got an 06 wrx, stock bridgestone potenzas. 15K on tires. heard a "oh sh*$, that didn't sound good" puncture sound going down the road. waited for the tire to burst. it didn't. after i got to my destination a mile or two down the road, sure enough, a damn philips head screw is in my passenger front tire (middle of the tire, in the patch, not the sidewall). now that i think about it i will get a pic tomorrow but i know tire diameter is crucial with AWD vehicles. not feeling buying 3 tires in addition to the 1 damaged tire but the tire with the screw in it is holding pressure fine for now (150 miles) :knock on wood:
soon as i noticed it i bought a can of fix a flat and a tire plug kit just in case. I haven't used either yet. i know fix a flat is a mess for any rim (can't use them on cars with tire pressure sensors) but figured it will be better than nothing should the worst happen. drove a chevy AWD van with mismatched tires and i thought the tranny was gonna go. shuddering, hesitation, etc... and i know it's bad on the symetrical subaru AWD. what's everyone else done? bite the bullet and get 4 new tires? this blows.