About winter tires and Saabs

Mad busy tonight. Sorry.


The following came through from ‘Hipchecker’ – another regular here at SU. I don’t live in a climate that necessitates winter tires, so my knowledge on the subject is pretty limited.

Here’s the question. You northerners can sort it out. I’ll provide my third-party 2 cents worth after the question is posed.

My wife and I live in New England, and recently we moved, making our commute longer and to top it off our house is on a big hill. We moved in at the end of winter last year, and the performance tires on my wife’s 9-3 didn’t hold up too well (naturally). Our Subaru did better, but that has AWD.

I realize that AWD and winter tires don’t matter when driving on ice, but I’m wondering if there are certain ones I should look at for the 9-3. For starters, should I get all-season for all year round, or winter tires specifically for the winter? And second, what brands of tires should I look that won’t break the bank?


My two cents…..

We talked a bit about tires at the “In Control” driver education day that Eggs and I participated in, last month in Boston (writeup still to come).

The opinion expressed by the instructor I talked to about this subject would point to getting winter tires. All-seasons are basically made to be semi-useful in all conditions, meaning they’re mediocre all year round. Not essentially useful for getting water out in dry weather, and not particularly grippy on the cold stuff.

That’s my contribution. You guys actually have experience in these matters, however, so please leave your thoughts and suggestions as to what’s a good brand to look at in comments.

Saab Turbo X tyres

Here’s a query for the rare few who managed to pick up a Turbo X.

It comes from Colin C, a Turbo X owner from Townsville, in northern Queensland, right here in Australia.

I need to get some replacements and would like to know what other X owners may have done, what tires they bought, if in fact they have needed to replace them already.

The local prices are nuts so I will possibly buy from overseas and bring them in. Even just doing this could save me around $800.00.

I love the X but I do need to check myself sometimes, especially when highway driving and passing multiple ‘Mexicans’ with caravans and RVs who seem to love doing 80kph in the 100 zone.

The car has done around 42,000 kms now and the tires should be good for maybe 2k more at the most. I have the 19″ rims with the PZero Nero Tires.

If there’s anyone with a suitable recommendation, please feel free to enlighten us all in comments.

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