BarryP
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Re: What tire would you recommend?

Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:46 pm

Hello Alex,
I ordered two “145/65R15 Yokohama iceGUARD iG20” @ $54.85 each for the front and two “175/60R15 Yokohama iceGUARD iG20” for $57.90 each for the back. Free shipping and tire road hazard.
-Barry
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bradleydavidgood777
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Re: What tire would you recommend?

Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:54 am

I saw these Yokos on TireRack the other day since my Dunlop originals are getting low and inspection is coming up in April. My immediate thought was to buy these, since they are so cheap, and run them year round. I wouldn't consider an extra set of rims because I have a second car for long trips and snow.

So for those who own these tires for some time now, how are they? Are they quiet enough? How are they in rain? Do they wear OK?

Dunlops on TireRack - $652

Yokos on TireRack - $225

Thanks!
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bradleydavidgood777
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Re: What tire would you recommend?

Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:56 am

BarryP wrote:I bought four YOKOHAMA ICEGUARD IG20 tires from tirerack for a total (with tax) of $240. Then Yokohama turned around and mailed me a $60 VISA debit card.
I had a local shop put them on for $80 two weeks ago. They look like great tires for the winter here.
They have been driving quiet. Some mileage has dropped but it's in the noise since temperatures have dropped and the tires have a slight larger circumference as discussed earlier. I would guess a 5% drop in mileage. But that's way cheaper than buying Dunlops.
-Barry


Barry - did you do anything for the $60 VISA or did they just automatically send it?

Thanks!
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Don
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Re: What tire would you recommend?

Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:18 pm

bradleydavidgood777 wrote:Dunlops on TireRack - $652

Yokos on TireRack - $225

The big advantage to the Dunlops is . . . . the car goes about 10% farther on a charge than it does on the Yoko's or most other tires. So, if an extra 5 to 7 miles of range is important to you, then I guess they're worth the price. They also last longer than most other tires. I got right about 30K per set on the Dunlops before they came close to the wear bars . . . . but a LOT depends on how you drive and how correct the car's alignment is - Some weren't all that well aligned coming from the factory. I replaced one set of Dunlops when they 'aged out' after 8 years with a little less than 30K on them and they still had sufficient tread remaining. I'm no big fan of Dunlop tires in general, but for the iMiEV, they're just about the only game in town - Nobody else makes a decent replacement in the sizes we need, IMO

I have a set of Continentals on my personal car on a set of custom wheels - 15 by 5 inch front, 15 by 5.5 inch rears. 175/55R15 on the front and 185/60R15 on the rear and they are working fine, no regen or ABS problems and it corners like a real car compared to the understeering iMiEV it used to be, but even with the Conti-Eco-Contact Continentals, there's still a bit of a range hit when compared to the Dunlops. I did spring for a new set of them for my wife's car and really don't regret spending the extra $$$

Don
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bradleydavidgood777
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Re: What tire would you recommend?

Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:44 pm

Thanks Don, good info.

I like the Dunlops a lot on the iMiev and think they do a great overall job. But the range is now much less important to me since I have a 2nd car so I'll probably go with the Yokos. I think I like the look better too.
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Don
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Re: What tire would you recommend?

Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:04 am

IMO, the iMiEV is a great 'second car' . . . . even when it's the one that gets driven 90% of the time. You can buy a more expensive car that you really like, whether that be a Tesla, a Corvette, a conversion van to travel in . . . . whatever, and that other vehicle will last you nearly forever because you're putting all your daily driver miles on the iMiEV. We have a 2017 Volt that gets driven so seldom we're thinking of selling it and a Ford Transit Connect van that we travel in and even though it's a 2014, it only has 30,000 miles on it and at this rate it probably won't have 75,000 on it by 2030. They all live in a garage, so they'll probably last us for the rest of our lives

An early model iMiEV is currently valued at less than $5,000, but it's turned out to be probably the most 'valuable' vehicle we've ever owned

Don
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