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Snow tire woes

Discussion in 'New England' started by EdA, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    After two seasons with the stock Pirelli's I switched to Nokian in the fall. I was never happy with the Pirelli's.
    In the fall of 2014 we put Nokian's on my wife's car, her's were removed today.

    I removed my Nokian's on Monday. Apparently I'm going to need two new tires next winter after only 3,000 miles.
    Nokian does not offer any warranty on their snow tires either.

    I don't feel like I have a particularly heavy foot, I'm more of a hyper-miler, needless to say I am not happy with the
    situation. Has anyone else had issues with these tires? Note the tires were worn on the inside and in the middle.
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I've not had any wear problems with any of the Nokians I've had in the past. Without inspecting the tires, I don't want to express any opinion on why you had the poor wear.
     
  3. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    The wear was similar on both tires...
     
  4. alset

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    Could be alignment issues? Are you driving 21s in the summers? Have you had alignment issues in the past? I seem to have a lot of alignment issues on my 2012 which Tesla has suggested is because of the 21" wheels which warp on Boston potholed roads.
     
  5. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    My summer tires are 19". My original snows (Pirelli's lasted two season).
    My original summer tires also lasted two seasons.
     
  6. bigmaple1

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    I have found used Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2s for 2 seasons. I find them to have squishy sidewalls, and with the hard stud like bits in them, they are noisy. I think they are one of the best tires I have ever used for snow covered/icey roads with a RWD. (I keep mine at 45psi to help firm them up, and I avoid generating large lateral forces, or high accel/decel forces). Other than that, I can't wait to get them off the car. When these wear out, I won't replace them with the same. I'll probably try Michelin X-Ice next time. I think dry roads combined with a heavy vehicle spells doom for them.
     
  7. Jack_L

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    I just took off my Hakka R2s 19"s after the third winter season and they look like I can get a 4th winter from them. I have not had any issues and find that they worked very well in the snow/ice but am not a long distance driver with them. Maybe 13-15,000 miles total on them so far. Much prefer the regular tires for noise, handling and energy consumption though.
     

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