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Anyone running Michelin Defender lrr tires?

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Old 04-12-2015, 11:37 PM
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Default Anyone running Michelin Defender lrr tires?

I will need to put tires on the LW300 in a while. I am considering low rolling resistance tires. Costco sells Michelin and BFG, I have run Michelins on a Volvo 245 I had before the Metro.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:42 AM
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Tires are like oil brands. It's all a matter of personal choice. I run Goodyear tires because I can't afford Michelin. Pure and simple.
 
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Old 04-13-2015, 05:18 PM
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Are you stuck with what Costco sells? LRR tires are fine if fuel economy is your no.1 goal, but you often give up grip to get that extra 0.2mpg(or whatever gain)... One positive to the LRR tires is that they usually have a higher tread wear rating, as a result of the hard compounds that makes LRR tires more energy efficient...
 
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:20 PM
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I commute 60 miles per day and have been driving a 40mpg hot rod Geo metro. So anything that I can do to increase fuel mileage will help. Costco is just a really good price on Michelin tires.
 
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:27 PM
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Umm... Hot rod Geo? I can't tell if it's sarcasm or if you modded the 3cyl...

I can't help much with the LRR tires, I tend to go the opposite way, sacrificing economy for grip...
 
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:34 PM
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I like your Metro. That's a slick looking lil ride!
 
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:24 PM
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It is currently for sale on Geometroforum.com. $2000.00 firm
 
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:11 AM
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That seems like a fair price as long as it's in as good of condition inside and under the hood. Of course, I don't know about used car prices in your part of the country.
 
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:40 PM
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never seen a Metro done up. Sweet.

What ya got going under the hood?

I also know nothing about LRR tires. Are you hypermiling right now or does your route not allow for that? If it doesn't, I'm not sure how much you'd gain with just the tires alone.

Your best move with respect to the LW300 mpg IMHO is to sell it and buy something else. Or keep the 40mpg Metro as the DD unless it has issues. I'm thinking there was a reason you bought a wagon, so maybe a used small 4cyl suv might work out better for you. I really don't think tires alone will help that much, but again, I am no expert. If you add uo the savings over the life of the tire set (say 50K), you'd have to do the math between current mileage and (current mileage +.2) to determine the % improvement in mpg, then multiply by 50K to see how many extra miles you got out of the tire swap
 

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