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Hi Folks,
My 2017 RTLE has almost hit the 60k mark. I've been looking at tires a little bit as the OEM Firestone Destination LE2s are down to about 3 & 4/32s. Looks like Firststone has replaced the LE2 (60k) with LE3 (70). The LE2s are getting hard to find. I have zero complaints on these Firestones. So why change? The LE3s are about $208 each. But I found Discount Tire has or can get the LE2s for $162. I was told they buy tires from a distributor (not their own warehouse) and the distributor has a thousand of these. But zero in Georgia. He can order a set and have them in 3-4 days. Total drive out price with lifetime rotate & balance is $798.20.

Is there something else I need to know or look at?
I was going to go with Michelin Defender LTX for a total of $1196.
 

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Check out reviews of each tire at tirerack.com. I have had that Michelin tire and loved it. If you are satisfied with Firestone that stick with them. The LE3’s probably get a better rating there than the 2’s. Compare.
 

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Check prices at your local Honda dealer. They have competitive pricing.
 

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BJ’s Wholesale is running a $150/set discount Michelin promotion through 9/5 if there’s one in your area. Discount Tire will match that price.
Including my military discount my new Defenders totaled out at $962 vs $1186 list.
 

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Discount is currently offering $112 of Michelin Defender LTX M/S's.
Myself I have used Discount Tire exclusively since 1980.
I literally had a set of tires melt in when I lived in AZ-DT replaced them no questions asked.
Not to mention the many destroyed tires over the years-or good trade in values for old rubber/up grades.
They reward loyalty-no doubt.
As does Michelin.

Just my 2 cents-the M/S Defenders are probably the tire 90% of RL owners can get by with-with excellent results.
I live in Wi-formally MN-and can easily through 4+ inches of snow with these with zero issues.
The real key here is hard packed and ice covered frozen roads.
Here I find they work better then any all season I have ever used-and get the job done.
They aren't snow tires, so you can't drive like the roads are bone dry on ice-snow-pac-but they are more then amazing IMHO for A/S.
They will get you where you need to go-and back with out a white knuckle drive.
I ran snows for years on separate rims-but once this new gen of Defender came out-the snows are sitting in the shed.
No need for them-plus when the roads are fine-these are virtually silent and ride and handle much better then snow tires.
Good for 68k with rotates and aligned vehicle.
I quit messing with the other brands years ago-DT and Michelin stands by their products' if issues arise.
A no brainer for my situation.
Yep they are pricy.
But they really aren't that much more then any other of the major brands-and usually out last them-so your getting better value for each dollar spent.
IMHO, of course.
Sure-they don't give you the cool off road look.
But getting where I need to-regardless of the weather is more of a priority then tire looks.
Looking back-I do find it a bit weird. Out of all the vehicles I have had the last 45+ driving years-this old 1st RL is no doubt my fave.
Despite other vehicles-the RL stays.
Still rust [email protected]+k-and shiny paint.
I was more then impressed with my late mothers '03 Pilot.
When the RL came out-it was a easy choice for me.
OK-sorry for the ramble! ;)
 

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Hi Folks,
My 2017 RTLE has almost hit the 60k mark. I've been looking at tires a little bit as the OEM Firestone Destination LE2s are down to about 3 & 4/32s. Looks like Firststone has replaced the LE2 (60k) with LE3 (70). The LE2s are getting hard to find. I have zero complaints on these Firestones. So why change? The LE3s are about $208 each. But I found Discount Tire has or can get the LE2s for $162. I was told they buy tires from a distributor (not their own warehouse) and the distributor has a thousand of these. But zero in Georgia. He can order a set and have them in 3-4 days. Total drive out price with lifetime rotate & balance is $798.20.

Is there something else I need to know or look at?
I was going to go with Michelin Defender LTX for a total of $1196.
Hi Folks,
My 2017 RTLE has almost hit the 60k mark. I've been looking at tires a little bit as the OEM Firestone Destination LE2s are down to about 3 & 4/32s. Looks like Firststone has replaced the LE2 (60k) with LE3 (70). The LE2s are getting hard to find. I have zero complaints on these Firestones. So why change? The LE3s are about $208 each. But I found Discount Tire has or can get the LE2s for $162. I was told they buy tires from a distributor (not their own warehouse) and the distributor has a thousand of these. But zero in Georgia. He can order a set and have them in 3-4 days. Total drive out price with lifetime rotate & balance is $798.20.

Is there something else I need to know or look at?
I was going to go with Michelin Defender LTX for a total of $1196.
Just replaced the Oem tires on my 2017 at about 75k miles at the dealer. They gave us 3 options the most expensive of which were Michelin LTX at about $1150 - we went with those mostly because I have always had good results with Michelins although a great deal more $.
From the start they were really noisy with tire whine, thought it might get better but no. Considered taking them back actually but we don't often go long distances so its bearable althought I have hearing loss.
If you are sensitive to this or drive often or far, I would be sure to look for it as a returnable option if you go with them!
 

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Most places let you swap out within 30 days-often more if circumstances warrant.
If your not happy-make little sense to stay with them
Funny-mine have always been very quiet (even the older version)-sorry to hear that.
Curious if you don't have them over inflated.
That will certainly increase the tread noise.
One of the major points of going with this type of tire is
comfort/handling, and low noise.
As mentioned-the amazing point I found is they work pretty damn well in the winter in the varying conditions I have encountered.
Good enough to park the snow tires-for the last couple years anyhow.
 

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Hi Folks,
My 2017 RTLE has almost hit the 60k mark. I've been looking at tires a little bit as the OEM Firestone Destination LE2s are down to about 3 & 4/32s. Looks like Firststone has replaced the LE2 (60k) with LE3 (70). The LE2s are getting hard to find. I have zero complaints on these Firestones. So why change? The LE3s are about $208 each. But I found Discount Tire has or can get the LE2s for $162. I was told they buy tires from a distributor (not their own warehouse) and the distributor has a thousand of these. But zero in Georgia. He can order a set and have them in 3-4 days. Total drive out price with lifetime rotate & balance is $798.20.

Is there something else I need to know or look at?
I was going to go with Michelin Defender LTX for a total of $1196.
It sounds like our local store has you all taken care of, but if there is anything we can do on our end to be off assistance please feel free to shoot us a pm. We are happy to check into any promotions or stock availability for you. As it was noted, we do guarantee the lowest OTD pricing on any product we carry so should another retailer have a lower price, feel free to reach out to us here or let your store know and we will do a price match.

Thank you @automojo and @billg71 for your patronage and business!
 

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Just replaced the Oem tires on my 2017 at about 75k miles at the dealer. They gave us 3 options the most expensive of which were Michelin LTX at about $1150 - we went with those mostly because I have always had good results with Michelins although a great deal more $.
From the start they were really noisy with tire whine, thought it might get better but no. Considered taking them back actually but we don't often go long distances so its bearable althought I have hearing loss.
If you are sensitive to this or drive often or far, I would be sure to look for it as a returnable option if you go with them!
‘This was my complaint about the Michelins. I replace the OEM tires on my last RL with the LTX and right off the bat I noticed a lot of tire noise that just got worst the more I drove it. Had alignment checked and they said it was good.

I am looking at other brands now as when I change tires on my 2022 RL, I do not want the same noise I had previously. I want a tire that is smooth and silent. The OEM tire are quiet, though new, might even look at a new set of these when the time comes.
 
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