New here looking for a little advice. My Mom has a 2002 Escape with approx 117k on it. I just spent over $600 on repairs and maintenance and now I want to put a set of tires on which she desperately needs. At this point, I have a budget of about $5-600.
For good prices, I've looked at Costco and Sears and compared it to Tire Rack prices. So for a local store, Costco and Sears seem reasonable in comparison to a place like STS which were at least $20-$30 more for any tire. Times 4, that adds up.
The only issue is selection. Basically the selection between the 2 places is Bridgestone, Firestone, Michelin, BF Goodrich and Wrangler. Tires I was looking at..... Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684, but the reviews weren't that great. But I don't think my Mom is too picky based on the fact that she has been driving on 3 (1 almost bald) bad tires for a while. These were $118.99 at Costco. Other tires I was considering were the Bridgestone Dueler A/T 695, BF Goodrich Long Trail T/A, Firestone Destination LE and Goodyear Wrangler SR Tire. She needs decent wet/mud/snow traction. She has to drive to do her job going into peoples driveways that may not be treated or kept up (vacant properties) and needs tires to stand up to running around and unknown terrain.
I prefer a tire that isn't too noisy, but will sacrifice a little more noise for a more rugged, dependable tire. Certainly not a all winter tire, just something that will give good performance all around.
I appreciate your input.