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Michelin headache

Asked by Rob Serpell

I HAVE a Subaru Liberty and the original tyres are Michelin Pilot HX 195/60R15 88VMXV3A. These have travelled 72,000km and are coming up for replacement. I had hoped to buy only three new tyres as the spare is unused, but I have been told this tread pattern is no longer made. New Michelin tyres are $180, Bridgestones are $145. Do you have any advice? Where can I buy Michelins for $140?

Answered by CarsGuide

16 Sep 2004 Carsguide.com.au

YOUR problem is so common with Michelin that tyre dealers are being left with stocks of superseded tyres. To help out owners like yourself, dealers have a website with information on which tyres are available and where. Stuckey Tyre Service (Ph: 9386 5331) may be able to source three tyres to match your spare. Other than that, the replacement Michelin tyre is the XM1, and Stuckey has those for $146 each. They also say it will be better than the originals on your Subaru, which are susceptible to road noise.

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