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Posted by Tim (more from Tim) on Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:43:45 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Preeminent fixes, Roelofs, Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:42:25
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What type of oil are you using? A high oil leak/burn rate may indicate oil being too thin. A heavier weight oil, like 10w40, may leak/burn less, but of course you may have to use 5w40 during the winter if you are in the snow belt.

For new tires, I have been running General Altimax HP's on my 9-5 for a couple years, and got another set for my 9-3 this past summer when I bought the car; they are very quiet and ride very well. As basis for comparison, I had Michellen Energy MXV4+, Continental Extreme Contact, Yokohama AVID V4/H4 before. The Altimax do not hold up as long as the Michellen Energy, but is quieter than all three, especially after the first 1/3 tread life is over. The only down sides that I can think of are:
(1) they are directional tires, so it would be hard to keep an identical tire for full-size spare;
(2) the long straight grooves tend to trap stones, which then makes "ticking" noise when the tires are rotating, especially near a wall or raised median reflecting the noise back to the driver's window. For a long time I thought something was wrong with my engine. LOL.

Recently, I got a set of Hankook Optimo H727 at 205/65R15 size for my 9-5, and tested them out for mounting on my '99 9-3, which should be similar to you NG900. They fit both my cars without rubbing. The ride quality is very comfortable. They are very quiet, but not as quiet as the Altimax when new. According to CR, they have incredibly good snow performance. The manufacturer gives 100k miles tread wear warranty, so I'm guess they should provide 60-70k miles in half a dozen years without problem before I discard them at 4/32" tread depth. I picked the 205/65R15 size for its 12/32" initial tread depth.

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