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Old 01-16-2013, 01:48 PM   #11
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I put a set of michelin defenders on my montana van last summer and have been very pleased so far, ride quality is very good. I have winter tires on our other two vehicles and the defenders are obviously not as good as those but still do very well in winter conditions, I would think these would be a suitable tire for a sienna.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:31 PM   #12
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I bought Nokians for a previous vehicle. They are great tires. The Finns have been making tires suited to snow and ice for many decades and they know what they're doing. Good tires for Minnesota. I had to go to another town to get them because they were being sold few places at the time.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:46 AM   #13
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Use the tire size for your vehicle recommended by the manufacturer. The specification sheet is usually afixed to the drivers door jam
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:31 PM   #14
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Just to share my preference -- I've been running on Michelins for over 15 years on both vehicles. I get great mileage (average over 70k mi./set) and they have terrific traction in bad conditions. Check Consumer Reports tire reviews. And, no one consistently beats Costco's prices.

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:01 PM   #15
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And, no one consistently beats Costco's prices.
I bought my Defenders at Costco, but I learned at that time that while most Michelin distributors carry the Defender, Costco carries the Defender XT, which differs at least in tread pattern. They were less expensive than my preferred local tire store, but direct comparisons can be difficult.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:11 PM   #16
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Ah, yes.
My brother in law sells BBQs as well as other home heating, pools etc.
He told me that the BBQ that you see at Home Depot or another big box store may look identical to the same name brand BBQ that he sells, but many parts are swapped out for lesser quality, cheaper parts. That's one way that the big box store achieves "low, low prices" and "roll-back".
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #17
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I don't know for sure, but I have heard that most of cosco tires are factory seconds with slight cosmetic flaws.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:58 AM   #18
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Comparable situation is clothing at the "Outlet Stores". It's not the same that you'd find in a more upscale store, although they are often difficult to differentiate. Fewer thread count, less quality seam work, cheaper buttons, you name it, they'll find a way to skimp to make it cheaper.

I spend a lot at Costco, but I won't buy tires from them, preferring to go with the local tire business here in town instead. I've never felt that I had to worry about buying seconds, or being upsold beyond the immediate needs of the vehicle I was outfitting, or being offered the tire du jour because they just got a good deal somewhere.
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I put a set of Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2's on my RAV4 for the winter, and the difference between them & the original Bridgestone Run Flat tires, both ride comfort & drivability in snow is night & day. In fact, they ride better than the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires I now use for the summer.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:07 PM   #20
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I just bought two sets of Nokian WRG2s, one for the Highlander, and another for my wife's Honda Fit. We live in Northern Alberta, with cold temperatures and lots of snow. Our police department did a big study to see which tires would be best, and the WRG2 came out on top. They are switching all their patrol cars to these. This tire is described as the closest thing there is to a true all season tire. It is more of a winter tire that is also ok for summer than it is a summer tire that is ok for winter. In the tests that the police department conducted the WRG2 stopped faster on ice than some dedicated winter tires. In Canada the Nokian's are available from Kal Tire. After that testimony I think I deserve a commission!
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