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Which Michelin tire is the best for the volt? I hear good and bad things about both energy savers and premier. Are they worth the high price?
 

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I like Michelin Defenders. Quite ride, 90K warranty. By them at the right time and get $70 off. Worth it in my opinion.
 

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I like my Premier A/S tires on my 2012 Volt. Very quiet, much better handling than OEM tire and better traction in snow.

I don't like the 4 Mile drop in AER I see, but it is worth it for the better quiet/handling characteristics. I have the V rated version (overkill). I have read on this forum that the H rated version does not have as much of an AER impact, but I can't confirm that.
 

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Michelin Defenders were a great All Season Tires for my Prius. Michelin X-Ice are performing very well as my Winter Tires on the Volt. I have always been well-protected on Michelin tires, regardless of cost.
 

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Who says you have to stick with Michelins? There are plenty of brands out there depending on what you are looking for. I went with Yokohama Avid Ascends which have deep tread, great traction, and very long life. At 36K miles on my original goodyears, the tires were almost down to the the wear bars and traction was horrible. After putting another 36k miles on these yokohamas, I think I can go another 30K miles before needing replacements. Plus I've decided to stop rotating my tires so when the front tires wear out, the rears are still very good, they will go up front and new rear tires will be purchased. I know this sounds wrong, but Tire Rack did a video that shows that this is the best technique to avoid wipeouts, even with front wheel drive cars.
 

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Before you buy, know the tread width. OEM Goodyears are slightly less than 7" wide. My Michelin Primacy MXV4's in 94V are 7.3" tread width. Don't go any wider battery range and fuel mileage suffer. Tire rack.com shows the detailed spec for every tire. Shop accordingly.
 

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I like my Premier A/S tires on my 2012 Volt. Very quiet, much better handling than OEM tire and better traction in snow.

I don't like the 4 Mile drop in AER I see, but it is worth it for the better quiet/handling characteristics. I have the V rated version (overkill). I have read on this forum that the H rated version does not have as much of an AER impact, but I can't confirm that.
I have these on the wife's car and we're happy with them.

I have always found that while the cheaper brands may cost less and offer a similar treadwear warranty, that the michelins will actually make it to that number while the others make it about halfway.
 

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Plus I've decided to stop rotating my tires so when the front tires wear out, the rears are still very good, they will go up front and new rear tires will be purchased. I know this sounds wrong, but Tire Rack did a video that shows that this is the best technique to avoid wipeouts, even with front wheel drive cars.
Most tire manufacturers require rotation for warranty.
 

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Who says you have to stick with Michelins? There are plenty of brands out there depending on what you are looking for. I went with Yokohama Avid Ascends which have deep tread, great traction, and very long life. At 36K miles on my original goodyears, the tires were almost down to the the wear bars and traction was horrible. After putting another 36k miles on these yokohamas, I think I can go another 30K miles before needing replacements. Plus I've decided to stop rotating my tires so when the front tires wear out, the rears are still very good, they will go up front and new rear tires will be purchased. I know this sounds wrong, but Tire Rack did a video that shows that this is the best technique to avoid wipeouts, even with front wheel drive cars.
Got a link to that video by any chance .... interesting idea.

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Who says you have to stick with Michelins? There are plenty of brands out there depending on what you are looking for. I went with Yokohama Avid Ascends which have deep tread, great traction, and very long life. At 36K miles on my original goodyears, the tires were almost down to the the wear bars and traction was horrible. After putting another 36k miles on these yokohamas, I think I can go another 30K miles before needing replacements. Plus I've decided to stop rotating my tires so when the front tires wear out, the rears are still very good, they will go up front and new rear tires will be purchased. I know this sounds wrong, but Tire Rack did a video that shows that this is the best technique to avoid wipeouts, even with front wheel drive cars.
You put your freshest tires on the rear, to minimize the risk of oversteer, which most drivers have a hard time correcting. They'll just go around. You increase the risk of understeer, but most drivers are better at managing understeer than oversteer.
 

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Most tire manufacturers require rotation for warranty.
I've never made a warranty claim on a worn tire. Plus, I believe spinning them one direction, then rotating and spinning them another direction actually hurts the plys. I stopped rotating when by BMW 535 owner's manual specifically stated not to rotate, citing that the car is setup with a certain camber and caster to wear the tires a certain way, and disrupting that with a rotation was actually bad for the tire. Of course, my local BMW dealership asked if I wanted a rotation as they obviously didnt' read the owner's manual. I have since done this with all of my cars, saving a bundle. Whenever any tire shows any sign of wear, far in advance of the wear marks, I buy a new set. Trying to eek out $50-100 worth of additional life out of them is not worth it when you think about the safety factors. Check out another Tire Rack video where they compare stopping distances of new, partially worn, and heavily worn tires on water. That has convinced me that a new set of $600 tires is well worth the additional safety to my family.

While we're at it, just checking that everyone has a term life policy in place for 10 to 12 times your income...anyone with a family and no life insurance should be dope slapped - don't delay, get it.
 

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