Finally pulled the trigger on larger tires for the Civic today. While doing so, the tire shop filled me in on why I was able to find a good variety of heavy duty tires in the minuscule 185/60/R15 size: The Transit Connect.
Apparently that is the stock size for the little work van.
I was one of the lucky Americans to graduated during the 2009 recession and as such, despite having a masters degree in engineering under my belt, I had a bitch of a time finding a job. When I did, eventually, find one it was a “any port in a storm” position working hourly for a small power engineering firm.
In retrospect, this was a good job. I learned a lot about industrial design, standards, power systems, safety, night shift, 4loko, alcoholism, overtime, plate-o-bacon, and field work. However the pay was shit and management both cared deeply about their people and also didn’t give a shit about their people.
It was weird.
Anyway, towards the end of my tenure there the boss purchased a 1st gen Transit Connect as an alternative to the massive work trucks we usually took to jobs. It was the basest base model with rubber mats instead of carpet. It smelled like rotten dog food all the time (we never figured out why) and was the slowest vehicle I’d ever driven.
And yet, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the little thing. The amount of room in it was staggering, the gas mileage was good, and it wasn’t bad looking. I was especially impressed by the overhead storage above the driver. Seems like it would have been a great place for radios, emergency equipment, recovery gear, or a flask.
So despite being terribad to drive, I still really liked it and continue to recommend them if you need good space in an economical package.
And now it has given me the joy of tiny LT tires.
Thank you, little Transit.