One of the winter tires on my wife’s Vibe developed a slow leak. I took it in a few months ago, and they redid the bead, as apparently that’s what was leaking. Two months later, it went flat again, but this time, apparently it split the side wall. This time it was done for. For some reason, her sister (who we bought the car from) had put on Nokian Hakkapeliitta7 run-flats. I suspect Mrs. BaconSandwich didn’t notice it going flat because they were run-flats. It sounds like Nokian has discontinued the Hakkapeliitta 7 and in order to replace them, they are something like $200 a tire. We may be selling the car this coming year, so we’re tempted to put the all-seasons back on it for the rest of winter.
And of course, given the timing, the weather just started getting nasty. The guys at the tire shop wanted to replace all 4 (because, of course). To be fair, this is the last winter we were going to run those particular tires, but they still should have at least been able to make it the rest of the season. So our options are:
1. Switch back to the all-season tires (Michelin Defenders, I think. Not terrible tires, but definitely not nearly as awesome in winter as the Hakkapeliittas). Definitely the cheapest option, but probably the least safe.
2. Switch just the back tires over to the all-seasons, and keep running two of the remaining three winter tires on the front. A bit riskier for spinning around, but should still give better grip on the front, where it matters.
3. Order a set of new tires for all four corners, which would cost at least $600+. Probably closer to $700 by the time they are installed, taxes, etc.
4. Attempt to find two more run-flat Hakkapeliitas, and replace just two tires. Still looking at probably $400 for just two new tires.