Suzuki Grand Vitara-Tyre wear

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 16:11
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Help please.
My daughter is looking to buy a 4wd and is considering a Vitara 2001 model with only 27000km.(V6 manual) I am concerned that the vehicle has bald tyres at this low milage. should I be worried ?are there any inherent problems with these vehicles. the tyres fitted (and on spare ) are bstone dueller ht 687's.are these a supersoft compound tyre?
any comments appreciated.
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Reply By: bruce.h - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 16:20

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 16:20
gday howard
is it posible that the owner may have done a tyre swap so as to not sellthe vehicle with new tyres ,may have had amate with same car old tyres just a thought
regards bruce
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Follow Up By: Ptcrowe - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 16:35

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 16:35
Yeah I know plenty of people who do this especially when trading up
buy some cheap wheels and tyres from the wrewckers.
Take the car to a mech wheel alignment specialist get him to have a captain cook and take it from there.
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Reply By: AK - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 18:34

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 18:34
Howard, I have a 2002 model V6 Grand Vitara with the same tyres fitted. We have only done about 12 000 km's and already the tyres are starting to show signs of wear, we however have done a fair bit of 4 x 4ing and I think all the rocky slopes we have been up greatly increased the wear on these tyres. I can't wait for them to wear out as this will give me an excuse to go out and by some decent A/T Tyres. As far as the car is concerned we have not had any problems and are happy with our purchase.
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Reply By: GPA - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 18:38

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 18:38
A mate of mine has the same car, and only done 35,000km and the tyres looked quite worn. It may simply be that the original tyres do not wear well. He reports no other problems with the vehicle - and is very happy with it apart from lack of luggage space. We did a moderately hard 22km beach run - and although he got bogged 2 or 3 times, the Vitara did very well considering.
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Reply By: OziExplorer - Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 21:52

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003 at 21:52
Howard I am not familiar with the 687's number of the Bridgestone Desert Duellers. If you have a look some of the tyres are made in Thailand, and while they may not wear well compared to other brands they do offer very good grip on the black top even in wet conditions and rocky country. We are buying the Thailand tyres here locally for $129 fitted and balanced and would not consider buying any other tyres for our purpose. If you work out the km per $ rating or bang for the buck, these probably work out around the same price as other tyres that give you better tyre life. Aside that, the grip and safety on the black top and rocks, and if you stake the odd tyre like we do with sharp slate, paying a $129 for a replacment that is say a 1/4 worn is substantially better than paying approx $250. The surveyors just down the road from me were money is no object also use the exact same tyres. The local dealer here always has 4WD getting tyres fitted every and vehicles waiting and a board outside advertising these 4WD tyres. Paying more is not always the answer.
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Follow Up By: Member - Howard- Wednesday, Jan 22, 2003 at 09:13

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2003 at 09:13
thanks everyone for the responses all very helpfull,. it would seem these tyres, dispite being $245 a piece, are crap as far as wear goes .I noticed that the new RAV 4's have the same tyres fitted and a girl at work has one and got less than 30000km out of hers.
Think we will go for the vitara but put different rubber on.Rather than Ozi's Thailand tyres I think I will go for second hand 90% at $100 each

Now I know why my 80 series runs BFG AT's at 80-100,000km plus per set.How cheap they are at $265 each in comparison.
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