I am pretty positive I am going with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+tires. The stock Firestones look like they are getting close to needing replaced.
Sams has the Michelins for $183.99 each plus $70 off of 4 so it should be around $775 for all 4 tires after taxes and install.
Selecting tires is always an interesting time. I used to own and manage a couple dealer service departments and I've helped people select tires thousands of times over the years. Just like most things in life, people have vastly different opinions on things. I've seen one person love a particular tire and another person hate the same tire and neither one is "wrong."
As mentioned earlier, installation costs might be a factor. Not all places that charge more are a bad deal- it depends what you're getting. A cheap shop using old equipment or untrained labor might be cheaper, but balancing with expensive modern balancers results in a better ride. A trained tech would rotate the tire on the rim if the balancer requested a lot of weight correction. I often see weights installed on the wrong part of the wheel or STACKS of weights, sometimes with weight directly opposite from other weights... which means the machine and the person operating it don't understand how it works or how to do it correctly.
Higher treadwear ratings mean the tires last longer, but at a reduction in traction. An Impala on 230 treadwear rated tires will handle SO much better than you'd think is possible for a big car. On 500 rated tires, it won't... but the tires will last a LONG time. When you decide which tires you might want, look at the treadwear rating as a sliding scale- long wear on one end and handling on the other. It may be worth getting softer tires if you like to drive hard or you may want the longest lasting and don't care about taking corners enthusiastically.
For my Impala, the original Firestones were FAR too noisy. I replaced them with Continentals which were nice but didn't last as long as one would expect based on the treadwear rating. The last tires I got were inexpensive Cooper ST Touring tires and they were quieter than the Continentals and seemed to handle every bit as well. Unfortunately the car was totaled recently.
Cheap off-brand tires are rarely worth it. The sidewalls are typically thin and the treadwear ratings seem overestimated- some of those companies aren't looking to build a long lasting reputation. I even got a set of cheap ones for my Camaro, knowing they'll mostly be smoked so I wanted cheap. They won't even install on the wheels! They won't actually seat the bead at all- and the manufacturer AND the retailer won't stand behind it and let me return them.
Reading customer reviews reveals more than just the star rating. Read the lowest reviews and look for common issues. Most negative reviews are people with problems more than problems with tires, but if you see a trend of noise or vibration it can tell you a lot.
In my experience based on a LOT of feedback from customers and my own cars, there are a few tires that you just can't go wrong with.
Cooper CS5- cheap, reasonably durable, quiet.
Michelin MXV4 Primacy- I had a set last 60K on my Lincoln and I'm not a gentle driver.
BFG Comp TA- there are several versions, watch the treadwear ratings when choosing. Always balance and perform well.
Others to consider based on having talked to lots of customers- Sumitomo- cheap performance appearance with all-season and long lasting. Not "really" a performance tire tho. My non-track set for my Camaro are Sumi's... they work, they're cheap, they last.
Hankook Ventus- inexpensive, different versions, watch the treadwear ratings as some versions are sticky/short-lived vs. others
When dealing with 'enthusiasts' who are in-tune with their car as far as noise, handling etc. I've had significant negative feedback on most of the usual off-brands like Achilles and all the other stuff nobody has heard of. Nexen has been terrible but seems to be improving.
Well we are going on a trip to Florida next month and I think it's about time to replace the Impalas tires with close to 35,000 miles on the stock Firestone Firehawk tires.
Sams has Goodyear and Pirelli tires on sale for $80 off a set of 4. I was looking at going between these two
Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus - 235/50R18 97V Tire for $180.76 each
Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady - 235/50R18 97V Tire for $173.85 each
The price for the Pirellis is the same on tire rack but for the Goodyears, tire rack and discount tire both want about $25 more per tire. Also on tire rack the Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready tires are listed at the top of the grand touring all season tires.
Sams is also having free install on Aug 3rd only so I think I'll go ahead and get the Goodyears on Aug 3rd. Should come out to about $657 after tires, tax, install (includes tire package).
Well I went to Sams today and got the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires. Out the door price was $656.94 which is an incredible price. No rebates to mail in also.
I compared prices from Pep Boys, Tire Rack and Discount Tire who all were having sales or rebates as well...
$100 off instant rebate
Includes road hazard but rebalancing any tire costs.
$100 off with Goodyear rebate
Another $100 off if using Goodyear cc
Total $666.92 plus install cost
includes only 2 years road hazard
$100 off with Goodyear rebate
$50 off if using discount tire cc
includes only 3 years road hazard
$80 off 4 and free install
Includes lifetime road hazard, lifetime balance, lifetime rotation, lifetime flat repair and 3 years of 24 hour roadside assistance.
I forgot I also get about $17 back in reward dollars after buying them at Sams as well.
As you can see, it is hard as hell to best Sam's Club prices. The tire installers at my Sams Club are great too.
Hello everyone I'm new to this forum. Not sure if I'm doing this right but ... My girlfriend is getting ready to pick up her used 2014 Impala LT w/2LT I believe with the 3.6L V6.
Up here in Ontario we are getting ready for winter. I always puts snows on my cars.
So her current tires are P235/50R18 mounted on 18 inch rims.
1) I am looking at putting 17 inch rims on it using P235/55R17 tires. One dealer told me I need to go with P225/55R17 for that rim size. Anyone had any experience with going down to a 17 inch rim ? Apparently for 2014 the bolt pattern has changed so I can't use the rims off the previous 2010 we have.
2) As far as tires I'm a big fan of Bridgestone Blizzaks. I have had my DM-V2s for 7 years now and they have never failed me. We are looking at either the Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80 or Michelin X-Ice Xi3. Anyone had experience with either of these models ?
Thanks HandyAndy for your feedback ... I'm leaning towards the WS80. Other than Treadwear most ratings favour the WS80 over the X-ice Xi3. I have found a 17inch OEM Compatible Wheel that should fit and from speaking with one tire shop and looking at a few tire websites that the most compatible tire size to fit the 17 inch wheel and provide overall dimensions to best match to the original P235/50R18 tire should be P235/55R17.
Went back to the tire merchant that I bought my tires from last Friday. Had them do a rotation, balance and check the air pressure (just because that is what they do) even though I keep an eye on the pressures.
The guy used his tread gauge and measured the tread depth on all four tires and could not believe I had driven 13,000 miles on these tires. The starting tread depth new is 9/32 and all my tires are showing 8/32 tread remaining. At that rate I might get well over the 45,000 miles that these tires are warrented for (BF Goodrich G-Force Comp2 A/S).
Needless to say I am very happy with my tire choice.
Forgot to mention I had the run flats on my 2018 Camaro with 20 inch wheels. They looked great with exaggerated wheels. No inflator kit or spare and there was a lip on each tire to protect the rim. I'm sure they added to a harsher ride. I'm loving my reg 18 inch reg tires with my new Impala.
So I have a 2015 LTZ Impala. I have 22” wheels with 245/30R22 and these tires are too small. It looks like I can fit a taller tire judging by the space I have. Anyone with 22’s put a bigger tire on their car? I need some more cushion. I know I could change to 20” wheels I’m just seeing what...
hi, first time poster. i have a 2014 impala LS that i bought last September and am unhappy with the tires that come with it ( sumitomo ). price is not a big concern as uncle sam is giving another $1200 that i intend to buy tires with :) thanx to all that reply