jjeff wrote:Oh I'd imagine the tires are original, don't expect to get much more than 20-25k miles out of the OEM Ecopia's, many of the used Leafs with 25k miles would probably have new tires, worth $500+ depending on tires and where you got them...
I see this mentioned all the time, I don't know what you guys are doing to your tires. I keep my tires at 40 PSI, drive conservatively and have 60,000 miles on my OEM Ecopia's on my 2011 Leaf. Clearly driving style has a major impact on tire wear. I will probably need new tires in another 10-20,000 miles.
I wonder if your '11 had better Ecopia's, more like the aftermarket ones? Car mfgs. have huge clout due to their buying volume and can basically pay what they want from say a Bridgestone. They say they want to pay $30(or whatever) per tire and the tire company comes up with a tire to sell them for $30. It will be safe and meet DOT standards but as far as wear and general handling.....well price was the most important point so I wouldn't expect much. Walmart does the same thing, but thats a different story.
It's possible being a first generation car your Leaf had a better compound tire, after all first gen products are generally built to a better standard and only subsequent models do they find ways to start saving money, to meet the public's expectations of a cheaper price.
For reference on the same vehicle, same person driving, I've got about half the mileage on my new Ecopia's as I got on my old OEM ones and they still look like new, I ran 40psi in the OEMs but have bumped up the aftermarkets to the max 44psi. By 10K(half the life I got on my OEMs) I could already see lots of wear, they were total crap tires IMO
Even worse than the 12" OEMs I had on a previous new Geo Metro where I only got 35K and wasn't too happy. People always think they are getting such a great deal on 2nd or 3rd model year cars as the prices start dropping, there is a reason for that and it's generally not the car mfg. making less money........