they don't develop bumps and tread separation like the last crappy set of Continentals. Continental, which made a warranty claim so friggin difficult, I gave up and tossed them in the dumpster. I wouldn't put friggin Contis on my lawn mower.

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Old 04-08-2008, 09:05 AM   #5
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Are you talking tires or brake shoes/pads?

For pads/shoes - I've used aftermarket without problem, just avoid the cheapest your local parts outlet sells if you intend to keep the car for another 199KM.

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Old 04-08-2008, 09:21 AM   #6
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I got around to changing my tires yesterday, noticed I'm due for a new set of shoes, anyone got preference on brand that lasts better than others? She's got 199K kms on her, probably the originals, aftermarket last as well or not?
Are you talking about tires or brake shoes?

Tires, we have Bridgestone all seasons on our 99 SL1 picked up at Costco. On my SL2 I run 16" rims with UHP tires from Crappy Tire. These tires are OK but not as good as the Bridgestones I used to run.

Brake shoes, I have factory GM on the rear as they seem to last forever. On the fronts I run Monroe and chinese Canadian Tire cheapo no name rotors. I'm trying out the groved rotors Canadian Tire is flogging with the buy 1 get 1 1/2 price on the SL2 but that only gets summer driving. Find rust is the bigger problem on the cars we use all year round so I just replace the rotors every spring. At $14.99 per rotor it's cheaper than machining.

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Old 04-08-2008, 09:54 AM   #7
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NOOOO. Continental, which made a warranty claim so friggin difficult, I gave up and tossed them in the dumpster. I wouldn't put friggin Contis on my lawn mower.
I think that may be illegal. When using the whirpool one day at Bally's I had a long conversation with a retired trash hauler who used to supervise the crew that picks up in my neighborhood. I remember him telling me how customers would get so POed when he would not pick-up tires. According to him it was illegal. If they are put in a land fill they can catch fire. He said they released some sort of gas when in the landfill that can catch fire if I remember correctly.

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I got around to changing my tires yesterday, noticed I'm due for a new set of shoes, anyone got preference on brand that lasts better than others? She's got 199K kms on her, probably the originals, aftermarket last as well or not?
I took this as meaning brake shoes. I asked the question a while back:

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36677

I went with Autozone Duralast pads and rotors. Make pretty much dust compared to OEM, but seem to work fine. It looks like I will get about 50,000 out of the front pads.

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I assumed brakes as well. Actually, not at first, but closer look at the original post got me thinking that nobody would be looking for a good set of tires after putting a good set of tires on their car. So, my thoughts? I just buy the cheapest autozone duralast pads. At 20 bucks a pair, you'll have to replace them sooner, but every pair you get after you buy the first pair are free. Gotta love Autozone's lifetime warranty.

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Old 04-08-2008, 12:43 PM   #10
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I assumed brakes as well. Actually, not at first, but closer look at the original post got me thinking that nobody would be looking for a good set of tires after putting a good set of tires on their car. So, my thoughts? I just buy the cheapest autozone duralast pads. At 20 bucks a pair, you'll have to replace them sooner, but every pair you get after you buy the first pair are free. Gotta love Autozone's lifetime warranty.
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Besides the lifetime warranty I went with the Autozone pads because I thought the material they use would be easier on the rotors. Yes, the rims get dirty, but I would rather have that then warped rotors (common for OEM rotors). I imagine you could get most house brand pads with a lifetime warranty and you would be good to go. I think Wolfman recommended semi-metallic mid grade pads.

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