Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 08:59:09 -0400 From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom> Subject: Re: Saab tires- class action???
S London wrote: > In article <abrmjs$kickn$1nopsam34476.news.dfncis.de>, > davehinznopsamcop.net wrote: > > Let's be clear about something here... this wasn't some harebrained > plus-sizing setup that people were bolting on in their garages. This > was a tire and rim setup offered as OEM on certain trimlines. There is > a big difference. > > > Seems to me it's a result of a decision-making process. You decided > > to buy low-profile tires/rims. > > Obviously, if you drive a car into a sinkhole, it will be damaged. But > if the OEM tire/wheel/suspension on a car makes it _more susceptible_ to > damage in average road conditions, that's clearly a problem Please define "average". In Europe the roads tend to be much better maintained, hence their definition of "average" would be better than the roads in Chicago after the spring thaw. Just where in the Saab warranty does it specify any guarantees about the strength of the alloy rims? Just because the ads say "light and strong" when they describe the alloy wheels, does not mean the rims are covered under the warranty. I use steel rims whenever I can because of the road conditions in the U.S. I too got tired of replacing alloy rims. You can get steel rims in almost all sizes that look like the alloy rims, but at a much lower cost. Tirerack.com will sell you tires already mounted and balanced on rims and if I use steel rims the total price is about the same as paying a local retailer for the tire alone. This makes it somewhat more affordable to drive through the potholes. BTW- the bent alloy rims make great looking weights on a homemade Universal gym -and they really aren't that light either. Another idea is to use them for a floor lamp base. If the tire will maintain air pressure on the rim, you could make an interesting garden cart to tow behind your riding lawnmower, put a Turbo emblem on the tractor. Or your could get them straightened and re-use them.