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Which tires should I put on my 2000 Town & Country Limited - 16" Rims?

  • Michelin - HydroEdge®

    Votes: 5 22.7%
  • Michelin - X® Radial

    Votes: 13 59.1%
  • BFGoodrich - Traction T/A®

    Votes: 4 18.2%
  • BFGoodrich - Premier® Touring

    Votes: 0 0.0%

Tire Poll: Quick! I'd Like Your Input Please

11624 Views 20 Replies 12 Participants Last post by  392hemi
Sunday night I was notified of a family emergency from back east, where my family lives in Southern Connecticut. After doing research and finding absolutely zero plane tickets out of Denver that were even remotely affordable (no surprise given the lateness of the time) I packed up my things and started the 1,830-mile drive across the country. As many of you know, the tires on my 2000 Chrysler Town & Country (which were brand new as of two years ago) have been a source of recent headaches. The van had a brand-new set of Arizonian Pacemark Snowtrakker tires on it, and a few months ago I had one of my front ones blow out while I was driving downtown Fort Collins.

Yesterday when I departed Omaha, Nebraska I was just outside of the city when my rear driver's side tire blew on the freeway. Even though I was only doing 60MPH the force of the tire's disintegration not only ruined the tire, but the fragmented pieces of rubber shattered the part of my rear bumper that is directly behind the wheel.

I have had to spend a great deal of money recently on the 2000 in attempts to keep the engine working properly and as a result, haven't replaced the tires again on the vehicle. Now that two of these tires have blown, and I still have over a thousand miles to go I realize that whether I can afford it or not, this is now an extreme safety hazard and I'm going to go into the local Costco today and have some new ones put on.

There are four tire options to choose from, and even though I realize ultimately the choice is mine, I'd like to hear your opinions before I head in there later today... who knows, perhaps someone has something to say that I haven't considered! The tires I have to choose from are:

215/65R16 98T

[I was wanting to put 18" wheels on the van, but that's going to have to wait.]

1. $125.99/each: Michelin - HydroEdge®
2. $106.99/each: Michelin - X® Radial
3. $90.00/each: BFGoodrich - Traction T/A®
4. $85.99/each: BFGoodrich - Premier® Touring

Here is some information about each tire, I can't decide! These four are the only options.

1. $125.99/each: Michelin - HydroEdge®
  • Limited 6 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Limited 90,000 mile manufacturer's warranty
  • Lasts Up To 33,000 Miles Longer Versus the Competition*
  • The Most Fuel-Efficient Tire in the Category†
  • Better Braking — Up To 14 Feet Shorter Than the Competition

2. $106.99/each: Michelin - X® Radial
  • Limited 6 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Limited 80,000 mile manufacturer's warranty
  • 80,000-Mile Limited Warranty*
  • Quiet, Comfortable Ride
  • Sure Grip in Wet and Snow

3. $90.00/each: BFGoodrich - Traction T/A®
  • Limited 6 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Limited 70,000 mile manufacturer's warranty
  • BFGoodrich's Longest Wearing Tire
  • Upgrade to Exceptional Grip
  • Crisp Steering Response

4. $85.99/each: BFGoodrich - Premier® Touring
  • Limited 6 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Limited 70,000 mile manufacturer's warranty
  • High-mileage 70,000-Mile Manufacturer's Limited TreadlifeWarranty*
  • Excellent wet and snow traction (M&S rated)
  • Helps resist hydroplaning
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The only thing that worried me slightly about the X Radials was that Michelin mass produces this tire under so many different pseudonymns depending on the tire outfitter I wonder if they aren't a cheap tire... Big O Tire has a version of this and Discount Tire has their own version, each with a different name...
I have a set of these on my van. I like the way they drive on the dry, packed snow and the wet, however, I am not a huge fan of them in the deep snow.

I also recently rotated them with 5k on them. Now I have a shimmy and will need to bring them in for balance. We shall see how well they hold balance from here on out.

I share your concern about them being a cheaped out tire. Till that works itself out I would recommend them.
Just had mine balanced after their first 5,000 mile rotation. They are great again.

I just hope that this is a weight falling off or something like that. If I have to balance these tires every 5k I am not going to be happy.

I do love the ride and drive of them so far.
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