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Old 04-26-2013, 05:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since Bridgestone has now discontinued the Potenza P165/65R14 tires, what is the best choice now for 1st Generation Insights?

I went to Firestone Dealer & they are marked "D" in their system, for discontinued.

Will Michelin Energy Saver Tires 165/65R14 be a good replacement?

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Old 04-26-2013, 05:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tire Rack still had them as of 48 hours ago. Might be worth a try . . .
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You already know that nothing beats the RE92 for efficiency. Best deal: $85 each they used to offer free shipping too. http://www.tirebuyer.com/products/ti...&noFilter=true The set should last 60-80,000 miles.

After that, you can try GT CHAMPIRO in same size for $47 each. Car will take an MPG hit, but folks who don't drive a ton of miles may be better off buying these for half price of the Bridgestones. CHAMPIRO 128 - OnlineTires.com
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just bough some last week tyrebuyers they have them in stock
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I got mine at Costco not very long ago, and a great price due to a sale or something.
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Since Bridgestone has now discontinued the Potenza P165/65R14 tires, what is the best choice now for 1st Generation Insights?

I went to Firestone Dealer & they are marked "D" in their system, for discontinued.

Will Michelin Energy Saver Tires 165/65R14 be a good replacement?

-Keagan
Hmmmm... interesting... I went to Car Tires and Truck Tires | Bridgestone Tires, Potenza RE92 Tire | Bridgestone Tires put in the Insight specs and up came the RE92.... MSPR $101.99, no mention of the tire being discontinued.

And it seems that nobody else has said they are being discontinued...

Maybe Firestone wanted to sell one of their own tires... or didn't want to order them for you.
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Hmmmm... interesting... I went to Car Tires and Truck Tires | Bridgestone Tires, Potenza RE92 Tire | Bridgestone Tires put in the Insight specs and up came the RE92.... MSPR $101.99, no mention of the tire being discontinued.

And it seems that nobody else has said they are being discontinued...

Maybe Firestone wanted to sell one of their own tires... or didn't want to order them for you.
Er..

RE-92's Discontinued ?

Though, it doesn't seem it was ever solidly confirmed that our size of the RE92 was actually discontinued....
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thumbs down RE92s at Costco

My original tires lasted 11 years, they were so awesome I decided to replace them in May 2011 with a new set from Costco, replacement RE 92s. Those replacement ones have lasted for only two years and are now worn away, they did not last anywhere near as long as the factory set. Costco told me it is my car, but I am sure it is not. Nothing is different the car tracks perfectly on highway at 75 mph and I always kept them at max air pressure. Two years of approx. 20,000 miles was bad. New the replacements had very shallow tread depth, they looked like 50% tread off the shelf. Since there is no mileage warranty on the RE92 bought at Costco I am just stuck buying another 4 set again. Even if the gas mileage is better, it is not worth replacing the tire so soon. Costco manager had told me two years ago if the tires wore prematurely he would cut me a deal as I had been concerned with no mileage warranty. When I brought that up today I was told "nothing they could do". Plus, when I bought the tires 2 years ago they put both side panels on wrong and they came off on highway and messed up paint. They took a report but didn't reimburse or repair the damage. I am going to try a more modern tire that has a high durability rating. Looks like all are 185 wide tho, will those work?

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSe...ting=S&tab=All

BTW tire rack has them $77 each

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Old 04-29-2013, 08:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default I wouldn't recommend 185s at all

I got rid of a set of 185s from our CVT last year and installed the RE92s. Mileage went from 48 to 55mpg on the next tank of gas (this was with AC running continuously). My recent acquisition ('01 MT) came with Michelin Energy Savers, and they are almost as good as the RE92s. I have to work a little harder to average 70mpg, but it can be done.

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Old 04-29-2013, 11:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi Keagan,

the nice man at tire rack said
"it is rare that an OEM tire is discontinued"
I took it him to mean, as is possible for us to tell, the tire is not discontinued.

once upon a time these tires were hard to find, I understand.
there is always an interest in alternatives, which are, hopefully, better.

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