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I have a 99 GLS V6 with stock 15" aluminum rims and stock Michelin "Pilot" tires. I would like a recommendation for a replacement tire from someone with actual experience.

I use the car as a daily driver to and from work. It also serves duty as the family cruiser on weekends (car seats and everything!). So my priorities are safety, ride comfort, price, and all-season traction.

My dad works for a Cooper Tire distributor and can get me good pricing on Coopers, but I am not sold on the idea. Can anyone chime in with any positives or negatives relating to Cooper Tires?

All suggestions welcome.

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Mark
 

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Bridgestone Turanza LS-H

I really like my Bridgestone Turanza LS-H's. They seem like a good fit for your needs. I came from the stock Conti's, then the Pilot's and now to the Turanza. I cannot tell you how happy I am with this choice. If you don't mind giving up the really sporty sidewall of the Pilots these are a great buy. Very quiet, great ride comfort and they do very well in the rain. I hear snow traction isn't that great but here in Northern California that doesn't come into play for me.
 

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Re: Bridgestone Turanza LS-H

RayD said:
I hear snow traction isn't that great but here in Northern California that doesn't come into play for me.
lol, oh yeah, I live in north/central PA. Definately need decent snow traction! Forgot to mention in my first post, sorry :weirdo:

Thank you for the excellent recommendation though.
 

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Well the TireRack reviews give snow traction a 7.2 out of 10 so maybe I am wrong. Hopefully, someone else with snow experience can chime in on that aspect of the tire. Clay might also have some experience in that area as well.
 

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The Turanza's are pretty good in the snow for an all-season tire. Just about have to go to a dedicated snow tire for better snow traction.
Thanks for the help all. The Turanza's it is!! After reading some reviews of them I think they are just what I am looking for.

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I've had experience with coopers before. I've had 2 different sets on my old escort. The first one were a set of cooper cobra GT's. They were only a 40 or 50,000 mile tire, handled great in the dry, but they did great in the rain and pretty darn good in the snow. I live in south central pa so snow traction is a concern for me too. The second set were coopers also, but I can't remember the model. All I remember is they had a 70,000mile wear rating. They did great in the rain also, but not quite as good in the snow as the cobras. Neither tire was noisy at all.
 

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Love the Turanza LS-H. Best all season tire I have had. Great handling too.
 

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Dunlop 5000SP

I personally love the Dunlop 5000 SP 205/55/15 and think that for the price you can't beat the performance and handling. I have owned about 3 sets of those so far .... Please keep in mind that this is an all-season tire and it has a decent performance in light snow and slush.

 

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Another vote for the Bridgestone Turanza LS-Hs. I found the best price in town then price-matched with another 10% knocked off at Sears. I decided on the 205/60R/15s for my '98 Passat 1.8T manual as I wanted a little wider than OEM, but didn't want to sacrifice much gas mileage. These tires run very quiet on the highway, and perform very well on dry and wet pavements. Also, the tires were great during a 3-5 inch snowstorm we had this winter. I highly recommend these tires.
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Wow, great replies!

It seems the Bridgestones have won. Hope my dad understands my traitorous decision to not purchase the Coopers :D .

Club B5 :bow:



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I got Firestone Affinity LH-30s for my 15s and so did a friend of mine for his GTI ( for winter use). They are quiet, inexpensive, and its really good if you get the lifetime balance, rotation and alignment (pay for themselves in 2-3 visits). They have awesome grip for all kinds of weather and road conditions. The affinity touring tires suck, don't get those, get the LHs. I was going fot the LS-Hs, but price and the fact that my mom's minivan LS-Hs are loud as crap once they wear kept me from that route.
 

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Real snow tires are the way to go .I have run Cooper Wintermaster Plus snows for the past 5 years. Good traction in snow but noisy. The SLE looks to be a decent touring tire.
 

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Have you looked at BFGoodrich tires. I am considering their Traction T/A (all season), 215/60/15's to replace my stock tires. Got pretty decent reviews from tirerack. Also, they appear to fit a bit wider on wheels compared to other brands of the same size.
 
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