Haha! Just came back to post about my Dad’s car and saw this thread revived.
For the record, I just ended up going to WalMart and slapped on a set of (4) Goodyear Assurance (against my better judgement. I had used Viva-II’s once and swore I’d never buy Goodyear tires again!). But the car has over 200,000 miles on it, and although it’s in good condition and runs well (bought brand new, no accidents, no real problems), I just didn’t feel like putting out the money for Michelins when I’ve never been able to get a car to run much past 250,000 miles. So this will likely be the car’s last set of tires. They seemed “good enough” for a 200,000+ mile vehicle. The ratings numbers looked pretty good for the price (although I can’t remember them offhand now).
But, as you might’ve guessed - not really happy. The tires seemed to develop this ripple-like feeling to them. Only way to describe it is if you took an extra, flat, very thin strip of rubber and glued it across the tread … you get the idea, right? I really don’t know if it’s worn off now (?) or I’ve just gotten used to it. I was going to rotate the tires front to back to see if that made any difference (maybe it’s just one of the four that’s doing it?), and I did consider bringing the car back for them to test drive, but you really can’t sense it (or hear it??) unless you’re on the highway, and they’re not going to test drive it on the highway.
So, I really don’t care anymore. It is what it is. The tires are round, they’re holding air, and the tread is in good shape. That’s all I know.