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Old 03-02-2012, 09:51 AM   #11
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A second set of wheels with dedicated winter tires isn't cheap, but if you end up having an accident because your set of "all seasons" suck in the snow then it probably would have been worth it.

Over the 4 years he plans to have the car plus the money he can get for selling the wheels onces he's done it seems like a huge no brainer.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:20 AM   #12
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Some interesting replies I've been reading. I may stick with the 17" rims after all. Here are a couple of more questions:

1) Not too crazy about the 17" rims that comes with the Titanium model. They would be a pain in the ass to clean. What 17" rims would you prefer?

2) I noticed on the 17" rims they come with Continental tires. These are the same tires I have on my Altima and quite frankly they're not very good. Noisy on the highway and lousy in the rain. Any suggestions as to what all-seasons you would switch to? Yes, I'm going on about tires again but at the same time that's something a lot of people overlook and I want to make sure that I'm doing the right thing. I do have a set of winters for the Altima (Michelin X-ice2) and I could probably get another winter or two out of them. And I'm sure they'll fit the Focus.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:03 PM   #13
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I am looking for a more economical alternative for the Michelin PS3s that came on my Ti Hatch. They were awesome tires but they went away quickly and cost a bunch of money to replace. There are some options out there, has anyone tried something different?
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I'm thinking about purchasing a Focus in the Titanium model with the 18" tires, however, I checked on the Michelin website and it stated that the Pilot Sport 3 that come with the vehicle have a lifespan of around 30,000 km. So my question is would I be able to get the dealer to flip these tires for a high-performance all season tire? Any thoughts?
That's about right. My PS3s have around 19kmi on them and two of them are now almost even with the wear bar.

And other posters are right, with those tires you'll definitely need winter tires. I'd recommend Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2. They're *great* winter tires, and relatively inexpensive for winter performance. With those things on the car I had no trouble through last year's Cleveland winter. It was somewhat mild, for a Cleveland winter, but I still had no issues.
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Or consider these Hankooks;I got these for under $150/tire and they have a 40k mile warranty and they really hook on the snow quite well.

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I'm thinking about purchasing a Focus in the Titanium model with the 18" tires, however, I checked on the Michelin website and it stated that the Pilot Sport 3 that come with the vehicle have a lifespan of around 30,000 km. So my question is would I be able to get the dealer to flip these tires for a high-performance all season tire? Any thoughts?
If you haven't bought it yet why not negotiate for a deal on some winters with rims? Some dealers might throw them in or offer a good discount. I just got some Michelin X-Ice i3's on steels put on today, I'll update to see if they're any good in the snow.
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If you can live with them, go with some used 15" Taurus wheels. You will save big money on the wheels AND the tires. A quick look at tire rack shows about $100 for 15" Blizzaks and nearly $160 for 17". Plus I prefer more sidewall in a winter tire.

The Blizzaks I had on my 03 Cobra were great. Apples and oranges cars I know, but the Firestone Winterforce on my 02 Focus don't provide the same level of confidence (and grab terrible on roads that are ground/sliced for water runoff).
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I kept the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 when I purchased the car and ended up getting 15" rims and Blizzaks for the winter.

Wish I could keep my car clean but everytime I get a car wash it goes from blue to white....ugh!!!
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