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Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: USA/New England
Second Vehicle: 2015 V6 TDI
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275 45 20 Cooper Discovery H/T Plus review
It was time to go in another direction with tires. I had been buying with not much regard to price and just wanted what was/is considered "the best" or close to it.
Both my wife's 2015 TDI Exec and my 2012 TDI Exec came with the Goodyear LS2 and while they were ok, they only lasted right around 20,000 miles, in fact, all the tires we've been using have only been able to get from 20,000 to 25,000 miles. As it is, I just put the third set of tires on my wife's 2015 and the truck only has 44,457 miles on it. Again, the LS2's worked well but the replacement price makes the tires the most expensive tires in 275 45 20.
The Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S Plus were also good but again, barely lasted 20,000 miles.
I am running the same Pirelli Scorpion Verde A/S Plus in the same size as they started on my 2012 TDI before I sent it back to VW and kept both the tires and the wheels and they are running on my 2016 Cayenne Diesel and I'm pretty sure that sometime this summer or fall they will need to be replaced but the OEM Michelin Latitude's had, yes, once again, lasted about 20,000 miles.
Same with the Continental DSW Extreme Contact-NOT the 06's, and while they were also great, had only lasted, drum-roll-please, 20,000 or so miles and were done.
In light of all these tires that go right around $200 per tire, sometimes a little more, I decided to try the Cooper Discovery H/T Plus for $150-each and paid another $100 to have them mounted and balanced. I did have to go around and loosen all the lug bolts as they were all overtightened as the guys at the local gomeria just air impacted them on but I was able to loosen them all up with a breaker bar and then took a couple revolutions to get them all to 133 ft lbs. I had taken the truck up onto the highway and was happy when at all speeds up to 92 mph, had the truck rock steady with no vibration or anything coming through either the chassis or the steering wheel-success.
I had also made sure to set the tire pressures to the recommended 33 Front and 39 Rear and the truck is happy as the Scorpion Verde A/S Plus were totally bald on the outsides of the front tires and the rears were even below the wear bars. It was very surprising to me at how fast the tires wear once they are close to the wear bars.
If these tires get 20,000 miles, and work well in the rain, which they should as the tread pattern is like every other one out there and the treads are nice and deep, but if the tires check out, they might be my next tire.
Oh yeah, out on the highway, the tires were the same as all the others I had in the past, quiet, smooth and even though they were new, I was pushing them on the on/off ramps and around the corners after stop signs or left/right-hand turns to help "scrub them in".
I'll bet that if I ask my wife what she thinks, she will just be glad that there are new tires as she gives a full 0% of thought as to all the parameters that us hardcore forum guys are obsessed with. I'm getting to where she is but I still do care a little. More after some rain drives as I am planning on using her truck to tow the snowmobile trailer up north this upcoming weekend.