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  # 1399973 5-Oct-2015 09:17
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TonyR1973: But seriously if you don't have the budget for a 225/45R19 why would you get a vehicle with them? I mean, I'd never buy a black car because I hate making needless chores for myself.


Thanks for the financial advice - that's exactly the kind of helpful response I was hoping for!

I had no idea when I purchased the car what replacement tyres would cost; I assumed they'd be more than those on my old Primera, but had no idea they'd be up to $500 each to replace like with like.

And, given that unexpectedly hight cost, what on earth is wrong with trying to find an alternative that is cheaper but still performs well? I've had some really helpful feedback on this thread that's provided me with some great options which will save us hundreds of dollars... money that I can use to purchase some gruel to feed my poor starving bains...




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  # 1399979 5-Oct-2015 09:31
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xlinknz: I suggest you look at the EU label tyre rating of any tyre you are considering

I found often expensive tyres rated worse under independent testing [assuming the testing isn't gamed aka VW!] than significantly less expensive ones.

For example the Turanza T001 has an EU rating of C /C/70 [fuel, wt braking, noise] for the 225/45/R19 which is an average result


Thanks for the suggestion; I hadn't looked at this information. The ones I'm looking at are rated slightly better in wet breaking, with the other two results the same, ie C / B / 70. Will take a closer look at these, eg listings from one UK retailer includes the ratings for this sized tyre.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1400015 5-Oct-2015 10:03
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jonathan18:
Thanks for the suggestion; I hadn't looked at this information. The ones I'm looking at are rated slightly better in wet breaking, with the other two results the same, ie C / B / 70. Will take a closer look at these, eg listings from one UK retailer includes the ratings for this sized tyre.


Off the top of my head, the tyre shop I went to said that Nankang and Falkan are essentially one and the same (Korean), and are both good tyres for the price. So if those are available, it might be worth taking a look.

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jonathan18:
xlinknz: I suggest you look at the EU label tyre rating of any tyre you are considering

I found often expensive tyres rated worse under independent testing [assuming the testing isn't gamed aka VW!] than significantly less expensive ones.

For example the Turanza T001 has an EU rating of C /C/70 [fuel, wt braking, noise] for the 225/45/R19 which is an average result


Thanks for the suggestion; I hadn't looked at this information. The ones I'm looking at are rated slightly better in wet breaking, with the other two results the same, ie C / B / 70. Will take a closer look at these, eg listings from one UK retailer includes the ratings for this sized tyre.



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  1. I have found sometimes mytyres.co.uk rating not accurate so double check against the manufacturers site EU label
  2. Also check speed and loading rating as that can also effect the EU tyre label rating
  3. EECA also have a list of approved tyres on their website - those are all available in NZ
  4. There also also tyre calculators that show what tyre width and profile you can change too whilst still having the same radius rim
  5. Lastly not all tyres available in the EU are available here

 





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  # 1400721 6-Oct-2015 09:20
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jonathan18:
TonyR1973: But seriously if you don't have the budget for a 225/45R19 why would you get a vehicle with them? I mean, I'd never buy a black car because I hate making needless chores for myself.


Thanks for the financial advice - that's exactly the kind of helpful response I was hoping for!

I had no idea when I purchased the car what replacement tyres would cost; I assumed they'd be more than those on my old Primera, but had no idea they'd be up to $500 each to replace like with like.

And, given that unexpectedly hight cost, what on earth is wrong with trying to find an alternative that is cheaper but still performs well? I've had some really helpful feedback on this thread that's provided me with some great options which will save us hundreds of dollars... money that I can use to purchase some gruel to feed my poor starving bains...



I have an older Mazda 6 (2009) and have been fortunate enough to be able to wait until one of the regular Bridgestone deals is on - usually "buy 3 get 4th free" - which seem to happen fairly regularly IME...

That said, my tires are cheaper than yours, but it would take a lot of the sting out and you would have the confidence that the car is running the OEM tires.




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  # 1400752 6-Oct-2015 09:50
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jonathan18:
Inphinity: Bridgestone Potenza RE003s are, imo, the best balance of good tyre and value. I'd rather not cheap out on something that is so critical for safety.
What sort of car is it?


Thanks for all the replies.

It's a Mazda 6 2013 Limited - our local Bridgestone shop says this is the only car this tyre is used on, hence its rareness. Wish I'd known this before I bought the car (only thought the 19s looked great on the car, not what the tyres would cost to replace!).



Have you considered looking for some alternative factory alloy wheels? You can moth ball the 19s and put them back on if you sell the vehicle. Or put them back on if you come into good money and can support the cost. For example these 16 inch RX8 wheels may well have a suitable PCD, offset and centre bore.







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  # 1401516 7-Oct-2015 09:39
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jonathan18:
Inphinity: Bridgestone Potenza RE003s are, imo, the best balance of good tyre and value. I'd rather not cheap out on something that is so critical for safety.
What sort of car is it?


Thanks for all the replies.

It's a Mazda 6 2013 Limited - our local Bridgestone shop says this is the only car this tyre is used on, hence its rareness. Wish I'd known this before I bought the car (only thought the 19s looked great on the car, not what the tyres would cost to replace!).



Have you considered looking for some alternative factory alloy wheels? You can moth ball the 19s and put them back on if you sell the vehicle. Or put them back on if you come into good money and can support the cost. For example these 16 inch RX8 wheels may well have a suitable PCD, offset and centre bore.


Good point. I considered replacing my R17s with a smaller size rim to be able to use more efficient tyres. Lots of spare factory rims on the market

 
 
 
 


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  # 1401518 7-Oct-2015 09:45
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Lias: Am I the only person who simply buys whatever the cheapest second hand tyre is at the nearest budget tyre place?

I try not to pay more than $30 a tyre.




Tyres are the most important safety item on a car, the thought of buying "whatever the cheapest second hand" to me is downright crazy.

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Kyanar: Off the top of my head, the tyre shop I went to said that Nankang and Falkan are essentially one and the same (Korean), and are both good tyres for the price. So if those are available, it might be worth taking a look.


Nankang are Taiwanese. Falken were Japanese although they now have the HQ in the USA - not sure if the brand was sold or what.

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TonyR1973: But seriously if you don't have the budget for a 225/45R19 why would you get a vehicle with them? I mean, I'd never buy a black car because I hate making needless chores for myself.


Thanks for the financial advice - that's exactly the kind of helpful response I was hoping for!


No problem. Clearly you'd completely overlooked the cost of consumables so it wasn't really for your benefit but for the benefit of others to learn from your mistake.

jonathan18: I had no idea when I purchased the car what replacement tyres would cost; I assumed they'd be more than those on my old Primera, but had no idea they'd be up to $500 each to replace like with like.


It's a shame there's no way in this day and age of information to quickly find out for sure. Someone should work on that.

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  # 1408947 19-Oct-2015 05:52
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hyperdrive list tyre prices on their website, probably one of only a few that do.

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  # 1409180 19-Oct-2015 13:00
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TonyR1973: 
Nankang are Taiwanese. Falken were Japanese although they now have the HQ in the USA - not sure if the brand was sold or what.


Ah, thanks for that. Not sure why they said Korean. Either way, I would be happy to put my trust in Japanese tyres considering the size and track record of Japan's auto industry!

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