My girlfriend drives a 1998 SL2 with 185/65/15 tires. One of the four tires has started to dry rot enough that I have to add about 5 psi every two weeks to keep it near it’s neighbors. FWIW the sticker recommends 30psi front and 26psi back but I’ve found the car rides better if I inflate to ~35psi front and ~32 psi rear. The difference is especially noticeable going over speed bumps which are common in my neighborhood and around town. The reality is that the car sees regular use but in mileages that are low enough that dry rot will end a tire before the tread is gone. I don’t need super long tread life. I am however concerned about it being a truly all season tire. Snow depth here is a non issue but dustings of snow, ice, heavy rain, light rain, frequent rain, did I mention rain, oh and dry roads are common. Seriously we are in the SouthEast but East Tennessee is full of hills and valleys.
The car has Firestone Affinity LH30 tires on it that the first owner had put on at the Saturn dealership. I’ve purchased Falken Ziex ZE-512 tires for another car and didn’t notice anything bad about the set I got. I did however see more recent reviews of that tire being very hit or miss. Maybe old stock or just quality control issues? Falken Ziex ZE-912 is supposed to replace the old 512 design but has had “OMG don’t buy this tire for Winter use” reviews all over the place. I can rotate the tires regularly and will keep the pressure up but we just don’t live in an area where it makes sense to buy winter only tires. I’d also like for rolling resistance to be low but if the tires are cheap enough to offset the fuel cost I’ll consider most any option. initial cost: matters MPG effect: may matter? dry traction: matters wet traction: matters snow/ice traction: just can’t be a disaster waiting to happen tread life: not so much So how about something like the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max? Do I go with the previous choice of Falken Ziex ZE-512? Do you have a better suggestion?