Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2004 13:33:57 -0500
From: "Walt Kienzle" <>
Subject: Re: 2004 9-5 Aero Tires

"Steve" <> wrote in message > My wife bought a 2004 9-5 Aero in December. It came with the Pirelli P Zero > tires. We live in the midwest. Within a couple of weeks she realized the car > was not drivable in the snow, despite being told the tires were all season > tires. We had to spend over $800 for snow tires. Car is fine with the snow > tires. > > Anyone else have this same problem? Doesn't seem fair that we had to buy new > tires within a couple of weeks of buying the car. > > You did the right thing by buying a set of snow tires and here is why: The tires that come with most cars are not very good compared to the tires meant to be sold directly to end users. I was told by someone I know in Goodyear management that the tires they sell car manufacturers to put on new cars are not of the same quality (cost) as the ones they sell aftermarket, even when they have exactly the same markings (model name and size). Other tire manufacturers are probably in the same situation to provide a low cost product to car manufacturers. Additionally, "all season" tires mean that they do an adequate but not excellent job in all or most types of weather. The old saying "jack of all trades, master of none" applies to tires too. Additionally, the concept of "all season" and the performance associated with that type of tire is in the eyes of the beholder, or in this case, the manufacturer.

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