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VOLT owners,

I needed 2 new tires because they were worn down to the depth warning ribs across the tread. After extensive research on this site and others, with self debate, decided to buy 2 of the OEM Michelin Energy Saver All Season 215/50R17 90V, purchased on Amazon for $176.97ea for a total of $388.40 including tax and free shipping. Didn't hunt for a better price because these tires seem to be rare and discontinued. Still don't know if this was the best choice, living in sunny San Diego. the range dropped immediately 4 miles on the guessometer but after 100 miles the range has returned 90% I'd say. What have the forum members experienced? any comments?

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the range dropped immediately 4 miles on the guessometer but after 100 miles the range has returned 90% I'd say. What have the forum members experienced? any comments?
New tires will generally drop the range for a few hundred miles. That part is normal.

Tire technology has improved from when the Volt was new - there are plenty of threads on tires that are easily obtained and better (in whatever way you want) than the OEM tires.

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phattyduck,

I don't see hard data in your statement, just an opinion. Since I am happy with the OEM tire performance/mileage and only replaced the two worn tires, I think that buying OEM tires was the best choice for me. In the research could not find any dramatically better tires to buy for my use. listed below is LRR rating for tires available:
  1. Michelin Energy Saver A/S All Season - Best overall low rolling resistance tires
  2. Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology - Best low rolling resistance tire for SUV’s
  3. Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus - Best low rolling resistance tires for wet driving
  4. Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus - Best quiet fuel efficient tire
  5. Michelin X-Ice Xi3 - Best low rolling resistance tire for winter driving
  6. Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max - Best low rolling resistance tire for high-speed stability
  7. Toyo Versado Eco - Best budget low-rolling resistance tire
  8. Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter - Best high mileage tire for enhanced ride comfort
  9. Dunlop EnaSave 01 A/S - Best high mileage tires for electric vehicles
  10. Hankook K425 Kinergy Eco - Best high-performance tire for fuel economy

Stephen

New tires will generally drop the range for a few hundred miles. That part is normal.

Tire technology has improved from when the Volt was new - there are plenty of threads on tires that are easily obtained and better (in whatever way you want) than the OEM tires.

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I don't see hard data in your statement, just an opinion. Since I am happy with the OEM tire performance/mileage and only replaced the two worn tires, I think that buying OEM tires was the best choice for me.
You asked for experience and comments... not facts?

Other comment: You should be rotating your tires regularly to wear out a full set of 4 equally, which will give you a much wider range of options when it is time for tire replacement, and give you safer handling through the life of the tires (matched grip front and rear).

And you made my point. There is a TON of information out there on tires. It can be hard to navigate, but if you focus on your personal preference (LRR, grip, noise, comfort, price, etc.) you can find a good tire for your purpose.

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When I replaced the OEM GoodYears on my 2011, they had 4/32" tread left and they had lasted 70k miles. They are rated for 65k miles. Given that excellent performance, I bought another set. I do rotate the tires (myself) every 7500 miles. That gives me the opportunity to carefully look for nails, etc. I have caught a number of would-be puncturers before they could complete their mission. I suspect many tire shops/dealers aren't as conscientious. Plus, my new tire positions always get relearned , something that doesn't always happen by tire shops/dealers.
 

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Charlie,

Good point without me asking specifically what I was looking for E.G. grip dry, grip wet, mileage, etc.
didn't ask the right questions for a decisive answer. I do rotate the tires, just not every week lol.

Stephen

You asked for experience and comments... not facts?

Other comment: You should be rotating your tires regularly to wear out a full set of 4 equally, which will give you a much wider range of options when it is time for tire replacement, and give you safer handling through the life of the tires (matched grip front and rear).

And you made my point. There is a TON of information out there on tires. It can be hard to navigate, but if you focus on your personal preference (LRR, grip, noise, comfort, price, etc.) you can find a good tire for your purpose.

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I do rotate the tires, just not every week lol.
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Every would-be oil change is a good schedule (ie. every 5k-10k miles). This keeps even the ultra high performance summer tires that I run on some of my other vehicles wearing evenly.

That reminds me... I should check the mileage on our Volt and see if it needs any maintenance. My wife has been doing a TON of driving the last ~4 months due to family health issues. It is an odd experience to not have the tick-tock clock of regular oil changes.

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We have been looking at the Hankook ST H745 Kinergy and also had the Conti Pure Contact LS the Hankook is lighter than the OE tire and has a 115K kilometer warranty on it and very good ratings and at Wal mart in the US they are only 112 a piece and at Discount tire the Pure Contact LS is 164 a piece the Hankook is 145 at Discount tire and with how often we are in the US it makes sense for us to purchase there rather than paying 206 a tire Canadian, anyone on here have experience with either of those 2 tire options?
 

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phattyduck,

I'm back to ordering tires again, the ones I bought were MFR# 51569 94V 22 lbs -V Speed Rating and the mileage range dropped about 4 miles on commute to work, sorry I didn't note the KW consumed on my daily trip, before, after, etc. I expected the drop in range because they were new but the range has not returned yet, Amazon has agreed to let me return the two tires purchased. Today bought from Tirerack 4 new 215/50R-17 Michelin Energy Saver A/S DT Different Tread, Chevy Bolt SL. They show as weighing 20 lbs, are these good replacements to restore original range? Guess I'll find out. The OEM tires (MFR# 11674 91H 21 lbs) have had no complaints about slipping dry, wet, noise or handling, they do seem vulnerable to punctures though. Hopefully I am done with tire replacements for a while. Looking for the highest range as my priority, researched the Nexen N blue EV and the P ZERO AS PLUS ELECT are EV specific tires but are not available in any VOLT size. They are described as SLRR or Super Low Rolling Resistance but are only designed for specific OEM cars, too bad for us!

Stephen


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Every would-be oil change is a good schedule (ie. every 5k-10k miles). This keeps even the ultra high performance summer tires that I run on some of my other vehicles wearing evenly.

That reminds me... I should check the mileage on our Volt and see if it needs any maintenance. My wife has been doing a TON of driving the last ~4 months due to family health issues. It is an odd experience to not have the tick-tock clock of regular oil changes.

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Guy's,

My range on the GOM is back! I replaced the installed 51569 94V 22 lbs V Speed Rated with the newer, 4lbs lighter (on 2 tires) with 2 new 16798 91H 20 lbs Different Tread Formula. Lifting both tires side by side you can feel the weight difference. Drove only 15 miles but even though the 16798 tires are brand new and the 51569 were worn in I did see an instant improvement. I starting to believe that these Energy Saver A/S tires are the best LLR currently out in the market, only SLRR could be better but they are extremely limited is available sizes that you can buy today. Maybe with the high gas prices there will be incentive to keep further pursuing Lower Rolling Resistance breakthroughs. There always seems to be a tradeoff of comfort, breaking traction, noise etc. Happy with the 16798 91H 20 lbs Different Tread Formula tires, can't wait until I have a set of 4!

Stephen
 
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