Quoting @Keith in another thread “A couple years ago, I made a 7000 mile trip on tires that had 92k miles on them and were down to 4/32” tread. The tires were premium tires and only 4 years old so based on the rate of tread wear, I did not see any problems, and they made the trip just fine, and another few thousand miles more when I got back. They still had plenty of life in them when I replaced them, but I saw a really good deal on new tires that I could not pass up."
The 2002 Escape my wife was driving until recently had 72K miles on the original tires when they were replaced. I don’t remember what brand they were, but they were definitely installed at the factory. I replaced them with Coopers, which were not the cheapest tires I could find, but certainly not the most expensive either. We have very seldom kept a car long enough to wear out a set of new tires, much less two. Her father bought the Escape brand new, so it probably had some sentimental value to her. When we sold it a couple of weeks ago, it had 162K on it, the last 90K on those Coopers. They still had good tread, but were beginning to be noisy. By the way, it had been a very good vehicle, but that’s not the point of this thread.
I recall a customer of the shop where I worked when I was a freshman in college. He drove an early Porsche 911, among others. The Porsche had some kind of weird tires with steel in them. Odd French name, Mitch somebody. Almost no one had ever heard of them…
He boasted that he had 90K on those original Michelins, and they still had good tread. He drove the heck out of that Porsche. He and his wife did TSD rallyes with it. Some weekends they were several hundred miles from home. Some Mondays I got to work on the car. I thought he was too old to enjoy such a great car because he turned 50 that year. Yeah right! He would be pushing 100 if he were still around. Until recently his 90,000 Michelins were the top mileage tires I’d seen.
How far have you gone on a set of tires?
What kind were they?