Low-profile tyres have ended up costing a Skoda owner a small fortune during the last few years, so they decided to contact the Daily Telegraph’s motoring agony aunt to seek his words of advice.
Fed-up LH from Hurst Green posed this question to Honest John: “I own a 2009 Skoda Superb 170 TDI DSG with 225/40 R18 tyres – my first experience of low-profile rubber. I am really pleased with the car, but the tyres wear much more quickly than those on my four previous Skodas. The front Bridgestones lasted 12,500 miles from new. I switched to Michelins, which managed 16,000, and finally to economy tyres that cost £70 each. It is very easy to damage them, especially the nearside fronts. I live in rural Sussex, which has notoriously bad potholes and unlit roads, and have written off three front nearside tyres and cracked a wheel during the past three years. I would like to keep the car for another few years and wondered whether it would be possible to fit wheels with a less extreme profile.”
Honest John replied: “I think 16in wheels are best for this class of car. Manufacturers fit wide, low-profile tyres because they are sold cheaply as loss-leaders with the aim of recouping profit on replacement sales, as you illustrate only too well. Four 205/60 R16 tyres would probably have lasted 30,000 miles and be less prone to damage.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office