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I've never rotated my tires (Goodyear P255/65R18) on my 08 Outlook XR FWD that just hit 30,000 miles. Combination of being lazy, tire place telling me to keep the better tread on the non-drive wheels, and reading several reports that rotating may not be worth it in the long run - just replace two at a time and skip the rotation charges.

I'm about at the point where the fronts need to be replaced. They have worn evenly, just getting thin. The backs still look new.
It looks like Cooper offers a cheaper alternative to the Goodyear. Any issues with moving the rears to the front, and putting Coopers on the back?
 

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I was always told by my Father that it was best to keep the same tire/tread and I have always done that on every vehicle I have ever owned.
 

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FWIW, there are lots of shops that offer free tire rotations (every 10,000KM). I've taken advantage of this service myself. They offer it as a loss leader to get you to do other work or just so you can experience their service/shop in hopes that you come back. So there's little reason not to have your tires rotated, you'll save yourself $$$ on not only the service work, but paying for new rubber well before it's due.

Some shops even offer this service regardless of you having bought the tires there or not.
 

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Ive always also read not to mix and match tires...
Also-- Ive read that on cars with stabilitrack---(and Ive seen a few actual post)...
that if a tire is replaced- and it has significantly more tread- then the smaller tires(less tread= smaller diameter)- these tires would technically rotate more to travel the same distance that the new ones would---
and stabilitrack wouls sense this--- and turn it on/off... I guess youd see the message on the DIC.
It isnt certain- but I have seen post of people replacing a tire/s and then getting the message.
 

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if they are the same size you can but some tires wear diffrent or last longer and wear quicker, also some tires have more road noise. my wifes 2007 outlook need tires and we went with bridgestone dueler h/t and i think they are 265/60 due to the goodyears being 250 each, bought 3 got 4th free for between 6 or 700. just look due to wheel well constraints and turning radius you have to bee careful, a good tire place will let you know
 

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Whoever said don't rotate is wrong. Your tires will last longer and you'll make fewer trips to the tire store. I've never seen or heard of such a thing. Also, I think you may have issues in getting tire shopw to honor mileage warranties if your tires are worn unevenly due to lack of rotation.

That said, I've always heard replacing a pair at a time is fine, just don't replace one unless the other 3 are nearly new. I just had a flat on my Mazda3 and it wasn't repairable. I opted to replace all 4 since they were 75% gone and Discount Tire was willing to give me the mileage warranty credit on all four. I didn't like the idea of two nearly new and two nearly gone.
 
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