How long does it take to go from 3/32 to 2/32?

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    I have 24, 883 miles on my 07. I just took my car in for my every 5,000 mile oil change/tire rotation.

    The god awful tires are now at 3/32. (grumble, moan, complain) How much time would you estimate I have until I need to buy 4 new tires?

    Thanks!
     
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    Seriously though, if you are talking the stock integrities you should get them changed as soon as you can afford to. Not knowing where you live it is hard to make a determination.

    You DEFINATELY do not want those tires in any wintery conditions or even rainy conditions. With those tires that worn ... can you say spin me right round like a record baby ... on anything but dry asphalt.

    There are dozens of threads on quality replacement tires for your Prius on here. Lose the incrappities, Good luck :)

    Happy driving,
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    I saw the many, many different tire threads. I think that I've narrowed it down to the Michelin Hydroedge. I live in Portland, Oregon. While it is dry now and should be thru middle of October, it will be rainy from then thru next June.

    I'm just trying to decide if I should bit the bullet now and spend $578 now or a couple of months from now. I do know that there is a $70 mail in rebate from now until 8/8.

    I just wasn't sure if I needed to replace now or if it could wait.

    It's funny, 5,000 miles ago, the dealer told me my tires looked good. How could they go from looking good to needing replacement in 5,000 miles? GAH.
     
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    The tires when new have 10/32" tread depth. If you assume a linear rate of tread consumption (which is not necessarily a good assumption) then it takes ~3,500 miles to use up 1/32" of tread, given your driving habits. Therefore you should get to 28,400 miles before your tires get down to 2/32".

    This also implies that your tires had ~4/32" depth 5,000 miles ago.

    Regardless of the remaining tread depth, I recommend that you have the tires replaced before the rainy season starts there.
     
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    Oh my goodness! There are too many decisions to be made. GAH.

    I've been looking at the Yokohama Avid TRZ, the Michelin X, and the Michelin Hydroedge.

    How do you make a decision? ARGH! I'm lucky that I have a Costco membership. I guess I could buy the X and if I don't like them, return them, since Costco will take back almost anything you buy from them.

    Any words of wisdom? :)
     
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    I got 29.6 k from two of the original Integritys, but I could actually get them to break free on dry pavement momentarily near the end. They were on the front for 20k of the 29.6k because I replaced two of the Integritys with Michelin Destiny(s) when I had a non-repairable puncture at 15k. I now have 4 Michelin Destiny(s) which are the America's Tire special branding of the Michelin X.

    Definitely better than the Goodyears, but then almost any tire would be.
     
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    I have 50K on my '06 and switched out the OEM's for the larger sized Goodyear TripleTread at about 11K for all the reasons listed. I live in the Northeast and have about 6/32 left (after 39K). The TT's are GREAT in wet weather and reasonable good in snow and on ice. The handling is very good as I tend to be a rather agressive driver. I think they are still significantly cheaper than the other tires you mention. I would recommendf the TT's but in the next larger size. That does make an improvement.
     
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    Take a look at Consumer Reports' November 2005 apples to apples test of Passenger All Season tires, including the Yokohama Avid TRZ, Michelin X, Michelin Hydroedge, Goodyear ComforTred and Goodyear TripleTred:

    [​IMG] Consumer Reports Ratings Passenger All Season Tires.doc

    Personally, I have had the TripleTred in the wider 195/60R15 size on my Prius since about 1000 miles (I donated the OEM Integrities to my neighborhood mechanic/tire installer). My Prius is the third car I've put them on. I think they're great. But if I needed new tires now, I would also consider getting the Michelin X because it rates highly and has better/lower rolling resistance (and also, at my age, I put a premium on trying out new things).

    As to size, I'm a big advocate of getting the wider 195/60R15 size.

    When Consumer Reports road tested the Standard Prius with its OEM Integrities in the 185/65R15 size, it found its brakes to be subpar -- its 60-0 mph braking distances rank only in the 11th percentile of the over 100 current model sedans tested by Consumer Reports.

    But when Consumer Reports road tested the Touring Edition Prius with its OEM Turanzas in the 195/55R16 size, it found that the Touring Edition got much shorter 60-0 mph braking distances -- 10 feet shorter dry and 12 feet shorter wet.

    I believe that the Touring's shorter braking distances are attributable to its wider (195 mm) and arguably better (Turanzas) tires.
     
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    good question. right now the SPM is in the same boat on two tires.

    i did an experiment last year on tire rotation. i normally rotate every 5,000 miles (per brothers recommendation cause it extends tire life up to 25% more) so didnt rotate for 15,000 miles and now i have tires that have 1/8th tread difference.

    well, its summer now and the SPM only drives at street speeds on RT of 11 miles daily. SO will be transfering to Providence in Centralia (date is currently pending certification from state med board for new oncology center) which is about 60 miles roundtrip.

    so putting off change until then or rainy season, which ever comes first
     
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