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I take my tire with the slow leak to a local tire chain (scrambled letters, "TBN"
) yesterday. Hope I don't get sued for that. I dropped it off, and an hour later the sales rep calls with the chicken little,"Sky is falling" routine. He explains there's a sidewall puncture. The tire is not repairable. He gives me a quote of.... $170 FOR ONE TIRE!!! Mounting, balancing, and disposal of the old tire were "extra." What? Dude was deranged....It was a Michelin "X-something," size 195/55-15 that I pulled off a set of G60 wheels I sold. I probably paid $100 for all four used tires. Anyway, I chuckled and politely told him, "No thanks. I'll check around." Today, I logged on to the Tire Racks site and bought four Pirelli P700Zs (P195/50-15) for $45 each. With shipping, the total cost was $215 for all four Pirellis. I feel sorry for the poor saps who are unaware of all the "other" choices and have patronize these places... http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif
 

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Re: $170? FOR ONE? (155VERT83)

There is ALWAYS an unfixable puncture in a tire you bring in to be fixed - dunno what it is like in the US, but here we have ****fit, they claim to fix punctures for free but I have never, ever seen them fix a puncture. It's always "unrepairable, and dangerous"..... they quoted me £90 ($140 ish) per pirelli p6000, i got them for £34 at ECP.... 3 quid a tire for fitting and that's the lot.
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Re: $170? FOR ONE? (parz8v)

One thing that has kept me laughing ever since is that ****fit have computer keyboards which are laid out in alphabetical order....... smart blokes that work there! I'm surprised they didn't have pictures on them instead of letters.
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Re: $170? FOR ONE? (155VERT83)

this is one of the most priceless tools one could have in the garage. patch kits are cheap and work extremely well, plus, and ten year old can use it. just make sure to get the good tools with hardened steel shafts and handles....one for poking into the hole that you find in order to clean it out, the other to shove the plug home...i have used plugs in my z rated tires a few times, and i hav enever had a problem....of course, these only work for tread punctures...but hey, the tirerack works for everything else!
 

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Re: $170? FOR ONE? (Tornado2dr)

quote:[HR][/HR]$170 FOR ONE TIRE!!! ....It was a Michelin "X-something," size 195/55-15[HR][/HR]​
Let's compare apples to oranges . You want a tangy fruit . An orange is 65¢ . An apple is 35¢ , but not quite as tangy . You buy the apple for 35¢ and now have cured your hunger , but just didn't satisfy that tangy craving you so desired . Ever notice how tangy Michelin Pilots taste ( very nice high performance tires , get what you pay for ! )
 

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Re: $170? FOR ONE? (155VERT83)

NOt to defend the tire center you went to, but I work for a tire and service center. It is pretty illogical to patch/plug a sidewall puncture because your tire will just go back to flat. The sidewall bubbles out when the weight of the car is placed on it. If you did patch/plug it, the sidewall would eat the seal away and you tire would just go flat again. As for the $170 mount/balance tire, your best bet was to go elsewhere, on average the Michelin X-one's retail in that size about $95 (just making an educated guess). Pretty good choice on the Pirelli's. Always watch out for those service shops, we always try to get the unsuspecting. If you are ever given a price, tell them how someone down the road offered it to you at a lower price, works sometimes...
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Re: $170? FOR ONE? (Tornado2dr)

I really don't think patching a tire and using it at speed <80 mph is too smart. Once the tire is punctured you lose structural integrity. I don't think saving $50 is worth risking a high speed blow out. Just my opinion.
 

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Re: $170? FOR ONE? (PimpStylin')

yea the local VW dealer (set aside the fact that it is a dealer for a sec) wanted $99 per tire plus mounting, valve stems, balancing, etc... then I go to tirerack.com and get some pirelli p6000 sport veloce's for $42 per tire or something and take it to my mechanic who has the tools and he charges me 10$ for mouting balancing and valve stems. I guess just putting the extra effort and research in can definitly save you some money
 

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Re: $170? FOR ONE? (Quattrophile)

quote:[HR][/HR]I really don't think patching a tire and using it at speed <80 mph is too smart. Once the tire is punctured you lose structural integrity. I don't think saving $50 is worth risking a high speed blow out. Just my opinion.[HR][/HR]​
I agree. I do not advocate plugging sidewalls. Not too bright.
However, I was amazed at the cost of the tire.
 
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