Deciding on UHP A/S tires for my WRX Wagon
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This is a discussion on Deciding on UHP A/S tires for my WRX Wagon within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; The rains have started, and I can no longer dither on a tire decision for my 2002 WRX wagon. I ...

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    Deciding on UHP A/S tires for my WRX Wagon

    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 MPG…)
    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 owners
    Cons: LOTS of complaints about soft sidewalls/floaty feel

    3. Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, $112/tire (with current rebate – H rated version)
    Pros:Good overall rating in all categories
    Lots of 10 and high 9 scores from Subaru owners
    Cons: 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.
    Really cool looking tread
    Cons: Doesn’t seem much better than the Exalto in the overall ratings.
    A little more expensive than the other tires.

    I know it’s best to have two sets of tires, but I’m too lazy/cheap to bother. I’m 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 )


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    I got the Potenza Pole Position tires a few months ago. They are pretty good I guess. So far I have no complaints. I don't watch my gas gauge so I have no idea if my MPG's went down. My car is noisy so I have no clue if these tires added extra noise. I can get the rears to break loose if I really push them. So far so good.
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