The rains have started, and I can no longer dither on a tire decision for my 2002 WRX wagon. I currently have P0 Neros M+S (205/55/16), which seem a little dodgy in the wet. The Potenza RE970AS has the highest rating on Tire Rack, but several negative comments give me pause. It occurred to me that I should probably be looking less at overall ratings (for all owners), and more at the comments/rating of Subaru owners. So, in the interest of further analysis paralysis:
1. Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position, $120/tire
Pros: Great overall rating in all categories
Cons: Several complaints about losing 3-4MPG (I can understand 1-2 MPGÖ)
Loud thumping when hitting wash-board, potholes, etc.
No Subaru owner gave these higher than an 8.5 score.
2. Continental ExtremeContact DWS, $112/tire
Pros: Very good overall rating in all categories
Several 10 and high-9 scores from Subaru ownersCons: LOTS of complaints about soft sidewalls/floaty feel
3. Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, $112/tire (with current rebate Ė H rated version)
Pros:Good overall rating in all categories
Lots of 10 and high 9 scores from Subaru ownersCons: Not as good in snow as RE970s, but I only go to Tahoe twice a year
4. Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus, $136/tire (with current rebate)
Pros: Good overall rating in all categories
A few 10 and 9 scores from Subaru owners. Mostly 8s and lower.Cons: Doesnít seem much better than the Exalto in the overall ratings.
Really cool looking tread
A little more expensive than the other tires.
I know itís best to have two sets of tires, but Iím too lazy/cheap to bother. Iím going to try focus on try to pick one of the above. Also, wet/dry is more important to me. I only get to the snow twice a year (Tahoe).
Any comments would be helpful (or add to my confusion )