I ended up getting the latitude. I just didn't like the fact that on the specs it said for passenger vehicles. So far I like them very much. Just like you mentioned. But I am coming from generic tires so for what it's worth. Costco 735 out the door w nitrogen.I have had Michelin Primacy mxv4s on for about 10,000 miles now and like them very much. They are quiet, ride smooth, handle ok and are wearing well. Most of my travel is highway with light load.
I was in the same boat and I went with latitude. It does seem a bit more noisy than normal michelins but its been good so far.How are the Michelin Latitude Tour's doing after a few miles?
My 03 is about finished with it's second set of Cross Terrains. The OEM set lasted 60K and the current set is at 45Kish. I am not down to the bars but the LF has a larger than safe crack in the tread and needs to be replaced. The tires are at 4/32's right now. These tires were great for the highway and occasional snow and ice and I am bummed that I cannot get them anymore. I noticed some wandering at speed on a recent trip down I95 and discovered the crack. Discount will warranty the one under roadhazard but not the other three. I will get a slight discount for the mileage pro-rate.
Discount is recommending the Latitude Tour or the Primacy. I am leaning towards the Tour since it is an SUV(ish) tire. I really prefer Michelins as I have had good luck with them over the years.
Anyone here to help me make my decision easier? LOL
These tires ride really smooth. What pressure are you guys running. I think at 32 psi the X will tear these babies up.Putting a set of Primacy MXV4s on my 05 tomorrow. Goodby Cross Terrains.
Most of my driving is highway so looking forward to a significant difference.
OEM spec tires are often chosen to optimize mpg to help meet CAFE requirements (low rolling resistance). If your needs are different (better handling/traction/etc) a non-OEM tire is often better. A good example is the GY Integrity that was OEM on Honda Pilots for many years. Owners replaced them asap because they were downright dangerous in any wet/snow conditions.Serious question.
Acura puts on certain tires, and certainly not the least expensive, as part of their design aspects of ride/handling, etc.
Yes, they buy them cheaper than we do, in bulk, but they still use more expensive tires, for a reason, that we might never know.
The question: Why mess with it?
<<<---- Always buys OEM spec tires.
There's no need to buy tires from the Acura dealer or to get them installed (mounted and balanced) there; you can do that anywhere. Any competent mechanic or tire shop should be able to mount and balance tires, even with modern features like TPMS sensors. In general, an Acura dealer tends to be a more expensive option for tire purchases. OTOH I've found that some shops are not that careful when mounting and balancing tires, and can damage wheels, so it's a good idea to ask around for recommendations of places that are especially careful when mounting tires. FWIW, I've found that Walmart is surprisingly knowledgeable and careful about mounting tires, including tires not purchased there, and of course their mounting/balancing prices are reasonable.I read somewhere on site that dealer should be used because of the alloy wheels and special balancing weights? I am getting ready to replace OEM tires--and thought I would use dealer (they are good guys). I am sure I could get replacements cheaper--but have been leary? any comments??
Yeah and you are paying $125 per hour to install tires?? It's like ordering Coke at Ruth Chris's steak house!I read somewhere on site that dealer should be used because of the alloy wheels and special balancing weights? I am getting ready to replace OEM tires--and thought I would use dealer (they are good guys). I am sure I could get replacements cheaper--but have been leary? any comments??
Not necessarily. Dealers may include mounting and balancing in their price. Or, they may not. And most shops who charge for mounting and balancing tires do so for a flat fee (which is sometimes more than it would be if they were charging by the hour).Yeah and you are paying $125 per hour to install tires??