WetEV wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:43 am
jjeff wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:25 am
My new '13's CRAP OEM tires wore out before 20k but did make it past the 12 months where Nissan would have really done anything.
This tells us more about how you drive than about the quality of the tires. My 2012 tires were less than half worn out at 20k miles, and my 2014 tires made it past 40k miles.
Past experience with commercial vehicles and with the LEAF taught me a few things about this common complaint:
1). Nissan has bad advice in the Owners Manual concerning periodic tire rotations. These tires should be cross-rotated, not directly front-to-rear as stated in the manual.
2). Nissan has bad advice in the Owners Manual concerning tire inflation. These are relatively heavy cars for the tire spec. so inflation should be marginally higher than recommended to compensate for the extra weight. I run mine no less the 40 psi. If not, the shoulders will wear excessively as if under inflated. Keep in mind, the same tire spec was factory on a Honda Civic that I owned that was 800 lbs lighter curb weight.
3). Both my '14 and current '19 LEAF had alignment checks at the 1st annual battery check. Both required significant adjustments, which is quite common after normal early break-in wear on any vehicle.
4). Electric vehicles put down a lot of torque and the low center of gravity makes it easy to aggressively push through a curve. Thus driving habits play a huge role in tire durability.
With that context... The original (so-called crappy) Bridgestones on my '14 were replaced at 40K miles. At the time, they has sufficient tire tread to handle for both dry & wet roads, but questionable for Winter and would likely need replaced at lease-end (45K miles). So made the decision to replace them before end-of-life the Fall before to get some use before returning the car. If I had a 36K mile lease, there is no doubt the car could have been returned on the original tires.
2014 SV - Brilliant Silver - returned 1/2017 at end of lease.
2019 SL - White - w/Tech Package