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Recommended replacement tire

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:53 am
by newmanji
So many topics in this forum so I could not find what I am looking for. My Leaf has about 26,000 miles and my tires are almost worn out. These are the stock Bridgestone Ecopia tires so I do not want to replace them with the same type. My dealer says they can match pricing on the following 4 tires:

Goodyear eagle LS BW
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 bw
Bridgestone turanza EL400-02 BW
Michelin Defender GEN X BSW

The Ecopia's are supposed to give a longer range than most tires so I am also concerned about reduced range on the others. Does anyone have experience with the above tires or have any better recommendations of their own considering range and life?

Re: Recommended replacement tire

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:05 pm
by leafedbehind
This is a good topic on Michelins: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=12144" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: Recommended replacement tire

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:12 pm
by Moof
I went with Michelin Premeir A/S's and I am pretty happy. I took a decent hit initally (~10%), but about almost 2000 miles I get almost the same efficiency as with my bald Ecopias on warmer days. I will have to see when summer comes around if I am fully back or not (I swapped them out in fall, and don't have a good reference point). The ride is a little better, but I really noticed the wet road traction is vastly improved on corners (much less under steer on corners). No regrets.

Re: Recommended replacement tire

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:29 pm
by LeftieBiker
I use the Eagle L/S tires. They were the cheapest, but I've had no problems and only a tiny range reduction from the Ecopias. They might not be the best in torrential rain, from the reviews I read.

Re: Recommended replacement tire

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:30 pm
by Nubo
newmanji wrote:So many topics in this forum so I could not find what I am looking for. My Leaf has about 26,000 miles and my tires are almost worn out. These are the stock Bridgestone Ecopia tires so I do not want to replace them with the same type. ...
FWIW, there seems to be some consensus that if you buy Ecopia replacement tires, they will provide better tread-wear than the OEM stock tires.

Re: Recommended replacement tire

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:17 pm
by kubel
After my experience with the stock Ecopia's and then replacement MXV4's, I would probably go back to the Ecopia's if I had to. They are lousy tires, but nothing beats them as far as energy efficiency. MXV4 gives a reasonable balance between wear, performance, and energy efficiency- but it's a jack of all trades, master of none. I sort of want to see how the LEAF handles high performance summer tires.

Re: Recommended replacement tire

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:12 pm
by keydiver
kubel wrote:After my experience with the stock Ecopia's and then replacement MXV4's, I would probably go back to the Ecopia's if I had to. They are lousy tires, but nothing beats them as far as energy efficiency.
I have exactly the same thought. After 10,000+ miles, the very best I can manage on these Michelins is 4.2, usually 4.0, when I regularly got 4.5 or more on the Ecopias. With 25% degradation on my battery, I need every electron I can get.

Re: Recommended replacement tire

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:42 am
by ColumbiaRiverGorge
kubel wrote:After my experience with the stock Ecopia's and then replacement MXV4's, I would probably go back to the Ecopia's if I had to. They are lousy tires, but nothing beats them as far as energy efficiency. MXV4 gives a reasonable balance between wear, performance, and energy efficiency- but it's a jack of all trades, master of none. I sort of want to see how the LEAF handles high performance summer tires.
I also replaced my Ecopias with the MXV4's and love the handling aspects but they aren't as efficient. My third pair of tires are waiting in the garage. I bought the Michelin Energy Savers that are used on newer Leaf models. They don't make the All Season version for 16" wheels, so I bought the summer tires. I run studs this time of year anyway due to black ice and snow.

Re: Recommended replacement tire

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:50 am
by EVDRIVER
Nubo wrote:
newmanji wrote:So many topics in this forum so I could not find what I am looking for. My Leaf has about 26,000 miles and my tires are almost worn out. These are the stock Bridgestone Ecopia tires so I do not want to replace them with the same type. ...
FWIW, there seems to be some consensus that if you buy Ecopia replacement tires, they will provide better tread-wear than the OEM stock tires.
The non OEM is a better tire in general. The retail Ecopia is a actually a decent LRR tire and THE most efficient tire for the LEAF, anyone suggestion other tires are comparable on efficiency are in efficiency denial, this is well documented. All the Michelins take an efficiency hit regardless of the tire, some more significant.

Re: Recommended replacement tire

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:43 am
by adspguy
I recently replaced my original tires with Nokian WR-G3 tires. These are true LRR tires and I've not noticed any range loss. These are great all weather tires but are a bit more expensive than the Ecopias. I've been using WR-G2s on my Prius too for years now and find them to be a good year round tire for the northeast. Not on your list though. The OP didn't say their location.