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Posted on 2008.10.14 at 07:40
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My tires were bald. Pretty upsetting for only having 20k miles on the car. In Texas, the State Inspection is good for two years on a new car, and mine expires in April. Despite the fact that I slipped around quite a bit in the rain, I was going to try and hold out until then. But then my wife stopped riding with me, terrified of a blow-out.

I stopped at Discount Tire this morning, having previously priced a set of all-weather tires. The ones I had on there were built for speed, and grip. While I was going to miss them, I priced out a pair of Continentals which sounded promising. Better handling for the upcoming winter, and we have a few out-of-state trips planned for the end of this year. I walked in and explained that I was looking for a set of 60,000-mile highway tires. "For that?" He asked, pointing at my car. When he finished laughing, he explained that no low-profile tire is rated for that distance. The best, he said, run for half that. I told him I saw some Continental's which I was considering, and he agreed they were - at fully a third more than the listed price for my size. ($900!) My next choice was Bridgestone, but again, at a price I was unwilling to pay if I have to replace them once a year.

We settled on some Goodyear GT's. Z-rated, but all-weather highway. $740 installed + TPMS replacement + Road Hazard Warranty. When he asked if I was going to leave the car, and I discovered that it was going to take an hour, I told him I would just walk to work and come back for it later. This started a line of questioning in which I assumed would end with my being ferried to work. I was wrong, and the outcome was much more advantageous than my guess: They give a discount to my employer - my total was now $680.

But with those highway tires...I felt like I was driving a Buick home.

I rec'd an update on my search for the yet-to-be-released Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles score. The publicist commented in my blog that the release date would be November 18th. Awesome!


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-10-14 13:42 (UTC) (Link)
Huh. Most helpful of him/her to comment and let you know!

I'm so pathetic: I still haven't even watched any episodes of T:TSCC yet, although I got them from a friend a good couple of weeks ago. *hangs head*
ehowton at 2008-10-14 14:20 (UTC) (Link)
Most helpful of him/her to comment and let you know!
I thought it especially awesome; and helpful, too!

I still haven't even watched any episodes of T:TSCC yet...
And who knows - you may hate it. I found it engrossing. I trust the score will pacify me until the second season is released on DVD, whenever that may be.
galinda822 at 2008-10-15 00:30 (UTC) (Link)
Bet you can't wait for Nov. 18th, huh?
ehowton at 2008-10-15 01:06 (UTC) (Link)
Or November 21st, when I'll really give those tires a run. A word of advice? HOLD ON! Its going to be a great month.
galinda822 at 2008-10-15 01:22 (UTC) (Link)
I always hold on! One of the 1st things I learned about you behind the wheel of a car. ;)
themarsone at 2008-10-15 02:43 (UTC) (Link)
Nice kicks!
ehowton at 2008-10-15 02:45 (UTC) (Link)
What they lack in performance, they make up for in a smooth ride.
themarsone at 2008-10-15 03:17 (UTC) (Link)
I'm waiting for my continental oem's to wear out so I step up into something similar.
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