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One original tire is biting the dust due to belt separation. I've read a few of the threads regarding tires. If any of you have experience with non-original tires, I'd appreciate hearing from you. I'll need to buy/possibly order something soon and would appreciate your latest impressions. Thanks mch, Steve
 
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Hi Steve W:

___I know you just recently picked up your little beauty but please consider replacing the OEM’s with OEM’s. The Bridgestone RE92’s can be purchased for as low as $48.00 + shipping and are the only true high mileage tire you can use for maximum fuel economy. When running 50 + #’s, they will last 100,000 miles if that helps.

___Good Luck

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If you are after the best mpg, definitely stick with the OEMs. If you want a performance increase wrt traction and handling, then you loose the hyper mpg, but there are many options. You can still get lean burn and good mpg, but it will not the same as the OEMs at 50 psi.

It's not like you'll get bad mileage without the OEMs - relative to any other car, but it won't be the same as the OEMs and for the Insight it will be noticeably lower.

If you've had the OEMs and haven't wished you had anything else, then just replace them. If you've wished for something else, now is the chance. Just spend the time reading the posts and think about how it relates to your driving goals.

For me I really feel like I am just floating over the road when I am cruising along with the OEMs pumped up to 50, however when I'm on HWY 1 and especially when it's wet and foggy, it is nice to have some super sticky tires that handle well in the rain to boot!
 

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Tires are a popular topic of discussion here. See below for a long list of previous postings.

The general consensus is that the OEM Bridgestone Potenza RE92 165/65/R14 tires are the best for your mpg. Some people have had good luck with Goodyear Integrity 175/65/R14. I have 185/60/R14 and am pretty sure there was a 5 mpg decrease after installation. EDIT - my OEMs lasted 60k miles at 44psi.

Previous tire discussions:
http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/vie ... php?t=1786
http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/vie ... php?t=1380
http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/vie ... php?t=1213
http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/vie ... php?t=1128
http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=953
http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=792
http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=385
http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=277
http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=154
http://www.insightcentral.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=101
 

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The OEM tires are definitely made to last especcially if your drive for high mpg. I still have two of the original tires on at 110K miles and in regards to tread depth they look to be able to go another 100K. I replaced 2 of the tires due to a bulge in the sidewall on one.
 

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Thanks for all of your replies. It seems like I'd lose some MPG with any other tire choice. While I think there are other tires w/better handling characteristics, being able to replace just 2 rather than all 4 is the lower cost option as tread depth is fine. Any problems replacing just 2 tires vs. all 4? I'll check w/the local Costco to see if they are in stock today. Having this forum is great to be able to problem-solve these questions. Thanks again, Steve
 

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I have been running OEM on the front and Goodyears on the rear, (different size) for curing the "wiggle". No problems.

SEE THE TURBOCHARGED INSIGHT THREAD FOR DETAILS.

Tire rotation comes into the picture, but I NEVER rotate my tires. (Read a recent article where BMW says NEVER rotate the tires on the BMW.)

If the suspension and alignment are set up properly, there is no reason for an alignment.

A lot of the "super cars" have different size tires front and rear.
 

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IF you using 2 different sets of tires front and rear it's safer to put the new tires with more grip in the rear. Because if the front tires have significantly more grip then the rear tires, the car can oversteer and spinout during a turn.
 

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If you can still keep 2 of your existing tires, then definitely OEMs will save you the most and keep you in the mpg game.
 

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Is anybody using the Sumitomo HTR 200? That's supposed to be a low-rolling-resistance tire that also has better performance characteristics than the OEM tires, and maybe a bit softer ride, too. Comments?
 

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I have only had my car for 5 days. It's a 2000 with 32K miles on it. It has the Sumitomo tires 175/65/R14. I have nothing to base a comparison, but I checked their pressure and they were at 48lbs. I think they have a fairly rough ride, but I expected it to be that way. Since I purchased the car from a used car dealer, I wan't able to talk to the previous owner (yet).
I drive 49 miles each way to work from Spartanburg SC to Near Charlotte NC on Interstate 85. There are some very long grades, and almost nowhere is it flat, but I am experimenting with driving styles and mileage.
I was able to get 72.3mpg by driving carefully trying to run 55, but on the long grades ending up around 49-50. I would downshift on some of the other grades when the FCM would drop from 75 to less than 50. I don't know if I'm doing it right, but it seems like I am not sacrificing as much that way. If I speed up to 60, the mileage drops about 4 or 5 mpg and if I go to 65, it drops to 59-60. Going 55 adds about 7 minutes to my commute.
Maybe there is someone near that might want to trade wheels for a week or two to do a direct comparison.
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Yea I know. The lowest so far is like 356 including shipping that a guy mention above. It was 80 per tire plust like 35 for shipping if my math works out. Either way this is not 45-50 that some people were discussing. Oh well if anyone finds them any cheaper let me know.
 

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I doubt you will. The poster above is wrong.

RE92's are worth $80-100/tire installed, BUT, the fuel economy bonus they give over ANY OTHER TIRE makes it more than worth the extra $100-200 over the long run.

To put any other kind of tire on thinking you're saving money is nothing but shortsighted.

If you want to put other tires on for a softer, smoother ride, or more cornering grip, or some other reason, then fine. Just don't think you're going to save money by doing it.
 

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I doubt you will. The poster above is wrong.

RE92's are worth $80-100/tire installed, BUT, the fuel economy bonus they give over ANY OTHER TIRE makes it more than worth the extra $100-200 over the long run.

To put any other kind of tire on thinking you're saving money is nothing but shortsighted.

If you want to put other tires on for a softer, smoother ride, or more cornering grip, or some other reason, then fine. Just don't think you're going to save money by doing it.
Actually, the above poster was probably correct when it was posted...nearly 8 years ago.:)
 

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What would you do:
Dealer quotes:
"We sell the Bridgestone Potenza165-65/R14 RE92 "low rolling resistance" tire for your Insight. These tires are designed to give your Insight the best gas mileage.
The tires are $109.00 each. With tax, mounting, balancing and Calif. disposal fees each tire would be $142.00.
These tires are available now and also come with a 1 year or 12,000 limited road hazard warranty."

Wheel Works quoted $90.99 per tire. I don't have my notes on what the total per tire would be in the end.

I've used both places for years with my CRX and another car at Wheel Works, too. I'm inclined to think that the additional $80 for the 4 tires charged by the dealer would be worth it for their experience with Insights.

I'd try to work a 'long time customer' discount with both of them. This would be the first work since I purchased it recently.

What do you think?
 

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What would you do:
Dealer quotes:
"We sell the Bridgestone Potenza165-65/R14 RE92 "low rolling resistance" tire for your Insight. These tires are designed to give your Insight the best gas mileage.
The tires are $109.00 each. With tax, mounting, balancing and Calif. disposal fees each tire would be $142.00.
These tires are available now and also come with a 1 year or 12,000 limited road hazard warranty."

Wheel Works quoted $90.99 per tire. I don't have my notes on what the total per tire would be in the end.

I've used both places for years with my CRX and another car at Wheel Works, too. I'm inclined to think that the additional $80 for the 4 tires charged by the dealer would be worth it for their experience with Insights.

I'd try to work a 'long time customer' discount with both of them. This would be the first work since I purchased it recently.

What do you think?
Costco runs Bridgestone / Michelen sales on a rotating 2 month basis
My out the door price Re92s 165/65/14 ; mounted, balanced, etc. last week was four tires... $382
 

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Costco runs Bridgestone / Michelen sales on a rotating 2 month basis
My out the door price Re92s 165/65/14 ; mounted, balanced, etc. last week was four tires... $382
Firestone tire centers will usually match Costco's sale price. So if Costco isn't convenient or you're not a member, check your closest Firestone tire center.
 
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